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Learning to be a Leader in the Jewish Community with Misha Galperin On December 5, the 25th anniversary of the historic Soviet Jewry March on Washington, Dr. Misha Galperin, a Soviet refusenik, will give a community lecture at the JCC at 7:00 p.m. Dr. Dr. Misha Galprin Galperin was born in Odessa, Ukraine, and immigrated to the United States with his family when he was 18. He will discuss his most recent book, “Reimagining Leadership in Jewish Organizations: Ten Practical Lessons to Help You Implement Change and Achieve Your Goals.” Galperin is the Jewish Agency’s president and CEO for International Development and a close colleague of november - december 2012 / cheshvan - Tevet 5773 Party of the Century The JCC Celebrates 100 years Silver, purple and black balloon archways gave way to the party of the century – the JCC 100th Birthday Celebration on October 20, 2012. The evening began with the sweet smell of Havdalah led by Rabbi Michael Farbman. The JCC’s milestone year was recognized by Honorary Chairs Governor Dannel Malloy, Senator Richard Blumenthal, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, Mayor of New Haven John DeStefano, Jr. and First Selectman of Woodbridge Edward Maum Sheehy. They joined in the celebration to honor our Past Presidents, and congratulate and acknowledge the JCC’s commitment to the community and the impact the JCC has had over the past 100 years. JCC 100th Birthday Celebration Chairs: (from left to right) Stan and Donna Hersh; Jan and Steve Miller, JCC President Music from the Jay Stollman Band filled the auditorium as guests enjoyed a cocktail buffet with delicious hors d’oeuvres from Abel Caterers. On behalf of the JCC, we thank the cochairs Donna and Stan Hersh and Jan and Steve Miller and the committee members of the JCC 100th Birthday Celebration, our supporters and the staff of the JCC. Cheers, and here’s to the next 100! Additional photos on page 15. continued on page 3… Confused about the Federal Budget? Peter Harris Olin Photography snh published by the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven non-profit org. U.S. postage paid permit #2134 New Haven, CT SHALOM NEW HAVEN JCC celebrates their 100th with a spirited horah. U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal; Sydney A. Perry, Jewish Federation CEO; Steve Miller, JCC President A Move in the Right Direction David Wessel at the JCC Jewish High School of Connecticut moves to JCC facility November 4, 2pm Improving the quality of life for future generations and nurturing Jewish identity have been goals of the Jewish High School of Connecticut (JHSC) since its formation. Similarly, the Jewish Community Center (JCC) of Greater New Haven makes a positive contribution to our community with programs that stimulate mind, body and spirit, while providing a tangible link with Jewish life and culture. When the JHSC first explored a move to the JCC, the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven recognized the potential of these two institutions being brought together under one roof. Most voters know almost nothing about the federal budget. Pulitzer Prize winner, David Wessel, will offer a clear guide to budgetary spending, borrowing and taxes. His topic is “Will the Outcome of the Election Staunch the Red Ink? A Look at Deficit Politics and Economics.” Wessel, author of “RED INK: Inside the High Stakes Politics of the Federal Budget,” and of bestseller “In Fed We Trust: Ben Bernanke’s War on the Great Panic,” is the Economics Editor at the Wall Street Journal and writes the Capital column, a weekly look at the economics and forces shaping living standards around the world. Here’s our opportunity to ask him questions and get informed responses. Copies of “RED INK” will be available for purchase. The lecture is free and open to the public. Contact DeDe Jacobs Komisar at 203 387-2522 x300 or for more information. That vision was realized this August when the JHSC relocated to the JCC in Woodbridge. Now students from Greater New Haven and beyond can maximize their Jewish education in a facility that offers added benefits outside the classroom, helping them become more wellrounded, community-conscious individuals. Sydney Perry, Chief Executive Officer of the Jewish Federation, commented, “This move aligns perfectly with the mission of the Federation and the JCC. Every day we see the partnership delivering more and more benefits. Working together we see what type of society we can be. Students are given the tools for academic success but also classroom lessons that reflect Jewish values, shaping behaviors that make a difference in the world.” Students appear to be in complete agreement and their enthusiastic response to the move was communicated by 11th grader Alex Schiff. When asked about the high school’s new location, he got right to the point. “Wow! that about sums it up for me.” Maureen Dewan, JHSC president, seconded Alex’s assessment. “Obviously the JCC is a great facility, but it was the welcoming and cooperative staff that made us feel at home from the start, assuring us it was the right decision.” Now in its third year, JHSC is known for a rigorous college-preparatory academic program. The school’s educational philosophy is based upon building a broad liberal arts knowledge base, developing critical thinking skills, and guiding its students in responsible decision-making. JHSC is rooted in a robust, integrated program in Jewish and general studies, Torah u’Madah, which gives students the knowledge and skills necessary to lead enlightened, ethical and productive lives. Not affiliated with any one synagogue or Jewish movement, JHSC is all-inclusive. Students learn to make meaningful, informed choices on their own terms, while building strong personal relationships with the American Jewish community and the Land of Israel. JHSC gives its students a voice, a sense of ownership, in school decisionmaking. As student council president Nimrod Ravid said, “One of the continued on page 2…

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