Supporting Jewish Teens on their Journeys to Becoming Thoughtful, Passionate and Involved Jewish Adults

In JTConnect’s core yearlong program, teens continue their Jewish education, exploring all aspects of Judaism in a social and learning community. Students choose from a variety of elective classes and activities over the course of the year. Led by talented educators who understand the spiritual, intellectual and emotional needs of today’s teens, classes encourage introspection, thoughtful debate, active learning and fun.

Programs are offered on a variety of days and times in four different locations in West Hartford and Simsbury. All programs share the same core elements, but schedules, format and course offerings vary by location. Program schedules are as flexible as possible to help teens fit learning and socializing into their busy lives.

JTConnect at Beth El

Meeting weekly on Monday evenings from 7:00pm-8:40pm at Beth El Temple in West Hartford. After dinner with their friends at JTConnect, teens choose elective classes that interest them and explore their connection to Jewish traditions and values. Open to all teens in 8th-12th grade.


JTConnect at Beth Israel

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. Teens choose from a variety of courses in which they explore their connection to Jewish traditions and values. Open to all teens in 8th-12th grade.


JTConnect at Emanuel

Meeting weekly on Sunday mornings from 10:30am-12:00pm at The Emanuel Synagogue in West Hartford. Every week teens choose elective courses that interest them and explores their connection to Jewish traditions and values. Open to all teens in 8th-12th grade.


JTConnect at FVJC

Meeting bi-monthly on one Sunday morning and one Wednesday evening each month at Farmington Valley Jewish Congregation in Simsbury. During the Sunday sessions, teens explore social justice issues through a Jewish lens and put Jewish values to action volunteering with people in need. On Wednesday sessions, teens eat dinner with their friends and choose elective classes that interest them and explore their connection to Jewish traditions and values. Open to all teens in 8th-12th grade.


Teen Leadership and Philanthropy Initiative (TLPI)

Meeting on Sunday afternoons from 12:00pm – 1:30pm at Congregation Beth Israel in West Hartford, TLPI teaches teens that they can make a tangible difference in the world, starting right now.  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.  Program is geared towards teens in 11th-12th grade.