Wednesday, June 03, 2020

The 2019 Bi-Cultural Hebrew Academy dinner honorees and school leadership at the March 31 gala: (Bottom row, l to r) Guests of Honor Jay and Rachel Jubas; Head of School Jacqueline Herman; Alumni Award recipients, Class of 2004 alumni Gabriella Jackier, Adina Adelman, Dana Russ, Brian Freilich, David Fogel; BCHA Dean Rabbi Tzvi Bernstein; Jane Shoztik Memorial Award recipient Elana Trombka; (back row, l to r) President of the Board of Trustees David Pitkoff; Alumni Award recipients, Class of 2004 alumni Matt Knopf, Rob Soifer, Matt Greif, Ben Jubas; Community Service Award recipients Mitchell and Jill Kaplan. (Credit: Clive and Raema Salmon)

Bi-Cultural Hebrew Academy Head of School Jackie Herman (far right) with (l-r) journal co-chairs Stacey & Todd Palker and Elise and Steven Cohen, and dinner co-chairs Amanda & Jasper Lewitton and Drs. Lisa & Ilya Loeffler-Kaplan. (Credit: Clive and Raema Salmon)

(Courtesy of BCHA) A record-breaking crowd of more than 450 guests filled the ballroom of the Hilton Stamford Hotel on Sunday evening, March 29, to honor Rachel and Jay Jubas of Stamford, and several other prominent leaders of the Fairfield County Jewish community, at the Bi-Cultural Hebrew Academy Celebration Dinner.

In keeping with the dinner’s theme, “Together as One,” the gala evening celebrated the merger in September 2018 of Bi-Cultural Day School and the Jewish High School of Connecticut, which led to the formation of the pre-K through eighth-grade Bi-Cultural Hebrew Academy (BCHA).

Calling the this academic year at BCHA “historic,” Head of School Jacqueline Herman told those gathered, “It has truly been a remarkable year. The exciting achievements of our students and the continued successes and giant steps forward of our unified school make this occasion all the more momentous and meaningful.”

The evening was also highlighted by the presentation of the Morton G. Scheraga President’s Award to Arthur Green. Presented by David Pitkoff, president of the BCDS Board of Trustees, the award recognizes individuals who have provided outstanding service, dedication and commitment to the school, the Stamford community and all of klal Yisrael.

“For many years and countless hours of work, tonight’s recipient poured his expansive heart and incredibly generous soul into helping our school—and he did it for no other reason than ‘l’shem shamayim’ [for the sake of heaven], because he truly cares,” saidPitkoff.

Herman thanked the Bi-Cultural “family” for “standing up and understanding the significance, value and importance of a Jewish education.”

“We all must continue to be committed to our Jewish heritage, identity and religion to ensure that our freedoms as American Jews and Judaism throughout the world continues to shine brightly and the flame continues l’dor v’dor—from generation to generation,” she said.


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