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annual Bi-Cultural Hebrew Academy (“BCHA”) Celebration Dinner

The annual Bi-Cultural Hebrew Academy (“BCHA”) Celebration Dinner will take place on Sunday, January 12th, 2020 at 5:30 PM at the Hilton Stamford Hotel. The theme of the dinner is "Imagine. Design. Create." BCHA's pedagogy is multi-faceted. This year's dinner highlights one of these facets — learning through creativity and artistry. We celebrate the bonds that we establish in our lives and our community through the creativity and artistic sensibilities that activate our learning. Imbued with the spirit of G-d, Bezalel, the great artisan of the Bible, materialized the design of the Mishkan. Through his creativity and skill the Mishkan became a singular unit, an exemplar for the Jewish nation. This is what we celebrate at our 2020 Celebration dinner.

You are invited to place a complimentary ad in the dinner journal. Please email me your ad by December 13th at

We are so proud of this year’s honorees:

Guests of Honor: Elise and Steven Cohen

Community Service Award: Alice and Jason Janush

Young Leadership Award: Tina and Yossi Notik

Alumni Award: Laura Kassen

Jane Shoztic Memorial Award: David Giver

Our Celebration Committee Chairs are:

Dinner Co-Chairs: Taly and Trevor Farber and Amanda and Jasper Lewitton

Journal Co-Chairs: Jodi Hadge, Shari and Ari Levine and Talia and Jonathan Siscovick

To RSVP to our Celebration Dinner, please contact Rachel Cohen at

And, to place your complimentary ad in our printed journal, please email me at by December 13th.

2019 Senior Services Kosher Thanksgiving



2019 Thanksgiving Menu


Medium Turkey with Stuffing and Gravy (16-20 lbs) - $140.00

Turkey Breast (1 lb) - $12.00

Turkey Gravy (1 qt) - $8.00

Chicken Tenders (1 lb) - $12.00

Matzo Balls (large pkg of 6) - $6.00

Matzo Ball Soup (1 qt with 3 matzo balls) - $13.95

Chicken Soup (1 qt) - $9.50

Butternut Squash Soup (1 qt) - $10.00

Traditional Bread Stuffing (2 lbs) - $9.50

Herb Whipped Potatoes (1 pint) - $5.00

Candied Yams (1 pint) - $6.00



 Roasted Butternut Squash (serves 4) - $8.00

Homemade Cranberry Sauce (1 pint) - $6.00

Fresh Fruit Platter (serves 12-15) - $30.00

Apple or Pumpkin Pie (serves 8) - $10.00

Pecan Pie (serves 8) - $15.00

Double Fudge Brownies (serves 12-15) - $11.00 Other Desserts are Available


Due to a high demand of orders, modifications cannot be made.

The order deadline is Wednesday, November 20, 2019 by 12:00 pm.

All orders should be picked up at the Berkowitz Family Courtyard Café, 

4200 Park Avenue, Bridgeport CT 06604  on Wednesday, November 27, between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm

To place an order please contact us at 203-396-1023 or



Hebrew Conversation Group

The Hebrew Conversation Group is the only such program in Connecticut where people can practice and improve their Hebrew in a relaxed and friendly environment.

What: Hebrew Conversation Group

When: Monday Nov 18, and Dec 2 & 16

Time: 7:30pm - 8:45pm

Where: The Westport Library

Cost: Free - sponsored by Israelis-in-CT

Who: Those with at least some basic Hebrew language skill



Grocery Shopping will never seem

like a chore again,

when you donate while you shop!

When you use scrip (a special gift card) to purchase from select stores,

Beit Chaverim gets  MONEY.

Cards available from the office, just email Rita Selsky for info.

  Nov 14 Journey Back to Fohrenwald

Presentation by Helen Block.  This event is co-sponsered by Beit Chaverim  and Beth El of Norwalk. It will take place at Beth El. Refreshments will be served. No charge.

Below is a brief synopsis of the presentation:

August 2018 I discovered that Fohrenwald, the displaced persons camp where I was born after WWII was being featured in a documentary film. My parents and I had lived there for over five years and when we immigrated to America, Fohrenwald was in our past. That it existed in any form was not in my consciousness. But a museum created and dedicated to the multi-layered history of Fohrenwald was about to open. And I was invited to attend.


What to do? Could I return to this place in Germany so close to Munich and all that had happened to my parents? Would I be able to face the possible memories stirred up?


I share my experience in Fohrenwald with a chronicled presentation from when I was a little girl named Hinde with photos and documents. There is a pictorial of my visit to Munich and video short of what Fohrenwald has become. My commentary is woven into what happened to survivors in the aftermath of WWII. This period of history long neglected is being studied and uncovered.

Kosher Home Delivered Meals

The Pamela and Michael Hirsch Kosher Home Delivered Meal program at Schoke JFS provides meals delivered weekly to those in our communities who might have difficulty shopping and preparing their own food.

Once a week, volunteers deliver five kosher microwave ready catered meals provided by Jewish Senior Services. They also spend a little time visiting with the recipients.

Each meal includes a main course, vegetable, starch, soup, fruit, bread and dessert.

This is a subscription service with frequency flexibility. The cost is $7.50/meal or $37.50/week. Reduced rates are available for families who qualify.

For more information about the program or to volunteer to assist, please contact

Jill Knopoff at 203-921-4161 or

Beit Chaverim Synagogue will now be charging a 3% fee for all credit card charges. .  We apologize for any inconvenience and greatly appreciate all donations.

 If you wish to avoid the fee, please send a check to:

 Beit Chaverim Synagogue, 85 Post Rd W, Westport, CT  06880

Thu, November 14 2019 16 Cheshvan 5780