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


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!

Merkaz Honors Elisha Waldman at Honorable Alumni Event

On October 25, 2018, Merkaz honored one of our own, Dr. Elisha Waldman, associate chief, division of pediatric palliative care, at the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.

Dr. Waldman, author of This Narrow Space, a memoir both bittersweet and inspiring, written after spending seven years in Jerusalem treating children, Israeli Jews, Muslims, and Christians, and Palestinian Arabs from the West Bank and Gaza, who had all been diagnosed with cancer. This Narrow Space is his reflection of the seven years spent in Israel that were filled with a deep sense of accomplishment, but also with frustration when regional politics got in the way of his patients’ care, and with tension over the fine line he had to walk when the religious traditions of some of his patients’ families made it difficult for him to give those children the care he felt they deserved. Navigating the baffling Israeli bureaucracy, the ever-present threat of full-scale war, and the cultural clashes that sometimes spilled into his clinic, Waldman learned to be content with small victories.

A native of Fairfield, and son of Rabbi Label and Andi Waldman, Dr. Waldman was the Merkaz 3rd recipient of the Honorable Alumni Award.


Merkaz Is Presenting “It’s Time to Talk: Anxiety in an Era of Gun Violence” rescheduled for Tuesday, March 27th.

Merkaz is pleased to be joining with Federation for Jewish Philanthropy, Schoke JFS, and BBYO for this important evening which will feature a moderated panel of experts, followed by facilitated breakout sessions for teens and adults discussing the key questions regarding coping, providing support, and feeling safe in traumatic environments. The program will be held at Congregation B'nai Israel and will begin at 7pm. This program has been postponed from March 13.  

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