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Geno was Perfect!!  

Geno Auriemma, Head Coach of the University of Connecticut, womens’ basketball team, was the PERFECT guest speaker for the JCC Gala Breakfast on May 6, 2010. Under the exuberant leadership of Brian Miles and Richard Kent, co- chairs and gala committee Dan Lacugna, Hal Rosnick, Eric Gross, Bob Schneider and  Jon August, 32 volunteer “waiters” were recruited who served breakfast with enthusiasm and expertise. Geno graciously signed 40 basketballs, one per table, which was the coveted prize for the guest who offered the highest tip for their waiter. The 360 guests were motivated by Geno’s presentation about the team, his respect for the women and their acheivements and drive for success. This was a perfect morning, a perfect event and winner for the JCC, raising $44,000. Thank you to all who participated and supported the JCC.

 

JCC Adult Winter Basketball Leagues;    Begin Tuesday, November 16th, 2010 or Thursday, November 18th, through March 2011 at the Jewish Community Center, 4200 Park Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06604, 203-372-6567 ext. 120, www.jccs.org   There are two leagues to choose from: Tuesday Night - Full Court - 2 referees, Game times: 7:00pm, 8:00pm, 9:00pm Begins Tuesday, November 16th Team Fee: $800*  Thursday Night - Half Court - 1 referee, Game times: 7:00pm, 8:00pm, 9:00pm Begins Thursday November 18th Team Fee: $650*  There will be a Captain’s meetings for more information on Wednesday, November 10th, at 7:00pm at the JCC. Everyone is welcome.

 

 

 

NOVEMBER 2010

 

 

9:    FILM SCREENING -"Genocide"  Congregation B'nai Torah, 5700 Main St., Trumbull -Tues. at 7:30pm.  Parents' discretion advised.  Discussion will be led after the movie by retired history teacher, Ed Bader.  Admission $5 at the door.  For reservations or information call (203)268-6940 or email: roses45@aol.com.

 

 

 

 

 

10:   COCKTAILS FOR A CAUSE  --  Celebrate “Women and Volunteerism, “recognizing the many ways in which Carson Berkowitz contributes to the vibrancy of our community. Be present on Wednesday, November 10, 2010 at this Fifth Annual festive, fun event. For further information, please contact Carol Robbins at 203-372-6567, ext, 175 or carolr@jccs.org.

 

 

17:  7:30 p.m. The Frank Jacoby Foundation Jewish Lecture Series presents Jonathan Schneer author of "The Balfour Declaration: The Origins of the Arab-Israeli Conflict."  A revelatory history of the Balfour Declaration that laid the foundation stone of the state of Israel, the reverberations of which continue to be felt today. Jonathan Schneer has written a sweeping, deeply researched, and provocative history of this crucial document and the politics, double-dealing, backstabbing, and geopolitical crises that led to it. Jonathan Schneer is a professor at Georgia Tech's School of History, Technology, and Society.  The author of five other books and a former fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies, he has also held fellowships at Oxford and Cambridge Universities and New York University.  Q&A and book signing immediately after lecture. $5 in advance/ $10 at the door. For more information or to reserve seats, contact Vivian Rockmacher at 372-6567, ext. 127 or vivian127@jccs.org.

 

18:   7:30 pm - The Carl and Dorothy Bennett Center for Judaic Studies at Fairfield University will present The Adolf and Ruth Schnurmacher Lecture in Judaic Studies given by Dr. Richard Freund, Prof. of Jewish History and Director of the Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies, University of Hartford, Hartford, CT. “Archeology and Re-Discovery of the Sobibor Death Camp.” This event is made possible by a gift from the Adolph and Ruth Schnurmacher Foundation. Admission: free. Seating is limited. Reservations are requested. Call the Carl and Dorothy Bennett Center for Judaic Studies, Fairfield University after September 1, 2010. (203) 254-4000, ext. 2066.

 

20:    A Jazz Nite will be held at Congregation B'nai Torah, 5700 Main St., Trumbull at 7:30 pm featuring the Chris Coogan Trio, with Chris on piano,Jim Clark on saxophone and John Mobilio playing bass.  They will perform original and traditional music including Broadway tunes and Great American songs with a repertoire including strait-ahead jazz, fusion jazz and boogie-woogie. Coogan sees himself as a catalyst who uses the medium of music to bring people together.  Audience requests will be accepted.  Refreshments will be provided. $10 per person. RSVP to (203)268-6940

 

21:    1 p.m. "Menorah Depot" at the JCC. This exciting workshop will bring Jewish tradition alive through a series of creative hands-on crafts and activities by actively involving children in the educational process. These experiences inspire children and their families to translate Jewish learning into joyful Jewish celebrations. No prior knowledge about any of the Holidays is needed. All workshops are co-sponsored by The UJA/Federation of Eastern Fairfield County and Chabad of Fairfield. (No Membership at JCC or synagogue is required to participate. For more information on workshop fee or to reserve a spot, please contact Vivian Rockmacher at 372-6567, ext. 127 or vivian127@jccs.org.

  

 

DECEMBER 2010

 

4:  Saturday, 8 p.m.  Bridgeport- "Chanukah with the Sound Tigers"  Third annual community-wide celebration will feature Kosher concessions, holiday music, and an on-ice Menorah lighting.  Fans will compete in a latke eating contest.  Tickets:  $15/adult, $13/child and can be purchased at JCC and synagogue offices, or online at www.ChabadFF.com/soundtigers.
 
5:  Sunday, 4:00 p.m.  Fairfield- "Menorah Lighting on the Green"  FREE & open to the public.  Featuring lighting of a 9-foot Menorah, live music & Chanukah refreshments. Highlight: "The Spectacular Chanukah Ride"- hop aboard a horse-drawn carriage for an adventurous journey into the Chanukah story!  Music, treats and surprises pop up at every corner.  Rides begin 3:30 p.m.- to reserve a spot please visit www.ChabadFF.com.  Sponsored by Chabad of Fairfield, 203.373.1118.  

 

 

5:  CONCERT: "A CHANUKAH IN SONG" with Cantor Jason Green and Friends  Sunday, December 5, 2010 at 3:00 P.M. at Congregation Rodeph Sholom.  2385 Park Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06604  Tickets: $50 reserved / $25 general / $10 child 4-11.   Call 203.334.0159 or purchase securely online at www.rodephsholom.com.   Join Cantor Jason Green of Congregation Rodeph Sholom, Cantor Alisa Pomerantz-Boro (Congregation Beth El, NJ), Maestro and accompanist Stephen Glass (Montreal), the Rodeph Sholom Choirs, and Cantor Green's Journey Singers for an unforgettable 4th-day-of-Chanukah concert, including fun and moving Jewish music, Chanukah Menora lighting, a new surprise "Adon Olam", and chocolate Chanukah gelt and dreidels for all! A latke and dessert reception for all guests will follow the concert. A portion of the proceeds from the concert will fund scholarships to Jewish study programs and Jewish summer camps for the community's children and teens. To donate towards the cause by purchasing an ad in the concert program book, please contact cantorgreen@gmail.com

 

11, 12:  Bridgeport-  Theatre at the JCC!  Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “The Sound of Music”.  Show Dates:  December 11, 2010 at 7:30 p.m. and December 12, 2010 at 1:00p.m.  Tickets- 10$.  For more information call Alison at 203-372-6567 Ext. 128 or Email Alison@jccs.org.

 

 

14:  FILM SCREENING "Unlikely Heroes-Jews Who Save Jews"  - Congregation B'nai Torah, 5700 Main St., Trumbull - Tues. at 7:30 pm.  Discussion will be led after the movie by retired history teacher, Ed Bader. Admission $5 at the door.  For reservations, call (203)268-6940 or email: roses45@aol.com. 

 

 

JANUARY 2011

 

9:   “Growing Alliance: Pro-Israel Support in the Christian and African American Communities”   Join us for a Community Wide Event at the JCC - 4200 Park Ave., Bridgeport, CT on Sunday, January 9, 2011 at 10:30 AM featuring Reverend Dr. Dee Dee Coleman, Pastor at The Russell Street Missionary Baptist Church in Detroit, Michigan and Jeff Mendelsohn, AIPAC National Outreach Director, as we explore support for a strong U.S.-Israel alliance outside of the Jewish community.  Mr. Mendelsohn heads AIPAC’s effort to promote pro-Israel activism among key members of the Hispanic, African-American, and religiously motivated Christian communities.  With Mr. Mendelsohn, Pastor Coleman traveled to Israel in 2008 on an educational trip sponsored by AIPAC’s affiliated charitable foundation.  Since returning from what she has called a "life-changing" experience, Reverend Coleman has been amongst Israel’s most ardent and outspoken supporters, addressing audiences across the country, including 7,000 activists at the concluding plenary of the 2010 AIPAC Policy Conference.  This event is free of charge and open to the community.  A light, dairy, kosher breakfast will be served.  Seating will be limited.  To reserve your seat, please contact Joyce at 203-372-6567, ext. 129.


13:   7:30 p.m. The Frank Jacoby Foundation Jewish Lecture Series presents Erica Brown author of "Confronting Scandal: How Jews Can Respond When Jews Do Bad Things." Madoff, Spitzer, Abramoff. This is the first time in Jewish history that a former prime minister and a president of Israel have been convicted of crime. Why are so many high-profile Jews in the medial for all the wrong reasons? Why do we feel so uncomfortable about wrongdoings we never committed? Brown looks back in Jewish history and forward in time to think about how we manage shame by association, how we air dirty laundry and how we return to a higher purpose using Jewish texts, contemporary psychology and philosophy and old-fashioned common sense. Dr. Erica Brown is a Jewish educator and writer, winner of the Avi Chai Award and the 2009 Covenant Award for her innovative work in Jewish education. Q&A and book signing immediately after lecture. $5 in advance/ $10 at the door. For more information or to reserve seats, contact Vivian Rockmacher at 372-6567, ext. 127 or vivian127@jccs.org

 

14:    5:30 p.m. "Tu B'Shvat Family Shabbat Dinner" at the JCC. Co-sponsored by The UJA/Federation of Eastern Fairfield County and Chabad of Fairfield. (No Membership at JCC or synagogue is required to participate). For more information on the family dinner fee or to reserve a spot, please contact Vivian Rockmacher at 372-6567, ext. 127 or vivian127@jccs.org

 

29:   7:00 PM.  Comedy Night and Auction at Congregation Beth El, Fairfield.  Details to follow.  Call 203-374-5544 for more information. 

 

 

FEBRUARY 2011

 

 9:   8:00 pm - The Carl and Dorothy Bennett Center for Judaic Studies at Fairfield University will present the Samuel and Bettie Roberts Memorial Lecture in Jewish Art by Artist Norman Gorbaty. Lecture title: “To Honor My People: Reflections of a Jewish Artist ” Lecture location: Charles F. Dolan School of Business. Admission: free. For reservations and further details, contact the Bennett Center at (203) 254-4000, ext. 2066. **Note: Norman Gorbaty's paintings, sculptures, and works on paper and wood, which are based on Jewish themes will be featured in a unique display in the University's Walsh Gallery in the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts from January 27-March 28, 2011, in conjunction with a display of his works of a secular nature, which will be shown in the University's new Bellarmine Hall Gallery, scheduled to open mid to late January. For details regarding gallery hours, call the Quick Center at (203) 254-4010.

 

MARCH 2011

 

4:   6:00-9:00 p.m. Congregation Rodeph Sholom Shabbat Across America Services and Dinner. For additional information, call 203-334-0159.

 

8:    FILM SERIES -- Congregation B'nai Torah, 5700 Main St., Trumbull will be sponsoring a film series beginning Tues., Oct. 12 at 7:30 pm.  The first movie entitled Echoes That Remain is a warm and rich documentary portrait of Eastern European Jewry before the Holocaust.  It combines hundreds of rare archival photos and previously unseen film footage with live action sequences shot on location at the sites of former Jewish communities in Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Poland and Romania.  The films are produced by Moriah Films, a division of The Simon Wiesenthal Center.  The other titles and dates in the series are:  Genocide (Nov.9), Unlikely Heroes- Jews Who Save Jews (Dec. 14), Liberation-Allies Freeing Prisoners (March 8), The Long Way Home - Finding Places for Former Prisoners to Live (April 5), I Have Never Forgotten You-Wiesenthal Search for Nazis (May 24).  Parents' discretion advised due to the sensitivity of the Genocide movie.  Discussion will be led after the movie by Ed Bader, a retired history teacher with the Newtown School System.  Mr. Bader received his BA in History and English from Southern Connecticut State University, an MA in secondary education as well as pre-doctoral studies from UCONN.  Admission price for the series of six movies is $25 per person or $5 each at the door.  For reservations or additional information, call (203)268-6940 or email: roses45@aol.com.  

 

 

 

9:   7:30 p.m. The Frank Jacoby Foundation Jewish Lecture Series presents Marilyn Berger author of "This Is A Soul: The Mission of Rick Hodes." Rick Hodes went to Ethiopia twenty years ago to help in the evacuation of Jews to Israel. He is still there under the auspices of the AMerican Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, ministering to the sickest of the sick of all the religions in one of the poorest countries on earth. The book considers the phenomenon of altruism and how it contributes to the joy of life. As a modern Orthodox Jew, Rick Hodes truly believes that "whoever saves a life is considered as if he saved an entire world", and he practices that belief every day, creating miracles along the way. Marilyn Berger has been a journalist for more than forty years covering the Middle East, arms control, foreign trade, the White House and events in countries from Czechoslovakia to China. She is the widow of Don Hewitt, the creator of "60 Minutes." Q&A and book signing immediately after lecture. $5 in advance/ $10 at the door. For more information or to reserve seats, contact Vivian Rockmacher at 372-6567, ext. 127 or vivian127@jccs.org

 

10:   7:30 pm -The 2011 Carl and Dorothy Bennett Lecture in Judaic Studies will feature Ms. Ruth Messinger, CEO of American Jewish World Service, an international organization motivated by Judaism's imperative to pursue justice, and dedicated to alleviating poverty, hunger and disease among people of the developing world regardless of race, religion, or nationality. Lecture title: “Jews as Global Citizens: Our Responsibility I the World”Location: Charles F. Dolan School of Business. Admission: free. Limited seating. Reservations strongly suggested. Call the Carl and Dorothy Bennett Center for Judaic Studies at Fairfield University (203) 254-4000, ext. 2066.

 

20:  Purim Carnival at Congregation Rodeph Sholom. For additional information, call 203-334-0159.

 

 

20:    4:30 p.m. "Grand Purim Feast" at the JCC. Co-sponsored by The UJA/Federation of Eastern Fairfield County and Chabad of Fairfield. (No Membership at JCC or synagogue is required to participate). For more information on the family dinner fee or to reserve a spot, please contact Vivian Rockmacher at 372-6567, ext. 127 or vivian127@jccs.org.

 

23:  A Taste of Merkaz. Join the community for an evening of adult learning. 6 – 9 P.M on Wednesday, March 23, 2011.  Contact Margery Verlezza for more information. (203) 372-6567 Ext. 139  or  margery@jccs.org  Be A Part Of It!

 

29:   7:30 pm - Researcher, author and curator Samuel Gruber, Ph.D., will speak. He is the founder and managing director of Gruber Heritage Global (GHG), a cultural resources consulting firm.  GHG includes the Jewish Heritage Research Center (JHRC), which Gruber has directed since 1995, and also serves the not-for-profit International Survey of Jewish Monuments (ISJM). Dolan School of Business Dining Room, 7:30 p.m. Lecture title will be announced at a later date. For further information, contact Dr. Gavriel Rosenfeld, associate professor of history at Fairfield, at (203) 254-4000, ext. 3198. 

 

 

 APRIL 2010

 

5:   7:30 pm - The Carl and Dorothy Bennett Center for Judaic Studies at Fairfield University, in conjunction with the University's Catholic Studies Program, will present the 5th Annual Lecture in Jewish-Christian Engagement, featuring Dr. Mary C. Boys, Skinner and McAlpin Professor of Practical Theology, Union Theological Seminary, New York City. Lecture title: TBA. Location: Charles Dolan School of Business Dining Room. Admission: free. Seating will be limited. Reservations are strongly suggested. Contact the Bennett Center at (203) 254-4000, ext. 2066.

 

 

5:    FILM SERIES -- Congregation B'nai Torah, 5700 Main St., Trumbull will be sponsoring a film series beginning Tues., Oct. 12 at 7:30 pm.  The first movie entitled Echoes That Remain is a warm and rich documentary portrait of Eastern European Jewry before the Holocaust.  It combines hundreds of rare archival photos and previously unseen film footage with live action sequences shot on location at the sites of former Jewish communities in Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Poland and Romania.  The films are produced by Moriah Films, a division of The Simon Wiesenthal Center.  The other titles and dates in the series are:  Genocide (Nov.9), Unlikely Heroes- Jews Who Save Jews (Dec. 14), Liberation-Allies Freeing Prisoners (March 8), The Long Way Home - Finding Places for Former Prisoners to Live (April 5), I Have Never Forgotten You-Wiesenthal Search for Nazis (May 24).  Parents' discretion advised due to the sensitivity of the Genocide movie.  Discussion will be led after the movie by Ed Bader, a retired history teacher with the Newtown School System.  Mr. Bader received his BA in History and English from Southern Connecticut State University, an MA in secondary education as well as pre-doctoral studies from UCONN.  Admission price for the series of six movies is $25 per person or $5 each at the door.  For reservations or additional information, call (203)268-6940 or email: roses45@aol.com

 

10:   Congregation B’nai Torah is proud to announce that the 2011 Chai Award is lovingly going to be awarded to Anita and Hal Rosnick. Mark your calendar now, for Sunday, April 10, 2011, at the JCCS in Bridgeport. Committees are being formed now, so all volunteers are welcome. Please contact Roz Friedman (rozandart@att.net) or Ellen Mendell (esjjj@aol.com).

 

 

10:    1 p.m. "The Great Matzah Race" at the JCC. This exciting workshop will bring Jewish tradition alive through a series of creative hands-on crafts and activities by actively involving children in the educational process. These experiences inspire children and their families to translate Jewish learning into joyful Jewish celebrations. No prior knowledge about any of the Holidays is needed. All workshops are co-sponsored by The UJA/Federation of Eastern Fairfield County and Chabad of Fairfield. (No Membership at JCC or synagogue is required to participate. For more information on workshop fee or to reserve a spot, please contact Vivian Rockmacher at 372-6567, ext. 127 or vivian127@jccs.org.

 

10:   4:00 pm - Carl and Dorothy Bennett Center for Judaic Studies Annual Donor Reception. Details to be announced at a later date. Information can be obtained by calling the Bennett Center at (203) 254-4000, ext. 2066.

 

27:   7:30 pm - The Carl and Dorothy Bennett Center for Judaic Studies at Fairfield University, in conjunction with Campus Ministry and KADIMA (the University's undergraduate students Jewish cultural club) will present a special Holocaust Commemoration Program and multi-media lecture by Pierre Sauvage, Child Holocaust Survivor, Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker, and President of the Chambon Foundation. Lecture title: “A Time for Rescue: America and the Holocaust” Location: Barone Campus Center, Oak Room. Admission: free. Note: Seating for this event is limited and reservations are necessary. Call the Carl and Dorothy Bennett Center for Judaic Studies at (203) 254-4000, extension 2066.

 

 

 MAY 2010

 

2:   10:00 am - 3:30 pm Women's Auxiliary of The Jewish Home for the Elderly, Annual Spring Luncheon and Boutique, location TBD.  Co-Chaired by Peri Cook and Susan Freed. $100-$250 per person.   For more information contact please contact Dayna Hayden, Coordinator, Auxiliaries & Events, 203-365-6409 or dhayden@jhe.org.

 

4:   7:30 p.m. The Frank Jacoby Foundation Jewish Lecture Series presents Eric Metaxas author of "Boenhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Porphet, Spy" A Righteous Gentile vs. The Third Reich." As Adolf Hitler and the Nazis seduced a nation, bullied a continent, and attempted to exterminate the Jews of Europe, a small number of dissidents and saboteurs worked to dismantle the Third Reich from the inside. One of these was Dietrich Bonhoeffer- a young pastor in his twenties. He, his brother, Jewish brother-in-law and his Jewish best friend were executed in 1945 in concentration camps for their part in the plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler.  Eric Metaxas is The New York Timesbestselling author of Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and teh Heroic Campaign to End Slavery, which was the companion book to the major motion picture "Amazing Grace." His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, and Atlantic Monthlyand he has appeared as a cultural commentator on CNN and FoxNews. Q&A and book signing immediately after lecture. $5 in advance/ $10 at the door. For more information or to reserve seats, contact Vivian Rockmacher at 372-6567, ext. 127 or vivian127@jccs.org

 

21:   7:30 PM. Congregation Beth El of Fairfield, Annual Gala. Honorees TBA. For more information, call 203-374-5544

 

 

24:    FILM SERIES -- Congregation B'nai Torah, 5700 Main St., Trumbull will be sponsoring a film series beginning Tues., Oct. 12 at 7:30 pm.  The first movie entitled Echoes That Remain is a warm and rich documentary portrait of Eastern European Jewry before the Holocaust.  It combines hundreds of rare archival photos and previously unseen film footage with live action sequences shot on location at the sites of former Jewish communities in Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Poland and Romania.  The films are produced by Moriah Films, a division of The Simon Wiesenthal Center.  The other titles and dates in the series are:  Genocide (Nov.9), Unlikely Heroes- Jews Who Save Jews (Dec. 14), Liberation-Allies Freeing Prisoners (March 8), The Long Way Home - Finding Places for Former Prisoners to Live (April 5), I Have Never Forgotten You-Wiesenthal Search for Nazis (May 24).  Parents' discretion advised due to the sensitivity of the Genocide movie.  Discussion will be led after the movie by Ed Bader, a retired history teacher with the Newtown School System.  Mr. Bader received his BA in History and English from Southern Connecticut State University, an MA in secondary education as well as pre-doctoral studies from UCONN.  Admission price for the series of six movies is $25 per person or $5 each at the door.  For reservations or additional information, call (203)268-6940 or email: roses45@aol.com

 

 

 

JUNE 2011

 

 

JULY 2011