Hundreds To Gather To Celebrate Bruriah At 50


mrs-chaya-newmanParents, grandparents, alumni and others will join the Jewish Educational Center of Elizabeth, NJ, as it celebrates the 50th year anniversary of its Bruriah High School for Girls division on Monday evening, June 3, 2013.

The celebration will take place as part of the JEC’s 73rd Annual Dinner, also honoring Mrs. Chanie Moskowitz and Ephraim & Amy Bassan, commencing at 6 PM at The Venetian in Garfield, NJ.

Bruriah attracts students from across the tri-state area, as well as Florida, California, Illinois, Texas and other countries.

The Jewish Educational Center of Elizabeth has over eight hundred students enrolled in its three divisions, from nursery through 12th grade. Since 1941, the JEC has fulfilled its commitment to educate youth, integrating both secular and religious studies that provide graduates with the skills

needed for a professional life in the 21st century, and a moral framework consistent with traditions and values.

Also slated to be honored that evening is Educator of the Year Mrs. Chanie Moskowitz, who is the outgoing principal of the boys’ high school, the Rav Teitz Mesivta Academy.  The school has flourished under the 17 years of Mrs. Moskowitz’s tenure, reinforcing commitment to educational excellence. She will succeeded by Rabbi Peretz Hochbaum, who among other initiatives will be launching a new Masmidim program for the incoming 9th grade.

The Lev Tov Award will be presented to Ephraim and Amy Bassan, an Elizabeth couple who has devoted their lives to the betterment of mankind: locally, through the JEC school and

shul, where both have been engaged for many years, as well as more broadly, through their work with the international AMIT aid organization.

The keynote speaker, Rabbi Chaim Wasserman, is flying in from Israel for the occasion.

There will also be a special memorial tribute to Mrs. Chaya Newman, A”H, Bruriah’s former principal who was a trailblazer in the realm of yeshiva education for Jewish high school girls. The pedagogic techniques she pioneered and programs she established are models around the world, and indeed often other schools come to Bruriah to learn from the examples that she set in place.

The respective JEC divisions attract students from throughout New Jersey as well as Brooklyn, Staten Island, Manhattan, other states like Florida, Texas and Illinois, to name a few, and even from around the world, most recently from as far away as Chile.
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