Passover
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Passover
Friday, April 18, 2014
Passover
Saturday, April 19, 2014
Arava Institute
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 | 10:45 PM to 11:45 PM
Representatives, along with Alumni of the Arava Institute which is located on Kibbutz Ketura just north of Eilat Israel, will talk about Jews and Arabs, living and studying together in a program for the betterment of the regional environment, some of the challenges and some of the successes.
Sponsored by Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford
Location: The Mandell JCC Gallery
JCC Board Meeting
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 | 11:00 PM to 1:00 AM
For more information call (860) 236-4571
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Jewish Learning: Partners, Programs & Services

 This list includes Jewish education opportunities that are supported by the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford and our partners:

  JT Connect and JT Cares

  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
Website:       www.mandelljcc.org

Contact:        Rhonda Wirth, Co-Director
                      rwirth@mandelljcc.org
                      Pamela Powell, Co-Director
                      ppowell@mandelljcc.org



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.

  Trinity College | Jewish Studies Department

Trinity College | Jewish Studies Department

300 Summit Street
Hartford, CT 06106

Phone:     (860) 297-2424
Fax:         (860) 297-5358

Contact:  Ronald Kiener, Director



Jewish studies is a multidisciplinary, college-wide investigation of Jewish civilization in its many historical and geographical manifestations. The scope of the Jewish studies curriculum covers Jewish civilization from its ancient Near Eastern origins through its contemporary history and culture in Israel and the diaspora communities around the world. It is a secular, academic program with diverse, cross-cultural emphases.

  Bess and Paul Sigel Hebrew Academy

Bess and Paul Sigel Hebrew Academy
of Greater Hartford


53 Gabb Road
Bloomfield, CT 06002

Phone:          (860) 243-8333
Fax:              (860) 243-3986
Website:       www.sigelacademy.org

Contact:        Rabbi Mordechai Weiss, Principal



We at the Hebrew Academy will endeavor to teach each child to think, to question, and to analyze.  The goal is to instill a sense of self worth in every child and to encourage everyone to believe that his/her life has purpose and meaning.  The total education program attempts to influence the character, shape the values, fashion the intellect, inculcate wisdom and understanding, and make our students responsible people who will perform good works.

The Hebrew Academy strives to integrate the ideals of the home, school, and total environment so that the child can take his/her place as a productive, cultured, educated American citizen of the Jewish faith – an individual who is aware of both his/her heritage and fully prepared for higher education and responsible adulthood.

  Camp Shalom of the Mandell Jewish Community Center

Camp Shalom
of the Mandell Jewish Community Center


Zachs Campus
335 Bloomfield Avenue
West Hartford, CT 06117

Phone:             (860) 231-6317
                         Winter season phone
                         (860) 231-6317
                         Summer season phone
                         (860) 688-CAMP

Email:              kwyckoff@mandelljcc.org
Website:          www.mandelljcc.org

Contact:           Karen Wyckoff, Camp Director



What makes Camp Shalom special?

  • Over 50 years of camping experience
  • Local day camp set on over 75 wooded acres
  • Beautiful, rustic, natural surroundings in a location easily accessible, yet still off the beaten path
  • The only local day camp with both a swimming pool and waterfront; full range of waterfront activities which are supervised by Red Cross certified instructors
  • The only local day camp which offers a brand new climbing wall and a low-ropes challenge course
  • Broad range of programs to engage campers all summer long including nature, sports, arts and crafts, aquatics, cultural activities
  • Safe, nurturing environment which encourages campers to develop individual talents and skills
  • Special theme days plus an overnight experience, all designed to foster camaraderie
  • Camp Shalom is fun for parents, too! Take a break from driving and making lunch. Bus transportation is free and lunch is provided

Come and tour the camp, meet the staff and see what all the fun is about!

  Campareenah of the Mandell Jewish Community Center of Greater Hartford

Campareenah
of the Mandell Jewish Community Center of Greater Hartford


Zachs Campus
335 Bloomfield Avenue
West Hartford, CT 06117

Phone:       (860) 236-4571
Fax:           (860) 233-0802
Website:    www.mandelljcc.org

Contact:    Stefanie Hein, Director
                  shein@mandelljc.org



Campareenah is a summer program of the Beatrice Fox Auerbach Early Childhood Center at the Mandell JCC.

This program extends the wonderful features of the childhood center into the summer season:

  • Stellar professional staff comprised of early childhood educators and mature, experienced college students
  • High staff-to-child ratios which promote quality programs in an extremely nurturing and safe environment
  • Developmentally appropriate programs especially designed for young pre-schoolers including sports, recreation, crafts, games, skill building, storytelling, music and more
  • The only pre-school day camp with an indoor pool which allows daily swim lessons, regardless of weather conditions and the only local pool with a moveable training floor to accommodate the youngest campers and all skill levels
  • Full use of the entire Mandell JCC facility including the brand new gymnasium
  • “Wacky Wednesday” theme days with special activities and surprise guests ranging from animal exhibits to science workshops
  • Additional afternoon enrichment programs such as computer fun, pottery, sports and indoor playscape for Ready, Set, Kindergarten campers
  • Exciting field trips for Ready, Set, Kindergarten campers

  Commission on Jewish Education & Leadership

Commission on Jewish Education & Leadership

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

Phone:     (860) 233-2288
Fax:         (860) 232-5221
Website: 

Contact:   Anna Elfenbaum, Associate Vice President, Jewish Education & Leadership



The Commission on Jewish Education & Leadership (CJEL) of the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford provides Jewish and educational support services and resources, training and consultation for all providers and consumers of Jewish education in the Greater Hartford Jewish community.

CJEL’s mission is to assure the continuity of a vibrant Jewish people in Greater Hartford’s Jewish community by working to assure quality Jewish education for learners of all ages. Major initiatives at present focus on synagogue and school change, and professional and leadership development.

For more information, visit CJEL’s home page.

  Hartford Hillel Foundation | University of Hartford

Hartford Hillel Foundation
University of Hartford


200 Bloomfield Avenue, GSU 153
West Hartford, CT 06117

Phone: (860) 768-4987
Fax: (860) 768-5008
Email: hillel@hartford.edu
Website: http://www.hartfordhillel.org

Contact: Katie Roy, Director



Hartford Hillel encourages and fosters, in both traditional and creative ways, Jewish campus life on both the University of Hartford and Central Connecticut State University campuses. While we provide Jewish services, we also sponsor a large variety of events, acknowledging Jewish students have a large variety of interests.

We offer both Reform and Conservative services on Friday evenings, but most of our programs are social or educational. Some examples of social programs include: Promakkah (annual semi-formal Chanukah party), lounge nights, going to see shows, baseball games and bowling.

Our informal Jewish learning programs include: Taste of Israel and Torah on Tap. (Torah on Tap is an informal discussion on a student-suggested topic with a local rabbi at the Wood N’ Tap Restaurant in West Hartford. We use all denominations of rabbis, with a different rabbi each month.)

We believe there are many different ways in which students can make Judaism part of their lives – Hartford Hillel’s goal is to create a pluralistic and welcoming atmosphere in which all students feel comfortable expressing their Jewish identity in a way that suits their individual needs.

  Hartford Jewish Coalition for Literacy

Hartford Jewish Coalition for Literacy

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

Phone:        (860) 236-READ (7323)
Fax:            (860) 232-5221
Email:         HJCL@jewishhartford.org

Contact:     Gina Broadbent, Director


 


The Hartford Jewish Coalition for Literacy (HJCL) was founded in 1998 to recruit, train, and place volunteers as reading tutors at schools in the Greater Hartford area.

HJCL is a program of the Jewish Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford and an affiliate of the National Jewish Coalition for Literacy. By the end of the 2009-10 school year, HJCL’s twelfth year, our volunteers had conducted nearly 60,000 reading sessions in Greater Hartford and four suburban communities with more than 3,500 children. Over 4,000 brand new books have been donated to the students participating in our program.

  Hebrew High School of New England

Hebrew High School of New England

Konover-Grinspoon Building on the Pava Educational Campus
300 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford, CT

Phone:           (860) 231-0317
Fax:               (860) 236-7623
Website:        www.hhne.org

Contact:        Rabbi Daniel Loew, Principal
                      loew@hhne.org


The Hebrew High School of New England is a co-educational Jewish day school located between New York and Boston. Students benefit from a dual curriculum – college preparatory courses and Judaic studies. The Hebrew High School of New England is an intellectually stimulating Jewish environment encouraging students to enter adulthood as knowledgeable, committed Jews.

The Hebrew High School of New England is built on three fundamental pillars: moral education, an excellent dual curriculum, and commitment to the community. The role of moral education in schools is still the subject of debate in many communities. Not so at HHNE, we follow the famous dictum of the rabbis in Pirke Avot: "Derekh Eretz Kadmah La'Torah": basic ethical behavior comes even before Torah study. Morality, therefore, cannot be considered separate from education. It is the very cornerstone upon which any truly successful educational program must be built.

Moral education calls upon us not just to be teachers, but to be role models as well. Both in and out of class, our students are able to look to the faculty for leadership, guidance, and inspiration. Perhaps Abraham Joshua Heschel said it best, "Education is not just for the mind; it is the cultivation of the soul." At HHNE, our strong academic and community service components reflect this sentiment.

  Hillel | Central Connecticut State University

Hillel | Central Connecticut State University

1615 Stanley Street
New Britain, CT 06050

Phone:      (888) 733-2278
Email:       hillel@hartford.edu
Website:   http://www.hartfordhillel.org

Contact:   Katie Roy, Director



Hartford Hillel encourages and fosters, in both traditional and creative ways, Jewish campus life on both the University of Hartford and Central Connecticut State University campuses. While we provide Jewish services, we also sponsor a large variety of events, acknowledging Jewish students have a large variety of interests.

We offer both Reform and Conservative services on Friday evenings, but most of our programs are social or educational. Some examples of social programs include: Promakkah (annual semi-formal Chanukah party), lounge nights, going to see shows, baseball games and bowling.

Our informal Jewish learning programs include: Taste of Israel and Torah on Tap. (Torah on Tap is an informal discussion on a student-suggested topic with a local rabbi at the Wood N’ Tap Restaurant in West Hartford. We use all denominations of rabbis, with a different rabbi each month.)

We believe there are many different ways in which students can make Judaism part of their lives – Hartford Hillel’s goal is to create a pluralistic and welcoming atmosphere in which all students feel comfortable expressing their Jewish identity in a way that suits their individual needs.

  Koopman Library

The Koopman Library of the Commission on Jewish Education & Leaderhsip is a free Jewish community library open to the public.

Located in the Mandell Jewish Community Center, the Koopman Library serves as a center for Jewish learning, information, and entertainment.

We offer:
• Jewish books for all ages and interests (fiction and biography, large print,
  and books on CD/tape)
• A large children’s and teen’s collection
• A growing collection of Jewish-themed films (Israeli, action, comedy, drama,
  and classics)
• Extensive reference collection
• Variety of Jewish-themed  periodicals and journals

And for teachers:
• Consultations with our experienced staff
• Jewish educational lesson plans and curriculum materials
• Ellison die-cut machine
• Music
• Wifi and quiet study space

Browse our collection online at www.JewishLibraryHartford.org
 

  Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies

Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies
University of Hartford
 
200 Bloomfield Avenue
West Hartford, CT 06117

Phone: (860) 768-4964
Fax: (860) 768-5044
Website: www.hartford.edu/greenberg/
The Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies is devoted to teaching and original research in Judaic Studies from the Biblical to the modern periods. Faculty from around the world have created programs that are diverse and stimulating to the student body.

Founded in 1985 by a major endowment, the Center offers you an opportunity to choose from a rich array of exciting classes in six different areas: History, Bible, Jewish Law and Literature, Hebrew and Yiddish.

You may select one of three contract majors: Judaic Studies, pre-cantorial studies, or Jewish education (an integrated, dual major in Elementary Education and Judaic Studies). Contract majors are customized concentrations under the direct supervision of senior faculty. Although course requirements may vary among majors, each program within the Center offers you:
  • An experienced faculty of recognized scholars who are committed to personal student advising and development
  • Small class sizes with ample access to your teachers and the Center's resources
  • A balanced emphasis incorporating superior study of the liberal arts and professional training

  Solomon Schechter Day School

Solomon Schechter Day School

26 Buena Vista Road
West Hartford, CT 06107

Phone:       (860) 561-0700
Fax:           (860) 561-2329
Website:    www.ssds-hartford.org



The Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Hartford is committed to excellence in dual-curriculum education. It provides its students with outstanding, integrated instruction in both Judaic and general studies. The objective of our school is to create a model egalitarian community of Jewish religious expression and ethical thought and action.

Our school welcomes Jewish students of diverse backgrounds. It is guided by the tenets of Conservative Judaism in matters of religious observance, in the interpretive approach to classic Jewish texts and in the embrace of both tradition and modernity in all of its enterprises.

We are dedicated to providing individualized attention to each student and educating the whole child – intellectually, spiritually and physically. The faculty works in close partnership with parents by promoting regular communication, classroom involvement and family learning experiences.

  Trinity College Hillel

Trinity College Hillel

121 Allen Place
Hartford, CT 06106-3100

Phone:     (860) 297-4195
Website:   www.trincoll.edu/orgs/tchillel/

Contact:     Lisa Kassow, Hillel Director



Trinity College Hillel offers many points of entry into Jewish life for our students. Our goal is to bring young Jewish people together and to create community through shared experiences of Shabbat and holidays throughout the Jewish calendar. Hillel also promotes positive identification to Judaism through exposure to Jewish culture, history, and the arts. And, of course, the Hillel House has become a home away from home where students can enjoy spending time together in a comfortable and welcoming setting.

  University of Connecticut | Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life

University of Connecticut
Center for Judaic Studies
and Contemporary Jewish Life


Thomas J. Dodd Research Center
405 Babbidge Road, Unit 1205
Storrs, CT 06269

Phone:      (860) 486-2271
Fax:          (860) 486-4582
Email:       cjadm@uconnvm.uconn.edu
Website:   www.ucc.uconn.edu/~dashef/

Contact: ArnoldM. Dashefsky, PhD, Director



The Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life at the University of Connecticut (Storrs) was founded by the Board of Trustees in February of 1979 and was formally launched at an Inaugural Program on June 12, 1979 when Nobel Laureate I.B. Singer addressed nearly one thousand persons. The Center is currently housed in the new Thomas J. Dodd Research Center.

The threefold purpose of the Center is: 

  • To foster academic study and research in Judaic Studies; 
  • To offer undergraduate and graduate courses for academic concentration and enrichment as well as training for service in the community by providing a Judaic Studies component; and
  • To provide resources for continuing education.

  University of Connecticut Hillel Foundation

University of Connecticut Hillel Foundation

54 North Eagleville Road
Storrs, CT 06268

Phone:     (860) 429-9007
Fax:         (860) 429-2344
Email:      info@uconnhillel.org
Website:  www.uconnhillel.org

Contact: Gary Wolff, Executive Director



UConn is a great place for Jewish students! Hillel at UConn provides students multiple entry points to participate in the campus Jewish community.From Jewish Rap-Reggae stars like Matisyahu to Shabbat and Holiday celebrations, Hillel fosters open and pluralistic communities where students can explore the full spectrum of what it means to be Jewish in todays society. Hillel at UConn serves as a warm and welcoming 'home-away-from-home' for Jewish students on campus.

  JT Connect and JT Cares

 Contact Heather Fiedler: hfiedler@jtconnect.org
Website: jtconnect.org



Our name tells our story. “Yachad” means together, and that is exactly what Yachad is all about. Together, Yachad educates more than 300 8th through 12th grade teens from throughout the Greater Hartford Jewish Community. Together Yachad’s staff of rabbis and senior Jewish educators from every Jewish affiliation plan for exciting and dynamic programming. Together with the support of the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford and an incredible group of lay leadership, we have built a school which is the pride of our community and looked upon as a model around the country.

We welcome you to learn more about what Yachad offers. Whether it’s Hebrew language, an Israeli dance troupe, choir, a course on American Jewish history, the Jewish Civics Initiative, Mentoring and Internship programs, or just picking a mini-course, Yachad has something for you. With more than 100 courses this year and 30 teachers, Yachad is bursting with opportunities for learning, connecting and having fun.