Quick Links for HHNE Re-Enrollment and Financial Aid

Parents, for a quick link to re-enroll your student(s,) click on the link below:

For a direct link to the Financial Aid home page, click on the following link:

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Information for Parents of Current and Potential West Hartford Bus Riders for 2014-2015

If you are planning on utilizing bus services for your student/s next school year, the form is due July 3, 2014. This form must be submitted to the West Hartford Public Schools office directly.

Requests must be received in the transportation office no later than Thursday July 3, 2014 in order to be processed for the first day of school. Forms received after this date will not be processed until after Friday, September 5, 2014.

In addition to submitting the form to the West Hartford Public Schools office, please also let Stacey Trencher know either way if your child will or will not be riding the bus.

Feel free to contact the HHNE office if you have any questions.

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April 29th—Keeping Our New Teen Drivers Safe

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Crafts Fair at the Emanuel, Sunday April 27th

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Transformation: Hebrews to Bnei Yisrael

Dr. Nicole Brackman of HHNE will be giving a talk on Sunday, April 6th at Young Israel West Hartford, beginning at 7:45pm.

Dr. Brackman holds a BA in International Relations from Tufts University and a MA and PhD in Political Science from Washington University. She lives in Longmeadow and teaches at HHNE.

Dr. Brackman will use her knowledge of Tanach as well as Political Science to speak about our transformation into nationhood during and after the Exodus from Egypt.

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Young Israel of WH Offers a Lineup of Pre-Pesach Classes

THIS Shabbat Afternoon 4/5:
Navigating your way through Pesach Prep at 5:45pm
with Rabbi Weinberg.

THIS Sunday Night 4/6:
Transformation: Hebrews to Bnai Yisrael at 7:45pm
with Dr. Nicole Brackman

THIS Tuesday Night 4/8:

Insights into the Haggadah at 7:45pm
with Rabbi Chaim Goldenberg

NEXT Shabbat 4/12:
Shabbat Hagadol Drasha
“Sweet and Sour…Not Your Average Recipe:
Charoset and the meaning of Freedom” at 5:45pm
with Rabbi Weinberg

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Passover in the Matzah Aisle flyer

Passover in the Matzah Aisle flyer

Coming to a Supermarket near you!
Learn about the holiday of Passover, sample Passover food, get information about upcoming holiday events and take home fun ideas for a family-friendly Seder (holiday meal).
Sunday, April 6
12:30-2:30 pm
Stop & Shop Simsbury
498 Bushy Hill Road,
Simsbury Commons, Simsbury
1:00-3:00 pm
The ShopRite of East Hartford
31 Main Street, East Hartford
Monday, April 7
4:00-6:00 pm
The ShopRite of West Hartford
46 Kane Street, West Hartford
Wednesday, April 9
4:30-6:30 pm
Whole Foods West Hartford
50 Raymond Road, West Hartford

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HHNE Announces New Head of School

In a letter dated March 31, 2014, HHNE president David Rosen wrote the following:

To the entire HHNE family,

On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Hebrew High School of New England, it is my pleasure to announce that Rabbi Jeremy Bruce, of Edgware,England, will assume the duties as Head of School effective July 1, 2014. In his several meetings with the Board and the Search Committee, and most especially during his five day visit to our area, Rabbi Bruce impressed everyone with his incredible passion for education, his leadership experience, his vision for all that HHNE can be, and his overall warmth and good nature.

Rabbi Bruce has had thirteen years’ experience in both the private and public school sector in the UK. Currently he is the Deputy Headteacher (Vice Principal) of King Solomon High School in London, a 900 student Jewish High School. His wide-ranging responsibilities include developing the Jewish ethos of the school, monitoring and supporting the quality of teaching for over one hundred teachers and support staff, directing the pastoral care program, and representing the school to a wide variety of communal and government institutions. While holding a variety of school administrator roles, Rabbi Bruce has been keen to maintain a close connection with his students in the classroom and teaches a range of General Studies courses including World History and Political Science as well as Biblical texts in the Judaic Studies program.

Rabbi Bruce has also been an Adjunct Lecturer at the London School of Jewish Studies (LSJS) where he regularly lectured on Bible and Jewish philosophy.

Born and raised in London, Rabbi Bruce holds a BA in International History and Politics from the University of Leeds and an MA in Educational Management from King’s College London. He is a graduate of Yeshivat Hamivtar in Israel where he received his Rabbinic ordination from Rabbi Riskin and Rabbi Brovender.

Rabbi Bruce will be moving to West Hartford in the summer with his wife, Jo, an Adult Educator and Lecturer, and their three children, Adina (age 15), Dalia (age 13), (who will both be attending HHNE) and Gavriel (age 9).

I would like to thank the teaching staff, students, parents, administration and the Board of Directors for their participation throughout the search process. Their engagement and feedback was a critical part of our selection and we’re grateful for their willingness and openness.

I would also like to praise the efforts of the HHNE Search Committee. It was not easy to coordinate representation from three separate communities while juggling schedules and more than one candidate from oversees time zones. Co-chairs David Glahn and Joseph Fleischman did an exceptional job and we owe them and the entire committee a debt of gratitude. Also participating on the committee were: Karen Benjamin, Ann Berezin, Michael Black, Yehuda Edry, Loren Gelber, Zvi Goldfischer, Sharon Hasbani, Renana Kadden, Dr. Richard Nabel, Jeremy Pava and Sydney Perry.

Rabbi Bruce will be in West Hartford in time for this year’s graduation and will be spending most of June here prior to his official move. I encourage you to find the opportunity to meet him and to join us in welcoming him and his family to the HHNE family and communities it serves. We are excited for the future and for the growth of HHNE under Rabbi Bruce’s leadership. Please see below for words of welcome from Rabbi Bruce.


David S. Rosen

President, HHNE Board of Directors


I am delighted and honored to have been appointed Head of School at HHNE. HHNE is an outstanding institution that provides the highest level of General and Jewish Education while maintaining a personal focus on the unique needs of each and every student. It will be a great privilege to build on the remarkable successes of Rabbi Loew and his team.

Jo and I are sad to leave London but are tremendously excited about moving to New England, and joining such warm and welcoming communities. We have been overwhelmed by the hospitality and kindness of all those we have already met in New Haven, Springfield and West Hartford and look forward to working with all our partners across Connecticut and Western Massachusetts to take HHNE onto the next stage of its journey.

Best Regards,

Rabbi Jeremy Bruce

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Torah Dedication Ceremony and Celebration!

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HHNE Presents “Dinner at Eight”

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