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Community Connections provides Jewish cultural, educational, and social programming for adults in the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue community.

Community Connections Planning Committee

The Planning Committee organizes social, cultural, and educational programs throughout the year. We aim to build a stronger community by encouraging inter-generational activities and opportunities for congregants to meet and share experiences.

Recent activities include New Year’s greetings phone calls from congregant to congregant; community Havdalah at congregants’ homes; museum visits with docent-led tours; and group viewings at the New York Jewish Film Festival.

2016-17 Planning Committee Meeting Dates

The planning committee meets once a month at 1:30 p.m. at the synagogue. 

June
June 27

Lunch and  Learn

Don’t miss this time to gather with new friends and old in a fun, casual atmosphere and to engage in lively conversation. Bring your own sandwiches and we’ll provide the soup, coffee, tea, and cookies!

2017-18 Lunch and Learn Meeting Dates

Lunch and Learn takes place on the second Tuesday of every month at 12 p.m. 

November
November 11
Rabbi Neal Borovitz will discuss the Balfour Declaration.

December
December 5
TBD

January
January 9
TBD

February
February 13
TBD

March
March 13
TBD

April
April 10
TBD

May
May 8
TBD

June
June 12
TBD

 

Short Story Group

Join our monthly Short Story Group, where we read and discuss Jewish-themed material. Readings are distributed in person at meetings or emailed upon request. Suggestions for readings are welcome. Come every month or when you are able. New members are always welcome!

For more information and copies of the stories, please contact   or 212-877-4050, ext. 280.

The Short Story Group meets every third Thursday of the month at 1:30 p.m.

2017-2018 Short Story Group Dates and Stories

 

October
October 19
Allegra Goodman, “F.A.Q.S,” Howard Jacobson, “There Was a Rabbi of Kiev,” Hans Keilson, “The Dissonance Quartet,”

November
November 16
TBA

December
December 21
TBA

January
January 18
TBA

February
February 15
TBA

March
March 15
TBA

April
April 19
TBA

May
May 17
TBA

June
June 21
TBA

Sunday Book Group

Join our Book Club for an exploration of classic and contemporary Jewish literature. Come every month or when you are able. New members are always welcome!

This year, our book group will be meeting in our members' homes. Please contact  our office at  or 212-877-4050, ext. 280 to learn where the next meeting will be located. 

2016-17 Sunday Book Group Dates and Books 

September
September 10
Jonathan Safran Foer, Here I Am

October
October 15
Harry Bernstein, The Invisible Wall: A Love Story that Broke Barriers

November
November 5
David Grossman, A Horse Walks into a Bar

January 
January 7
Sana Krasikov, The Patriots

February
February 11
Michael Lewis, The Undoing Project: A Friendship that Changed Our Minds

March
March 4
Michael Chabon, Moonglow

April
April 8
Joseph Kertes, The Afterlife of Stars

May
May 6
A.B. Yehoshua, The Extra

 

Writing Workshop

Join Stephen Wise member Beth Gerson for this special opportunity to explore the writing that you are most interested in, from poetry and essays to children’s literature and memoir. Participants will examine the craft of writing by sharing their own drafts and discussing works by others.

The Writing Workshop is on the first Wednesday of the month at 1:00 p.m.

2017-18 Writing Workshop Dates

October
October 4

November
November 8

December
December 6

January
January 3

February
February 7

March
March 7

April
April 4

May
May 2

To learn more about Community Connections, contact    or 212-877-4050, ext. 280.