Teen Tzedakah Group shows off backpacks ready for Mercy Center school kids.
Rosh Hashanah eve service ends with a blessing and an Oneg.
The shofar is heard at CHJ Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur Family Services.
Members all play a role in making the congregation work. Read about how CHJ is organized.
Members meet for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk at Sherwood Island State Park.
Celebrating nature at the Tu B’Shvat seder is a joyous event filled with music and good food.
Bar and bat mitzvah are the coming-of-age rituals that signal the transformation of a Jewish boy and girl into a Jewish adult. In Humanistic Judaism—one of the five branches of Judaism—each bar and bat mitzvah is a unique and meaningful event. Becoming a bar or bat mitzvah means a child is fully initiated into the… Read More
CHJ usually holds an annual YOM HA’SHOAH Commemoration every year in April or May, usually on a Friday or Saturday during the week designated as Holocaust Remembrance Week by the US Holocaust Memorial Museum. In the past, our congregation was fortunate to have Jolly Zeleny, Lou Reens and Dana Preis’ father Zelig Preis graciously, again… Read More
Families are the future of CHJ. Our inclusive, warm, welcoming Congregation includes families of all stripes coming together to celebrate Judaism and being Jewish. From Baby Naming to Sunday School to Bar & Bat Mitzvah to the Teen Tzedakah Group to Adult Ed, you’ll find a community for families and kids of all ages. Humanistic… Read More
Mark Your Calendar
CHJ’s calendar of events for May and June offer a number of interesting and stimulating opportunities.
While each event deserves to be singled out, for the purpose of this column I will focus on two upcoming events in particular.
On Saturday, May 18 Noa Bonnaudet will realize the culmination of a two-year curriculum that includes academic study relating to Jewish culture and history, as well as a community-service project and an individualized research project. Thanks to a dedicated group of CHJ member volunteers Noa will have experienced a two-year Bat Mitzvah journey that combines and reflects the blending of a human-centered approach with deep respect for Jewish culture, heritage and our meaningful traditions. Our congregation takes enormous pride in our Bat/ Bar Mitzvah program as we do with each student who goes through the program. Our pride is amplified all the more when we are fortunate to see years later, the lasting impression on a young Jewish person’s life that is a result of a CHJ Bat/ Bar Mitzvah. Noa’s Bat Mitzvah is open to all members of CHJ wishing to attend. Congratulations Noa!
On Thursday evening, May 23, CHJ members and the community-at-large are invited to a free Yiddish Cabaret featuring the Ukrainian-born, Yiddish vocalist Zhenya Lopatnick backed by guitar and clarinet. The ability to speak Yiddish is not required to enjoy this lively evening of entertainment.
Hosted by CHJ in conjunction with the Federation for Jewish Philanthropy of Upper Fairfield County, the event is made possible by the Saul Haffner Jewish Enrichment Fund and its contributors. The fund was established in memory of Saul Haffner, a long-time, active member of the CHJ community.
The Yiddish Cabaret represents the first event underwritten by the Haffner Fund and CHJ is pleased to be able to make this wonderful event available to all. Hope to see you there!
With Kind Regards,