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Celebrations Youth-Programs

Ferguson’s Adrienne Hawkins Will Speak At Gala

In March, the Charter Oak Cultural Center started a program with the Hartford Police, to help create a better relationship between the police and Hartford youth. “Good Vibrations,” has been a huge success and it has done what it was intended to do, help the police and the middle school boys enrolled in the weekly guitar and rap/poetry see each other, not as enemies, but as people like themselves. The officers and students are playing guitar together and rapping together. “Good Vibrations” is transforming tension into understanding.
Now, Ferguson, MO, is interested in doing the program there.
Rabbi Donna Berman, Charter Oak’s Executive Director, reached out to Adrienne Hawkins, who ran for Ferguson City Council, following the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed African-American teenager, by a white police officer. Had Hawkins won, she would have been the first African American woman on the council. She has enthusiastically embraced the Good Vibrations program and both the Ferguson Police and Fire Department are on board. It is expected that “Good Vibrations Ferguson” will begin this summer.
Hawkins is so excited by the prospect and by the caring shown by the Charter Oak Cultural Center that she is driving from Ferguson to attend Charter Oak’s Gala at the Hartford Downtown Marriott on Monday, May 18th.
“We are honored that Adrienne is coming to our Gala and will speak. We are so excited that a good idea that started in Hartford can help other communities heal,” Rabbi Berman said.
Charter Oak has also reached out to leaders in Baltimore and there is interest there, too, in bringing “Good Vibrations” to that city.

Celebrations Classes

Sacred Arts Workshops

Sunday|Dec. 14|10 am to noon

Charter Oak Cultural Center and The Academy for Jewish Religion present workshops to study Jewish texts through the arts.
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 Lectures

Rabbi Arthur Waskow

Sunday|Dec. 7| 1:30 pm

Don’t miss this rare chance to hear a visionary thinker as he re-interprets stories from the Torah. Think of Eden spoiled by an oil spill. Re-imagine Pharoah and the Plagues seen through climate change. Think of the biblical command to let the Earth rest every seven years as we struggle with drought and crop failures. Come, listen and learn.
Sunday, Dec. 7, 1:30 to 4 pm., Emanuel Synagogue, 160 Mohegan Drive, West Hartford.
Donation $5. Information: www.charteroakcenter.org
Eventbrite - Rabbi Arthur Waskow Lecture


Celebrations Lectures

Rabbi Stephen Fuchs

Tonight | 7 pm

Fresh from his stint as visiting scholar and spiritual leader in Northern Germany, Rabbi Stephen Fuchs, former head of the World Union for Progressive Judaism and former senior rabbi at Congregation of Beth Israel in West Hartford, is hosting a book launch for his groundbreaking work, 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 in 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 lit up the Internet when he interviewed his daughters Eva and Sadie about a sister haircut gone very wrong. Now he’s written a book about it. Come over to Charter Oak Cultural Center Tuesday, Nov. 18, 7 pm, and Jeff will read the book. Kids, bring your parents. Snacks served. Each family can take home a copy of the book.

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:  and 860-727-6170.


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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