Upcoming Programs at JHSGH

To learn more about an event, click on the event's title or view the program descriptions below. Please contact the historical society staff if you have any questions.


Pastrami on Rye: Deli Dinner & Presentation by author Ted Merwin.

Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Ave., West Hartford

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

6:00 pm

Co-sponsored by JHSGH and The Crown Market

Due to an "overstuffed" response to the Pastrami on Rye program, we are moving the location to the Innovation Center at the Mandell JCC - Second Floor. We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday at 6:00 PM!

For much of the twentieth century, the New York Jewish deli was an iconic institution in both Jewish and American life. As a social space it rivaled—and in some ways surpassed—the synagogue as the primary gathering place for the Jewish community. In popular culture it has been the setting for classics like When Harry Met Sally. And today, after a long period languishing in the trenches of the hopelessly old-fashioned, it is experiencing a nostalgic resurgence.

Hartford Jewish deli history will also be included!

Come hear from the author of the first full length history on the topic and enjoy some delicious food from Crown.

Cost: $12 per person

Register online no later than March 20th using the link below or download this form and mail with a check made out to JHSGH to 333 Bloomfield Ave., West Hartford, CT 06117

Registrations have now closed.


For more information, call 860-727-6170 or email lnewman@jewishhartford.org.


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The Jews of Spain: Dinner & Lecture with Andrée Aelion Brooks

160 Mohegan Drive, West Hartford

Sunday, April 2, 2017

6:00 pm

Co-sponsored by JHSGH and the Emanuel Synagogue Adult Education Committee.

Enjoy a kosher Spanish-themed meal at 6:00 PM followed by a lecture at 7:15 PM with speaker Andrée Aelion Brooks, who will discuss 1,500 years of the unique culture of Sephardic Jews.

Andrée Aelion Brooks is a journalist, author and lecturer currently specializing in Jewish history. A former contributing columnist for the New York Times, she is now an Associate Fellow at Yale University and founder of the Women’s Campaign School at Yale. Her award-winning books include a biography of Dona Gracia Nasi, the 16th century international banker; Russian Dance, about a Jewish Bolshevik spy; and Out of Spain, a children’s program in Sephardic history. In 2013 she was honored by the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame.

Members (of either institution): $36, Non-Members: $40

Please register by Wednesday, March 22nd

Download the form here and return with check payable to JHSGH, 333 Bloomfield Ave, West Hartford, CT 06117 or pay online using the button below.

Select price

For more information, call 860-727-6170 or email lnewman@jewishhartford.org.


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The Bridge Ladies Book Talk

160 Mohegan Drive, West Hartford

Thursday, April 20, 2017

7:00 pm

Co-sponsored by JHSGH and the Emanuel Synagogue Adult Education Committee.

Join us as we welcome author Betsy Lerner to speak about her memoir, The Bridge Ladies.

A fifty-year-old bridge game, and the secrets it held, provides an unexpected way to cross the generational divide between the author and her mother. Betsy Lerner takes us on an intimate and powerfully personal literary journey where we learn a little about bridge and a lot about life. When her mother needs help after surgery, it falls to Betsy to take care of her. She expected a week of tense civility; what she got instead were the Bridge Ladies. Impressed with their loyalty, she realized her generation was lacking. Facebook was great, but it wouldn’t deliver a pot roast. Betsy becomes a regular fixture at her mother’s Monday Bridge Club, and before long she comes under the spell of the game. But it is through her friendships with the ladies that she is finally able face years of misunderstandings and family tragedy.

For more information, call 860-727-6170 or email lnewman@jewishhartford.org.


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Bus Trip to Touro Synagogue and Jewish Newport Walking Tour

Meet at JHSGH office

333 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford

Sunday, April 30, 2017

9:00 am - (approximately) 6:00 pm

Join us on a professionally guided tour of the historic Touro Synagogue in Newport, Rhode Island and an optional walking tour of Jewish Newport. The bus will leave from the JHSGH office promptly at 9:00 am (please arrive by 8:45 AM) and will return approximately 6:00 pm. This bus trip is co-sponsored by JHSGH and the Emanuel Synagogue Adult Education Committee.

Synagogue tour will be approximately 12-1 pm, with the walking tour at approximately 2:45-3:45pm with lunch on your own. Registration covers transportation, museum, and tour fees and does not include lunch.

Members (of either organization): $40, Non-Members: $45

Download the form here and return with check payable to JHSGH, 333 Bloomfield Ave, West Hartford, CT 06117 or pay online using the button below.

Select price

Call 860-727-6170 or email lnewman@jewishhartford.org for more information.


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Bal Ej: The Hidden Jews of Ethiopia Film and Talk

Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Ave., West Hartford

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

1:00 pm

Sponsored by JHSGH for Israel Festival Week

Join us for a screening of Bal Ej: The Hidden Jews of Ethiopia, a film by Israeli filmmaker Irene Orleansky. An introduction to the topic and historical overview will be provided by Len Lyons, author of the book The Ethiopian Jews of Israel.

This program is open to everyone and is free of charge.

Call 860-727-6170 or email lnewman@jewishhartford.org for more information.


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JHSGH Annual Meeting - From Hoops to Home Runs: Jews that Influenced American Sports

Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Ave., West Hartford

Monday, June 12, 2017

7:00 pm

Join us for our annual meeting and a presentation by Bennet Muraskin, as well as a look back at Hartford's Jewish athletes.

Call 860-727-6170 or email lnewman@jewishhartford.org for more information.


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