Hebrew High School of New England (HHNE) will hold its annual gala fund-raiser on March 9th, which this year celebrates a very special milestone: the 18th anniversary of the founding of the school.
On this prestigious occasion, HHNE is honoring Karen and Gerry Goldberg for their commitment and dedication to the school. The President’s Award will be presented to Eva Shragis and Amy Mager and there will be a special tribute to Rabbi Daniel Loew, Head of School, who is departing HHNE after 10 years of service. Guests can look forward to entertainment by Edon, the 15-year-old pianist-singer who was a semi-finalist on 2012′s America’s Got Talent.
Karen and Gerry Goldberg have become an integral part of the HHNE family, serving on the board, and volunteering on various committees. Former New Yorkers, the Goldbergs relocated to Hartford in 1991, in part because they were drawn to its vibrant Jewish community. Their children Rachel and Josh are HHNE graduates and come fall, their youngest daughter Hannah will be attending.
The Goldbergs are also active members of the broader community, belonging to both Congregation Agudas Achim and Emmanuel Synagogue. In 2013, Gerry was also invited to serve on the Board of Trustees of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Hartford. For the past 4 years, Gerry Goldberg has been recognized by Barron’s Magazine as being among “The Top 1,000 Investment Advisors” in the nation.
Born in Budapest, Eva Shragis was brought up formally without religion, but with her beloved Mami (z”l) she learned and studied Judaism in secret in the southeastern town of Szaged, Hungary. When she arrived in the USA, Eva continued her Jewish education, always appreciating the freedom to practice openly. She attended university and was a pharmaceutical chemist for many years. Eva always participated in the community, serving on various boards of directors and volunteering for many organizations, including HHNE.
Eva and her husband Bill, who reside in Woodbridge, CT, chose HHNE for their children, not only due to the excellent academic standards, but because of the warm and welcoming atmosphere. Their son Alex was a 2011 graduate and daughter Kate is in the Class of 2014.
Amy Mager MS, LicAc, is a birth educator, birth assistant and acupuncturist who works with women around fertility, pregnancy, postpartum and chronic pain. Amy served on the Board of Congregation B’Nai Israel and also worked with a small group of women to keep the kehilla and kiddush flowing at Congregation B’Nai Torah’s Forest Park minyan in Springfield, MA. She has been a very active HHNE parent, serving the Parent Association for many years.
Amy and husband Dr. Dan Garfield DC and their family moved to Springfield in 2006 so their eldest could attend HHNE. They were especially impressed with the ethos of the school. The Garfield’s two eldest children, Rashi and Emunah, are HHNE graduates and Akiva and Eitan currently attend. Their two youngest, Esti and Ashi, will be a part of the next generation of HHNE students. “We are a family committed to learning and growing. We look forward to the growth and development of HHNE,” says Amy.
Tickets are available for the event: $100.00 cover, $36.00 for students and alumni. For reservations, please contact HHNE at 860-231-0317, or visit the website: www.hhne.org…