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Faculty and Staff
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Ilana Bernstein
Director of Development
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Dr. Nicole BrackmanDr. Nicole Brackman holds a BA in International Relations from Tufts University and an MA and PhD in Political Science from Washington University. Prior to joining the faculty of HHNE, Dr. Brackman has taught on middle school, high school, and university levels: at Island Village Montessori School in Venice, Florida; at Stella K. Abraham High School in Hewlett, New York; and at Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts. She has also served as a research analyst and as Director of Curriculum Development for CAMERA (Committee for Accuracy of Middle East Reporting in America) and was a Soref Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy in Washington, DC.

Dr. Brackman is passionate about politics, history, Israel, environmental issues, global health, fitness, and of course, her family. She resides in Longmeadow, Massachusetts with her husband and three children.

AP U.S. History
AP European History
U.S. Government - Academic/Honors
U.S. History I - Academic/Honors
Chumash/Bible (Bereishit) - Level 3B
Modern Israeli History 9, 11, and Mechina
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Rabbi Jeremy BruceRabbi Jeremy Bruce has thirteen years' experience in both the private and public school sector in the UK. Previously, he was the Deputy Headteacher (Vice Principal) of King Solomon High School in London, a 900-student Jewish High School. He also has taught 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 residing in West Hartford with his wife, Jo, an Adult Educator and Lecturer, and their three children.

Incoming Head of School
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Dr. Brian ClarkDr. Brian Clark holds a BA in English from Amherst College, an MTS from Harvard Divinity School, and a PhD in Religion from Boston University. Dr. Clark led a writing lab at Boston University. He has also taught for Hartford Seminary and has done ethnographic research for Claremont Graduate School. He remains an active scholar of the History of Christianity, and his first peer-reviewed article is awaiting publication.

From the time he was in high school, Dr. Clark has served as a tutor and personal instructor for students of many ages Ė from preschool to grad school. He is a former homemaker and homeschooling parent who still cooks and bakes for his family. He lives with his lovely wife, two bouncy kids, and one paranoid cat. When he isnít reading or exercising, he can often be heard singing or writing a song.

World Literature - Academic/Honors
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Patrick CollinsPatrick Collins received his B.A. in physics from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. Pat previously conducted research in atomic and molecular physics labs at Holy Cross and Northwestern University. He joins HHNE excited to share his passion and enthusiasm for science in the classroom. Pat grew up in Auburn, MA where he currently resides with his family. In his spare time, he enjoys playing and coaching ultimate frisbee.
Senior Class Advisor
Physical Science - Academic/Honors
Physics - Academic/Honors
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Ann Marie DombroskasAnn Marie Dombroskas, RN, received her bachelor of science in nursing from Saint Joseph College. Mrs. Dombroskas is in her nineteenth year as a non-public school nurse for the Town of West Hartford, her second year here at HHNE. Her goal at HHNE is to keep all the students, faculty and staff healthy.

Mrs. Dombroskas lives in West Hartford with her husband Ed. They are the parents of three adult children.

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Meira Eisenberg
Modern Hebrew IV - Honors
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Carol EngelsonCarol Engelson received a B.A. in Zoology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and the M.A.L.S. degree in Science from Wesleyan University. Her graduate studies have included studying the prehistory of Southern France and two Howard Hughes Medical Institute summer programs at Amherst College.

For 31 years, Mrs. Engelson taught chemistry, biology, general science, introductory physics, and earth science at West Springfield High School, following which she taught biology at BCM of Longmeadow for one year. This is her third year teaching at HHNE.

Mrs. Engelson and her husband Richard have two children, both of whom attended HHNE: Rabbi Abraham Engelson and illustrator Elke Reva Sudin.

Mrs. Engelson is a former HHNE board member, former president and active board member of Lubavitcher Yeshiva Academy of Longmeadow, and she is an active member of a number of committees of the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts.

Chemistry - Honors
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Alyse Evasius
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Paul Goines
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Rabbi Uri Grosberg
Israel Advisor
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Rabbi Gedalyah Jeremias
Chumash/Bible (Bereishit) - Levels 3G/2B
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Rabbi Daniel LoewRabbi Daniel Loew received a BA in Biology from Yeshiva University, an MS in Jewish Education from the Azrieli Institute for Jewish Education, and ordination from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary. Rabbi Loew and his wife, Chanie, moved from Columbus, Ohio in 2004, where he served both as a teacher at Columbus Torah Academy and as an NCSY Chapter Director. Rabbi Loew and Chanie currently reside in West Hartford with their five children.
Head of School
Jewish Thought and Law 12
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Donna LorenzoThis is Donna Lorenzo's fifteenth year at HHNE. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Fairfield University and a Master of Science in Secondary Education from Central Connecticut State University. She also teaches math at Heritage Academy in Longmeadow, MA. Donna previously taught at Avon Middle School in Avon, CT and Sage Park Junior High in Windsor, CT. She resides in Bloomfield with her three sons.
9th Grade Advisor
Geometry - Honors
Algebra II
Algebra II - Honors
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Doris Nabel
Yearbook Advisor
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Dr. Richard NabelDr. Richard Nabel brings with him years of school administration exerience. Before coming to HHNE in 2012, he was the principal of four public high schools, most recently in Brookfield, Connecticut, where he served for seven years. He has both a law degree and a doctorate in education and has served as an adjunct professor of education as well. In 1991, he was the winner of the very prestigious Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award and has published and presented on numerous topics in the field. Dr. Nabel lives in West Hartford with his wife, Doris, and enjoys playing tennis and softball.
Head of General Studies
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Naomi Nevo Ben-Ari
Modern Hebrew I - Honors
Modern Hebrew II
Modern Hebrew III
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Daniel Page
Literary Genres - Honors
Literary Appreciation
American Literature - Academic/Honors
AP Literature and Composition
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Heather Page
Director of College Guidance
Literary Genres
Literary Appreciation - Honors
AP Language and Composition
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Richard RenockRichard Renock is excited to be returning to the faculty of HHNE for a sixth year. Prior to assuming his current position as the director of our learning center, Mr. Renock taught in Bloomfield, Connecticut; in Pine Hill, New Mexico; and in Deep River, Connecticut. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Psychology and a Masters Degree in Special Education, both from University of Connecticut. Mr. Renock also is the recipient of the 2011 Unsung Hero Outstanding Professional Leadership Award from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. He currently resides in Rocky Hill.
Learning Center Director
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Irit RocklandMrs. Rockland was born in Israel and holds an undergraduate degree from Beer Sheva Technological School, associated with Ben Gurion University. She has served as a teacher and assistant teacher for many years and various grades. A native Hebrew speaker, Mrs. Rockland teaches Hebrew language at HHNE.
Modern Hebrew I
Modern Hebrew II - Honors
Modern Hebrew III - Honors
Introduction to Hebrew
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Rabbi Chagie RubinRabbi Chagie Rubin received his semicha from the Yeshiva Gedolah of Montreal, Canada, where he studied from 1973 to 1979. Thereafter, Rabbi Rubin joined the Kollel Yad Shaul of Johannesburg South Africa, and in 1984, Rabbi Rubin was appointed principal of the Shaarei Torah Primary School in Johannesburg. He served there for sixteen years and also founded the Shaarei Torah High School in 1993.

Upon returning to the United States, Rabbi Rubin was appointed principal of the Cincinatti Hebrew Day School, where he served for two years, and then he was invited to serve as principal of Hillel Academy of Denver, Colorado, a position he held for six years. In 2008, Rabbi Rubin was offered the position of Executive Director and Head of Outreach of the Yeshiva Gedolah of Bridgeport, Connecticut, a newly founded yeshiva community, and then, in 2009, he became rabbi of The Young Israel of Hew Haven. This year, he and his family have moved to West Hartford, where he has assumed the role of Rabbi of Congregation Agudas Achim.

Previously, Rabbi Rubin taught at the Merkaz Jewish High School Program in Bridgeport and the Makom Hebrew High School program in New Haven. He also served as a member of the Vaad Hakashrut of Connecticut (VKFC).

Rabbi Rubin's wife Deena, hails from Monsey, NY. Rabbi and Mrs. Rubin have seven boys, four girls, and thirteen grandchildren.

He is excited to return to the HHNE faculty this year.

Chumash (Bereishit) - Level 2G
Torah Sheba'al Peh - Level 2G
Modern Israeli History 10
Jewish Thought and Law 10
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Nina SalazarNina Salazar studied art and design at the University of Hartford and at Central Connecticut State University. She holds an AA in early childhood education and a BA in art education. She has been teaching art for nearly 15 years, at Farmington Valley Art Center, University of Hartford, in her own studio, and through various schools and non-profit programs. She also has worked as a mural painter and interior designer. Nina resides with her family in Hartford, and she is excited to bring her passion for art to HHNE and to our students.
Visual Arts Teacher
Studio Art A/B
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Rabbi Akiva SchmooklerIn addition to many years of advanced Torah study, Rabbi Schmookler comes to HHNE this year with experience as a classroom teacher and as a tutor. Additionally, he has published several scholarly articles. Rabbi Schmookler is also currently pursuing an MSW degree.
Chumash (Bereishit) - Levels 4B/4G
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Rabbi Menachem SheinkopfRabbi Sheinkopf holds Rabbinic Ordinations from Kollel Ayshel Avrohom and Yeshivas Ohr Hachaim. Prior to joining the faculty at HHNE, he served as a Rebbe/Judaic Studies Teachers at the Rabbi Alexander S. Gross Hebrew Academy of Greater Miami. He currently lives in West Hartford with his wife, Shoshana, and their children.
Judaic Librarian
Sports Coordinator

Introduction to Chumash/Bible
Talmud (Sukkah) - Levels 4B/4G
Beit Medrash
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Dr. Boris Slepchenko
Pre-Calculus - Academic/Honors
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Rabbi Shimmy TrencherRabbi Trencher resides in West Hartford with his wife, Stacey, and their three children. Prior to joining the faculty of the Hebrew High School of New England, Rabbi Trencher served as the Assistant Director of New England Region NCSY for seven years. He holds a BA from Yeshiva College and a Masters Degree in Social Work from University of Connecticut. Rabbi Trencher is also a trained instructor of Redirecting Children's Behavior; is advisor for Heart, Mind & Soul, a non-profit organization he founded in 2003; and is a licensed clinical social worker in private practice in West Hartford. He is the recipient of the 2012 Unsung Hero Outstanding Professional Leadership Award from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation.
Dean of Students
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Stacey TrencherStacey Trencher currently serves as the Office Manager at HHNE. Prior to joining our staff, she served as the Director of Operations of the Jewish Day School Consortium. Additionally, Stacey holds a B.S. in Marketing from Sy Syms School of Business and has experience in both the non-profit and corporate arenas. She resides in West Hartford with her husband, Shimmy, and their three children.
Office Manager
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Mildred UnfriedThis is Mrs. Unfried's eleventh year teaching at HHNE. She has previously taught in Houston, Texas, with the Department of Defense, Overseas Dependent Schools, and at East Hampton High School where she was also department chair. She has a BS in mathematics from the University of Houston, a MS in Mathematics from the University of Oregon and a MA in Gerontology from St. Joseph College.
Algebra I
Algebra II - Honors
Pre-Calculus - Academic/Honors
AP Calculus AB
AP Calculus BC
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Elana WeinbergElana Weinberg received a B.A. in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies as well as a B.A. in Philosophy from Brandeis University. She earned her Master's Degree from Yeshiva University's Azrieli Graduate School for Jewish Education and Administration, while also completing Yeshiva University's Graduate Program for Women in Advanced Talmudic Studies. Prior to coming to HHNE, Mrs. Weinberg taught at the Frisch School in Paramus, New Jersey.
Talmud (Sukkah) - Levels 3B/3G
Jewish Thought and Law 9
Jewish Thought and Law 11
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Lorie ZackinLorie Zackin holds a bachelors degree in history from University of Hartford with a minor in Judaic studies and also holds masters degrees in secondary education and special education from University of Hartford. She has been an adjunct faculty member of the Hillyer College at the University of Hartford since 1995 and during this time has been actively involved in numerous community organizations including the Jewish Federation and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). Mrs. Zackin resides in West Hartford with her husband and two children.
World History - Academic/Honors
U.S. History II - Academic/Honors
Current Issues
Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism
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Fred ZarnowskiFred received his Bachelor's Degree in Sociology from Loyola University (Chicago, Illinois), has a Master's of Science Degree in Communications and Information Management from Bay Path College (Longmeadow, Massachusetts) and completed 9 doctoral courses towards a PhD in Business Administration with an MIS (management information systems) concentration at Northcentral University (Prescott Valley, Arizona) before withdrawing in April 2012.

Mr. Zarnowski currently teaches computer science classes at Capital Community College, Lincoln College of New England, and Western Connecticut State University as well as online courses for the University of Phoenix,the Kentucky Community and Technical Colleges, and Bryant and Stratton College.

Previously, Mr. Zarnowski was Director of Information Systems at Western Connecticut State University. He also was employed at the Connecticut Dept. of Transportation, Coleco Industries, and UARCO Business Forms.

Fred is passionate about technology and keeps up with the latest trends.

Technology/Facilities Coord.
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