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Past Events

Welcome to our Past Events section, where you can find links, photos and stories about recent events that took place at Rodeph Sholom:

The Connection Between Yom HaShoah, Yom Hazikaron, and Yom Ha’atzmaut

Spring time in Israel has several holidays, some religious but mostly of a national flavor. These national holidays include Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Memorial Day; Yom Hazikaron, Memorial Day; and Yom Ha’atzmaut, Independence Day. These holidays are deliberately placed on our calendar at those time periods to make the connection to Pesach and the idea of freedom, redemption, and creation.

During this Coffee and Conversation, we explored these connections with Gadi Ben-Dov, licensed tour guide, who helped more fully understand the Israeli narrative and national story as it is told every year.

To listen to the Coffee and Conversation about the connection between the holidays, visit here!.

Yom HaShoah Commemoration with Agnes Vertes

Rodeph Sholom commemorated Yom HaShoah by hearing the story of Agnes Vertes, a survivor of the Holocaust whose parents gave her away at age 4 in Hungary in the hopes of saving her.

She shared her journey during a recent Coffee and Conversation to a group of spellbound participants. To listen to the conversation, click here!

What’s Jewish About The Beatles (Parts I & II)!

It’s time to Get Back into talking about The Beatles! Rabbi Eisenberg, along with alumnus and Beatles superfan Paul Friend, present the two-part event titled “What’s Jewish About the Beatles.” In this Zoom class, they talk about the Fab Four and how they relate to Judaism.

Both events, which could be found here and here, were a huge success, and you don’t have to travel Across the Universe, down The Long and Winding Road or in a Yellow Submarine to listen.

Judy Petsonk Chats with Rodeph Sholom on Her New Historical Novel

Rodeph Sholom recently hosted a Zoom conversation with Judy Petsonk, who talked about her historical novel, “JUSTICE: Maccabees and Pharisees.”

According to the Ms. Petsonk, the first century BCE was a critically important time for world religion. The new Pharisee movement emerged, igniting the transformation of Judaism from a religion of animal sacrifice to the biblically based, ethics-centered religion of contemporary Judaism and Christianity. Yet it is a time about which most of today’s Jews, Christians and Muslims (Islam followed a similar model) know almost nothing.

Her new novel, “Justice: Maccabees & Pharisees,” chronicles the historic war between the king of Judea, Alexander Janneus, and the Pharisees, led by Shimon ben Shetach.

To listen to the conversation, click here.

Rabbi Nelson, Alicia Nelson Join Us for Coffee and Conversation

On Wednesday, Feb. 24, Rodeph Sholom hosted another Coffee and Conversation Zoom event.

Rabbi David and Alicia Nelson shared Brazil’s fascinating Jewish history. Rabbi Nelson served as the Assistant Rabbi at the Israeli Religious Association of Rio de Janeiro for two years.

Spend some time listening to Rabbi Nelson and Alicia Nelson as they tell some of the stories they have amassed in their 50-year love affair with the only Portuguese-speaking country in a Latin continent.

To listen to the event, click here!

Tu Bishvat in a Pandemic

Back in late January, garden enthusiasts Charna Silverman and Irwin Schildkraut hosted a Zoom event talking about Tu Bishvat and how to make the best of it while in a pandemic.

To watch the video, click here.

Winter Concert Series Rolls Along as Brett Boles Stops By

Our Zoom Winter Concert Series  welcomed Brett Boles, an award-winning musical theatre composer, lyricist, author and music director.

His original musical Foreverman premiered at NYMF where it garnered awards for Outstanding Orchestrations and the New World Stages Development Prize. Brett has also collaborated with composer Natalie Tenenbaum on an adaptation of Benjamin Button, which has had showings at the York Theatre Off-Broadway and the Southwark Playhouse in London. He has also written original material for three of the four original Broadway Matildas, which they premiered at 54 Below. Brett’s work has been performed by Broadway greats including Jeremy Jordan, Josh Young, and Janine DiVita.

To listen to the Zoom concert, click here!


Rodeph Sholom members founded, owned, and operated a variety of businesses in Bridgeport.

During a recent two-part Coffee & Conversation, we learned firsthand stories from those who followed in the family footsteps.

Part I was when a trip down memory lane, back when you could get a corned beef sandwich at Tastee Delicatessen, go to Benny Levine’s and find any cut of meat, walk into Goldstein’s Butcher Market with sawdust on the floor, find all sorts of clothing at Nyden’s, and so much more. During this Zoom event, Mike Fletcher, Ron Ferrell, Rob Pomeraniec, Jordan Lustig, David Stone, Jan Bufferd, Sheila Strauss, and Meredith Dommu were our tour guides during this trip back in time.

During Part II, Renee Millstein Jacobs spoke about Baena Brothers, Meredith Baum Reuben chatted about Eastern Bag and Paper, David Hochberg reminisced about Hochberg Jewelers, Claire Weiner Herer talked about Klahr Glass, and Jacqui Lipnick Garelick mentioned memories from Lipnick Plumbing Supply.

To listen to the first part of the Coffee & Conversation, click here. For Part II, click here. In addition, the photos that were shared during the event are below.


See How We Celebrated Hanukkah 2020…Around The Globe!

Although we could not all gather together this year for Hanukkah, Rodeph Sholom stayed festive with a nightly Zoom menorah lighting during all eight nights.

In addition to having special people lighting their menorahs at home, leading the blessings and singing a Hanukkah song, we also toured the globe from the comfy confines of our homes. Each night of Hanukkah there was some interesting information about a different place on this planet!

We invite you to view our Zoom menorah lighting event by click on the links below:

On the first night, Rabbi Eisenberg starting the holiday by leading the candle lighting. (CLICK HERE TO VIEW)

For the second night, Cantor Hirsch led the candle lighting and the theme that evening will be how perseverance keeps Hanukkah going in India. (CLICK HERE TO VIEW)

The third night, Cantor Hirsch and her family led the candle lighting, with the theme of the third night coming from the land “Down Under.” (We don’t have the link for this night…technical issues)

On the fourth night, Cantor Hirsch, along with Hannah Gale, led the candle lighting. The theme for the evening was Germany…a new beginning — Frohes Chanukah! (CLICK HERE TO VIEW)

For the fifth night, the candle lighting was led by Senior Gabbai, Sy Wiesenfeld, accompanied by Lanny Boles in song. The world tour stopped in Egypt. (CLICK HERE TO VIEW)

Led by the candle lighting with Faith Bader, the sixth night, Hanukkah’s theme was Argentina. Feliz Hanukkah! (CLICK HERE TO VIEW)

The seventh night of Hanukkah brought us back to the United States once again, as the theme of the night was Great Alaska Hanukkah…or Alaskanukkah. The Weinstein family led the candle lighting. (CLICK HERE TO VIEW)

On the final night, we celebrated all the soldiers currently deployed. Leading the candle lighting for the final night of Hanukkah was Rabbi Eisenberg. (CLICK HERE TO VIEW)

Click HERE for High Holidays webcast