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.

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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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JHSFC Past Programs

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

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

Programs


Sunday, April 30, 2017

Stars in The Ring:
Jewish Champions in
The Golden Age of Boxing

Meet Mike Silver, an internationally respected boxing historian and the foremost authority on the Golden Age of the Jewish boxer.

Mike Silver has been involved with boxing for many years. In 2004, he was the curator of an exhibit at The National Museum of American Jewish History: "Sting Like A Maccabee: The Golden Age of the American Jewish-Boxer."

In 2007, he co-created a film and lecture series for The San Francisco Jewish Film Festival: "Jews, Boxing & Hollywood."

In addition, Mike Silver has been a consultant and on air commentator for documentaries on boxing for ESPN, PBS, HBO, the History Channel, A & E, and Madison Square Garden-TV. His articles about boxing have appeared in The Ring Magazine, The New York Times, Boxing Monthly and boxing web sites. He has promoted boxing, been an inspector with the New York State Athletic Commission, and is a member of the International Boxing Research Organization. Currently, Mike Silver serves as an advisor to the Hank Kaplan Boxing Archives at Brooklyn College.

Sunday, April 30, 2017
Refreshments will be served @1:00 PM
Program begins @1:30 PM
Stamford JCC
1035 Newfield Avenue
Stamford CT 06905

FREE and Open to the Public.
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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

The Bridge Ladies
A Memoir

Meet Betsy Lerner, she has written a memoir about her mother and friends, who had a regular bridge game for fifty years. The author and her friends found their mothers' regular bridge game old fashioned and stifling. Lerner swore that she would leave her hometown (New Haven) and lead her life as a free spirit.

More than a story about bridge ladies, this book is about the author's personal literary journey.

Instead of living a life that is totally opposite of her mother's, Lerner actually ends up moving less than five miles from where her mother lives. After a plea for help after surgery, Lerner reluctantly returns "home," and finds that she gets much more than she bargained for – life lessons and common ground. She even comes to the realization that "the Bridge Ladies are brave."

Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Refreshments will be served.
Program begins @7:00 PM
Harry Bennett Library
115 Vine Road
Stamford CT 06905

FREE and Open to the Public.
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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Inaugural
Norma and Milton Mann Lecture

The Jewish Historical Society of Fairfield County announces its Inaugural Norma and Milton Mann Lecture to honor the memory of two outstanding leaders of our community.

The lecture will focus on the increasingly relevant legacy of the Nuremberg Trials. The speaker will be John Q. Barrett, Professor of Law at St. John's University in New York City, where he teaches Constitutional Law, Criminal Procedure and Legal History. This topic was chosen because Milton Mann was an eye witness to the historic proceedings, as an observer to the trials. His family will share original materials, which are now family heirlooms. Personal and world history events are brought together here in Stamford.

Sunday, June 11, 2017
Refreshments will be served.
Program begins @11:00 AM
Temple Beth El
350 Roxbury Road
Stamford CT 06902

FREE and Open to the Public.
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