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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. 

 

January
January 24

February
February 28

March
March 28

April
April 25

May
May 23

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!

2016-17 Lunch and Learn Meeting Dates

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

February
February 21
Cantor Dan Singer on the history of music at Stephen Wise.

April
April 18
Our member, Beth Gerson, will share film clips of Yiddish Theater and lead us in discussion on what it means to be culturally Jewish. 

May
May 16

June
June 20
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

February
February 16
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!” 

March
March 16
TBA

April
April 20
TBA

May
May 18
TBA

June
June 15
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!

2016-17 Sunday Book Group Dates and Books 

February
February 26
Paul Goldberg, The Yid

March
March 19
Tovia Halberstam, The Blind Angel

April
April 23
Rich Cohen, The Avengers: A Jewish War Story

May
May 21
Susan Sontag, The Volcano Lover

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 Tuesday of the month at 1:00 p.m.

2016-17 Writing Workshop Dates

 

February
February 7

March
March 7

April
April 4

May
May 9

June
June 6

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