About the Event


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about the event

Although we are unable to gather together in person, our virtual celebration will be lively and joyous. We look forward to showcasing the daily devotion of our 34 teachers as they create meaningful learning experiences for our children, and to honor the leadership of NEJA Upper Division Principal, Dr. Richard Nabel. You will be able to enjoy fine dining and program viewing from the comfort of your own home.

The catering staff at The Crown Market will be preparing a delicious to-go dinner for curbside pickup at New England Jewish Academy. The evening’s menu includes salad, Wild Rice Cranberry Pecan Medley stuffed in Chicken, Acorn Squash, Broccolini, and Chocolate Truffle.

We look forward to having you join us for this momentous occasion, and sincerely appreciate your continued financial support of New England Jewish Academy.


neja faculty

estee axelrad

joann bosco

matthew camarata

fern cohen

dr. nicole collins

rabbi josh forgosh

rabbi david fried

cathy green

shaindel hecht

rabbi gedalyah jeremias

midy jeremias

dylan jockel

donna lorenzo

dr. sam leichtberg

anat markus

sarah molski

naomi ben ari

daniel page

heather page

kathleen peacock

kelly provenzano

ed reilly

richard renock

helen schwartz

maya schwartz

shifra silver

rabbi aharon skoglund

adam wilkinson

lori zackin

andrew zelman

korin campbell

dr. richard nabel

Dick was born and raised in New Haven, CT. After graduation from high school, Dick attended Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, PA, where he earned a B.A. with distinction in English.

Dick began his teaching career at Elmer Thienes Elementary School in Marlborough, CT, and entered the evening division of the University of Connecticut School of Law.

After one year in Marlborough, Dick moved to Granby High School in Granby, CT, where he taught English for four years.

Having completed law school in 1972, and having earned a M.A. in Education and a Sixth Year degree in Educational Administration at the University of Hartford during the summers between the four years of law school, Dick was faced with a decision in 1973. Pursue a career in law or accept the position of Assistant Principal at Granby High School.

Four years later, Dick accepted the first of his four high school principalships, when he became principal of Nathan Hale-Ray High School in East Haddam, CT, at the age of 31.

After seven years in East Haddam, Dick moved to Naugatuck High School, where he spent ten years, during which the high school earned the nomination for the United States Blue Ribbon Award. One year later. Dick received a Milken National Educator Award.

In 1995, after ten years at Naugatuck High School, Dick moved to Hamden High School, where he spearheaded the $46,000,000 renovation/rebuild of Hamden High School.

In 1999, Dick moved to his last high school position in Brookfield, CT, where he spent seven years, retiring for the first time in 2006.

During his tenure at Naugatuck, Hamden, and Brookfield, Dick managed to earn an Ed.D in educational leadership from Nova Southeastern University.

In 2006, Dick became superintendent of schools in Monson, MA. Two years later, Dick retired again.

From 2008-2012, Dick supervised an after school Federal Title 1 program in reading and math for Global Partnership Schools, an international for profit corporation.

In 2012, Dick retired for what he thought was the last time, but Rabbi Daniel Lowe persuaded him to become the Head of General Studies at HHNE. This was supposed to be for a year or two. Dick is currently in his ninth year at NEJA and has accepted the reality that he does not know how to retire.

Dick and his high school sweetheart, Doris, have been married for 52 plus years and have three children and six grandchildren. Doris retired after twenty-five years as a teacher of French and German at Granby High School and Rocky Hill High School. Two of his children are educators, and the third was formerly an educator.

While Dick holds cherished memories of each of his previous high schools, NEJA continues to hold a special place in his heart.

2021 honorees

new england jewish academy

president's award recipient

dr. richard nabel