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at The Emanuel
(Grades 8 – 12)


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

Term 2 Starts November 5!
Register now online

  • Sunday mornings 
  • 7 sessions 11/5 – 12/17 (no class 11/26)
  • 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
    at The Emanuel Synagogue in 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:
Click here to read more about JTConnect. 
See video of Emanuel teens singing with Shir Appeal, March 2017

Madrich/cha (Teacher Aide) Program

Each year a group of students is chosen to be Teacher Aides in 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.
  • You must be, at least, in 8th Grade in September, 2016.
  • Commitment to be at work promptly and regularly.
  • Willingness to be flexible about class assignments 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: (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 recently 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 additional 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.

Innovative Program Skeptic 2


See attached materials:

Innovative Program: DESCRIPTION
Innovative Program: APPLICATION