News & Events

News & Events

We would like to formally introduce you to Cindy O’Laughlin, HHNE’s new school nurse. Cindy has been a Registered Nurse for 35 years, specializing as a school nurse for 15 years. In addition to being an RN, Cindy is also certified by the American Heart Association as a CPR instructor.

Outside of work, Cindy enjoys golf, running, and spending time with Gus, her King Charles Cavalier spaniel. She and her husband have three grown daughters, and are looking forward to becoming grandparents this spring!

Cindy is excited about the opportunity to work with the students and families at HHNE and welcomes you to contact her with any questions or concerns that may arise.

Cindy can be reached at 860-231-0317 ext. 109, or at

December’s Community Mishmar focused on the moral and ethical implications of self-driving cars as related to Halacha. Rabbi Bruce guided the group of JTConnect and HHNE families through the timely and informative subject. Many energetic discussions came up during the small group breakout, prompting the sharing of new ideas and viewpoints. Many thanks to Rabbi Skoglund, Batsheva Leichtberg and Jo Bruce for the amazing latkes that were enjoyed in celebration of the second night of Hanukkah.
davids classMOOT BEIT DIN
Through a generous grant from the Jewish Community Foundation, HHNE is participating in Prizmah’s Moot Beit Din program. Moot Beit Din provides high school students with a firsthand look at the inner workings of the Jewish legal system and helps them hone their critical thinking skills by applying the ancient wisdom of Halakhah (Jewish law) to some of the most significant ethical issues of our time.
Students are assigned a topic and will learn the sources with the guidance of Rabbi Fried. They will then collaborate to craft a written decision and oral argument based on the rabbinic sources. Once completed, students will submit their work to a panel of distinguished judges and engage with their peers in dialogue about the case on a digital platform.
Mr. Towne’s academic and honors biology classes have brewed their own root beer. Through this project, students have learned the process of fermentation and energy dynamics inside of cells, in this case, yeast.
The first three days of Hanukkah have been exciting at HHNE. Students have been lighting candles and singing Hanukkah songs (and they especially enjoyed the annual Hanukkah donut-eating contest on Wednesday!)
Mrs. Zackin and Dr. Nabel took the 9th grade World History students on a short field trip to the Hartford Remembers the Holocaust exhibit at the Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Hartford. As part of the planned tour of the exhibit, the students had the opportunity to meet and listen to Rabbi Philip Lazowski’s first hand re-telling of his story of survival during the Holocaust.Mrs. Zackin’s class had recently concluded a unit on the Holocaust and this visit to the exhibit was a somber culmination to their studies.
Mrs. Zackin and Dr. Nabel took the 9th grade World History students on a short field trip to the Hartford Remembers the Holocaust exhibit at the Maurice Greenberg Center for Judaic Studies at the University of Hartford. As part of the planned tour of the exhibit, the students had the opportunity to meet and listen to Rabbi Philip Lazowski’s first hand re-telling of his story of survival during the Holocaust.Mrs. Zackin’s class had recently concluded a unit on the Holocaust and this visit to the exhibit was a somber culmination to their studies.
21st century skills21ST CENTURY SKILLS
Rabbi Jeremy Bruce presented the second in a series of assemblies on how to critically evaluate information about scientific studies in the 21st Century. Rabbi Bruce commented that we are often bombarded with sensationalized news stories and oftentimes the media inaccurately presents scientific research as fact. Evaluating the increasingly technical information of the 21st Century will become a vital skill for today’s students.
In Mr. Camarata’s Pre-Calculus class, students are expanding on the mathematical formulation and study of compound interest. The class is currently investigating real-life situations involving loans, interest, and amortization, all while learning about important financial literacy skills and concepts. The unit will also include credit, loan terms, variable and fixed interest rates, predatory lending, and default.
From battle elephants to self-driving cars, and everything in between, HHNE’s Head of School Rabbi Jeremy Bruce will lead a guided exploration of big questions and moral dilemmas arising from the next-generation technologies of the 21st century.
alumni google hangoutGAP YEAR ALUMNUS
HHNE graduates Adina Bruce, Simon Ganeles, Natan Glahn, Yisroel Goldberg, Meira Goldfischer, Nechuma Kaufman and Ari Zackin took part in a video conference call with HHNE students on Wednesday.They each shared their experiences of being in Israel on a variety of different gap year programs ranging from Yeshiva and Seminary, Ulpan and the IDF. Students were able to get a first-hand view of why Israel gap year programs are so important and why they are highly recommended for every HHNE student.
Our November Mishmar, lead by visiting scholar Rabbi Shlomo Yaffe was a wonderful evening of learning and listening. Rabbi Yaffe’s shiur, “One G-d, or G-d is One?” brought about a lively discussion and raised many interesting questions. Many thanks to everyone who attended this enjoyable and educational event.
In October, HHNE seniors Rachel Buckman and Carmi Mandel, and junior Jacob Hasbani along with HHNE faculty advisor Mrs. Lorie Zackin, attended the Schusterman Advocacy Institute High School Summit, an American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) program, in Washington D.C. At the Summit, 400 students from across the United States learned techniques for advocating and lobbying to strengthen the U.S.-Israel relationship. Our students put their newly acquired lobbying skills to practice during a visit to Capitol Hill, where they met with Serge Banjac, John Larson’s legislative assistant. They discussed the importance of developing a comprehensive strategy for Iran, fighting the boycott of Israel, and increasing sanctions on the terrorist group Hezbollah.
Our first Better Together session was a wonderful meeting and a great beginning! 14 HHNE students have chosen to join our Better Together team for 2017-18. Better Together is a multigenerational program which involves HHNE students and local West Hartford seniors who meet to learn Torah, discuss current events, and build meaningful relationships.
Congratulations to all of the students who achieved the High Honor or Honor roll this quarter:HIGH HONORS: Dalia Bruce, Esti Garfield, Batya Koenigsberg
Fruma Silver, Nesya Sloane, Ariella Snyder, Liya SimonHONORS: Marik Gesin, Tova Granowitz, Jacob Hasbani
Raphaela Hyman, Rebecca Hyman, Meira Klein,
Moshe Koenigsberg, Elana Kranc, Belle Krubitski
Maya Oberstein, Ariel Pinchover, Brian Silberman, Avi Sloane
On November 9th, the ninth and tenth graders participated in a life skills training to develop an awareness of how the socialization process frames how we view certain people and groups. The training was led by the National Conference for Community and Justice, an agency dedicated to issues of social justice including race, class, gender equity, sexual orientation and the rights of people with different abilities. Through Powerpoint presentations, video clips and hands-on activities, the students were able to engage in thoughtful discussion about the issues.

Congratulations to the 2017 Boys Soccer Team for finishing with the best season record in HHNE history! The team finished the season with 6 wins, 1 loss, and 2 tied games.Team Members: Harel Matlaw, Aaron Snyder, Jacob Hasbani, Kyril Nanadovich, Asaf Glahn, Micah Glickman, Marik Gesin, Yossi Scott, Moshe Gesin, Moshe Koenigsberg, Kobi Zehavi, David Abrams Hochman and Yoni Gesin. Not Pictured: Aaron Goldman, Victor Weir

HHNE and Solomon Schechter Day students recently attended a performance of The Diary of Anne Frank at Playhouse on Park in West Hartford. The students and chaperones were moved by the actors’ depiction of this tragic story. Many thanks to Jessica and Eric Zachs who made the attendance of the performance possible for our entire student body.

During the first week in November, Hebrew Academy of Greater Hartford (HAGH) 7th & 8th graders visited HHNE to kick off the STEAM program between the two schools. Guided by HHNE upperclassmen, HAGH students investigated how we determine the caloric contents of foods by burning them within their own calorimeters. Students then discussed and planned how to improve their techniques in order to achieve greater accuracy and precision.

thanksgiving_bannerTHANKSGIVING FOOD DRIVE
HHNE will be collecting non-perishable Kosher food items for Thanksgiving to donate to the Anja Rosenberg Kosher Food Pantry at Jewish Family Services. We will be accepting donations until November 15th. 

PR toiletry drive for MCTOILETRY ITEMS DRIVE
HHNE is joining the Jewish Federation, CREC and local Jewish agencies to collect items for victims of Hurricane Maria who have been relocated to Hartford—these refugees are arriving with little more than the clothes on their backs.We are collecting the following items:Toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, shampoo, deodorant,
feminine products, travel toiletry kits, diapers and baby care items & first aid kitsItems will be collected until November 20, 2017. Drop off items at: HHNE (300 Bloomfield Ave.)QUESTIONS? Contact Alana Butler at ABUTLER@JEWISHHARTFORD.ORG or 860-727-6152

In the last week in October we welcomed Sargent Eric Haglund of the Connecticut State Police as our guest speaker. Sgt. Haglund delivered an informative presentation and answered the students’ questions about the dangers and consequences of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

We were glad to welcome so many guests to our second Community Mishmar on the final day of Sukkot. Many thanks to our guest scholar Sarah Robinson, and to all who came to learn in our beautifully illuminated sukkah. 

On Columbus Day, HHNE student mentors of the STEAM program guided Solomon Schecter students through three different activities which emphasized the scientific and engineering process.By designing airplanes, the students learned to analyze past designs and improve features. Building bridges highlighted the importance of clear communication between designers. The final activity, a murder mystery, drove home the idea that thorough analysis of evidence must be used to form logical conclusions.

Mrs. Page’s AP Language & Composition class discusses the use of rhetoric and symbolism in the context of current events.

On Tuesday, October 17, 2017, students from HHNE and Madina Academy traveled to New Britain, CT to volunteer their time and energy to the Rebuilding Together New Britain project (RTNB). RTNB is a nonprofit group that organizes volunteers to help “transform the lives of low-income homeowners by improving the safety and health of their homes and revitalizing our communities.”  The students worked together on a property clean up job for a disabled senior citizen who lives alone.Senior Carmi Mandel, president of HHNE’s student government reflected, “I enjoyed partnering up with the Madina Academy. It’s the best feeling in the world knowing that you made a difference in someone’s life, and working together with the Madina students only made it better —we truly represented unity.”
Administrative, faculty, and student leadership in both schools hope to develop this partnership into a long term, joint interfaith program. They are already discussing ideas for future collaborations.

class reps2017-2018 CLASS REPRESENTATIVES
HHNE is proud to announce the class reps for 2017-2018!
Freshman: Yossi Scott
Sophomores: Asaf Glahn
Juniors: Gabe Ganeles
Seniors: Joshua Milman

Mr. Towne’s Psychology class began their dissection of sheep brains to explore the psychology axiom that form precedes function [the shape of the brain informs the function of the brain.] As students complete the dissection, they will see how different areas of the brain vary in position and structure.

Many thanks to everyone who attended the first HHNE Community Mishmar event on Wednesday, September 13th. This enjoyable evening was filled with great families from the community coming together for learning, music, food and song. The next Mishmar will be held on Tuesday, October 10th—we hope to see you there!

retreat montageThis years’ 2017 Retreat at Camp Laurelwood in Madison, CT was fantastic! Students had fun out on the lake as well as inside doing challenging activities. Many thanks to everyone who made this amazing event another great success!


Rabbi Mendel Samuels from Chabad of the Valley visited HHNE on Wednesday and spoke about the high holidays, setting goals for ourselves and believing in our abilities to change and G-d’s desire for us to change. Many thanks to Rabbi Samuels for his inspiring and thought-provoking words.


Rabbi Bruce and juniors Gabriella Brackman and Tova Granowitz, attended the Harold Grinspoon Foundation Open House in Agawam, MA.
It was a wonderful community gathering to celebrate the incredible work of Harold Grinspoon, Diane Troderman and Winnie Sandler-Grinspoon.
Rabbi Bruce and the students were honored to be invited and thanked the Grinspoon Foundation for the generous support for HHNE and so many of our students and families.

boys soccer

Congratulations to the Boys 2017 Soccer team for a great showing at their season-opening game against Emmanuel Academy.


gummy govt

Dr. Collin’s AP Government and Politics students created “Gummy Governments”. This activity had students research and define different forms of government systems. They shared their findings giving everyone in the class the benefit of all the research, and then each person or team constructed models of their government system using gummy bears, marshmallows, and toothpicks



GUEST SPEAKER: Michael Olkin

Thursday, Dr. Collin’s class was visited by guest speaker Mr. Michael Olkin. Mr. Olkin spoke to students about the role of mapping, and how although often invisible, the profound effect it has on people’s lives.



It was wonderful to welcome both new and returning families, as well as visit with alumni at this year’s Back to School BBQ. Many thanks to everyone who helped organize this fantastic event.


graduation 2017

Congratulations to the Class of 2017!
We are so proud of this year’s graduates and can’t wait to see what you will accomplish in the future!

Top row: Natan Glahn, Matan Dragon, Zev Granowitz, Yaakov Schectman, Yisroel Goldberg, Benjamin Snyder.
Bottom row: Ora halpern, Adina Bruce, Meira Goldfischer, Alex Van der Hulst, Talya Rogoff, Honey Rogoff, Nechuma Kaufman.


colorrunTYphotos1Many thanks to the sponsors, volunteers, runners, walkers and cheering squads who came out to support HHNE at the 2017 5K Unity Color Run. We could not have had such a successful event without your dedication and participation! 

For photos of the event, visit the online album here!

Horseshoe Crabs 1Last week seniors in Mr. Towne’s Biology classes participated in a horseshoe tagging event held by Project Limulus of Sacred Heart University. As part of the tagging event, the students attended a brief discussion to learn the importance of horseshoe crabs in the Eastern Coastal ecosystems and how horseshoe crabs are harvested from a unique cell type in their blood, the Amebocyte. The Limulus Amebocyte is used by biomedical companies to test for the presence of bacteria on and in their products.

During the tagging event, students combed the shallow waters of Milford Point Beach, a breeding ground for horseshoe crabs. Once a horseshoe crab was found, students recorded basic information about the specimen and then tagged the crab by drilling a small hole through part of the shell. Assisting the Project Limulus staff, our students tagged more than 70 horseshoe crabs.

FarewellWe would like to extend a warm farewell to our cherished administration and faculty members who will be leaving HHNE. We wish Deb Carroll, Mena Fiore, Liz Barlow, Irit Rockland and Stu Levy the best in their future endeavors.

going greenAs the 2016-2017 school comes to a close, we are pleased to share that HHNE is working to ‘go green’ and become more aware of how our business practices affect the environment.

Our first efforts will include the teachers’ End of Year Reports being posted in PowerSchool, and sharing school forms (health, permission slips, etc.,) through ZippSlip, an online communication solution.  Another exciting change to note will be the installation of solar panels on our main building.

We are excited to be moving ahead in a more environmentally friendly manner and look forward to sharing more green advances with you soon!

Back to School BBQSAVE THE DATE!
The HHNE Annual Back to School BBQ will be held Thursday, August 24, 2017.

On the first day of school we invite all HHNE students and their families to join us at a fun and relaxing BBQ.

If you would like to sign up as a volunteer, please email

nhs awards nightOn Wednesday, May 17th, eight HHNE students were inducted into the National Honor Society. The ceremony was lead by NHS Chapter Adviser Heather Page and assisted by current NHS members. Congratulations to Ariella Snyder, Ariel Pinchover, Belle Rivka Krubitski, Batya Koenigsberg, Jacob Hasbani, Tali Rogoff, Fruma Silver, Dalia Bruce, Tova Granowitz and Nesya Sloane.

senior trip collage

AWARDS NIGHT 2017The HHNE Awards Ceremony were held last week following the National Honor Society Induction Ceremony. Administrators and faculty members honored students with prizes in Academics, Judaics, Citizenship, Athletics and more. This wonderful evening gave parents and faculty the opportunity to share in the pride of our students’ truly impressive accomplishments.

Israel Parade

Final Better TogetherThis year the Better Together program brought topics from our Torah/Chumash curriculum out of the classroom and into the community. Rabbi Skoglund’s students partnered with seniors to discuss and debate Jewish values and the many ways in which mitzvot bear relevance in guiding our modern lives. The students deeply appreciated the year long partnership and the seniors loved sharing their wisdom with these bright young men and women of HHNE. Many thanks to everyone who made this cooperative program so successful.

penicillin manSenior Biology students attended a discussion with Dr. Edward Kleinman, a retired drug researcher from Pfizer. Dr. Kleinman spoke about the discovery of Penicillin, the world’s first synthesized antibiotic, and how Dr. Alexander Fleming discovered the molecule by accident. Students used what they have learned about cellular structure to discuss how Penicillin and other antibiotics function to kill off the hostile bacteria that cause dangerous infections.

Revised early dismissal last week Final exams are quickly approaching! During the week of final exams the school day will be shortened. Busses will continue to pick up in the morning at the regular time, and will drop off students based on the adjusted dismissal times.Please be sure to check the FINAL EXAM SCHEDULE for dismissal times if you plan to pick up your student.*Please Note: There are no classes on Tuesday, June 13th—this is a Study Day (at home) for students, and a Professional Development Day for faculty members. The last day of school is Friday, June 16, 2017. All students are required to attend the last day of school.

HadasCongratulations to sophomore Hadas Bromberg Seltzer who has been elected as the Religion/Education Vice President of the Hanefesh Region of United Synagogue Youth. Hanefesh, the Connecticut and Western Massachusetts region of United Synagogue Youth (USY), offers middle and high school students the opportunity to enjoy friendships and grow religiously through numerous conventions, week-long summer encampment, dances, and special programs.

Q3 High HonorsCongratulations to the 3rd Quarter Honor Roll achievers!
(Top) Moishe Gesin, Yaakov Schectman, Alex Van der Hulst, Benjamin Snyder, Tali Rogoff, Fruma Silver
(Bottom) Nesya Sloane, Batya Koenigsberg, Ariella Snyder, Avi Sloane


All new students and those entering Grade 9 are required to have a physical on file.

•Students who plan to participate in Athletics during the next school year will be required to have an updated health physical on file in the Health Office.

Be sure to schedule the appointment with you physician early, summer flies by!

You can download a copy of the CT HEALTH ASSESSMENT FORM and bring it to your doctor appointment.

HA'ATZMA'UT revHHNE’s celebration of Yom Ha’Atzma’ut (Israel Independence Day) began with festive morning prayers complete with musical accompaniment. Alum Nathan Schachter (Class of 2015) and Israeli Shlicha Michal Abramoff spoke to our students about the significance of Israel and its beauty. No celebration is complete without a party, and students and faculty were treated to a special lunch made by Stuart Levy. Chag Atzma’ut Sameach!

hazikaronHHNE commemorated Yom HaZikaron, Israel Memorial Day, to remember the over 23,000 people who have lost their lives defending Israel or in terrorist attacks. The ceremony, led by Dr. Nicole Collins and the junior class, was an inspiring but somber event. We listened to profiles of people who overcame obstacles in order to emigrate to Israel. These brave men and women proceeded to fight for their country, some even paying the ultimate price in order to protect the land they loved. This was an inspiring ceremony, and built a sense of gratitude and admiration for the brave people defending Israel. —Esti Garfield, Class of 2018

Holocaust rememb.

HHNE commemorated Yom HaShoah (Holocaust memorial day) with a number of events.

Rabbi Tuvia Brander, rabbi of the Young Israel of West Hartford, addressed the students after davening with an inspiring talk on the Shoah and Jewish continuity. Immediately after breakfast the school traveled to the University of Hartford to visit the Hartford Remembers the Holocaust museum. Students heard the powerful story of Dr. Leon Chameides who survived the Shoah by hiding in a monastery in Ukraine.

A number of students then walked over to the Mandell JCC to take part in the annual reading of the names ceremony that memorializes the children brutally murdered in the Shoah.


batyaAfter an extensive application and interview process, sophomore Batya Koenigsberg (Class of 2019) has been accepted into the Yale Center for Analytical Sciences Young Scholars summer program. The Young Scholars program brings together a collaborative group of 8-10 high school students from around Connecticut.

For two weeks in the summer students will participate in an intensive introduction to biostatistics, learn a statistical modeling program known as “R,” and tour many aspects of health-related science. Young Scholars provides an intensive, hands-on science curriculum that emphasizes discovery through lecture, research lab tours, lunch lectures with Yale faculty, as well as “R” programming sessions.


HHNE has recently entered a contest to win a Lyfbox, an automated, aquaponic ecosystem for the school. 
This interactive tool would be an amazing addition to HHNE’s Science program, allowing us to develop and execute complex, hands-on biology experiments. In addition to the Lyfbox system, the contest winner will also be given educational support. Please help HHNE’s chances by casting your vote for the school using this link:

Be sure to vote for HHNE, after you enter your name and email (any email account will work.)Voting closes May 11th, please share this information with family and friends, and ask them to vote for HHNE!

hannah gitmanEach year the University of Hartford collects submissions from students in the Greater Hartford area centered around various topics of American Jewish history. This year, freshman Hannah Gitman’s (Class of 2020) sonnet, “What It Means for Me to Be an American Jew” was selected to receive a Hoff Poetry Prize. Hannah will receive this award during a formal ceremony at the Wilde Auditorium on May 8th.

annual meeting reminder

haggadahWe are very excited to present this years HHNE freshman class Haggadah. The students, under the expert guidance of Rabbi David Fried have produced this unique Haggadah for your use. Chag Sameach!
Click to view and download

clash of classes 2017 a

clash of classes 2017 b

clash of classes 2017 c

drama clubCongratulations to the cast and crew of this year’s student-directed drama club for putting on another great production – “How to Eat Like a Child” was fantastic! Kudos to Alex van der Hulst, student director extraordinaire!

high honorsCongratulations to Adina Bruce, Esti Garfield, Raphaela Hyman, Nesya Sloane, Yaakov Schectman, Moshe Gesin, Benjamin Snyder and Avi Sloane for achieving High Honors during the last marking period.

cafe europaHHNE students together with Mrs. Zackin and Rabbi Skoglund, joined over 40 senior Holocaust Survivors a the Mandell JCC for a luncheon program called Cafe Europa. Students shared insights into the Haggadah, lead the crowd in song and read original poetry. Students also helped serve lunch to the seniors and clean up afterwards. Many thanks to the senior participants and JCC staff who were so complimentary about our students’ great attitude and enthusiastic participation in the event.

Purim 2017

RISING starsSeniors Alex Van der Hulst and Zev Granowitz have been chosen as Rising Stars by the West Hartford Press. Read the article here. 

sloaneOn Friday, March 17, 2017, Dr. David Sloane, parent of students Avi and Nesya, presented his first lecture in our 6 week physiology mini-course.Dr. Sloane is an active staff physician at Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital and an instructor in internal medicine at Harvard Medical School.The 6 week mini-course began with a discussion of the brain and central nervous system and will continue for the next 5 Fridays (off for Pesach) with the heart, hormones, the reproductive system, muscles and the immune system.

macbethStudents in Mrs. Page’s 10th grade Literary Appreciation class presented their Macbeth monologues this week.

floor signingHHNE students took time out during their lunch to sign their names on the library floor before the new carpets were laid. Click for the video!

NeedlerThe AP Language and Composition class was visited by Mr. Howard Needler for an in-depth discussion about the Merchant of Venice. Many thanks to Mr. Needler for sharing his knowledge the class!

Rabbi Bruce interfaith seder 2017On Sunday, Rabbi Bruce represented HHNE at two interfaith gatherings. In the afternoon the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Hartford’s held their Annual Interfaith Seder. Rabbi Bruce facilitated a lively group discussion about the customs and concepts behind the Seder. Later that evening Rabbi Bruce travelled to Guilford to speak to over 100 local high school students as part of an interfaith panel on the meaning of Judaism and what the Torah teaches about our task in life.

10th grade shabbatonHHNE’s 2017 10th grade Shabbaton was held in New Haven this past weekend. The sophomore class had an inspiring Shabbat filled with Torah, friendship and great food. Many thanks to the hospitality of the Westville Synagogue and the Hyman and Koenigsberg families for hosting this fantastic event!

rabbi dr sharon shalomRabbi Dr. Sharon Shalom was our esteemed guest speaker last week, giving a dynamic and moving talk to HHNE students and faculty. Rabbi Dr. Shalom spoke about the great importance of unity and told the story of his amazing life and achievements. Both students and faculty came away from the talk with new ideas and greater understanding.Born in a small Ethiopian village, Rabbi Dr. Sharon Z. Shalom embarked on a 1,500-mile trek to the Sudan at just nine years old, without his family. Airlifted as part of Operation Moses and believing his family to be dead, he received a new Hebrew name and lived in a home for immigrant and at-risk children in Afula. After high school, yeshiva and military service, he completed undergraduate and graduate studies at Bar Ilan University and was the second Ethiopian immigrant to be ordained by the Chief Rabbi of Israel. Today he leads the Kdoshei Yisrael Synagogue in Kiryat Gat, with members from around the world, and lectures at both Bar Ilan and Tel Aviv Universities.

model UNNesya Sloane, Gabriella Brackman, Adina Bruce and Esti Garfield represented HHNE at the 2017 Yeshiva University National Model United Nations (YUNMUN) as delegates of Kenya. HHNE worked alongside schools across the United States, as well as Brazil and Canada at the 3 day event. Throughout their stay, our delegation met with multiple committees in order to solve world-wide issues such as: over-fishing in the South China Sea, improving food sources to the impoverished, regulations and overseeing small private militias and trying to solve the refugee crisis. Many thanks to HHNE’s AP teacher Zach Towne for chaperoning these amazing students.

bsnyder blog revThis summer, senior Benjamin Snyder will be moving to Israel and enlisting in the Israeli Defense Force to become a Lone Soldier.

In his blog, Benjamin discusses why he has such a great passion for what he is doing, the process of making Aliyah, and what it is like to prepare to fight in the Israeli army.

Benjamin Snyder is a senior at HHNE. Read more about Benjamin’s journey on his blog:

shoshana drumsBand practice was moved outdoors to take advantage of the beautiful spring weather. Photo: Shoshana Olkin

Schechtman_-9965HHNE is proud to announce that senior Yaakov Schectman has been awarded a Certificate of Merit from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation and has advanced to Finalist standing in the National Merit Scholarship Program of 2017.

job skills bThe juniors and seniors recently participated in a job skills day titled “Professionalism 411.” The first part of the presentation was delivered by Linda Schultz from the University of Hartford, along with HHNE’s Liz Barlow and Brenda Cabelus. They focused on how to find a job, how to present yourself in an interview and what types of communication there are. The second part of the program was a “speed dating” style of interviews with numerous professionals in careers that are of interest to our students including medical, law, military, entrepreneurs and more.We would like to thank all of the professionals who volunteered their time to come in and work with our students. The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive and we look forward to offering this program again.

biodnalabGel electrophoresis is a technique that separates multiple fragments of DNA from one another by passing an electrical current through a gel containing a DNA solution. AP Biology students pipetted or “loaded” the DNA solutions into the gels, a task requiring precision. The students will determine the length of each fragment from the distance each fragment travelled in the gel. This technique is often used by genetic labs or forensic units to determine the similarities between different sources of DNA.

drschoenfeldvisitWe were honored to welcome Dr. Arnold Schoenfeld and Mr. Mark Schoenfeld, great-grandfather and grandfather of senior, Yisroel Dov Goldberg and freshman, Shoshana Goldberg, to HHNE.Dr. Schoenfeld was born in Austria before the war and was a part of the Ger Chasidic community in Vienna. He escaped to Britain and then the U.S. where he became a doctor of internal medicine in New York and only retired last year at the age of 90!Dr. Schoenfeld toured the school and addressed the students about the importance of a Jewish education.

P1110180Abbey Cohn, the Young Adult and Special Affinities Director of the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford presented HHNE students, staff and board members with the Super Sunday Agency Participation prize for the 2017 Campaign Year. The winners were awarded $1,000 and a trophy for their exceptional performance during this years Super Sunday event.

planariaTo see the growth and multiplication of cells in real-time, Mr. Towne’s AP Biology students performed living dissection, called vivisections, on a flatworm. These flatworms, also called Planaria, display the impressive trait of regeneration. Having performed the vivisection, students will watch as each half of these flatworms grow into a living, fully functional organism. —Photo credit: Zev Granowitz

better togetherOn November 30th students from HHNE met with senior members of the Mandel Jewish Community Center for a luncheon to kick off the “Better Together Intergenerational Program.” Students from Rabbi Aharon Skoglund’s Chumash class began a yearlong service learning journey with their new senior friends. Each month the group will meet at the JCC to explore a wide variety of Judaic topics. Special thanks to Sharon Holzberg at the JCC for her support and to Better Together for funding the project.

cup stackingHHNE students were once again enthusiastic participants in the National Competitive Cup Stacking Day. Many thanks to Mr. Towne and Mrs. Dombroskas for organizing the event.

sci classSeniors in Mr. Towne’s AP Biology course performed dissections to learn about cell regeneration during their double lab period. Students learned about multiple dissection techniques and utilized microscopes to view the cells once they were prepared on slides.


Four Students Represent HHNE at the 2016 AIPAC Policy Conference

AIPAC 2016Meira Goldfischer, Yisroel Goldberg, Ari Zackin and Simon Ganeles attended the 2016 AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington, D. C. March 20-22.

“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.”


Purim 2016!


Purim womens reading 1 main megillah 1 girls costumes1
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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.


HHNE Students Attend Connecticut’s ACLU Lobby Day

12795102_10154696635378047_1322955892179127667_oOn 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.”

Quarter 2 High Honors Students Announced

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.

Students Attend YUNMUN XXVI

YUNUM 2016HHNE 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.

Quarter 1 High Honors Students Announced

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.

A Heartfelt Farewell to Community Pillar Simon Konover

20151015:  HHNE (Robin Smith for Shana Sureck Photography)It is with great sorrow that we bid farewell to our friend and supporter Simon Konover.

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.

A community memorial service will be held on November 15th. For more information please visit this link.


New Members Inducted Into the National Honor Society

nhs new inductees 2015Eight 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.


Guest Speaker: Former Bishop of the Hartford Archdiocese Delivers Inspiring Speech

Bishop RAfter 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.”


 HHNE Ranks in Connecticut’s Top Private Schools

HHNE 29-100 article frontA recent study published by 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.


Guest Speaker: Rabbi Mendel Samuels

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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.




Annual Retreat at Camp Laurelwood

2 kayaks cropThis 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.


Back to School BBQ 2015

IMG_7033On 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!