Gladys and Greg Teitel are being honored for their outstanding contribution to Bi-Cultural Hebrew Academy and their integral involvement in the Stamford Jewish community; it’s hard to believe that when they moved to Stamford from Boston in 2003, they knew little about the community or anyone who lived here. We are so fortunate that they gave our community a try! They did need to take a brief work-related hiatus to Florida but were so happy to return to Stamford when the opportunity presented itself. Since then, Greg and Gladys have blessed our community by committing their warm hearts and significant talents to Stamford’s Jewish communal life.
A longtime member of the BCHA Board of Trustees, Greg has served on the Executive Committee, Development, Marketing, and Head of School Search Committees, and currently serves as a Vice President. He successfully ran BCHA’s 2021 fundraising paddle raise. Outside of BCHA, Greg served for over six years as president of the Young Israel of Stamford, overseeing a period of development and growth for the synagogue. Professionally, Greg is director of business development for SoMa Equity Partners, a San Francisco-based hedge fund that focuses on the technology, media, and telecom sectors. A graduate of the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School in Rockville, Maryland, he holds a bachelor's degree from Rutgers University and an MBA from the University of North Carolina.
Gladys has volunteered for many local Jewish agencies and organizations, including BCHA, Gan Yeladim Early Childhood Center, Young Israel of Stamford, and the Stamford JCC. Gladys worked as both a Morah at ‘the Gan’ and taught Hebrew in the UJF after-school program. She is a Behrend Institute for Leadership Fellow and is active on the board of the Gabriel Project Mumbai, keeping strong connections with her maternal family roots in India’s Bene Israel Jewish community of Mumbai. A graduate of Brandeis University, Gladys holds a JD from Touro Law School.
Gladys and Greg have great love and appreciation for their parents, Bruce and Lily Delman and Michael and Marti Herskovitz, and credit them with helping shape the people they are today and for setting the example of what it means to unconditionally love and support family and community. They have four wonderful children, Sophie, Naama, Gidon, and Judah, who are proud BCHA alumni and students. Sophie is a sophomore at Drexel University, Naama will be attending Brandeis University following her gap year in Israel, Gidon attends SAR High School and Judah is in the fourth grade at BCHA.
Both Gladys and Greg have been extraordinary parent ambassadors for BCHA for many years. They warmly and graciously welcome new families and genuinely put time and care into helping them settle into our community. Gladys and Greg are a remarkable team and BCHA is so fortunate for their commitment to our school.
This year’s BCHA Community Service Award is awarded to Six Thirteen Restaurant and its proprietor, Glenn Karow, and manager, Adam Rafalowicz. Glenn and Adam are being recognized for the vital role the restaurant plays in the Stamford community, as well as the generosity of the restaurant, Glenn, and Adam to the school, the community, and the needy.
In addition to serving delicious kosher meals, Six Thirteen holds Friday night dinners, Saturday afternoon services, and can be a place for mourners to say kaddish. The restaurant donates meals every Friday to Schoke Jewish Family Services as well as meals to Stamford Hospital through UJF.
Glenn, who moved to Stamford from Columbus, Ohio in 2006 to open Coldstone Creamery, never expected to run a restaurant. He did, however, always want to give back to the Jewish community. Six Thirteen is an ideal way for him to do just that. He tells an entertaining story of how he came to be the proprietor of the restaurant after turning down the offer multiple times. He was finally convinced to accept when it was presented to him as his “Eddie Jacobson” moment. Eddie Jacobson, a friend of President Harry Truman, was instrumental in contributing to the formation of the State of Israel by coming forward and speaking with his friend at a pivotal moment. Founding and running Six Thirteen was Glenn’s moment here in Stamford! For all of us who enjoy the delicious foods and warm communal atmosphere at Six Thirteen, we are deeply grateful that he agreed. In addition to his role at Six Thirteen, Glenn was the President of the Men’s Club at Agudath Sholom and is the proud parent of Sammy. He knows the future of the restaurant is bright with Adam as his partner.
After studying at Boston University and starting his career in finance, Adam became interested in hospitality and learned the business in East Hampton, NY, at 1770 House - a high end boutique hotel and restaurant. Like Glenn, Adam did not anticipate running a restaurant in Stamford. However, after acting on an enticing conversation with a close friend and Bi-Cultural alumnus, he has not looked back. While at first the restaurant was purely a place of employment, in time, being connected to the Jewish community became invaluable to Adam. He attests that moving to Stamford was the best decision of his life, as it is here that he found his wife, Molly Schrag, a BCHA alumna. Molly’s family has deep roots in the Stamford Jewish community; Adam and Molly look forward to building on those connections and making BCHA an integral part of their lives. In addition to Adam’s role at the restaurant, he is also involved in AIPAC Young Leadership and UJF NextGen Leadership, and he is a member of Young Israel & Agudath Sholom synagogues.
The 2022 BCHA Alumni Award recipient, Jake Sherman (’00), is a nationally known journalist and author, and a veteran Washington, D.C. Capitol Hill reporter. A former senior writer for Politico, last year Sherman co-founded Punchbowl News, a daily newsletter focusing on Congress. He is also a political contributor for NBC and MSNBC and worked previously in the Washington bureaus of the Wall Street Journal and Newsweek. He is the author of The Hill to Die On: The Battle for Congress and the Future of Trump’s America, which was published in 2019. A powerhouse journalist, reporter and author, Jake embraces the Jewish values that infuse his professional and personal life, often quoting Talmudic passages or Rabbinic achievements to his large Twitter audience.
Jake graduated from George Washington University and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. He lives in Washington D.C., with his wife, Irene, and their three children, Ryder, Josie and Daniella. He is a member of Adas Israel and D.C. Minyan, and supports numerous Jewish causes including: Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, GW Hillel, United Orthodox Synagogues of Houston, Robert M. Beren Academy in Houston, Camp Ramah in California and Camp Laurelwood in Madison, CT. His parents, Bob and Stephanie Sherman, have deep roots in the Stamford community, and his brother Corey and sister Kate are also Bi-Cultural graduates.
Jake’s Bi-Cultural “family” takes great pride in his professional and personal accomplishments. He is an example to the students of the values the school hopes to impart, which are a commitment to Torah principles, a strong Jewish identity and the confidence to achieve professional, personal and communal leadership goals. He is truly deserving of the 2022 BCHA Alumni Award.
BCHA Associate Head of School, Rachel Haron, is the recipient of this year’s Walter Shuchatowitz Award for Excellence in Education. The award is named for the founder and first principal of our school, affectionately known as Mr. S., who was a visionary, dreamer, and community builder. As a Bi-Cultural student, Rachel recalls Mr. S. was truly “our pal,” guiding us to choose between right and wrong, to develop a sense of purpose and responsibility, and to cultivate a mindset of doing your best. Rachel has positive memories of the friendships, fun and learning in her formative years at Bi-Cultural and is thankful for the teachers who provided her with a foundation of confidence and knowledge of what it means to be a mensch. She credits her parents, Linda and Larry Rezak, with instilling in her a dedication to Jewish day school education, community and family.
In her 25 years as a devoted educator, Rachel has built on her strong foundation while working with students and teachers in a variety of capacities including: classroom teacher, gifted and talented specialist, curriculum coach, curriculum writer, staff developer, literacy consultant and administrator. She has distinguished herself as an advocate for nurturing the whole child by igniting their interests, passions and creative spark, unlocking their potential and celebrating each child’s special gifts. In 2017, she was instrumental in obtaining Bi-Cultural’s designation as a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence by the U.S. Department of Education.
Rachel is actively involved in many community organizations reflecting the values with which she has been imbued and which guide her in all she does. She is a Behrend fellow and has served on boards and committees with UJF, Agudath Sholom, Chabad, Friendship Circle, Stamford JCC and ARI. Rachel received the BCDS Alumni Award in 2008 and the Emerging Young Leader Award from the Jewish Historical Society in 2015.
Rachel and her husband, Dan, are both BCHA alumni (’86). They are the proud parents of five children, Nathan, Noam, Shira, Gabriel and Hannah, all of whom attend or attended BCHA. Rachel graduated from Barnard College with a BA in Psychology/Education and has a Masters in Educational Administration from the University of Bridgeport.
Rachel is an outstanding educator who works tirelessly to ensure that BCHA is the best it can be for staff and students. She continues to make a significant contribution to Jewish life in Stamford for current and future generations with her commitment and passion for excellence in Jewish and secular education at BCHA.