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Jewish Teen Learning Conection inspires Jewish teens to become passionate leaders and active participants in the Greater Hartford Jewish community. We help teens build lasting connections—to one another, to their shared heritage and to the community. Our mission is to provide rich educational experience and social community that prepares them to lead meaningful Jewish lives.


We asked. You spoke. We acted.

During the last two years, we asked the community about their interests and wishes for our teens. The community requested programming in the Valley and East of the River. The community wanted to know more about what we offer and what we do for teens of all ages. We have responded with programming that meets those goals:

  • A renewed focus on Mission and Vision
  • A Jewish Teen Leadership Conference
  • College Planning Seminars
  • Programming for Middle School students, in addition to programs in place for high school students
  • Community Service Opportunities
  • A variety of venues and learning options for today’s busy teens


  Beatrice Fox Auerbach Early Childhood Center

Beatrice Fox Auerbach Childhood Center
at the Mandell Jewish Community Center

Zachs Campus
335 Bloomfield Avenue
West Hartford, CT 06117

Phone:          (860) 231-6344

Contact:        Rhonda Wirth, Co-Director
                      Pamela Powell, Co-Director

The Beatrice Fox Auerbach Early Childhood Center at the Mandell Jewish Community Center of Greater Hartford provides the opportunity for children in preschool and daycare, four-months to five-years old, to grow and develop in all areas of their lives – social, emotional, physical and intellectual.

Our goal is to provide a climate conducive to learning, in which children develop positive attitudes toward themselves, their peers and their environment. Each child is encouraged and challenged to explore his/her surroundings and to express ideas in an atmosphere that encourages creativity and accepts differences. Children are introduced to Jewish heritage through holidays, weekly Shabbat celebrations and traditions.

Part-time and full-time hours available. Jewish curriculum, summer preschool program, Campareenah, Vacation Program for three and four year olds. Satellite preschools in Glastonbury and Farmington Valley.

  Camp Laurelwood

Camp Laurelwood

463 Summer Hill Road
Madison, CT 06443

Phone:            (203) 421-3736
Fax:                (203) 421-3570

Contact:        Ruth Ann Ornstein, MSW, Executive Director

If your child has never experienced an exhilarating rope-climb, a solo kayak race, or Sabbath under the stars, it’s time to discover Camp Laurelwood in North Madison, Connecticut.

We are the only Jewish community overnight camp in Connecticut offering 2-,3-,4-, and 7-week sessions. Laurelwood campers ages 7 through 15 develop self-confidence, make lifelong friendships, master new skills and absorb Jewish values, while having extreme fun!

Camp Laurelwood offers a full slate of sports including archery, baseball, basketball, Ga-ga, mountain biking, soccer, softball, tennis, volleyball and more, recreational and instructional swimming and boating in two pools and a private lakefront, high- and low-ropes courses, nature, hiking, fishing and outdoor adventure. Other activities include arts and crafts, dance and drama, aerobics, computer room, Judaics and Israeli culture, kosher dining as well as special events and trips.

  Jewish Family Services

Jewish Family Services of Greater Hartford

Zachs Campus
333 Bloomfield Avenue, Suite A
West Hartford, CT 06117

Phone:        (860) 236-1927
Fax:            (860) 236-6483

Contact:     Anne Danaher, Executive Director

Jewish Family Service, a non-sectarian licensed facility, is accredited by the Council on Accreditation and is a member of the Association of Jewish Family and Children's Service Agencies. The agency is licensed as both an adoption and Foster Care facility and a mental health agency. Jewish Family Service is a beneficiary of the annual campaign of the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford and a member agency of the United Way of the Capital Area.

Jewish Family Service of Greater Hartford is dedicated to providing social services and mental health programming in a manner that fosters the core values of its primary client group, the Greater Hartford Jewish Community.

All Jewish Family Service programs and services are available to the general community on a non-discriminatory basis.

Jewish Family Service is committed to the continuity of Jewish life and to its long tradition of serving its clients in accordance with the highest professional standards.

  Mandell Jewish Community Center of Greater Hartford

Mandell Jewish Community Center
of Greater Hartford

335 Bloomfield Avenue
West Hartford, CT 06117

Phone:     (860) 236-4571
Fax:         (860) 233-0802

Contact: David Jacobs, Executive Director

Your Mandell JCC is a community of people of all ages, stages and beliefs who share laughter, learning, listening, and leading.  Members are part of a "neighborhood" where minds grow more active, bodies grow stronger, and friendships grow exponentially.

On its main campus in West Hartford, you will find a range of fitness, recreation, education and cultural facilities including a new fitness center, a cultural center, a preschool, an aquatics center, a theater, a family room, an art gallery, a lecture hall and a physical therapy center.  Off campus, the Mandell JCC includes two seasonal recreation/educational facilities – a waterfront summer camp in the woods and a suburban swim and tennis club.

The Mandell JCC is a Jewish community open to everyone regardless of faith, who value caring for and sharing with each other.  It is a place that is warm and inclusive. It is a place to call your own.


  • Fitness Rooms
  • Aquatic Center
  • Aerobic Studios
  • Weight Room
  • Gymnasium available for drop-in play
  • Indoor Jogging/Running Track (20 laps to the mile)
  • 2 Racquetball Courts (Court time included with membership)
  • 2 Squash Courts (Court time included with membership)
  • Men's & Women's Health Spas:
    • Upgraded locker rooms
    • Sauna
    • Steam room
    • Laundry service
    • Lounge area
    • Overnight locker storage
    • Towels and toiletries included

  Mandell JCC Swim and Tennis Club

Mandell JCC |
The Swim & Tennis Club

4 Duncaster Road
Bloomfield, CT 06002

Contact: Sara Billings,
(860) 231-6331 (off-season)
(860) 243-0794 (in season)

The Swim and Tennis Club is the place for family fun in a relaxed, warm atmosphere which is conveniently located and brimming with activities for the whole family to share.

More Family Fun Under the Sun JCC Lifeguards

  • One of the region's largest Olympic-size
    Z-shaped recreational pools
  • Parent-friendly kiddy pool
  • Exciting waterslide
  • Swim Classes, Competitive Swim Team, Pool Games, Water Exercise
  • Lounge chairs and shaded areas
  • Full service snack bar – lunch/dinner
  • Basketball and Volleyball courts plus ball field, shuffleboard, tetherball
  • Playground with oversized sand pit
  • Special Events including Memorial Day, July 4th
    and Labor Day
  • Daily Arts and Crafts projects

Ace Tennis Program

  • Professional tennis staffSwim and Tennis
  • 4 Har-Tru and 4 asphalt courts
  • Tennis Clinics, Round Robins for all ages/abilities
  • Individual/Group Lessons for youth/adults plus adult inter-club league