Meeting weekly on Monday evenings from 6:15pm – 7:45pm at the Mandell JCC.

Every week teens will come together to socialize with their friends at JTConnect! Teens 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!

Term 1 Classes:

Period 1:

Forge Your own Judaism – Stephen Brouillard
In this hands on class, teens will explore the world of Jewish ritual objects and learn with a craftsman about how to put our own twist on the Judaica that we use.  Class will include forging our own yads to use in the Torah.  Space is limited. 

Jewish Traditions around the World – Erica Bloch
Did you know that Jews in Morocco extended the joy of Hanukkah into a ninth day, which became known as “the day of the shamash?”  Or that Jewish families in Gibraltar add actual brick dust to their charoset!  In this class we will explore Jewish traditions around the world.  

Moot Beit Din: Jewish Debate – Jason Kay and Ron Apter
In ancient times, a beit din was the building block of the legal system in the Land of Israel. In modern times, it is invested with legal powers in a number of religious and ethical matters.  This class gives teens an empowering look at the inner workings of Jewish legal tradition by learning how to defend an argument grounded in Jewish wisdom.  Teens in the class will have the option to compete in the national Moot Beit Din competition in March

Period 2:

The Israel Story: Birth of a Nation – Eric Maurer
Jews are a people focused on telling the story of our past, but yet there is no word in the Hebrew language for history.  This class is more than a string of facts and dates, it is the story of the Jewish people told from inside and out. It is Jewish history from the perspective of Jewish memory.  This term’s class will focus on the years leading up to the State of Israel. 

Global Antisemitism – Bob Fishman
What is Antisemitism and why does it exist? This course will explore why there is hatred against Jews and the forms in which it appears. We will discuss how antisemitism has changed, what it looks like today and how we can combat it.

Gifts for Good – Erica Bloch
We have the opportunity to create positive change in ourselves, our community, and in the world.  In this class, we will craft gifts to benefit charities in our community.  Each session we will explore organizations and movements that are making a difference today and will challenge ourselves to be agents of change.