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Celebrations Visual-Arts

The Sexuality Spectrum

Thursday, October 23, 2014 6:00 pm

Thursday, October 23, 2014 6:00 pmtoTuesday, December 16, 2014 1:00 am

Joins us at the opening Oct. 23 from 6 to 8 pm. The exhibition of work by contemporary artists offers an exploration of sexual orientation.  The artists look at social and religious attitudes toward sexuality, issues of marginalization and inclusion, and the influence of the LGBTQ community in the Jewish world.Eventbrite - The Sexuality Spectrum


Celebrations Lectures

Rabbi Arthur Waskow

Sunday, December 7, 2014 1:30 pm

Sunday, December 7, 2014
1:30 pmto4:00 pm

$5 Suggested Donation

“From Climate Crisis to Biblical Wisdom and Back Again: The Midrashic Art of Reinterpreting Torah for Today” is the title of Rabbi Arthur Waskow’s talk at Emanuel Synagogue, 160 Mohegan Drive, West Hartford.  Sunday, Dec. 7, 1:30 to 4 pm. Donation $5. Information: www.charteroakcenter.org

Rabbi Arthur Waskow continues to be one of the creators and leaders of Jewish renewal since writing the original Freedom Seder in 1969, when he was a contributing editor to Ramparts magazine. In 1983, he founded and directed The Shalom Center using spiritual and religious teachings to work for justice, peace, and the healing of our wounded earth.

Here is his description of his talk:
Rabbi Arthur Waskow, Ph.D., director, The Shalom Center ; newest books of 22, a revised edition of Seasons of Our Joy (Jewish Publ Soc, 2012) and Freedom Journeys: The Tale of Exodus & Wilderness Across Millennia, co-authored with Rabbi Phyllis Berman (Jewish Lights Publ., 2011); newest arrest of about 22, in interfaith climate action at White House before Passover & Palm Sunday, 2013. See also Waskow, “Jewish Environmental Ethics: Adam and Adamah,” in Oxford Handbook of Jewish Ethics and Morality (Elliot N. Dorff and Jonathan K. Crane, eds.; Oxford University Press, 2013).

Suppose from the standpoint of our present lack of self-restraint in overworking the Earth, we look back at the Eden story in a new way. Imagine this: God, speaking for Reality, says to the human race: There’s wonderful abundance here. Eat of it with joy — but restrain yourselves just a little. One tree, please leave untouched. But the humans won’t restrain themselves — and the abundance disappears, as they are told (again by God speaking for Reality): “You will have to work with the sweat pouring down your face to get barely enough to eat, because the Earth will give forth only thorns and thistles.”

Read this way, does the story remind you of the disaster brought on by BP’s oil blowout — by lack of self-restraint, damaging human lives as well as the abundance of the Gulf of Mexico?

Now reimagine the Story of Pharaoh and the Plagues — all ecological disasters — he brought upon his own land..

Reimagine the command in Leviticus 25 to let the Earth rest every seventh year.

And so on — What might these ancient stories teach us in our own generation, as we face the deepest crisis in human history? How might the Jewish people draw on these teachings, on our holy days, on the practice of eco-kashrut, etc — to help heal our wounded Mother Earth — and the human communities that are also endangered as part of Earth?

Celebrations Lectures

Rabbi Stephen Fuchs

Thursday, December 4, 2014 7:00 pm

Thursday, December 4, 2014
7:00 pm

Rabbi Stephen Fuchs will talk about his new book, “What’s in It for Me: Finding Ourselves in Biblical Narratives.”
Eventbrite - Rabbi Stephen Fuchs Book Talk


Celebrations Film

Film: Sukkah City

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 6:00 pm

Tuesday, November 25, 2014
6:00 pm


Sukkah City chronicles the architecture competition created by bestselling author Joshua Foer (”Moonwalking With Einstein”) and Roger Bennett (a founder of Reboot, a network of young Jewish creative artists).  The competition explored the creative potential of the ancient Jewish sukkah, creating a temporary exhibition of 12 sukkahs on New York City.

Celebrations Community Youth-Programs

Read It And Sleep

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 7:00 pm

Tuesday, November 18, 2014
7:00 pm

WNPR reporter Jeff Cohen is our guest author/reader for a special Read It and Sleep as part of our Celebration of Jewish Arts and Culture.
His book, “Eva and Sadie and the Worst Haircut Ever,” is based on his interview with his two daughters that became an Internet sensation.
Children can bring their parents. Snacks served. Each family takes home a copy of the book.

Celebrations Classes

Sacred Arts Workshops

Sunday, November 16, 2014 10:00 am

Sunday, November 16, 2014
10:00 amto12:00 pm

Sundays, 10 am to Noon.
November 16 | December 14
Charter Oak Cultural Center and The Academy for Jewish Religion present workshops to study Jewish texts through the arts.

November’s topic: “Dwelling in Circus Tents: The Circus Arts as a Window into Jacob and Esau” by  Ora Horn Prouser and Ayal Prouser.

December’s topic: “Joseph — The Original Aesthetic, Dreaming in Technicolor” by rabbis Hanniel Levenson and Jeff Hoffman.
Eventbrite - Sacred Arts Workshops
For workshop descriptions:  click here:

Celebrations Community

Kristallnacht Commemoration

Sunday, November 9, 2014 5:30 pm

Sunday, November 9, 2014
5:30 pm

Our annual remembrance of the two nights in 1938 that began the Holocaust.
Kristallnacht translates to “Night of Broken Glass.” Throughout Nazi Germany and Austria paramilitary forces and civilians smashed the windows of Jewish-owned businesses and synagogues.
Join us for a night of prayer, music and dance, followed by a community meal.
The remembrance will be interpreted for the deaf.

Celebrations Film

Film: Punk Jews

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 6:00 pm

Tuesday, October 28, 2014
6:00 pm


Punk Jews is a documentary that profiles Hassidic punk rockers, Yiddish street performers and African-American Jewish activists. more…

Celebrations Community

Jewish Historical Society of Greater Hartford Bus Tour

Sunday, October 26, 2014 9:30 am

Sunday, October 26, 2014
9:30 am

Tours at 9:30 am and 1:30 pm

Take a guided bus tour and learn about 200 years of Jewish history in the Hartford area.

One of the stops is Charter Oak Cultural Center, the first synagogue built in Connecticut, which housed Congregation Beth Israel.

Tickets: $24 for historical society members; $28 general.

Information: www.ihsgh.org and 860-72706170.


Seth Rudetsky: Deconstructing Broadway

Saturday, October 25, 2014 7:00 pm

Saturday, October 25, 2014
7:00 pm

LGBT Event, Celebration of Jewish Arts and Culture
Sirius/XM radio’s Broadway host Seth Rudetsky is bringing his hilarious one-man show to Hartford. “Deconstructing Broadway’ is described as a combination of “America’s Funniest Home Videos” and “The Daily Show.” The 90 minute tour-de-force features Seth’s trademark “deconstructions,” using his audio/video collection to break down brilliant performances from beloved Broadway divas (Patti LuPone, Betty Buckley), and to showcase The Osmonds singing a medley from “Fiddler On The Roof” or Cher performing all of “West Side Story.” Tickets are $20 general; $15 for Charter Oak, Let’s Go Arts, seniors and students.

Read Courant Theater writer Frank Rizzo’s interview here:

Eventbrite - Seth Rudetsky: Deconstructing Broadway


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