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Community Events and  Programs


The Southwestern CT Agency on Aging’s Senior Housing Assistance Fund is no longer accepting applications at this time due to funding availability and a significant increase in applications these past few months. We are no longer accepting applications for Norwalk. It is anticipated that we will begin to accept applications around the first of the new year. If you have a client or a friend/family member who has already applied please reach out to Claire Volain directly as they are still working with folks who have already submitted their applications. I will send out a communication when funding is available again. Please do not hesitate to send your clients, friends or family to Claire for benefits counseling and housing questions as she is more than happy to assist. Claire will be keeping a list of individuals who would like to be contacted when funding is made available again, folks are welcome to get on that list as well.

Claire Volain, Southwestern CT Agency on Aging, 1000 Lafayette Boulevard, 9th Floor, Bridgeport, CT 06604, * 203-814-3639


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.


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: February 3, March 2, and March 16. 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.


Congregation Beth El Fairfield invites you to Dueling Pianos, Saturday, February 8th at 7:00 pm, at Jewish Senior Services, 4200 Park Avenue, Bridgeport.

Open Bar, Tapas Style Food and Dessert.

$65 per person in advance and $75 per person at the door.

RSVP by February 5th to or 203-374-5544 or register online HERE.


Congregation Beth El Fairfield Mah Jong Tournament

Sunday, February 9, 2020

11:00 am - 12:30 pm - Refresher Round, 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm - Lunch, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm - Tournament. 1200 Fairfield Woods Road, Fairfield, $36 per person.

Register HERE. by February 2nd to ensure your seat at the tournament!

Or call 203-374-5544. Questions? Contact:

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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