Tuesday, August 25, 2009

A New Jewish High School

The Jewish community of southern Connecticut is about gain a most welcome addition: a new Jewish High School will open next year. See the letter below, announcing the exciting news:

August 25, 2009

Dear Friend:

It is with great enthusiasm that I write to you today, on behalf of the Board of Trustees, to announce that the Jewish High School of Connecticut has raised sufficient funds to open the school in the fall of 2010.

I am writing to you as a supporter and visionary. For many, new ideas are often hard to conceptualize. But you, as our partner, were willing to dream and consider the potential of a Jewish high school in Southern Connecticut.

Over the past four months, our fundraising accelerated as a result of a generous challenge grant from Michael Steinhardt. The challenge contextualized the reality of the school – inspiring our community to determine whether we wanted a high school. We are thrilled that we can report to you that the community said, “Yes,” backing their affirmation with gifts and pledges.

Thank you for your support. This was truly a collaboration of many individuals and institutions. We are proud of our efforts thus far, and we will continue to implement our fundraising and development programs to ensure the long-term sustainability of the school.

As we move forward to this next stage we will be working on many fronts. Under Rabbi Harwitz’s stalwart leadership, we will be recruiting our founding faculty and staff, developing innovative programming and welcoming our first cadre of students for the fall of 2010.

We are determined to create a school that inspires our students for a life of learning, responsible action and passion for their identity as Jews.

We have great expectations. The excitement and opportunities for participation have just begun. We hope that you will continue to be an integral partner as we move to our next phase.

With tremendous gratitude and respect,

Susan Birke Fiedler

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