Community Connections provides Jewish cultural, educational, and social programming for adults in the Stephen Wise Free Synagogue community.
Culturally Jewish in America
Join us as we explore the timeless and often perplexing nuances of being culturally Jewish in America — where our rich influence is evident in all aspects of life. On the menu: film, readings, and discussion. Led by Stephen Wise member Beth Gerson.
Culturally Jewish in America is on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 1:00 p.m.
2017-18 Culturally Jewish in America Dates
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.
Stephen Wise legend, Norman Roth, will discuss his experiences directing 30 years of our Purim spiels.
Led by Rabbi Diana Fersko
Led by Rabbi Rena Rifkin
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
Allegra Goodman, “F.A.Q.S,” Howard Jacobson, “There Was a Rabbi of Kiev,” Hans Keilson, “The Dissonance Quartet,”
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
Jonathan Safran Foer, Here I Am
Harry Bernstein, The Invisible Wall: A Love Story that Broke Barriers
David Grossman, A Horse Walks into a Bar
Sana Krasikov, The Patriots
Michael Lewis, The Undoing Project: A Friendship that Changed Our Minds
Michael Chabon, Moonglow
Joseph Kertes, The Afterlife of Stars
A.B. Yehoshua, The Extra
Writing Our Lives
Join Stephen Wise member Beth Gerson for this special opportunity to explore the connection between culture and identity through memoir writing. No moment, thought, or memory is too small to capture. Share your experiences through poetry, short stories, or personal essays.
The Writing Workshop is on the first Wednesday of the month at 1:00 p.m.
2017-18 Writing Workshop Dates
To learn more about Community Connections, contact or 212-877-4050, ext. 280.