West Hartford – Former NBA player Chris Herren will speak at Northwest Catholic High School on December 11, 2013. Herren was a high school basketball legend in Fall River, Massachusetts, who realized his lifelong dream of playing for the Boston Celtics only to lose it all to alcohol and drug addiction. He will share his story of abuse and recovery, as well as address the need for teens to make good choices and how parents can help their teens with that.
Herren’s story has been chronicled in Sports Illustrated and Rolling Stone, on 60 Minutes, and in the ESPN documentary Unguarded. He currently mentors young basketball players and has launched a national anti-substance abuse campaign, Project Purple, to encourage people of all ages to stand up to substance abuse.
His presentation, entitled “Hoop Dreams,” will be held in the Richard Rice Auditorium at Northwest Catholic at 7pm on Wednesday, Dec. 11th. Doors open at 6:30; there is no admission charge. This program is open to the general public, but is geared toward middle school and high school students and their parents.
December 5, 2014
The Senior Seminar class was joined by local Rabbi Ilana Garber today to learn about the importance of using genetic testing when planning to start a family. A mother of two boys, Rabbi Garber became involved in educating Jewish youth about genetic testing options after her younger son was diagnosed with Fragile X Syndrome.
Armed with the knowledge she has gained after extensive research, Rabbi Garber came well prepared to answer all of the questions that the twelfth grade students brought up. She explained the genetic cause, symptoms and presentations when the Fragile X is present as well as what life may be like for the family and those close to the child affected. She also advocated for arming oneself with the knowledge that genetic testings affords, both for Jewish diseases as well as generally, in order to be make the sometimes difficult decisions that present themselves as a couple is having children.
Rabbi Garber’s lecture was informative and yet touching. Sharing her own experiences allowed the students to see the personal way that Fragile X has impacted her family, and how one can appreciate the blessings in life even when that requires adjusting one’s expectations.
For more information about Fragile X Syndrome, go to http://www.fragilex.org/fragile-x-associated-
December 4, 2013
HHNE students had a special lunch guest today when featured guest Sara Ashman visited. Sara spoke to the students about the various roles that AIPAC plays in Washington and it’s importance in the U.S.-Israeli relationship.
As a member of AIPAC, HHNE and its students share a responsibility in helping to shape the future of the United States/Israel connection. Students were encouraged to ask questions during the visit and posed many thought-provoking inquiries.
Dear HHNE Parents,
Joe Fleischman and I would like to update you on the recent activities of the Head of School Search Committee. We successfully placed advertisements in a number of on-line classified ads that specialize in the Jewish community. Thus far, we have received 14 resumes from Jewish educators around the world. The committee rigorously reviewed these resumes and is now scheduling initial phone/Skype interviews with several applicants.
Resumes are continually arriving and further interviews will be held. Then, over the next several months, we plan on inviting top candidates to visit West Hartford and to interview in person. During these visits, we will schedule events so that you will have the opportunity to meet the candidates, ask questions and provide feedback. Ultimately, our goal is to have a new Head of School in place by Pesach – April 15, 2014.
As always, feel free to email us at email@example.com. Your input is welcome and important to the process.
A message from Shira Russell, HHNE ’12:
I had the privilege this summer of working at Camp HASC (Hebrew Academy for Special Children), and I will never look at the world in the same way again. One camper of mine in particular, Chloe Grossbard, changed my life. Her joyful and radiant spirit completely transcends her physical limitations. She is an inspiration to me, and it is so important that she continues to have a place to go to every summer where she is not limited by her “disabilities.” At Camp HASC, Chloe has the chance to shine as we dance, sing, play sports, draw, and have the time of our lives.
So in honor of Chloe, I will run a marathon for Team HASC on February 16, 2014 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. My co-counselors and I formed a team we named “Team Chloe.” We each need to raise $3000 in order to run. The money goes straight to funding Camp HASC, so that children like Chloe can have this amazing summer home. We’ll be taking Chloe to the marathon with us, running with her in her chair the whole way through.
This is a link to a video of our summer with Chloe, see her for yourself:
If you would be so generous as to contribute a donation, big or small, to my cause, I would be so grateful. Every dollar I raise will represent all of you, who’ll run with us in spirit for a cause that creates miracles.
Here is my link to donate:
Please be a part of my journey!
Dear HHNE Parents and Friends,
As you know, Rabbi Loew has informed us that this will be his last year as Head of School. While Rabbi Loew has set the bar high with his professionalism and dedication, I am hopeful that this transition provides the opportunity to find a new Head of School who can help us grow into an even more outstanding organization. I am honored to serve as chair of the Head of School search committee. Joe Fleischman, co-chair, and I are pleased to inform you of the formation of the Head of School search committee. Committee members were chosen for their diversity of skills and experience and represent the Springfield, New Haven and West Hartford communities. Each member is highly committed to and excited about the search process. The committee includes Karen Benjamin, Ann Berezin, Michael Black, Yehuda Edry, Dr Zvi Goldfischer, Dr Sharon Hasbani, Renana Kadden, Dr Richard Nabel, Jeremy Pava, Sydney Perry and David Rosen.
At our first meeting, we discussed the search process, set an ambitious yet achievable timeline and developed a job description for the Head of School. With our partners at Yeshiva University, we anticipate posting an advertisement in the next few days. Our goal is to have a candidate in place by Pesach – April 15, 2014.
As co-chairs of the search committee, Joe and I are committed to keep you all informed about our progress. Feel free to email us with your comments or concerns at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On behalf of the search committee, I wish you a Shabbat Shalom.
HHNE is hosting a family Chanukah event in conjunction with the Greenberg Center! Please join us. See the flyer below.