FALLS VILLAGE, Conn. (RNS) Nehirim, which develops programs, campus events, and advocacy work for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer Jewish community, began hosting retreats at the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center as a way for gay Jews to celebrate their dual identities.
Author Archives: Ann Marie Somma
About Ann Marie Somma
Ann Marie Somma serves as the editor and community manager of HartfordFAVS.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in communications and is working toward a Masters in Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Fairfield University.
She’s been a journalist for more than 15 years and has worked for a variety of newspapers in Connecticut, including the Hartford Courant where she dabbled in religion news.
Her work has been recongized by the Society of Professional Journalists, which in 2003 awarded her first place in the breaking news story category, and in 2005, she won second place for her feature writing from the New England Associated Press News Executives Association.
(RNS) The aim of the website is to avoid duplication and consolidate the many facets of Jewish mourning.
(RNS) The slave’s master, a Waterbury bone doctor by the name of Preserved Porter, stripped his skin, boiled his bones and used the skeleton as a medical specimen.
(RNS) While many older Americans gather to reminisce about parents and grandparents who spoke the Germanic-Hebrew language of Eastern and Central European Jews, a renewed interest in Yiddish is blooming among a younger generation of people who have no such memories.
(RNS) John Baptist Greco built the once vibrant miniature replica of Bethlehem and Jerusalem out of plywood, scrap metal and discarded objects. His years of toil turned a craggy mountaintop into an attraction that drew thousands of Christian pilgrims in the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s.
HARTFORD, Conn. (RNS) An 82-year-old barber can continue providing free haircuts and shaves to the homeless after city officials tried to shut him down for lack of permits.
(RNS) Lifetree Cafes are a fairly recent venture by Group Publishing, a Colorado-based Christian publishing company that is tapping into people’s yearning for community and face-to face connection.
DERBY, Conn. (RNS) The Rev. Janusz Kukulka can’t say his parishioners are sinning more — but they sure are lining up at the new confessional booth that’s decidedly old-school.
NEWTOWN, Conn. (RNS) In the weeks since the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School that killed 20 children and six adults, thousands of books have arrived at the town’s public library from all over the country — from authors, publishers, and ordinary people buying multiple copies of books on Amazon.com that they had found helpful in their grief. By Ann Marie Somma.