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 JTConnect (Grades 8 – 12)


From cooking and yoga to Jewish ethics and philanthropy, there’s something for everyone at JTConnect. Sunday mornings from 10:30 am- 12:00 pm, teens have the opportunity to explore their connection to Jewish traditions and values with their peers from throughout the Greater Hartford community. Meeting at The Emanuel Synagogue in West Hartford, courses are available to teens from 8th through 12th grade. 

Click here to read more about JTConnect.   

Click here to hear Emanuel teens sing with Shir Appeal, March 2017 

Click here to download the 2016-2017 calendar.  



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.

CONTACT Director of Congregational Learning, (860) 233-2774.

United Synagogue Youth (USY)

Activities include:  Social justice, USY Shabbat, Teen High Holy Day Services, USY Encampment, Israel Pilgrimage, USY on Wheels, International Convention, Just plain fun!

We welcome you to join us!

CONTACT Jason Kay  (609) 651-0891.


USY Shelanu (for Students with Special Needs Ages 12 – 21)

USY Shelanu, meaning Our USY, is the first Conservative Movement Jewish youth group serving this population in Connecticut. Current sponsors of this initiative are The Emanuel Synagogue, Beth El Temple and JTConnect. Nancy Fichman, a member of The Emanuel Religious School faculty is the advisor. Click here for a USY Shalanu membership form.

CONTACT Nancy Fichman, (860) 233-2774,

Kadima: A youth group for grades 6, 7, and 8

kadima 06 1Kadima is an international youth organization under the auspices of the United Synagogues of Conservative Judaism. Its purpose is to involve Jewish pre-teens in a meaningful relationship with Judaism in a positive environment that is educational, religious, and social.

Our Kadima middle-schoolers will:

  • Socialize with their Jewish peers.
  • Take a responsible role in synagogue life.
  • Participate in various mitzvah projects.
  • Join in a wide array of activities, including trips, social justice projects, and sports. Some favorites are Rock ‘n’ Bowl, Laser Tag, and dances.
  • On a regional level, Kadima members may attend overnights, dances, and other events with other Kadimaniks from throughout Connecticut and Western Massachusetts.

We welcome you to join us!

CONTACT, 860-233-2774.

Camp camp Ramah logo 2015Ramah, located in Palmer, Massachusetts, offers an exciting   summer filled with athletics, art, water sports and more in a vibrant and welcoming Jewish atmosphere to entering 4th through 11th graders.