Daily life at the Jewish High School of Connecticut is rich, rewarding and full of opportunities for active participation. Students are encouraged to be active participants in creating programs and clubs. Student Council, the arts and literary magazine, Israel Advocacy club, Russian language and culinary club, chess club, social action club, fashion and design, and engineering club are some examples of how students have added to the richness of student life.
Engagement takes place on many levels - in the classroom, on the field, and in the community. Our students are committed to being part of the larger community. Students have taken on leadership roles in Jewish youth groups locally and nationally. Our students have served on the boards of BBYO, NCSY, USY and NFTY. We encourage and support community participation.
The Jewish experience at JHSC follows the rhythm of the Jewish calendar. JHSC presents Judaism as a source of religious commitment, spiritual opportunity and joyous celebration offering a variety of choices for daily Tefillah (worship and reflection) and celebrating events such as Sukkot, Purim and Yom Haatzmaut (Israeli Independence Day) and Yom Hashoa (A Day of Remembrance for the Holocaust). Guest speakers, and teachers from across the Jewish community further expand the JHSC experience.
This year, Kaseem Hafeez, a British Muslim, founder of "The Israel Campaign" visited JHSC to discuss his journey and share how he became committed to Israel advocacy. In addition, we had a journalist, historian, activist, author, scientist and a film producer meet with our students.
The Power of One seminars are an opportunity for students to meet diverse individuals who have contributed to the world. Prior speakers include: Roya Hekakian (a Jewish Iranian Poet), Judith Kallman (author of A Candle in the Heart), Lee Weiner (Member of the Chicago Seven now human activist), Doron Ben-Atar (playwright and historian) and Rabbi Yitz Greenberg (author, activist and philosopher.)