March newsletter

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March 2015  Volume 48 Issue 7

Mindfulness @ Yoga for Everybody, Fairfield
Sunday School/Purim Party @ Bedford Middle School Westport
Shabbat Across CHJ @ Homes of Various Members
Sunday School/Adult Ed @ Bedford Middle School

March 20 (FRIDAY)
HuJews Teen Conclave @ Michigan
Book Group- All the Light We Cannot See  @ Ellie Shafer’s
Sunday School/Adult ED – Susan Boyar short story. @ Bedford Middle School.
Women’s Rap @ TBD
Sunday School/Model Seder @ Bedford Middle School, Westport.

A LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT Steve Ulman (203)727-8229

At last year’s Annual Meeting, I pledged to talk with every member to find out what makes CHJ compelling. So far, I have only spoken with a handful of you and plan to continue these conversations, now that some of the pressing issues facing the Congregation have subsided. It occurs to me, however, that in exchange for your thoughts, I should share my own.  Read more

CHJ Sunday School Activities

Green Eggs and Hamantaschen
We actually didn’t read Dr. Seuss or make green eggs this month, but I couldn’t pass up the clever headline. And because hamantaschen are such a delicious part of our current holiday. It’s Purim! And it’s time for CHJ’s annual Purim Spiel (Play) and Party, which will take place March 8th. The Zahav and Pre-Mitzvah children have been working very hard practicing their lines for the play. The little ones in the Kesef class have been making groggers, noisemakers used to drown out the name of the villain of the Purim story, Haman. We can’t wait to tell you all about it and post photos to our website!
Kesef (Taffy – K/1)   READ MORE

Mindfulness – March 6
The Healing Power of Mindfulness…Cultivating Resilience, Stress and the Mind-Body Connection with Dr. Paul Epstein Join us for an empowering Shabbat evening session with Dr. Paul Epstein for the real story on the buzzword everyone’s talking about….”MINDFULNESS”.  From a Time Magazine cover story to meditating with Anderson Cooper on 60 Minutes, one can’t escape…
Time   7pm (we will have a short Shabbat service before the program)

Place     Yoga for Everybody, 27 Unquowa Rd., Fairfield CT (2nd Floor)

RSVP   to Lisa Finn at

Shabbat Across CHJ
March 13

Time: 7:00 PM
Where: Homes of Various members

Sunday March 15, 9:30 am Sunday School and Adult Ed Bedford Middle School  Westport

Satruday March 20,HuJews Teen Conclave March 20-March 22 – Michigan

Book Group

March 21, All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr. Home of Ellie Shafer. All CHJ members are welcome. Come even if you haven’t read the book.
April 18, The Aviator’s Wife. Home of Barbara ay
May 16, The Post Office Girl. Home of Mona  Unser.
June 21 (Sunday), The Invention of Wings. Home of Ruth Windsor.

Sunday March 22, 9:30 am Sunday School and Adult Ed Bedford Middle School 88 North Ave.,

Adult Ed – Sunday, March 22:
Book facilitator and CHJ member, Susan Boyar, will lead us in a group reading and discussion of the Allegra Goodman short story, “Apple Cake.” Susan’s selections are always thought provoking, and encourage a lively discourse amongst attendees.
Note: We will have only 5 printed copies to distribute. Please either print your own copy or view on an electronic device. A pdf of the story will be distributed via the CHJ list serve, and can be found online at:
Bagels and and coffee begin at 9:30am, the program starts at 10:00am.

Saturday March 28,Location and Time TBD:  Women’s Rap  This group is open to all CHJ women members. We always have enlightened discussions and go home exhilarated and inspired.   To those of you who have never come, come and see what a great group of women we are.

Adult Ed Sunday, March 29  “Jewish painters active in Paris in the 1920s”
Believe it or not spring is coming, and that means it’s also time for our annual visit at Adult Ed by Dr. Deborah Varat for one of her fascinating art history talks.  She is chair of the humanities department at Southern New Hampshire University and will, once again, speak to us about the role of Jews in art history.  This year on March 29 at our Sunday morning Adult Ed program she will profile Jewish painters active in Paris in the 1920s – such as Chagall, Modigliani and Soutine.
Program starts at 10:00 at Bedford Middle School in Westport.   Come at 9:30 to meet Professor Varat and schmooze with bagels and coffee.

Sunday School and Model Seder

Bedford Middle School, Westport, CT
Sunday School 9:30 – 10:30 Model Seder 10:30 – 11:45

CHJ will hold its annual children’s Seder in celebration of Passover on Sunday morning, March 29, 10:30-11:45 AM, at Bedford Middle School, 88 North Avenue, Westport. Families with children of all ages are invited to attend the model Seder.

Consistent with the practice of Humanistic Judaism, the model Seder contains the stories and elements of a traditional Seder and also offers modern interpretations of the meaning of Passover. The Seder will be followed by a brunch of Passover foods. Please reserve your spot by calling (203) 293-8867 or emailing by March 20.


Each year our Congregation gathers for a wonderful,community Passover seder – and YES, spring is coming, and so is Passover.  Here are the details:

We will celebrate Passover at the Red Barn in Westport, at 6 p .m., on Tuesday, April 7th, which is in the middle the Passover holiday period.

The cost is $45/adult, $15/children 12 and younger.*

The dinner choices are:  Atlantic salmon, chicken Francaise, and a vegetarian plate.

Your reservation is made when you send your check (made out to CHJ) to our seder accountant, Barbara Jay – 8 Webb Rd., Westport, 06880.  Please include your meal choices.

Our CHJ haggadah is available on our CHJ website – please print out your own, in color if you wish.

*You may have noticed that the adult price is a fair bit higher than it was last year.  This is partly due to rising costs of food and wine, but mostly due to the very unrealistically low price of last year – we can’t repeat that, but we are offering a large subsidy for children.

It is not too soon to send in your reservation – ready, set, go!

From your seder committee:  Ellie Shafer, Donna Souci, George Rockmore & Mryna Retsky

Hebrew Conversation: An Israelis-in-CT program
Only program of its kind in Connecticut
Offered free to the community by Israelis-in-CT.

All levels from novice to native speakers are welcome.
Meets every other Monday at 7:30pm at the Westport Library, 20 Jesup Green, Westport.  Next meeting Monday, March 9.
If you ever wanted to improve your Hebrew Conversation, this is your opportunity. Contact: Judy at: israelisinct@hotmail.com2015march

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