Please join us for an evening of inspiration and celebration to benefit JTConnect’s 10 year anniversary building community and educating the next generation of Jewish leaders.


Eric Maurer

Outgoing Executive Director

Eric Maurer joined JTConnect in 2016 with an aspiration to connect more teens to experiences to explore, deepen and celebrate their Judaism. Under his leadership JTConnect has expanded its impact in the community, growing participation and diversifying program offerings. A graduate of the University of Hartford, Eric holds dual Master’s degrees from Brandeis University’s Hornstein Program in Jewish Professional Leadership and Near Eastern & Judaic Studies. Committed to giving back and building Jewish community, Eric serves as a Trustee on the Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Hartford Board of Trustees, is the volunteer advisor to the Alpha Epsilon Pi Jewish Fraternity at the University of Hartford and is a founding steering committee member of the Jewish Community Foundation’s JewGood Hartford: Young Professionals Connecting through Philanthropy. Eric lives in West Hartford with his wife Becca and sons Amichai and Matan.

Mel Simon

Founding JTConnect President

Under Mel Simon’s leadership as President, JTConnect was envisioned and founded through a transformation of Yachad: Greater Hartford Community High School. Mel is a lifelong leader in the Jewish community, serving as President at both the Emanuel Synagogue and the Mandell JCC and on the Boards of the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford, the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Hartford and the Friends of the Arava Institute.  Mel is a practicing commercial litigator with Cohn Birnbaum & Shea representing financial institutions, real estate holding companies and closely held businesses in dispute resolution.  Mel Simon is the father of three daughters.

Thank you to our event sponsors

Anniversary Pillar
The Zachs Family Foundation

Pillar of JTConnect
Lauren and Ross Benthien
The Temkin Family

Leadership Circle
Randi and Steve Piaker
Mel Simon

Tikkun Olam Advocate
Gail and Jeff Adler
Mindy and Rabbi Jeffrey Glickman

Scholarship Society
Mark & Jacqueline Berkowitz
Beth El Temple
Miriam & Rabbi Tuvia Brander
The Brouillard Family
Congregation Beth Israel
Sharon and Martin Freilich
Mandell JCC
Becca and Eric Maurer
Regina and Donald Miller
Juanita and Yitz Moss
Dr. Sheila Silverman
Jay Smith
Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Hartford
Leigh Newman and Gary Starr
Patti and Howard Weiner
Ben and Sarah Wexler

Community Builder
Leslie and Rabbi Yitzhok Adler
Dr. Joel and Miriam Bader
Elizabeth Schiro and Stephen Bayer
Aviva and Matthew Braunshweiger
Shari and Michael Cantor
Saul Mag and Rabbi Bekah Goldman
Jennifer and Brian Grosberg
The Howe Family
Jewish Children’s Service Organization
Denise Karp, Big Fish on Campus, LLC College Consulting
Arielle and Jason Kay
Elayna and Mark Kaye
Allen and Judith Kronick
Hannah and Lev Nathaniel Kropsky
Stephanie and Justin Kudler
Jeffrey and Robin Landau
Alan and Merri Nathan
Joanne and Saul Pasternack
People’s United Bank
Judy and David Rosenthal
Lisa Cudrin Sadinsky
Glenn and Mary Schafer
Cyral and Richard Sheldon and Family
Michael and Sherry Skott
Solinsky Eye Care
Dr. Carolyn Sorkin
The Sutton Family
Walker, Feigenbaum and Cantarella Law
Michelle and Chuck Ward
We Care Computers
Randolph and Lorrie Wexler

Outreach Supporter
Sandra Berinstein
Jean and Leon Chamedies
The Chaimovitch Family
Lisa and Peter Fishman
Elizabeth and Eric Goldberg
The Golder Family
Jewish Association for Community Living
Lisa and Sam Kassow
Stuart and Sheryl Kopel
Michele and Dane Kostin
Riva Lewinter and David Kruger
Ona and Tom Mastronarde
Michele and Alan Parker
Cheryl and Rabbi Howard Rosenbaum
Deena, Doug, Jordan and Sam Shefsky
Reesa Olins & Robert Teitelman
The Tuvin Family
Pam, Ken & E Simon
Rabbi Rachel Zerin