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9/5/2006 12:04:50 PM

CHAI Celebrates 5th Anniversary!

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Mailing Address:
3 Bloomfield Avenue, Suite C
West Hartford, CT  06117
Contact: Elana Goldberg MacGilpin, Director
TEL: 860-677-1235
FAX: 860-232-5221
The Chai Center is the Jewish connection for individuals and families in .Avon, Simsbury, Farmington, Canton, Granby, CT and Farmington Valley towns.
All are welcome!

There's something for everyone at Chai!

For more information about Chai-The Center for Jewish Life and the Greater Hartford Jewish Community, please visit us on the web at

Chai-The Center for Jewish Life is funded by the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford and the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Hartford.

Happy New Year!

(Left to right): Laura Zimmerman, JCRC; Professor Sam Kassow, Trinity College; Norm Sondheimer and Sue Schloss, both members of the Chai Center Advisory Committee, from a program the Chai Center and JCRC co-sponsored titled, "The History of Jewish Immigration to the US." 

May CHAI Happenings

Please join us and the community to celebrate the Chai Center’s 5th Year Anniversary on Sunday, May 16 from 7:00 – 8:30 pm at the Farmington Valley Arts Center, 25 Arts Center Lane, Avon.  Honorees are Alan Rosenberg, Mel Simon and the leadership of the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford and the Jewish Community Foundation for their commitment to the Jewish community in the Farmington Valley.  To receive an invitation please contact Elana MacGilpin at and include your mailing address.  We hope to see YOU on the 16th!

The Chai Center Advisory Committee:
Lisa Berman, Elena Berman-Antonetti, Faith Brayer, Barbara Fichtenholtz, Kim Huber, Susan Johnson,
Christie Kaufman, Joel Mandell, Alan Rosenberg, Susan Schenker, Dennice Schenk, Sue Schloss,
Norm Sondheimer, Ellen Sprinsky, Michelle Ward, Moira Wertheimer, Karen Worobow


Grandparents Circle Information Session– for Jewish grandparents with grandchildren growing up in interfaith families
Monday, May 3 | 7:00 – 8:30 pm
At Beth El Temple, 2626 Albany Avenue, West Hartford
The Grandparents Circle is a unique, much needed program for Jewish grandparents with grandchildren being raised in interfaith homes.  In this information session you will hear from licensed family counselor and educator Laura Kinyon, LCSW, and learn skills to nurture, your grandchildren’s Jewish identities and ways to pass on your Jewish heritage to the next generation.  Co-sponsored Chai: The Center for Jewish Life and Beth El Temple.  Free and Open to the Entire Community.  The book entitled Twenty Things for Grandparents of Interfaith Grandchildren To Do will be for sale at the program – books are $10.00 each.  To register for this program or to request additional information please contact Elana MacGilpin, Chai Center Director, at 860-677-1235 or by April 30. 

Jewish Ethics and Morality
With Rabbi Howard Herman
Mondays, May 3, 10, 17, 24 | 1:30 – 2:30 pm
At Farmington Valley Jewish Congregation – Emek Shalom, 55 Bushy Hill Road, Simsbury
Join us for weekly study and discussion.  For more information please contact Edie Offenhartz at 693-0155 or

The State of the State: An Update on the 2010 Legislative Session with CT State Representative Beth Bye
Monday, May 10 | 7:00 pm
Farmington Public Library, 6 Monteith Drive, Farmington
Beth Bye was first elected in 2006 as a State Representative to serve the 19th Assembly District of Avon, Farmington, and West Hartford.  She serves as vice chair of the Aging Committee and also serves as a member of the Environment and Public Health Committees.  Prior to that, she served as the Vice Chairman of the West Hartford Board of Education, beginning in 2001.   Please RSVP to Elana MacGilpin at 677-1235 or  Sponsored by Chai: The Center for Jewish Life and the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford.

Shabbat Shenannigans – Shavuot Style
Friday, May 14 | 1:30 – 2:45 pm
At Giggles Party and Play, 540 Hopmeadow Street, Simsmore Square, Simsbury
Bring the kids to our once a month Jewish themed playgroups that include crafts, stories, songs and a holiday themed snack.  This Shavuot inspired playgroup is co-sponsored by The Emanuel Synagogue.  Please RSVP to Elana at or 677-1235 by April 15.  Fee $5 per family.

Chai Center 5th Year Anniversary Celebration
Sunday, May 16 | 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Farmington Valley Arts Center, 25 Arts Center Lane, Avon

Family Nature Walk at Roaring Brook Nature Center
Sunday, May 23 | 2:00 – 3:30 pm
Roaring Brook Nature Center, 70 Gracey Road, Canton, CT
Join other Chai Center families for a fun afternoon in the great outdoors.  A guided walk geared for all ages will talk about butterflies, dragonflies & other unusual insects. Snacks and more fun after the walk.  Cost: Members $3, nonmembers $5; children 12 and under are $2.00 members, $3.00 nonmembers.  Please RSVP to Elana MacGilpin at or 860-677-1235 if you are interested – fee paid at the event.

Greater Hartford Jewish Community Happenings
Lenore Skenazy, blogger and author of several books, including Free Range Kids: Giving Our Children the Freedom We Had Without Going Nuts with Worry
Thursday, April 29, 2010 | 7:15 pm
The Ethel Walker School, 230 Bushy Hill Road, Simsbury
Lenore Skenazy has a syndicated newspaper column appearing in more than 100 papers. Her work has appeared in  New York Daily News, Reader’s Digest, Ladies Home Journal, The Nation, and Mad Magazine. An NPR commentator and former TV reporter, she has also been a guest on The Today Show, The View, ABC World News Tonight, Good Morning America, The CBS Early Show, Nightline, and Dr. Phil. Her blog has attracted several hundred thousand readers and continues to grow. Register Online and or via telephone at 860.408.4250.  In partnership with the Mandell JCC Jewish Book Festival.

Israel Independence Day Celebration
Sunday, May 2 | 12:30 – 4:30 pm
Mandell JCC, Zachs Campus, 335 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford
Israel for a day!  Food, crafts, activities, performances, music and the Israel Folk Festival.  Admission is free – lunch and snacks for sale.  For more information contact 860-727-6136 or

The Latest Developments between Israel and the United States and the Iran Issue
With Gil Hoffman - Jerusalem Post Chief Political Correspondent and Analyst Presents:
Monday, May 3 | 7:00 PM
Mandell JCC
Co-sponsored by Jewish Federation Association of Connecticut (JFACT), Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC), Emanuel Brotherhood and Emanuel Israel Solidarity Committee, Connecticut-Israel Exchange Commission (CONNIX).  Please RSVP to 860-727-5789 or

2nd Annual Mandell JCC Parenting Conference
Sunday, May 23 | 8:30 am – 2:00 pm
Mandell JCC
Back by popular demand:  Mary Sheedy Kurcinka, author of Kids, Parents and Power Struggles, Sleepless in America, and Raising Your Spirited Child.  In the keynote presentation Ms. Kurcinka will summarize the principles developed in her widely-acclaimed bestseller, Kids, Parents and Power Struggles. Using concrete examples and her trademark sense of humor, Mary will highlight some common challenges and provide a road map to avoid and diffuse power struggles.  In addition, Mary will facilitate highly interactive, customized workshops where participants will work in small groups with parents of similarly aged children, with close supervision and significant input from Mary. Parents will leave the conference with an "individualized plan of action." To register, contact JCC Member Services at 860-236-4571 or complete registration form attached.

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Chai: The Center for Jewish Life is funded by the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford and the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Hartford.