Saturday, February 16, 2019

Bi-Cultural Hebrew Academy 2019 Celebration Dinner co-chairs (l-r) Amanda Lewitton and Lisa Koeffler-Kaplan. (Credit: Rachel Cohen)

Several leaders of the Connecticut Jewish community will be honored for their commitment to Jewish education and their dedication to community service at the Bi-Cultural Hebrew Academy (BCHA) Celebration Dinner on Sunday, March 31, 2019, 5:30 p.m., at the Hilton Stamford Hotel.

The evening’s Guests of Honor are Rachel and Jay Jubas. The school will also honor Jill and Mitchell Kaplan with the BCHA Community Service Award. For the first time, the BCHA Alumni Award will be presented to an entire class. the award will be presented to members of the Bi-Cultural Class of 2004 in recognition of their contributions to their communities, as well as their professional accomplishments. Elana Trombka, a BCHA middle school Judaic studies teacher, will receive the school’s Jane Shoztic Memorial Award.

The theme of the 2019 Celebration Dinner is “Together As One,” which celebrates the merger of Bi-Cultural Day School, a pre-K through eighth grade National Blue Ribbon School, and the Jewish High School of Connecticut. The two schools have unified to create one comprehensive academic institution that aims to provide students with a unique continuum of education. The newly formed Bi-Cultural Hebrew Academy of Connecticut opened its doors this fall.

“The merger of our two schools—creating the first and only pre-K through grade 12 Jewish educational center in Fairfield County—is a historic moment and a great advancement for Jewish life and the future of our community,” said BCHA Dean, Rabbi Tzvi Bernstein. “Our annual gala dinner will be a focal point for commemorating and celebrating this exciting development. This year’s honorees and chairs were selected in special recognition of their leadership and participation in the past, present and future of Bi-Cultural Hebrew Academy.”

“We are excited to be chairing this year’s dinner and are looking forward to a wonderful evening celebrating the first Jewish day school in Connecticut that spans the academic years of pre-K through 12,” said dinner co-chairs Amanda Lewitton and Dr. Lisa Loeffler-Kaplan. “It will be a gala not only paying tribute to the merger, but also an opportunity to honor outstanding members of our community and alumni.” BCHA Celebration Dinner Journal co-chairs are Elise and Steven Cohen, and Todd and Stacey Palker.

For more information on the Bi-Cultural Hebrew Academy Celebration Dinner, please contact Rachel Cohen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or (203) 329-2186.

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