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Community Events and  Programs


The Southwestern CT Agency on Aging and Independent Living

The Southwestern Connecticut Agency on Aging and Independent Living (SWCAA) is a place to turn when you need unbiased, accurate information to help meet the challenges of aging and disability in the community. Federal and State funding supports SWCAA's information specialists which in turn allows staff to refer based on what you need rather than who will profit. Many of SWCAA's services are provided for free or at a sliding scale. The information line, 800-994-9422 is available to everyone at no charge. 

Click HERE: for more information.


Bereavement Support Group - Schoke JFS of Lower Fairfield County

Meets Mondays, 2:30 - 3:30 pm, at Congregation Beth El-Norwalk, 109 East Avenue, Norwalk.

Please note that any interested attendees should contact the group facilitator, Amanda Geffner, LCSW, directly at: 203-921-4161.


Schoke Jewish Family Service of Fairfield County

Pamela & Michael Hirsch Kosher Home Delivered Meal Program


The program delivers five kosher microwave ready meals, provided by Jewish Senior Services, to those in our communities who might have difficulty shopping and preparing their own food.

For more information please contact Jill Knopoff at 203-921-4161 or



Judaism A 2020 Vision 

in partnership with Federation for Jewish Philanthropy of Upper Fairfield County.

Ancient Traditions Through a Contemporary Lens.


What happens when Jewish traditions, rituals, and culture collide with modern-day perspectives, issues, and modalities?
Join us on a year-long exploration to discover a fascinating array of responses and uncover more thought-provoking questions, as the Federation kicks off this new community-wide series of lectures, film screenings, discussions, and more!

Click HERE for a Program Calendar and more information.


Join the Community at Camp Ramah in New England!


Camp Ramah's rich and varied program offers campers the opportunity to grow, learn, and develop life-long friendships as they connect to Judaism in a unique way. Camp Ramah offers two-week sessions for children currently in grades 2-3 and four or eight-week sessions for children in grades 3-10. We offer a $500 tuition discount to eligible new campers, and significant additional financial aid is available.

Explore our website at:!


Federation for Jewish Philanthropy of Upper Fairfield County and Books2Connect: 

Make a difference in a child's life....Become a Book Buddy!

Develop a meaningful one-on-one relationship with a child.

Tuesdays, 12:45 pm - 1:45 pm, at Brookside Elementary School, Norwalk. 

Spend 1 hour a week during the school year reading with children on a one-to-one basis. The goal of the program is to encourage young children to value reading and become confident and competent readers.

Book Buddies is open to students and volunteers of all faiths.

For more information, please contact Co-Chairs: Lauren Zirn at or Anita Chargar at, visit or call 203-659-3602.


Join the HEBREW CONVERSATION GROUP held at the Westport Library. The group is open to those who want to improve or brush up on their Hebrew and have fun at the same time. Our conversations include diverse topics, such as reading short stories and translating, and holiday origins discussed, etc. We meet in the McCall room from 7:30 to 8:45 pm, 20 Jessup Road, Westport. Regular meeting dates are 1st/3rd Mondays of the month. The next meetings are: March 2, March 16, April 6, April 20, May 4, and May 18. There are no meetings when the library is closed. The meetings are free and sponsored by Israelis-in-CT. Contact Susan Cutler or Charles Halasz at for more information.


Play Scrabble in 2020 at the Easton Public Library Community Room

Novices, Enthusiasts & Experts Welcome!

Sundays, 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm:

March 29th, April 26th, May 24th, June 28th, July 26th, August 30th,

September 20th, October 25th, November 22nd, and December 20th.

Please bring your Scrabble game with you.

For more information call the library at 203-261-0134 or call Carl Twickler at 203-268-7126; email:


Fairfield University

The Bennett Center For Judaic Studies

Joan and Henry Katz Lecture in Judaic Studies

Click HERE for more information and a full list of events, programs and lectures.

"Dueling Loyalties: Honor, Citizenship, and Antisemitism in Nineteenth Century Germany"

Wednesday, February 26th, at 7:30 pm, in the Kelley Center Presentation Room at Fairfield University.

Reservations requested, or (203) 254-4000, ext. 2066.

Free and open to the public.

Friends of the Bennett Center For Judaic Studies Reception, In Celebration of Carl Bennett's 100th birthday and the 25+ anniversary of the Bennett Center

Special Piano Performance by Orin Grossman

Tuesday, May 19, 2020, 4:30 - 6:00 pm, Great Hall of Bellarmine, Fairfield University, Minimum contribution required to attend $100 per person.


Debut Novelist Jennifer Rosner at the Westport Library

Tuesday, March 24th at 7:00 pm, meet Jennifer Rosner when she speaks about her novel The Yellow Bird Sings

Set in Poland as World War II rages, a mother hides her young daughter, whose slightest sound may cost them their lives. It is a gripping novel about the unbreakable bond between parent and child and the triumph of humanity and hope in the darkest circumstances.


Community Organizations

Congregation Beth El is concerned about the greater Jewish community as well as our local communities.  Our members participate in various ways, from supporting Jewish Family Service and the food pantry to bi-weekly work at Norwalk's Open Door Shelter to Masorti in Israel.  For more information, please contact the Office.

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