ALEPH: The Institute of Jewish Ideas is a new community-wide Jewish learning initiative, supported by a community donor through their family fund at the Jewish Community Foundation, co-sponsored by the Mandell JCC and UConn Judaic Studies. The Institute will choose an annual theme and invites agencies and synagogues in the community to sponsor high-level educational programming that connects to this annual theme. The 2019-2020 theme is Home and Exile. Jewish community organizations are encouraged to plan educational events (lectures, book discussions, film screenings, etc.) around this theme. Programs may examine concepts such as Jewish life in America, Immigration, Diaspora, the Israel/America relationship, Jewish refugees, Jewish politics, and the Jewish home, as well as broader topics such as exile, redemption, and more.


For more information contact Avi Patt,

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How Yiddish Changed America and How America Changed Yiddish   

Tuesday, March 31, 2020, 5:00 pm | Zoom Virtual Meeting 

Josh Lambert and Ilan Stavans will discuss their new book, How Yiddish Changed America and How America Changed Yiddish – a diverse anthology of the influences and inspirations of Yiddish voices in America – radical, dangerous, and seductive, but also sweet, generous, and full of life. Ilan Stavans is the Publisher of Restless Books and the Lewis-Sebring Professor of Humanities, Latin American and Latino Culture at Amherst College. Josh Lambert is the academic director of the Yiddish Book Center and visiting assistant professor of English at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Free and open to all


For more information contact Avi Patt at

Co-sponsored by Aleph, University of Connecticut Center for Judaic Studies and Hartford European Roots Project



The History of Antisemitism – A Panel Discussion  POSTPONED

Sunday, May 3 | 1:00 pm | Emanuel Synagogue, 160 Mohegan Dr. West Hartford

Speakers will include: Deena Grant (Hartford Seminary), Jonathan Elukin (Trinity College), Avinoam Patt (UCONN), and Andy Friedland (ADL).

Free and open to all




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