Student Achievements

Student Achievements

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Mazel Tov to Elana Kranc (HHNE 2018), standing front and center among area students who attended the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving’s Scholarship Recipient Reception on June 6, 2018. Elana was presented with the Charles, Sophie and Helen Fine Family Fund award, a four-year renewable scholarship award, toward her college experience at Brandeis University.

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Mazel Tov to Jordan Oberstein (HHNE 2018) on receiving the “2018 Uniquely Effective Madrich/a Award,” presented by the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford’s Annual Meeting on June 13th. For the last four years, Jordan has volunteered in Beth El Temple’s weekly SULAM program, encouraging children to Seek, Understand, Learn, Act, and Marvel. Jordan’s problem-solving skills and knowledge of technology were an asset as new program components were added and a new, open learning space model was developed and introduced. Jordan was recognized for being a team player and for his many contributions!


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Mazel Tov to Marik Gesin (HHNE 2019) and Moshe Gesin (HHNE 2020) on their May 29, 2018 induction into HHNE’s National Honor Society!


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Mazel Tov to Aaron Snyder (HHNE 2020) and Tova Granowitz (HHNE 2019) on their election to the NCSY regional board!


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Mazel Tov to HHNE junior Hadas Bromberg Seltzer (left) on her re-election to a second term as the Religion Education Vice President of Hanefesh USY!

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HHNE is pleased to announce the Third Quarter Honor Roll for the 2017-2018 Academic Year.

High Honors achievers were achieved by Hannah Goldberg, Batya Koenigsberg, Belle Krubitski, Maya Oberstein, Leia Resnick, Liya Simon, Avi Sloane, Nesya Sloane, and Ariella Snyder. Honors were achieved by Dalia Bruce, Esti Garfield, Asaf Glahn, Jacob Hasbani, Raphaela Hyman, Rebecca Hyman, Elana Kranc, Brian Silberman, and Fruma Silver. Congratulations to these students on their achievement!


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HHNE ‘s Moot Beit Din team gained first-hand knowledge in researching and applying rabbinic arguments to resolve complicated moral and ethical issues by participating in the Prizmah Center for Jewish Day Schools’ 2018 Moot Beit Din Competition. Under the guidance of HHNE instructor Rabbi David Fried, students were required to create a written ruling that presented a factual statement about an assigned ethical dilemma, cited and discussed supporting resources, and justified the Beit Din’s ruling in a video presentation. Congratulations to Dalia Bruce (2018), Esti Garfield (2018), Fruma Silver (2019), Hadas Bromberg-Seltzer (2019), and Nesya Sloane (2018) on their hard work that resulted in earning First Place, Brandeis 3 Division.

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Mazel Tov to HHNE sophomore Asaf Glahn and junior Ariella Snyder on their recognition in the West Hartford Press as “Rising Stars”! These students were selected for this special honor based on their continuing contributions to our school and to their community.


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Mazel Tov to HHNE junior Batya Koenigsberg on her participation in the 70th Annual 2018 Connecticut Science & Engineering Fair. Batya’s ongoing study on “The Effects of Coffee Extracts on Viable Cells Within Staphylococcus Epidermis Biofilm Colonies” earned a special award from The Institute of Food Technologies, which includes an invitation to an awards dinner. Batya’s passion for science and devotion to her studies is an inspiration to all!

Screen Shot 2018-03-09 at 9.43.46 AMModel UN
Gabriella Brackman, Esti Garfield, and Nesya Sloane joined undreds of high school students from Jewish high schools across the country at the Yeshiva University Model UN Conference. This unique opportunity allowed students to learn about the complexities of international diplomacy through role-playing experiences. As delegates of  Finland, our students advocated for policy’s supporting their country’s interests and served on multiple UN committees.

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HHNE is pleased to announce the Second Quarter Honor Roll for the 2017-2018 Academic Year.

High Honors achievers are Dalia Bruce, Fruma Silver, Liya Simon, and Nesya Sloane. Students who achieved Honors are Esti Garfield, Moshe Gesin, Hannah Goldberg, Raphaela Hyman, Batya Koenigsberg, Elana Kranc, Belle Krubitski, Maya Oberstein, Leia Resnick, Brian Silberman, Avi Sloane, and Ariella Snyder. Congratulations to these students on their achievement!


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.


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.


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 Simon
HONORS: 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
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


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

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.

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 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.

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


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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. They 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.


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.


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.


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.


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

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.


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.

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.


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


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.



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:


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.


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.