Adult Enrichment

Speak Up: Storytelling Workshop with Matthew Dicks


Sunday, Sept. 10 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | JCC, Amity Road, Woodbridge | Adults | M: $85 | C: $100


Matthew Dicks, 30-time Moth Story SLAM champion, returns to the JCC of Greater New Haven for a storytelling workshop! Join us for a day of detailed instruction, explanation, and stories that will make you laugh and maybe even cry. Matthew Dicks’ storytelling workshop focuses on exercises that assist individuals in creating stories from daily experiences while providing constructive feedback to refine storytelling skills. His workshops also prepare individuals for speaking and storytelling in a wide variety of environments.


The storytelling workshop is designed to engage participants who wish to practice storytelling, but also to welcome those who prefer to listen to storytellers, or even to improve general public speaking skills. This low-stakes, safe, and inviting atmosphere wel- comes all who are interested in the art of storytelling.


Matthew Dicks is an expert in storytelling, a best-selling author, and contributor to This American Life, TED, and much more. He is also the co-founder and creative director of Speak Up. RSVP

Excuse Me! Pre-Selichot Gathering

Saturday, Sept. 14 | 7:30-9:30 p.m. | Yurt 550 Amity Road, Woodbridge | 13+ | Free


Inevitably the High Holidays catch us emotionally off guard. Selichot, which loosely translates to “excuse me,” gives us the chance to begin the soothing process of self-reflection in preparation for the soul-searching work of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. This pre-Holiday get together, led by Richard Gans at the Yurt in Woodbridge, will start with a musical gathering around the fire pit. Be part of a new and growing spiritual YURT community. MORE

Wheels and Wine: Partners Pottery Event

Thursday, November 2 & 16 | 6-8 p.m. | Adult | Clay Date, 146 Amity Road, Woodbridge | $60 couple


Learn how to create pottery with your significant other or with a friend in this two-part event! Join us at The Clay Date for partners pottery on Thursday, Nov. 2 to each spin a piece from clay, and on Thursday, Nov. 16 to paint what you create. MORE

Around the World Cooking Series

Mondays, November 6 - December 11 | 7-9 p.m. | Adult | JCC, 360 Amity Road, Woodbridge | M: $18 | C: $21 per class


This exciting hands-on cooking series will explore delicious cuisines from around the world. Prepare, cook, and experience cuisines most only dream of! Join us for one class or the full series for this global adventure! Each class dines together and leaves with recipes. Countries include Morocco, Greece, Libya, India, Spain, Thailand, Poland, and Mexico. MORE

Great Big Challah Bake: The Shabbos Project

Thursday, October 26 | 7 p.m. | Women Only | Chabad at Yale, 36 Lynwood Place, New Haven | $5


The Shabbos Project is a global, grassroots movement that brings Jews from across the world together around our shared observance of Shabbat. Our community will be one of hundreds around the world baking and celebrating Shabbat this week! Join the women of our community for a night of kneading, baking, fun, and inspiration! 

A Taste of Honey

Saturday, November 18 | 7 p.m. | Congregation Mishkan Israel, 785 Ridge Road, Hamden | 13+ | Students/Seniors: $12 | C: $18


Join the Greater New Haven Jewish Community for its annual Evening of Jewish Learning. Scholars, Rabbis, and community leaders will come together for enriching and inspiring spiritual, political, social, and intellectual explorations of “community.” 

14th Annual JCC Holiday Craft & Gift Fair

Sunday, December 3 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m. | JCC, 360 Amity Road, Woodbridge | All | Free


Featuring new and returning vendors from our local area and all over New England. Free admission.

On the Shoreline: Jewish Heritage Program at Evergreen Woods

Third Monday of every month | 2:30-3:30 p.m. | Evergreen Woods, 88 Notch Hill Road, North Branford | 21+ | Free


On the third Monday of every month our group gets together to discuss cur- rent issues that pertain to the Jewish Community. Facilitated by Sydney Perry. Sponsored by Evergreen Woods.

On the Shoreline: Psalms & Pirke Avot

Psalms: ​Thursdays | Ongoing | 10-11 a.m. | JFGNH Shoreline Office, 753 Boston Post Road, Guilford | Free

Pirke Avot: ​Thursdays | Ongoing | 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. | JFGNH Shoreline Office, 753 Boston Post Road, Guilford | Free


2 programs on Thursdays, hosted by Sydney Perry. Sponsored by Jewish Family Service & Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven.