The Yiddish Cabaret, held on May 23, 2019, was the first event sponsored by CHJ’s  Saul Haffner Jewish Enrichment Fund. Featuring Ukranian-born vocalist Zhenya Lopatnik, backed up by Israel-born guitarist Oren Neimaner and Argentina-born clarinetist Ivan Barenboim,  the event drew a crowd of some 170 attendees from various congregations throughout Fairfield County and beyond. The venue was the beautiful Bennett Hall on the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Campus of the Jewish Home in Bridgeport CT.

Oren Neiman

Ivan Barenboim

Ivan Barenboim

The Cabaret was free to the community-at-large and included catered refreshments and drinks. By featuring the Cabaret on its Common Threads website, the Federation for Jewish Philanthropy of Upper Fairfield County helped CHJ reach a large audience and introduced CHJ and Humanistic Judaism to the Jewish community. The evening concluded with a standing ovation for the performance.

The Saul Haffner Jewish Enrichment Fund is dedicated to conducting high-quality events with a Jewish connection, open to the community-at-large and reflective of Saul’s many interests. Donations to the fund are welcome on the Donate to CHJ page. Donors will receive a copy of the book Just a Boy From Brighton Beach by Saul Haffner.The fund has received generous financial support from Saul’s family members, friends, members of CHJ and Haffner Fund event attendees.

The next Haffner Fund/CHJ event will be a symposium on the story of Noah and its connection to contemporary issues concerning climate change and proper stewardship of the earth.

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