Meeting weekly on Monday evenings from 7:00pm – 8:40pm at Beth El Temple in West Hartford.

Every week teens will come together to eat dinner & socialize with their friends at JTConnect! Following dinner, teens will divide into selected courses; From Cooking Through the Torah to Medical Ethics, there’s something for everyone!

Teens choose from a variety of courses in which they explore their connection to Jewish traditions and values. From Cooking Through the Torah to Medical Ethics, there’s something for everyone at JTConnect where teens have the opportunity to explore their connection to Jewish traditions and values with their peers from throughout the Greater Hartford community. Open to all teens in 8th-12th grade.

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Explore and debate all aspects of Judaism with compelling educators in innovative elective classes. There is something for everyone!


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Conversational Hebrew
Tom Wainrich

Have you always wanted to learn conversational Hebrew, but never had the opportunity? Learn phrases, slang and basic grammar in this lively Hebrew class. Students of all abilities are encouraged to join this Hebrew course, tailor made to meet all levels and needs.

Judaism Confronts America
Eric Maurer

We often think that Judaism and Americanism reinforce one another, the two traditions converging in a common path. This course course will challenge that notion by examining a range of historical and contemporary tensions between Judaism and America, from blue laws to federal regulation of kosher food to recent controversies over banning and regulating circumcision. The goal of this course is to examine the collision between Judaism and Americanism and explore our own American and Jewish identity.
Kosher Sex
Rabbi Chatinover

Taken from the title of a controversial book by Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, this class is a frank discussion about contemporary attitudes towards sexuality and how traditional teachings have dealt with these issues. You will be amazed at the wisdom (and frankness) of Jewish Tradition.
Fact or Fiction: What do Jews Believe?
With Rabbi Adler

What does Jewish Tradition say about parents’ obligation to children and children to parents? What do Jews believe about sin and why bad things happen to good people? How about what happens to us after death? Do we all worship the same God? You will be encouraged to ask questions as you learn more about Judaism from a different perspective.

Israel Through Art
Tom Wainrich

This hands-on class explores Israel through art as we use a variety of media to create one-of-a-kind Jewish art pieces that you can actually use and enjoy. If you like to create things, this class is for you.