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 Danielle Moghadam,, 860-231-6366 or visit

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Judaism's Gifts to the World

 Monday, January 27, 2020, 7:30pm

Chabad House, 2352 Albany Avenue, West Hartford, CT 06117


How Major Jewish Ideas Evolved into Universal Values | Lesson One: Social Responsibility

To the ancients, poverty and suffering were unfortunate facts of life for the unlucky to bear alone. It was the Torah that introduced the radical concept of social responsibility. So, what's the true nature of that responsibility? Whose is it? And how should I relate to those receiving my help? 

This is a stand alone lesson. This course will also be offered in Glastonbury on Tuesdays beginning January 28th. 


Free and Open to all

Information: Danielle Moghadam,, 860-231-6366



Ayelet Tsabari: The Art of Leaving

Tuesday, February 18, 2020, 4:30pm

Trinity College, Mather Hall, Wean Terrace Rooms ABC, 300 Summit Street, Hartford, CT


A talk by award-winning Israeli author Ayelet Tsabari, following the publication of her new memoir, The Art of Leaving. This program is part of the Distinguished Scholar lecture by the Department of Language and Culture Studies at Trinity College.


For more information please contact Wendi Delani at or 860-297-2543 or Danielle Moghadam at or 860-231-6366



How Yiddish Changed America and How America Changed Yiddish

Wednesday, March 18, 2020, 7:00PM

Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford, CT 06117


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

Information: Danielle Moghadam,, 860-231-6366

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




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