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Upcoming and Recent Events

Yom Hashoah Commemoration: Standing Together in Remembrance

5 May 2024 / 2:00 pm

UConn Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Life is co-sponsoring this Holocaust memorial event along with Mandell JCC Greater Hartford, CT Voices of Hope, and The Holocaust Education Resource and Outreach Center. Click here for more info.

Location: West Hartford Conference Center (Town Hall), 50 S Main St, West Hartford, CT 06107

Avinoam Patt: Book Launch and Farewell Reception

2 May 2024 / 12:30 pm

Please join us as we learn about the latest work from, and bid farewell to, author and former Doris and Simon Konover Chair and Director of our Center for Judaic Studies Avinoam Patt as he journeys to the next chapter of his academic career. Click here for more info.

Location: Babbidge Library, Level 4 - Heritage Room

On April 2, 2024, Richard Sosis, author and the James Barnett Professor of Humanistic Anthropology at the University of Connecticut gave a book talk about his new book The Ping Pong Player and the Professor, a quirky memoir about the adventures of a Jewish anthropologist and his son, an elite player, in the colorful subculture of this extraordinary sport. The event took place in the Heritage Room on Level 4 of the Babbidge Library. It was a conversation, over a light kosher lunch, with students, faculty, and the community.

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ALEPH: A New Community-Wide Jewish Learning Initiative

Mandell JCC and UConn Judaic Studies renew "ALEPH: The Institute of Jewish Ideas," for a second year of community learning. Under the timely theme "On Jews, Judaism, and the Pursuit of Social Justice," members and organizations are invited to a dive into Jewish history and sources. [Learn more about ALEPH]