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Youth / Teen Education 2018-02-21T17:41:00+00:00

at The Emanuel (Grades 8 – 12)

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From cooking and yoga to Jewish ethics and philanthropy, there’s something for everyone at JTConnect, where minds and souls enjoy a world of Jewish learning! Students attend two 45 min. classes each Sunday, during which they explore their connection to Jewish traditions and values with their peers from throughout the Greater Hartford community. 

Term 3 Starts Jan. 7, 2018! Register online

  • Sunday mornings 
  • 7 sessions 1/7 – 3/4 (no class 1/14)
  • 10:30 am – 12:00 pm at The Emanuel Synagogue, West Hartford
2017-2018 JTConnect Calendar: 

Term 1: 7 weeks: 9/10 – 10/29 – Term 2: 7 weeks:  11/5, – 12/17 (no class 11/26) –
Term 3: 7 weeks:  1/7 – 3/4 (no class 1/14) Term 4: 8 weeks: 3/11- 5/13 (no class 4/1 or 4/8)

For more information, contact: office@jtconnect.org.  Click to read more about JTConnect.


For Teens 8th – 12 grade!

JT Connect invites you to: Karaoke & Havdallah with Jacob “Spike” Kraus, song leader extraordinaire!

Feb 24th, 6:30pm-8:30pm at FVJC in Simsbury. Dinner is included, bring a friend! RSVP: office@jtconnect.org


JTCares: Cooking for Puerto Rican Relief

Sunday, March 18th
1 – 4 pm, for grades 7 -12

Join us to help cook a hot meal for Puerto Ricans displaced to Hartford after the hurricane. Includes lunch and service project, suggested $10 donation. RSVP to office@jtconnect.org


NEW for 2018! A special CLUB for 6th and 7th graders!

Part of our Shabbat Monthly Programming for Kids and Families.

Led by youth advisor, Penina Beede,  Bar/Bat Mitzvah club participants meet in the Sanctuary one Saturday a month for a special program around the theme of social justice.

Club meets at 10 am:  January 6  February 3  March 3 April 21  May 12

For more information: principal@emanuelsynagogue.org


Madrich/cha (Teacher Aide) Program

Students are selected to be Teacher Aides for the primary department and resource room on Sunday mornings and in Junior Congregation on Shabbat mornings. Aides receive a modest salary for their work. The requirements are:

  • Attendance at JTAwakenings, JTConnect or Jewish Day School.
  • In 8th Grade by September, 2017.
  • Commitment to work schedule
  • Willingness to be flexible regarding class and work requirements.
  • Patience and a desire to work with young children.
  • For Resource Room Aides: excellent Hebrew reading skills

Click here for an Emanuel Teacher Aide application. For more information: principal@emanuelsynagogue.org (860) 233-2774.


Three Emanuel Synagogue Students honored by the Jewish Federation!

federation-teens win awards-620x350Five students were recognized by the Commission of Jewish Education of the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford for their “uniquely effective” work at their respective West Hartford synagogues. The teens received awards at the Federation’s 70th annual meeting, held at Congregation Beth Israel in West Hartford.

Shown here with Judy Schlossberg, chair emeritus of the Federation board, are award winners: (l to r) Ellen Schenk, Stephanie Rosenthal and Jacob Graber-Lipperman, all of The Emanuel Synagogue, and Leah Goldman of Beth El Temple. Not shown: Miriam Katz of Beth El Temple.

Nancy Fichman and Robin Rosenthal won an Innovative Program award from the Commission on Jewish Education and Leadership of the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford for The Passover Skeptic. The goal was for participating students and their families (Grades K-7) to learn facts about Passover.

By progressing through a game board of questions, this program facilitated learning between students of different grades, along with their families.  Participants were able to learn while their answers permitted them to progress through the game. The learning sources came from the Torah texts, commentaries and the Haggadah.

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See attached materials:

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