“When I think of BCDS, I think of lifelong friends, a tremendous platform and foundation for education and future success, and a community of students, families, faculty and administrators that truly care and support their student population,” says David Fogel, of his years as a student at Bi-Cultural Day School—now Bi-Cultural Hebrew Academy (BCHA)—in Stamford.
Fogel has been giving a lot of thought to Bi-Cultural of late, and with good reason. On Sunday evening, March 31, he will join many of his old friends at the Stamford Hilton Hotel, as the Class of 2004, of which he was a member, is honored with the 2019 Bi-Cultural Alumni Award at the school’s annual Celebration Dinner.
Along with the Class of 2004, the gala dinner will pay tribute to 2019 guests of honor Dr. Rachel Goldstein Jubas and Dr. Jay Jubas. In addition, Jill and Mitchell Kaplan will be presented with the BCHA Community Service Award, and BCHA Judaics teacher Elana Trombka will receive the Jane Shoztic Memorial Award.
This year represents the first time an entire class will be honored with the BCHA Alumni Award, presented in recognition of the contributions of Class of 2004 alumni to their communities, as well as their professional accomplishments. Fogel, who grew up in Stamford, is co-chairing the alumni award portion of the dinner, along with his former classmate Dana Russ. For Russ and Fogel, the ties that bound together the Class of 2004, 15 years ago are still strong, each still in close touch with a number of their friends from Bi-Cultural.
Like Fogel, Russ has warm memories of Bi-Cultural and credits her education there for strengthening her Jewish identity. “Thinking of BCDS makes me think of home, Jewish values and tradition, and best friends and teachers who became family,” she says. “I have very vivid memories of singing, dancing and fun. My childhood years were defined by the Jewish vitality and joy of the BCDS community. I feel so fortunate to have been given the gift of a Jewish education and to have understood the importance of Judaism and my Jewish heritage so profoundly and at such a young age—something that has stuck with me into adulthood and will forever guide me throughout life.”
Fogel sees his role as co-chair with Russ of the dinner’s alumni group as a way of giving back to his alma mater. “Bi-Cultural Day School afforded me an opportunity to understand the principles of hard work, the importance of education and community, and the value of relationships both with fellow students, as well as adults and those in leadership positions,” he says. “I still carry the values I learned from BCDS today into my personal and professional relationships.”
For information on the 2019 BCHA Celebration Dinner contact Rachel Cohen at (203) 329-2186 x1412, or visit bchacademy.org.