Teens Spreading Light on Hanukkah

Hanukkah was jam packed with laughter and light for a full-week of activities, from lighting the community menorah at the Mandell JCC to collecting and wrapping gifts for the clients at Jewish Family Services.  The highlight of the week was the Saturday night Hanukkah celebration JTConnect hosted in partnership with local youth groups with over 130 teens in attendance.Continue reading Teens Spreading Light on Hanukkah

TLPI Announces Homelessness and Gender Equality Grant

TLPI Homelessness and Gender Equality GrantRequest for Proposal  Accepting Grant requests up to $3,000 Mission Statement:  TLPI is a group of Jewish high school students committed to learning about philanthropy through a Jewish perspective, cultivating our kindness and generosity through the donation of time and money. TLPI believes that the world stands on the JewishContinue reading TLPI Announces Homelessness and Gender Equality Grant

Teens at Kol Haverim Bake Pumpkin Pies for Families in Need

Thanksgiving is a time for families and friends to gather and celebrate the bounty of the season, but for many in Connecticut, the holiday is a stark reminder of their struggle with hunger.  Looking to sweeten the holiday for families in need, teens gathered at Congregation Kol Haverim in Glastonbury to bake pumpkin pies toContinue reading Teens at Kol Haverim Bake Pumpkin Pies for Families in Need

Teen Philanthropists Combat Food Insecurity with $3,600 in Grants

Teens in JTConnect’s Teen Leadership & Philanthropy Initiative (TLPI) culminated their intensive year of learning and work by awarding two grants totaling $3,600 to local organizations. United by a desire to make a difference in our community, the TLPI group chose to target food insecurity as where they wanted to make an impact. “Meeting withContinue reading Teen Philanthropists Combat Food Insecurity with $3,600 in Grants

JTConnect Welcomes Lauren Benthien as New President of Board of Directors

JTConnect announced at their annual meeting the appointment of Lauren Benthien as the new President of the Board of Directors.   “I am enthusiastic about the opportunity to work with our Executive Director, Eric Maurer, our dedicated board and our area partners, to continue to support outstanding Jewish teen learning in the Greater Hartford community,” saidContinue reading JTConnect Welcomes Lauren Benthien as New President of Board of Directors

TLPI Accepting Grant Requests of up to $2,000

TLPI Food Insecurity Request for Proposal Accepting Grant Requests of up to $2,000 Mission Statement:  TLPI is a group of Jewish high school students committed to learning about philanthropy through a Jewish perspective and cultivating our kindness and generosity through the donation of time and money.  United by the core Jewish value of Tzedek, TzedekContinue reading TLPI Accepting Grant Requests of up to $2,000

Teens Raise Money for Sharsheret

TEENS RAISE MONEY FOR SHARSHERET On Saturday, February 20th, over 100 teens and community members came together virtually through JTConnect’s Pink Shabbat to raise awareness for breast cancer and raise money for Sharsheret (pronounced shar-sheh-ret), a nonprofit organization with the goal of supporting Jewish women diagnosed with breast cancer and ovarian cancer.  Pink Shabbat raisedContinue reading Teens Raise Money for Sharsheret