Jewish Teen Learning Connection




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Each student's Jewish

journey is unique.

Teens experience the

freedom to reach beyond

the familiar for

answers - to prepare

them to

become leaders in the

Jewish community.

This is JTConnect.

Welcome to Jewish Teen Learning Connection - JTConnect!

We are so excited for you to join us on our journey. We come together, and, through fun activities learn and better understand who we are as young adults and Jews.

JTConnect is a private nonprofit program for Jewish teens. Teens participate in Jewish programming on Sunday mornings or Monday nights in West Hartford and at special events throughout the year. and the community. The entire Greater Hartford community is invited to participate.

At the heart of everything we do is an understanding of —teens—and what they like to learn and do. We inspire our teens to become passionate Jewish leaders and active participants in the Jewish community beyond their days at JT Connect as well. We instill in them a love for all that Judaism represents. Come and have fun and learn with with any one of JTConnect’s programs!


Explore what interests you...

JTCentral/JTAwakenings: - 8th-12th graders explore & learn about all aspects of Judaism--from Krav Maga to Theology--with some of the best teachers in our community.  Flexible scheduling helps teens fit learning & socializing into their busy schedules.  JTCentral courses meet weekly on Monday evenings from 7:00 - 8:40 p.m. at Beth El Temple in West Hartford and JTAwakenings courses meet weekly on Sunday mornings from 10:30 a.m. - noon at The Emanuel Synagogue in West Hartford. Can't decide which program works best for you? You can switch between the two programs easily!

JTCares: Giving back to the community and being part of something bigger than oneself is the hallmark of JTCares. Incorporating their energy and interest, JTCares combines teens' intellectual curiosity with volunteer opportunities. Using the community as their classroom, this program allows Jewish teens to develop and apply knowledge and skill to real world problems. JTCares raises awareness of social justice and fosters civic responsibility.

JTWOW!: – Teens take a hands-on approach to what it means to be Jewish today through JTWOW!. Programs like the Hanukkah Party Bus Extravaganza, Shabbat Woks & Ziplining & Teva enable teens to see the world through the lens of Judaism, develop leadership skills, & connect Jewishly with other teens.  Open to teens in grades 8-12.

Gurlz JAM: - Meeting in a variety of fun, everyday venues, like the mall & beauty salons, Gurlz JAM is a special program for middle school girls & their moms.  The fun is balanced with meaningful conversation about Judaism's perspective on balancing beauty, vanity & valuing oneself as a Jewish woman today.

JTCommunity: - JTCommunity's mini-series and interrelated programs offer teens many different opportunities to create community in ways that are meaningful and relevant to them.  Held at a variety of times and in a multitude of venues, JTCommunity programs are short term and support teens where they are geographically, educationally and spiritually.

JTScholars: - At JTConnect, we believe that no teen should be deterred from continuing with his or her Jewish education because of the cost of doing so.  In addition to providing scholarship money to Jewish teens, JTScholars also offers incentives for teens to attend as well as defrays the costs of programming to make it affordable to all.

JTConnect thanks the following for their ongoing support:

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Last Updated 07.2015