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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, where teens have the opportunity to explore their connection to Jewish traditions and values with peers from throughout the Greater Hartford community. Meeting  courses are available to teens from 8th through 12th grade. 

  • Sunday mornings 
  • 10:30 am- 12:00 pm
    at The Emanuel Synagogue in West Hartford
Students register for two classes each term from the wide array of class offerings to fill their minds, their souls and their schedules with interactive ways to connect to the world of Jewish learning.
2017-2018 JTConnect Calendar 
  • Term 1 : 9/10, 9/17, 9/24, 10/1, 10/15, 10/22, 10/29
  • Term 2: 11/5, 11/12, 11/19, 12/3, 12/10, 12/17
  • Term 3: 1/7, 1/21, 1/28, 2/4, 2/11, 2/25, 3/4
  • Term 4: 3/12, 3/19, 3/26, 4/16, 4/23, 4/30, 5/7, 5/14

For more information:

Click here to read more about JTConnect. 
Click here to hear Emanuel teens sing 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 in Grades K-7 to learn additional facts about Passover.

This program involved the learning between the students and their peers, students of inter-grades, siblings and even families (parents and guardians) by progressing through a game board of questions. The students and other participants were able to learn where the questions for the game were created and learned their answers 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