Special Programs & Trips

Can’t Join The Excitement And Social Interaction On Tuesday Evenings?

OR Do You Want To Participate In Community Programs, Intensive Classes, Movie Programs, Or Independent Studies?

OR Would You Like To Obtain A Merkaz Diploma In Advanced Standing?

Merkaz will accommodate you!

Participate in one or more of these exciting programs that address individual needs for scheduling flexibility while providing opportunities to get involved in our community in intensive, experiential, and social action activities.

Merkaz Trips – An Experience of a Lifetime!

Sunday Programs

L’Dor V’Dor – From Generation to Generation (3 Credits)

This unique inter-generational program will provide you with a personal view of our community’s history as you develop a special relationship with someone who lived it. Adopt a senior citizen who spent part of his/her early life right here in Greater Bridgeport. Learn about what it was like living in these communities 60 or 70 years ago and how over the years things changed.


Developing Relationships AND Making a Difference

Across the Generations

Seize an opportunity to offer companionship and friendship to an elderly person in our community. This will prove to be a win-win experience for both of you!

Friend to Friend – An Incredible Opportunity

Make a difference in the life of someone with special needs. Interviews of potential Merkaz friends are required to determine appropriate pairing. Matches will be made on a rolling basis and may not coincide exactly with the Merkaz schedule.

Guided and Independent Studies

Guided Studies with Mentor Z’mira Battat

Ms. Battat will lead Guided Studies in the fall and spring semesters providing content and facilitating your study on the life of Hannah Senesh or Isaiah – The Prophet of Peace.

Independent Studies – Design Your Own with Rabbi Amy Levin

Do you have an interest you would like to learn more about? Whether it is studying contemporary issues, Jewish law and ethics, Hebrew, Biblical Text, or developing a needlepoint and mitzvah project, you can design an independent study with mentoring from Rabbi Levin.

Special Note:

COMING FACE TO FACE WITH THE HOLOCAUST & COMMUNITY SURVIVORS: Perpetuate a Soul ~ Preserve A Legacy (2-Semester Course /3 credits)

Required Trip To The Holocaust Resource Center in Manhasset, New York.  Meet Irving Roth, a survivor who developed the Adopt-A-Survivor Program, hear the history first-hand, and see the artifacts, artwork, and stories of survivors. Transportation will be provided. (Trip Is Required To Earn Full Course Credit)