Meeting weekly on Sunday mornings from 10:30am-12:00pm at The Emanuel Synagogue in West Hartford.

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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Choose What Interests You!

Explore and debate all aspects of Judaism with compelling educators in innovative elective classes. There is something for everyone!

Term 1 at a Glance

Period 1 Period 2
Taste of Israel with the Emisarries Carrie Berman
A Taste of Israel is a portrait of the Israeli people told through food.. Learn about Israel cuisine as you explore Israeli culture, history and society with the Israeli Young Emissaries.

Im Right, Youre Wrong: Jewish Debate Club Marcus Fink
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.

Conversational Hebrew Tom Wainrich
Have you always wanted to learn conversational Hebrew, but never had the opportunity? Learn phrases, slang and basic grammar in this lively Hebrew class. Students of all abilities are encouraged to join this Hebrew course, tailor made to meet all levels and needs.
Israel Through Art Tom Wainrich
This hands-on class explores Israel through art as we use 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. 

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.
Weekend Update: The Jewish Report Ron Scheps
Be informed about what happened this week in our history and how it affects us. Timely and current discussions will broaden your understanding of the pressing issues of the day.

Work in Emanuel Synagogue Religious School

Teens have the opportunity to work as madrichim (teacher’s aids) before JTConnect starts from 9am-10:30am. If you are interested in being a madrich/a, contact the Emanuel Synagogue Religious School office.