Jewish Community Events


Join Carmel Academy for its Open House!
Sunday, October 28 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. • 270 Lake Avenue campus in Greenwich, CT
Guests will have an opportunity to meet with the school’s leadership and faculty, interact with current students, parents and alumni, and experience the authentic, engaging and experiential learning that takes place at Carmel Academy every day. Children will participate in a hands-on, interactive learning activities.  Carmel Academy is a forward-thinking community day school for children of all Jewish affiliations, serving students from transitional kindergarten through eighth grade.   Please RSVP to Director of Admissions, Ella Shteingart, at or 203.983.3503. 


7th Annual Saul Cohen-Schoke JFS Lecture
Thursday, November 8 at 7:30 p.m.
Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz, author of thirteen books on spirituality, social justice and ethics, will present, Spiritual Transformation: Changing the World from the Inside Out. The lecture will take place at the Ferguson Library in Stamford. Open to the entire community at no charge. A dessert reception will follow. Contact Jonathan Fass, COO, at 203.921.4161 or email For more details, visit


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


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.


Support Groups

Let’s Talk
Seniors talk about common interests and concerns, facilitated by a Schoke Jewish Family Service counselor. Free to all.

Thursdays, Every other week, 10:30 a.m. • Jewish Senior Services, 4200 Park Avenue, Bridgeport
Contact Rebekah Kanefsky, at 302.921.4161 or

Tuesdays, 11 a.m. • Stamford JCC, 1035 Newfield Avenue
Contact Helene Wurtzel at 203.921.4161 or

Thursdays, 1 p.m. • Westport Senior Center, 21 Imperial Avenue, Westport. 
Contact Helen Wurtzel at 203.921.4161 or


Schoke JFS Spousal Bereavement Group
Mondays at 10:30 a.m. • Congregation B’nai Israel, 2710 Park Avenue, Bridgeport and
Fridays at 10:30 a.m., • Stamford JCC
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


Living with Loss: Schoke JFS Bereavement Support Group
Mondays, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. • at Temple Israel, 14 Coleytown Road, Westport
Find the healing which comes of being with others who know first-hand what you are going through. Learn how Jewish ritual, prayer and tradition can support the grieving process. For more information or to register, please contact Amanda Geffner, Schoke JFS Psychotherapist, at 203.921.4161 or email


Employment and Life Transitions Support Group
Wednesdays, 1st and 3rd of every month at 3:00 p.m. • Stamford office of Schoke JFS
Looking for emotional support while searching for employment? Need practical help during the job search? Join the support group, facilitated by Lois Meyer, LMSW, Schoke JFS Case Manager, to help you through this transition. No cost. For registration, please contact Lois Meyer at 203.921.4161 or email


Financial Fitness Coaching
Twice a month at 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. • Schoke JFS Stamford office
In partnership with LifeBridge and UJF, Financial Coach, Chris Girlamo, will help clients manage their income, expenses and debt, create a household budget, establish short and long-term financial goals, and make positive financial changes. Would you benefit from a financial coach to work with you to create and review your budget, formulate a financial action plan, establish short- and long-term financial goals, and review your credit report?

Register for a two hour coaching spot with Liz Krebs at or call 203.368.5537. For more information, contact Rebekah Kanefsky at 203.921.4161 or email at




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Rosh Hashanah

JCC closed. Fitness Offerings: Saturday, Sept. 19 8 – 8:45 a.m. Virtual Yoga with Leann Sunday, Sept. 20 8 – 8:45 a.m. Virtual Pilates with Karen 9:30 – 10:15 a.m. Virtual HIIT Cardio with Lauren