“This year’s AIPAC Policy Conference was an amazing and inspirational experience. We had the wonderful opportunity to hear from presidential candidates and world-renowned speakers on various issues regarding politics, Israel, the United States, and the Middle East. We were also able to network with other like-minded pro-Israel advocates from across the nation. The program concluded with the HHNE delegation meeting with representatives of Senators Murphy and Blumenthal and having a discussion with Congressman John Larson about the importance of the relationship between the United States and Israel.
Overall, this experience allowed us to expand our knowledge of the situation in Israel, learn more advanced advocating skills, and grow a greater appreciation for the state of Israel.”
This year’s Purim celebration at HHNE began with two individual Megillah readings (the mitzvah of Mikra Megillah); a Women’s Megillah reading in the Beit Midrash and the Traditional Megillah reading in the Commons.
Both were well attended by community members in addition to our students, faculty and staff.
At the Women’s service, Hadas Bromberg-Seltzer, Ariella Snyder, Dalia Bruce, Esti Garfield and Adina Bruce along with Dr. Nicole Brackman and community members each read a section of the Megillah to the assembled group. The reading was inspirational and empowering to the gathered participants.
At the traditional reading, participants read from a special Megillah on loan from Fran and Gene Wittenberg. The 19th Century Czechoslovakian scroll—given to Gene as a gift 30 years ago by a Jewish attorney—had originally belonged to a frum family and was handed down for generations. Many thanks to the Wittenbergs for sharing this beautiful piece of history with us.
The Megillah readings were followed by a talent show which included a martial arts demonstration, comedy skit, musical acts and a vocal exhibition by the student government president. The entertainment culminated in an entertaining game of Faculty Jeopardy—congratulations to the winning team of Liz Barlow, Mrs. Engelson, Mr. Page and Rabbi Balk.
We completed the four mitzvot of Purim as students exchanged treats with one another (Mishloach Manot) before sharing a festive meal (Seudat
Purim,) with school faculty and staff members. Many thanks to all who participated in the final mitzvot, Matanot l’Evyonim, as students, staff, faculty and community members donated more than $600 for seven year old Meir Samuels who lives with a rare genetic disorder.
On Wednesday, March 23rd, Dalia Bruce, Esti Garfield, Micah Glickman, Gabriella Brackman and Ariella Snyder, with History and Government teacher Dr. Nicole Brackman, attended the annual ACLU Lobby Day at the Connecticut State Capitol.
The American Civil Liberties Union is an organization devoted to defending our rights in the courts and giving a voice to those who do not have one. ACLU Lobby Day is an annual event arranged to give constituents the opportunity to lobby their representatives in a formal manner regarding issues that they feel passionate about.
“This event was an extremely informative and fun experience,” freshman Gaby Brackman commented. “I had a great time learning about lobbying, and how easy it is to contact my representative”.
While at the Capital, the group had the pleasure of lobbying alongside Director Stephen Glassman for various Senate and House Bills concerning the rights of US citizens regarding privacy and criminal status. They lobbied the District Representative, Beth Bye on these matters, and pushed for her vote. Sophomore Micah Glickman remarked, “We learned a lot, and look forward to working with the ACLU in the future.”
Congratulations to the following students who achieved High Honors for the second quarter marking period: Adina Bruce, Esti Garfield, Simon Ganeles, Ora Halpern, Batya Koenigsberg, Rebecca Hyman, Ilan Small, Ariella Snyder and Benjamin Snyder.
HHNE students Ilan Small, Simon Ganeles, Adina Bruce, and Arianna Bouchard participated this week in the YU National Model United Nations (YUNMUN XXVI) convention in Stamford, Connecticut, coached by Dr. Nicole Brackman. HHNE’s delegation represented Indonesia in various committees such as the International Criminal Court, the International Maritime Organization, the Disarmament International Security Committee and the UN Office of Drugs and Crime. Together with delegates from over forty five other Jewish schools around the US and the world, they debated salient world issues, worked together to make resolutions and reach consensus about possible solutions, and practiced diplomacy and negotiation. At its best the United Nations should be a forum for nations to come together to mediate disputes in a peaceful way; at YUNMUN our students were able to model these skills. Our students were a credit to HHNE in their leadership, erudition, skilled negotiation, and derech eretz.
Congratulations to the following students who achieved High Honors for the first quarter marking period: Eitan Garfield, Esti Garfield, Simon Ganeles, Ora Halpern, Elana Kranc, Yaakov Schectman, Roy Siegelmann, Ilan Small, David Yashgur and Ari Zackin.
Mr. Konover was a supporter of The Hebrew High School of
New England from its inception—beginning with 14 students in the basement of a synagogue—until today, in a beautiful state of the art building that bears his name.
His incredible journey from the ashes of the holocaust to the “giant amongst us” has left a deep impression on our entire school
community. It is with tremendous gratitude that we can say that Simon Konover’s legacy will live on through the hundreds of Jewish teens who graduate from the only Jewish high school in the region. We know that they will go on to emulate Mr. Konover’s great works in our world.
Eight students have been inducted as the newest members of the National Honor Society. The ceremony conducted by Mrs. Heather Page was attended by proud parents, faculty, staff and the student body. Juniors Yaakov Schechtman, Natan Glahn, Benjamin Snyder, Yisroel Goldberg and Ora Halpern, and seniors David Yashgur, Linor Ben-Naim and Maya Hasbani stood proudly to join fellow NHS members who also took part in the event.
After hearing Bishop Peter Rosazza speak during this fall’s Anti Defamation League awards dinner, Head of School Rabbi Bruce knew the Bishop would be a great speaker for HHNE students to hear. On October 21st Bishop Rosazza visited HHNE and spoke about his own relationship with the State of Israel and gave an overview of the history of Jewish-Christian relations. At the conclusion of his talk the Bishop had lunch with student representatives. The students asked thoughtful, intelligent and sensitive questions which were all very well received. At the end of his visit, the Bishop’s final comments were “This is a wonderful school and you are doing a fantastic job with the students.”
A recent study published by Niche.com rated Connecticut’s private schools. See how Hebrew High School of New England stacked up in this Top 100 Private High Schools list.
State-wide, high schools were reviewed based on key student statistics and data sourced from various government and public data sets, Niche’s proprietary data, and opinion-based survey responses across a variety of topics from current students, recent alumni and parents.
On September 9th, Rabbi Mendel Samuels of Chabad of the Farmington Valley spoke to the student body and members of the faculty. Rabbi Samuels spoke about the need for new year resolution, prayer and meditation. Rabbi Samuels captivated the student body with stories, illustrations and the finer points of obligation and responsibility in an ever changing world.
This year’s annual retreat was held at Camp Laurelwood in Madison, CT. Two beautiful, sunny days were filled with games, sports, team-building exercises, contests and boating. In the evening everyone gathered around a campfire to toast marshmallows, listen to students playing guitar and relax with friends. Many thanks to Henry Zachs, the staff at Camp Laurelwood and Ms. Sperber for making this HHNE tradition a huge success! View more photos of the HHNE 2015 Retreat here.
On Wednesday August 26th, HHNE welcomed in the new school year with the annual Back to School BBQ. Students and their families along with faculty and staff, enjoyed a traditional summer cookout prepared by Dr. Nabel, Mr. Page and Ms. Sperber. Many thanks to Heather Stambovsky, Stu Levy, Hava and Eric Goldstein for their help in making this another successful HHNE event!