About JTConnect

JTConnect engages teens from across the Greater Hartford community in fun, interactive and thought-provoking educational and social experiences grounded in Jewish learning and values. JTConnect gives teens the opportunity to continue their Jewish education in compelling and meaningful ways. Together, teens examine religion, history and traditions through innovative, hands-on programming that includes classroom study, volunteer projects and special events.

JTConnect, offers yearlong learning at accessible partner locations in our community, where teens explore all aspects of Judaism in a relaxed, social atmosphere. Through our core programs: Jewish learning, Social Action opportunities, Social Events, and Teen Philanthropy; we provide Jewish teen programming that evolves with our community, and we thrive through our partnerships with local synagogues, educators, clergy, and community based organizations.

Welcoming 8th–12th grade students from all levels of Jewish observance, affiliation and knowledge; JTConnect inspires teens to create their own Jewish identities and become passionate leaders and active participants in both their Jewish community and the world.


Our Mission

Our mission is to provide a rich educational experience and social community for Jewish teens to develop a strong Jewish identity, enhance their understanding and commitment to their Jewish heritage and traditions, and prepare them to lead meaningful Jewish lives.

Our Team

We are passionate, thoughtful and each bring a diverse expertise to the table. Learn more about our staff and educators by clicking on their picture.

Caroline Poland
Executive Director
Cara Levine
Associate Program Director
Marcus Fink
Program Coordinator
Jason Kay
Program Coordinator
Max Beede
Program Coordinator

Our Educators

Rabbi Yitzhok Adler
Erica Bloch
Carrie Berman
Rabbi Tuvia Brander
Rabbi Steven Chatinover
Terry Wolfisch Cole
Rabbi Andi Fliegel
Rabbi Daniel Fliegel
Bob Fishman
Rabbi Bekah Goldman
Ronald Scheps
Cyral Sheldon
Max Schwimmer
Rabbi David Small
Lauren Eisen
Abby Hungaski

Our Board

Lauren Benthien- President
Chris Brouillard – Vice President
Ben Wexler – Treasurer
Rebecca Chaimovitch – Secretary

Courtney Covici
Karen Dinowitz
Jennifer Grosberg
Kim Howe
Anna Huttner
Justin Kudler
Elana MacGilpin
Stacy Roos
Stephen Sutton
Alli Benthien-Teen Rep
Elijah Chaimovitch- Teen Rep