One of First Day Schools Established by Frierdiker Rebbe Raising TODAY!
This morning, more than 260 students arrived at Southern Connecticut Hebrew Academy preschool, elementary school, and Bais Chana High School. They will spend the day immersed in an atmosphere of learning, exploration, discovery, friendship, and excitement. Southern Connecticut Hebrew Academy (formerly New Haven Hebrew Day School) is an institution that has educated over 3500 children over the past 70 years, and has helped shape Jewish communities world over.
For just ONE day*24 hours*SCHA is launching an all-or-nothing, quadruple match fundraising campaign to raise $500,000. Your support will provide the vital funds our school needs. In addition, the campaign will help finance the installation of a new security system, so that parents can leave their children at school, secure in the knowledge that their children are in a protected, safe environment. Visit www.charidy.com/scha to make a meaningful difference in the future of Yiddishkeit.
In 1944, at the behest of the Frierdiker Rebbe, Rabbi Moshe Yitzchok Hecht came to New Haven charged with a mission of creating a day school for the Jewish community in New Haven. The school began with a class of four students, ranging in ages from 6-10. From that nucleus of four eager students grew the New Haven Hebrew Day School. Within two years of its founding, Yeshivat Achei Temimim Lubavitch – New Haven Hebrew Day School had grown to 120 children. Children came from the cities of New Haven and Bridgeport, as well as farms in what was then rural Connecticut, traveling for over an hour to learn Chumash and Talmud in the mornings and secular studies in the afternoon.
In 1964, Rabbi Hecht saw the need for a High School that would allow girls the opportunity to continue to receive a Jewish education and, at the same time, a strong secular education. The High School became a reality, and was the first to bear the name Bais Chana, in tribute to Rebetzin Chana, mother of Rabbi M. Schneerson, who passed away that year.
As the number of students continued to expand, and the student body outgrew the original location, it was clear that a new facility was required. In 1967, NHHDS purchased 5 ½ acres of land in rural Orange, and in 1970, the beautiful new campus was officially opened. The following years brought continued growth.
In 1970, the school merited a visit from Rebbetzin Chaya Mushka, when she toured the new school building.
Rabbi Moshe Yitzchok Hecht passed away in Teves, 1992, at which time his son, Rabbi Sheya Hecht, took over as Headmaster. In March of 2005, to better reflect its regional nature, the school changed its name to Southern Connecticut Hebrew Academy.
At Southern Connecticut Hebrew Academy, it’s not just about grades; rather, about developing minds and habits of learning that ignite intellectual curiosity for years to come. Dedicated principals and staff members feel the awesome responsibility of maximizing the potential of every student and instilling a life-long love and passion for learning.
Due to the rising costs of providing a quality education, SCHA finds it necessary to reach out to the broader community of parents, alumni, friends and supporters, to ensure that we can continue to be one of New England’s premier Jewish day schools. On Tuesday, September 26, at 1:00 pm, we are taking action. On this auspicious day of Vov Tishrei, please partner with us in securing the future of the Rebbe’s mosad by donating at www.charidy.com/scha