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Be Prepared for a Call on Super Sunday: April 26, 2015

Celebrate Israel's 67! Yom Ha'atmaut at 5:45 pm on April 22 at Beth-El

"Stand With Us" on May 11 at Temple Emanu-El at 6:30 pm

On Monday, May 11, at 6:30 PM at Temple Emanu-El in Waterford, during the next to last class of Jewish Community High School, the Jewish Federation will be bringing a fabulous speaker from “Stand With Us”, an organization that helps us understand the complexities of Israel and ultimately helps us speak in support of Israel.  This is particularly important for our teens heading off to college. 

I heard a young woman from “Stand With Us” speak at a recent convention. She was extremely engaging as she spoke passionately about Israel and how to counter verbal attacks on Israel.  She is also highly informative so you can understand situations and draw your own conclusions.

“Stand with Us” will not tell you what to think but informs you so you can draw your own conclusions. Please join us when “Stand With Us” comes to our community for the first time. This will be a very informative, energizing and empowering evening. Don’t miss it!! 

Solomon Schechter Academy Hires New Head of School

By Laura Frommer

Solomon Schechter Academy is pleased to announce that it has hired a new Head of School, Barbara Bentley Wolfe, who begins her leadership with the 2015-16 school year.

Barbara has 13 years of elementary school experience. Most recently she comes from Waterford Public Schools where she was teaching 2nd grade, and prior to that she taught 6th grade at SSA. Having previously taught at Schechter, she understands first-hand what an outstanding education SSA provides and is looking forward to building a strong relationship between the school and the surrounding community as well as expanding enrollment. Barbara says, “I am excited about the opportunity to utilize both my experiences at Waterford and at SSA and create something very special…SSA has always been dear to my heart.”

Schechter would also like to extend its gratitude to Tracy Todd who will be leaving the school at the end of this academic year to pursue other opportunities. Tracy has done a wonderful job of maintaining the high quality SSA-education for which the school is known. After her eight years at Schechter, she will be greatly missed.

SAVE THE DATE: Rabbi Rosenberg's Retirement Weekend begins on June 26

Rabbi Aaron Rosenberg will be retiring as the senior Reform Rabbi in Connecticut on June 30, 2015. Temple Emanu-El is planning a very special weekend for him:

Friday, June 26: The Temple Emanu-El congregation bids farewell to Rabbi Rosenberg at a special Friday Night Service and dinner. Service open to all; dinner by registration only.

Saturday, June 27: The Southeastern Connecticut Community will toast Rabbi Rosenberg at a gala event hosted by Connecticut College. The evening program will consist of dinner, entertainment and featured speakers. RSVP by registration only.

Information about registration and invitations forthcoming.

JFEC 2015 Solidarity Family Mission to Israel June 28 - July 9

Visit the JFEC MISSIONS tab to find out more information about the 2015 Solidarity Mission to Israel!

International Film Festival Committee Thanks the Community


The International Film Festival committee would like to extend a sincere and heartfelt thank you to the community for showing its support for the 21st Annual International Film Festival. 

As this time approaches next year, we hope you visit the JFEC International Film Festival dedicated web site.

Additionally, we would like to give a heartfelt and sincere Todah Rabah - THANK YOU to our local sponsors whose consistent generosity enables us to annually present the film festival to the community; these gracious sponsors include:
Also, thank you to the restaurants that participated in this year's "Dinner and a Show:" The Seehund German Pub & Restaurant in New London, The Lazy Leopard Thai Café in New LondonJasmine Thai Restaurant and Sushi Bar in New London; and The Voodoo Grill in Mystic; La Luna Ristorante Italiano in New London; The Pita Spot and the Mystic Diner and Restaurant in Mystic.

Should you have any comments or suggestions and/or would like to be on the 2016 International Film Festival Committee, please reach out to Sherry Barnes or Faye Clymer. 

Sherry L. Barnes & Faye Clymer, Film Festival Co-Chairs
Jerome E. Fischer, Director, Jewish Federation of Eastern Connecticut

Weekly Torah discussions (with Lunch) led by Rabbi Safman beginning Jan. 14

Come and Learn (and Eat!)

This week as we begin the Book of Shemot. The Jewish Federation will be kicking off a series of weekly Torah discussions led by Rabbi Safman of Congregation Beth El in New London. The classes, which will take place every Wednesday from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. at JFEC’s office (28 Channing Street, New London), will focus on parshat ha’shavua (the weekly Torah portion), bringing both traditional and contemporary insights to bear on the text. Furthermore, since our Sages taught “Im ein Kemach, ein Torah” (“Without bread, there is no Torah”, Pirkei Avot 3:21) the sessions will be accompanied by an (optional) dairy lunch available at nominal cost ($5/person).

Come join us for a chance to feed both your stomach and your soul. All participants are welcome, whatever your prior text study experience or skills. RSVPs would be welcomed. Please email rabbi@bethel-nl.org to express your interest.