From a Recent Graduate

“If I had a paper clip for every answer that Merkaz has given me, the chain would wrap the world four times… Merkaz has taught me how to speak publicly, defend a position, how to listen, leadership skills, how to make bread, appreciate Israeli rap music, how to choose a college, to meditate, how to cope with death, and how to embrace the future while remembering the past…”


A place for Jewish teens to shine!


Celebrating 40 Years!

Merkaz is pleased to be celebrating 40 years of being the place to be for teens grades 9 -12 to experience a supportive environment for socializing, interactive learning, and building leadership skills. The Merkaz mission is to provide a meaningful and relevant Jewish education to our Fairfield County teens that builds character, positive values, leadership, a strong Jewish identity, and creates a sense of unity with the Jewish people.

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What's Happening

Merkaz opens Adult Institute October 29 – December 10

Merkaz is pleased to be presenting an Adult Institute, A Judaism 2020 Event, offering six weeks of adult classes with Merkaz faculty, beginning October 29th.

Classes are 45 minutes long, the first beginning promptly at 7 and the second beginning at 7:55pm. 

"We are modeling these classes after the student experience", commented Shelley Kreiger, Head of School. "As with our teens, tzedakah will be collected in the first period class. Merkaz is also having a coat drive. There is a bin in the hallway when students arrive to deposit used but clean winter coats, hats and gloves. Social Justice and community service are a big part of the Merkaz experience and while adults are Merkaz “students”, they will participate in all aspects of the program."

Like the Merkaz students and the community they create on Tuesday nights, adult students will be surrounded by their own community of at least 80 adult learners who have chosen to study with each other and the Merkaz faculty. It should be an exciting 6 weeks!  To get more information or to register please send email to 





Registration for the 2019 - 2020 school year is underway! Check our the Course Catalog and complete your Course Selection Form.  Merkaz is planning another banner year with great events like a volunteer "Day On" on Tuesday, November 5th at the CT Foodbank, and an encore of our most successful program Legos, Latkes, and Lights on Tuesday, December 17th at the JSS. Be a part of it - and register early!

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2019-2020 Calendar

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