Teens choose from a variety of courses in which they explore their connection to Jewish traditions and values. Every week all teens eat lunch together and once a month the entire program explores a social justice issues through a Jewish lens and puts Jewish values to action volunteering with people in need.
Meeting weekly on Sunday mornings and afternoons at Congregation Beth Israel in West Hartford. Teens in 8th-9th grade attend from 10:00am – 12:00pm and teens in 10th-12th grade attend from 11:30am – 1:30pm.
Open to all teens in 8th-12th grade.
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8th and 9th Graders
meeting Sundays at 10:00am – 11:30am
8th & 9th graders explore and debate all aspects of Judaism with compelling educators in innovative elective classes. From Mussar Yoga to Medical Ethics, there is something for everyone! Structured into the program is time for the teens break up into peer groups to connect the issues teens care about most—such as body image, friendship, social and academic pressure, romance, and sexuality—to enduring Jewish values using the Moving Traditions Curriculum.
8th-9th graders eat lunch with the JTConnect group every week and participate in the monthly social justice projects. On days when the group is working on social justice projects, the 8th and 9th graders attend from 11:30am-1:30pm instead of their normal time.
Confirmation in 10th Grade
meeting Sundays at 11:30am – 1:30pm
CBI 10th graders take confirmation classes with CBI clergy, exploring relevant Jewish issues and questions. A highlight of Confirmation is participation in the L’Taken Seminar at the Religious Action Center, the legislative advocacy arm of the Union for Reform Judaism in Washington, DC. Students learn about Jewish perspectives on contemporary U.S. policy issues and meet with Connecticut congressional representatives to advocate a position. At the end of the year, the Confirmation class leads a service including individual speeches about their personal connections to Judaism.
Tenth graders eat lunch with the JTConnect group every week and participate in the monthly social justice projects.
11th and 12th graders Teen Leadership and Philanthropy Initiative (TLPI)
meeting Bi-monthly on Sundays at 11:30am – 1:30pm
11th & 12th Graders learn to make a tangible difference in the world, starting right now in the TLPI project. Students learn about leadership and philanthropy from a Jewish perspective, then by visiting Jewish agencies and seeing first-hand the many services they provide, students learn about how our community is organized and supported. They learn to analyze grant proposals, prioritize need and actually fund meaningful projects.
11th & 12th graders eat lunch with the JTConnect group every week and participate in the monthly social justice projects.