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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Express Yourself: Jewish Art
Erica Bloch 

This hands-on class uses 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

Israeli Politics & Current Events 
Eric Maurer

With Prime Minister Netanyahu unable to form a coalition, Israel is going to elections again. Using newspapers, twitter and polling data/results we will learn how Israeli politics works in live time and better understand the major issues & conflicts which have occupied the Israeli political agenda since its inception until today.  
History of the IDF
 Ron Scheps 

The class examines the history of Israel, as well as the military struggles that have occurred through time to survive and progress as a nation.   The class will explore the IDF from the Irgun and Palmach to Unit 8200.  The instructor for this class served in the Israeli Air Force and for twelve years served as a Humanitarian Officer in the West Bank as a liason between the Palestinian Authority and the IDF.
Jewish Ethics Confront the 21st Century 
Ron Scheps

Throughout our 3,000 years, Jews have often been put in difficult and trying situations. This class will analyze the major issues of the day in light of Jewish ethics. From the ethics of warfare to human cloning, come to analyze, debate and decide what is the right path.

Torah Slam
Jason Kay

If you’re like most of us, you probably gave a D’Var Torah at your Bar or Bat Mitzvah and that was it.  Come learn how to find the nugget of meaning in the weekly Torah portion and deliver an inspirational D’Var Torah.  Student will have the opportunity to present their D’Var Torah at a local synagogue.

I’m Right, You’re Wrong:
Jewish Debate Club

Jason Kay

You know the joke – two Jews, three opinions. Our tradition, both ancient and modern, is full of instances of Jewish debate. Learn how to construct an argument to defend your position. This class will formally debate contentious issues throughout Jewish history.