JHSFC Monthly Programs

Stimulating, enlightening, thought-provoking and entertaining, JHSFC programs cover the spectrum of important issues to our community and nation. The overall approach to each year’s well researched programming for the community is to ensure a balance of newsworthy, political and cultural topics for the series.

Throughout the year, we engage outstanding speakers from across the region and beyond. Programs are usually offered once a month on Sundays and held in synagogues, at the JCC, or other locations where we are invited guests and continue to be a popular and integral part of the outreach to the community. Programs are free and open to the whole community with light refreshments served.

JCC members

Although most of our programs are held in Stamford, each year we strive to also hold presentations in other towns. For example, in the last few years we have held programs in Greenwich at the Greenwich Historical Society — a first for the JHSFC —— and at the New Canaan Library and Temple Shalom, Norwalk. Our list of collaborations also continues to grow as we serve the communities in Lower Fairfield County: Harry Bennett Branch of Ferguson Library, JCC/Tzahal Shalom, UJF/Bureau of Jewish Education & Tapestry, Atria, Temple Sinai, Temple Beth El, Agudath Sholom, Chabad of Stamford, the Darien Public Library and the Polish Society.

Programs in the past have covered a wide range of topics illustrating our Jewish Heritage with music, both classical and rock n' roll, Jewish in comedy and America’s westward movement, and contemporary topics, such as, finance with a look at frugality, science about the latest research in Jewish genetics, and so much more. Each year, we make time to commemorate the Holocaust with special programming, last year partnering with the Child Holocaust Survivors. Additionally, successful partnering with the BJE brought the Albanian Ambassador to the United Nations to our community and the JCC. *

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Holocaust Denial and Distortion
the Growing Threat to Historical Memory

The Guest Speaker is Mark Weitzman, Wiesenthal Center Chief Representative to the United Nations.

This program is co-sponsored by the Jewish Historical Society of Fairfield County and Holocaust Child Survivors of Connecticut (HCSC).

Wednesday, March 22, 2017
@2:00 pm
Temple Israel
14 Coleytown Road
Westport CT 06880

FREE and Open to the Public.


Sunday, March 26, 2017

Distinguished Educators
Discuss the Best of Holocaust Literature

Christine Bonarrigo and Emily Hernberg have taught a senior elective, Literature of the Holocaust, at New Canaan High School for many years. In this outstanding course, students read literature written by survivors, including memoirs, poetry, diaries, and songs.

These works pose serious questions, such as "Why did the Holocaust happen?" and "How do real individuals deal with human trauma and devastation?"

Discover what Yehudah Amichai's "A Pity, We were Such a Good Invention" and Carl Sandberg's "A Teamster's Farewell: Sobs En Route to a Penitentiary" have in common and how they both enlighten us.

In addition to teaching English classes and Honors Classes, Christine Bonarrigo created this Holocaust Literature Class, and Emily Hernberg has taken it to new heights.

Sunday, March 26, 2017
Refreshments will be served @1:00 pm
Program begins @1:30 PM
Temple Sinai
458 Lakeside Drive
Stamford CT 06903

FREE and Open to the Public.

JHSFC Past Programs

Sunday, January 8, 2017
Temple Beth El
Stamford, CT

Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Harry Bennett Branch, Ferguson Library
Stamford, CT

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