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On February 24, 4:00-5:30 pm, don’t miss one of the world’s premier Jewish choral ensembles performing a sweeping program featuring four centuries of Jewish music! The program, hosted by Charter Oak Cultural Center, will be held at 21 Charter Oak Avenue, Hartford. [Learn more]
The Jewish Hartford: European Roots project is generously funded by the Konover Coppa Family Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Hartford and is housed at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center at the University of Connecticut. [Learn more]
On March 25 Esther Dischereit will present "Jewish Lives, the Situation in Germany, and Islamic-Jewish Encounters–Or, Why Nothing Could Be More Important Than Apple Trees When Talking About Jews." [Learn more]
Sunday, February 24th, 2019
04:00 PM - 05:30 PM
Downtown HartfordCharter Oak Cultural Center, 21 Charter Oak Ave. Hartford
Liturgical masterworks from the 19th and 20th centuries.
A tribute to Leonard Bernstein with two selections.
Italian Baroque music by Salamone Rossi and Carlo Grossi
Songs from Israel on the theme of reconciliation.
Tickets: $20 / $15 Seniors (65+) / $5 Students & Children.
No one turned away due to lack of funds.
Part of the Charter Oak Cultural Centerâs Celebration of Jewish Arts & Culture
This event is supported by:
Samuel Roskin Trust at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, The Harry E. Goldfarb Family Foundation, UConn Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life, LAZ Parking, Rona Gollob,and Sherry Banks-Cohn
Thursday, March 7th, 2019
12:30 PM - 02:00 PM
Stamford CampusRoom 129
Political Science research has identified religiously observant individuals by using two measures: how often they attend religious services and how important they state religion is in their lives. Studies demonstrate that most people who are frequent attendees and for whom religion plays a very important role tend to be politically conservative. They often vote for Republican candidates and support more right-wing causes.
However, what happens when the opposite is true? Are there people who are traditionally religiously observant yet politically liberal or progressive? How do they reconcile their political beliefs with their religion? Join us as we hear from people who identify with traditional religious denominations yet who are politically progressive or liberal.
The event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the UConn Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life.
If you require an accommodation to participate, please contact Stamford Coordinator for Judaic Studies Prof. Fred Roden at firstname.lastname@example.org or 203-251-8559.
Tuesday, March 19th, 2019
07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
OtherEmanuel Synagogue, 160 Mohegan Drive, West Hartford
with Professor Walter Zev Feldman
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
The Emanuel Synagogue
160 Mohegan Drive
West Hartford, CT
Since the 1990s, the so called âklezmer musicâ became immensely popular both among Jews
and non-Jews. Emerging in 16th century Prague, and spreading throughout the broad territory of the Eastern Ashkenazim, the Jewish musical guild-member, the klezmer (pl. klezmorim) shaped this unique musical and
This lecture, with the use of musical examples and demonstration in dance, will discuss why the knowledge of its history and aesthetics is crucial to the understanding of the culture of
the Jews, and of modern Europe at large.
Walter Zev Feldman is a leading researcher
in both Ottoman Turkish and Jewish music. He is currently a Senior Research Fellow at NYU
in Abu Dhabi.
Jewish Hartford European Roots
The Emanuel Synagogue Adult Education Program
Jewish Historical Society
Tuesday, March 26th, 2019
04:00 PM - 05:30 PM
Storrs CampusHumanities Institute Seminar Room, Babbidge Library 4th Floor
For more information, please visit https://humanities.uconn.edu/2018-19fellows/.
If you require accommodation for this event, please contact email@example.com at least one week prior to the event.
Thursday, March 28th, 2019
12:30 PM - 01:30 PM
Storrs CampusDodd Research Center Room 104
The Yiddish Tish luncheon discussion group is a small, intimate gathering of members from the community and campus who meet monthly to read and speak Yiddish.
These sessions are open to any and all faculty, staff, students, and community members.
All reading and speaking levels are welcome.
Please bring a bag lunch, and we will provide dessert and drinks!
The Yiddish Tish is a program of the Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life at UConn.
If you require an accommodation to participate, please contact Pamela Weathers at firstname.lastname@example.org or 860-486-2271.
Thursday, April 4th, 2019
12:30 PM - 01:30 PM
Storrs CampusOak Hall 236
The talk is free and open to the public. It is made possible by the UConn Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life, the Humanities Institute, the Anthropology Department, and the Department of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages.
If you require an accommodation to participate, please contact Pamela Weathers at 860-486-2271 or email@example.com.
About the Talk:
Few direct clues exist to the everyday lives and beliefs of ordinary Jews in antiquity. Just like their neighbors throughout the eastern and southern Mediterranean, Mesopotamia, Arabia, and Egypt, ancient Jews scribbled and drew graffiti everyplaceâin and around markets, hippodromes, theaters, pagan temples, open cliffs, sanctuaries, and even inside burial caves and synagogues. In this talk, Prof. Stern reveals how these markings can tell us more than we might expect about the men and women who made them. Drawing analogies with modern graffiti practices, she documents the overlooked connections between Jews and their neighbors to shed new light on the richness of their quotidian lives and on how commonly popular Jewish practices of prayer, mortuary commemoration, commerce, and civic engagement crossed ethnic and religious boundaries.
About the Speaker:
Karen B. Stern, Associate Professor of History at Brooklyn College of CUNY, conducts research across disciplines of archaeology, history, and religion and teaches courses on Mediterranean cultural history, visual history, and the material culture of Jews in the Greek and Roman worlds. She has conducted field research throughout the Mediterranean and has excavated in Petra (Jordan), Sepphoris (Israel), and ancient Pylos and the Athenian Agora (Greece). Having taught at Dartmouth College, USC, and Brown University, she has served as a research fellow of the NEH, Albright Institute of Archaeological Research (Jerusalem), and the Getty Villa.