Jewish Community Events

The Joel and Lois Coleman Lecture Series:
"Aging and Parkinson’s Disease"

June 28 • 7 p.m.
at the Jewish Senior Services, Bennett Hall
4200 Park Avenue, Bridgeport, CT
Dr. Alessandro Di Rocco's primary academic focus is in developing more effective pharmacological interventions and novel treatments for Parkinson’s disease and related disorders to improve survival and quality of life. He is especially interested in understanding the reorganization of brain circuitry and plasticity in Parkinson’s disease. For more information or to RSVP, please email For more information, click here.


Message from Jewish Senior Services Regarding wait lists
What a difference a year makes!  We’re so proud of how we’ve changed lives with Connecticut’s first “Household Model” nursing home (The Jewish Home).  Consistent with Jewish values and traditions, the Mission of Jewish Senior Services® is to assure Jewish seniors the health care, housing and geriatric services required to achieve the highest possible quality of life reasonably attainable for them. With that said, we’d like to remind you that it’s never too early to put your loved ones name on the WAIT LIST for Long-Term Care and Assisted Living – please know that members of the Jewish Community will be welcomed on a priority basis.  There are no costs or obligations. For more information, please contact Liz Lockwood at 203.396.1024 or

Third annual Back to School Shop is calling all volunteers!
July 30
Over 50% of the elementary school children in Stamford are considered economically disadvantaged. The mission of the Back To School Shop is to provide economically disadvantaged elementary school children in the local community with clothing and school supplies that will help build the confidence and enthusiasm they need for a successful start to the school year. For more information and volunteer opportunities, click here or please contact Meryl Japha and Jane Levene at with any questions.

JBS (Jewish Broadcasting Service)
JBS is available on Optimum Channel 138, on DIRECTV Channel 388, and on Roku under “Educational”. Or you can stream it at Programming includes a range of educational, cultural, and public interest offerings from some of the most distinguished and knowledgeable teachers and commentators today as well as daily news and weekly live Friday night services from Central Synagogue in NY at 6 p.m.

Let’s Talk
Thursdays • 11  a.m.
At the Stamford JCC and Westport Senior Center, 21 Imperial Avenue, Westport.
Free, Seniors talk about common interests and concerns, facilitated by a Schoke Jewish Family Service counselor. Contact Anne Birchenough at 203.921.4161 or

Let’s Talk – Fairfield
12:45 p.m.
at Bigelow Center for Senior Activities, 100 Mona Terrace, Fairfield.
Seniors talk about common interests and concerns, facilitated by a Schoke Jewish Family Service counselor. Contact Rebekah Kanefsky at 203.921.4161 or

Jewish Senior Services needs

We are in great need of men to attend and help make our daily minyan (prayer quorum of ten) in order to help residents say the Kaddish 365 days of the year. Our minyan hours will not overlap with most synagogue’s minyans. Please feel free to contact Rabbi Stephen Shulman, Director, Pastoral Services at 203.396.1001 or email for exact service times. 

Not enough money for food?
Schoke JFS will provide information and eligibility assistance for financial help to purchase food. For a consultation, please contact Rebekah Kanefsky, Schoke JFS Case Manager at 203.921.4161 or email

Schoke JFS Life Transitions 
Wednesdays • 4 pm
At the Stamford Schoke JFS office, 733 Summer Street, 6th Floor
Support group, meeting weekly, for unemployed facing the emotional challenges of finding employment. Contact Anne Birchenough at 203.921.4161 or

Schoke JFS Spousal Bereavement Group
Meets weekly • 10:30 a.m.
at Congregation B’nai Israel, 2710 Park Avenue, Bridgeport.
Gather to share feelings and exchange ideas in a non-judgmental environment that provides emotional, practical, and spiritual support for grieving the loss of a spouse or significant other. Contact Amanda Geffner, Schoke JFS Therapist at 203.921.4161 or

Anti-Defamation League Presents:
"Voices" A Concert for Unity
Sep. 10 • 5:30 p.m. 
at Levitt Pavilion, Westport CT
Click here.



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Independence Day Barbecue Luncheon

11:00 a.m. – Entertainment • 12 – 1 p.m. – Lunch To celebrate Independence Day, join us for live entertainment and lunch. Reservations required by Thursday, Jun. 22 $4 suggested donation