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June 1, 2016, “Re-Harvesting Sukkot, Pesach, and Shavuot: Recapturing the Meaning of the Pilgrimage Festivals”

Stuart Miller

On June 1 at 7:30PM, Professor Stuart Miller will speak at Congregation Beth El in Fairfield, CT (1200 Fairfield Woods Road).

He will be presenting a Road Show lecture entitled “Re-Harvesting Sukkot, Pesach, and Shavuot: Recapturing the Meaning of the Pilgrimage Festivals.”

For more information about Road Show presentations, email the Center at

The Hartford Seminary – Jewish Peacemaking Fellow

Hartford SeminaryHartford Seminary is thrilled to announce that its International Peacemaking Program (IPP) will expand for 2016-17 with the help of generous donors to include a scholarship designated for a Jewish student.

“The IPP program is a unique educational framework that combines interfaith engagement in both classroom and residential settings with practical training in peacemaking skills. Having Jewish students in the program promises to bring the wisdom of the Jewish tradition into the mix, enriching both the Jewish participants and their Christian and Muslim peers,” said Prof. Yehezkel Landau, Associate Professor of Interfaith Relations.

Participants in the International Peacemaking Program are college graduates who study interfaith dialogue, conflict transformation, and leadership skills. They live in intentionally interfaith housing on campus, spend time in local faith communities, and receive training in public speaking and engagement.

Upon completion of the required 18-credits (six full courses taken in one academic year), all scholarship recipients receive a Graduate Certificate in either Interfaith Dialogue or Islamic Studies and Christian-Muslim Relations. Fellows additionally conceive and implement a leadership project as part of their program requirements. Peacemaking scholarships include tuition, books, travel to and from Hartford Seminary, and housing.

Those interested in the scholarship for Jewish students should contact IPP Director Phoebe Milliken at or 860-509-9552.

Deadline: May 15, 2016

May 6, 2016, “An Unstable Region, An Uncertain Future: Israel and the Middle East Today”


On May 6th at 8:15 PM, Dr. Jeremy Pressman will speak at Beth El Temple in West Hartford, CT.

He will be presenting a Road Show lecture entitled “An Unstable Region, An Uncertain Future: Israel and the Middle East Today.”

For more information about Road Show presentations, email the Center at

2016 IAJGS Conference in Seattle – 8/7/16


The International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies is very excited that this summer’s conference  will be held in Seattle, WA, USA, from August 7 – 12, 2016.  This annual conference brings together family searchers, academics, professional genealogists, historians, and a wide variety of individuals form around the world who cherish the heritage and future of the Jewish people.

This year’s conference includes some 325 events during the week– lectures, presentations, meal events and computer workshops – nearly 250 of them hosted by a speaker or panel.

For more information or to register for the conference, click here.

Upstander Academy – Registration Deadline

Dodd lobbyThe Dodd Center and the Upstander Project are proud to present the Upstander Academy, an inquiry-based professional development opportunity for secondary educators with a focus on genocide and human rights education.
The first Intellectual Humility in Public Discourse Summer Institute, the Upstander Academy will help teachers promote social emotional competencies and learning, foster intellectual humility, and address complex historical and cultural issues.
Learn About:
  • New content about post-genocide Rwanda and cultural genocide against Native Americans through forced removal of children;
  • Methodologies designed to provide exposure to intellectual humility for learning and justice;
  • Innovative teaching techniques that support the Inquiry Arc, and critical and creative thinking;
  • Instructional strategies that bridge the social studies to social and emotional learning;
  • Ways to celebrate and model the skills of upstanders;
  • Opportunities to join a community of professionals that integrates human rights and genocide education into classrooms.

April 18 – Yale’s Judaic Studies Program Hosts Annual Colloquium

Colloquium flyer
On April 18, 2016 from 4:00 – 7:00 PM, Yale’s Judaic Studies Program will be holding its annual Judaic Studies Colloquium.
Guest speakers include:
  • Yishai Keil – “Dynamics of Sexual Desire: Babylonian Rabbinic Culture at the Crossroads of Christian and Zoroastrian Ethics”
  • David Sorkin/Lucy G. Moses – “Interminable Emancipation: Jews and Citizenship”
A light dinner will be served.
Please RSVP to

Ralph I. Goldman Fellowship in Global Jewish Leadership

RalphThe Ralph I. Goldman Fellowship in Global Jewish Leadership (RIG) is the Joint Distribution Committee’s (JDC) premier leadership opportunity, awarded to one person annually, for young thinkers and doers — policy makers, writers, business innovators, artists, and community builders. The Fellowship enriches a rising leader through direct exposure to local communities around the world and key challenges confronting the Jewish people. Fellows plan their year alongside senior JDC staff, identifying and designing 2-3 unique overseas placements shaped by their skills, interests and the critical needs of communities abroad. This is a paid, professional opportunity for an exceptional young leader who is committed to impacting the global Jewish world. RIG Fellows receive a stipend and generous benefits.

Qualifications include:

  • Professional achievement in the candidate’s chosen career
  • Demonstrated exceptional leadership and communication skills
  • Strong interest in international Jewish affairs and public service
  • Knowledge of foreign language(s) is a plus but not a requirement
  • Formal and/or informal Jewish education is a plus but not a requirement
  • Bachelor’s degree and proven academic excellence. Master’s degree a plus but not a requirement.

Application deadline: May 31, 2016

Society for Sefardic Studies Annual Conference in Jerusalem

SefaradOn Tuesday, May 31, 2016, the Society for Sefardic Studies at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem will be presenting its annual conference.
“The aim of this conference is to clarify and analyze the Sefardic context of the term “egodocument” and also to expose the variety of literary expressions of egodocuments in Iberia and in the Sefardic diaspora from the middle ages to modern times.”

Charter Oak Cultural Center – Jewish Play Writing Contest – April 14, 2016

jewish playwritingWhat: Jewish Play Writing Contest
When: April 14, 2016 @ 7:00 PM
Where: The Charter Oak Cultural Center, 21 Charter Oak Avenue, Hartford, CT
An international search for the best unpublished Jewish plays, the Jewish Plays Project has vetted 913 plays from 650 writers worldwide since 2012.
Enjoy – and judge – this year’s top three.
Watch a cast of stellar actors read 20-minute sections from three plays, hear JPP Founder David Winitsky share the latest trends, and then use your cell phone to vote for the play that should continue on.
The ultimate winner gets a workshop production in New York as part of JPP’s OPEN: Festival of New Jewish Theater this June.