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A Letter from the President


Steve Getz

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.


Bat Mitzvah

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!

Yiddish Cabaret

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,

Steven Getz


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