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.
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!
2016-17 Lunch and Learn Meeting Dates
Lunch and Learn takes place on the third Tuesday of every month at 12 p.m.
Cantor Dan Singer on the history of music at Stephen Wise.
Our member, Beth Gerson, will share film clips of Yiddish Theater and lead us in discussion on what it means to be culturally Jewish.
Carl Steeg, the archivist for the synagogue, will discuss our founder, Rabbi Stephen Wise.
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.
2016-2017 Short Story Group Dates and Stories
Sholem Aleichem, "If I Were Rothschild" and “The Clock That Struck Thirteen” Jeremy Dauber, “Why Read Sholem Aleichem?" William Tenn "On Venus Have We Got a Rabbi!”
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!
2016-17 Sunday Book Group Dates and Books
Paul Goldberg, The Yid
Tovia Halberstam, The Blind Angel
Rich Cohen, The Avengers: A Jewish War Story
Susan Sontag, The Volcano Lover
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 Tuesday of the month at 1:00 p.m.
2016-17 Writing Workshop Dates
To learn more about Community Connections, contact or 212-877-4050, ext. 280.