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

Aleph Participation Application




At Home in America, Part 2: A Three Rabbi Panel

Wednesday, January 15, 2020, 6:30 p.m.

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

Join Rabbis Tuvia Brander, Andi Fliegel and James Rosen for a lively discussion about  the past, present and future of Jewish life in America. How have the different denomination engaged with America and changed as a result of the encounter with the Golden land? Join us for an evening of dialogue, personal reflections and lively conversation. Moderated by Professor Avinoam Patt. 

Free and Open to all

Information: Danielle Moghadam,, 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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