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Dear Friends,

The Hebrew Academy of Greater Hartford and the Hebrew High School of New England are proud to join together as a single school under a new name: New England Jewish Academy.

The two schools have a long and storied legacy in the Central New England area. The Hebrew Academy of Greater Hartford was founded in 1940. Its legacy has impacted many generations of families and has become an integral and proud part of the Jewish community in the area. The Hebrew High School of New England was created to fill the need for an Orthodox high school in this region and first opened its doors in 1996. Since then, it has become a standard of academic excellence in Judaic and General Studies. HHNE and the Hebrew Academy are looking forward to the next chapter in their history as the New England Jewish Academy, a preschool – 12th grade Orthodox day school that will help ensure the growth and vitality of the Jewish community in the area.

Thank you to everyone who submitted more than five dozen name ideas for the new school! Mazal Tov to Betsy Schulman, who wins the Amazon gift card for correctly predicting the exact name.

Please keep your eyes out for more exciting news this week about the New England Jewish Academy (NEJA). We look forward to celebrating the continued legacy of the two schools as well as new beginnings of the newly merged NEJA!

The New England Jewish Academy Mission Statement*
The New England Jewish Academy is a co-educational Nursery-12 Orthodox Jewish Day School serving Connecticut and Western Massachusetts.

Drawing from all segments of the Jewish community, the New England Jewish Academy prepares its students to think critically and creatively, to conduct themselves in accord with the highest ethical standards of our tradition and to live an engaged Jewish life in the wider world. We inspire our students to strengthen their commitment to our rich heritage and to fortify their bond with the Jewish people and Israel while recognizing their responsibility to American society and the global community. In an enriched and rigorous academic environment, we encourage exploration of Judaic and General studies through an individualized educational philosophy dedicated to developing each student’s knowledge, confidence, and ability.

Jewish Commitment: We inspire students to love Torah and Mitzvot, to cultivate a deep commitment to the Jewish community, and to develop a confident, knowledgeable Jewish identity.

Academic Growth: Using a highly individualized approach, we help each student reach his or her academic potential in both general and Jewish studies, striving to discover the optimal intellectual challenge for every child.

Derech Eretz: We nurture students to treat all people with dignity, respect, kindness and empathy.

Engagement with the World: We teach students to engage with the world around them as responsible citizens and in an open, productive manner that brings about a Kiddush Hashem (sanctification of God’s name).

Chessed: We encourage students to give freely of themselves to make the world a better place and to internalize the character of gemilut chessed (kindness) as an essential aspect of their Jewish identity.

Israel: We help students form deep and abiding connections to the Jewish homeland.

*The Mission Statement must be officially ratified by the Board of Directors of NEJA once the merger is legally completed in the summer.

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