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.

All JTConnect programs are open to all teens in 8th-12th grade regardless of synagogue membership.

Sunday Mornings

JTConnect @ CBI

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 – 1:00pm. 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 @ 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 @ FVJC

Teens come together twice each month on  on Sunday Mornings from 10:00am-11:30am Farmington Valley Jewish Congregation in Simsbury. Teens explore current social justice issues from a Jewish lens and put their passion into action by working directly with people and communities in need.  Open to all teens in 8th-12th grade.


Monday Nights

JTConnect @ JCC

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! Open to all teens in 8th-12th grade.


Teen Leadership and Philanthropy Initiative (TLPI)

Teen Leadership and Philanthropy Initiative (TLPI)

Meeting on Sunday afternoons from 12:00pm – 1:00pm 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.