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Stamford's Mimi Cohen To Be Honored At Annual Jewish High School Gala

Rabbi Elisha Paul, head of the Jewish School of Connecticut, will head up the gala event honoring Stamford's Mimi Cohen.
Rabbi Elisha Paul, head of the Jewish School of Connecticut, will head up the gala event honoring Stamford's Mimi Cohen. Photo Credit:

STAMFORD, Conn. -- Stamford’s Mimi Cohen and her family will be honored at the annual gala for the Jewish High School of Connecticut in Stamford during a special event on Sunday, May 8.

The ceremony celebrates Sephardic heritage and includes an exhibition curated by Fernando Luis Alvarez, featuring work by Sephardic artists Elena Kalman and Joshua Shamsi.

The Jewish High School of Connecticut (JHSC), is one of the most unique learning environments in the region for Jewish youth passionate about academic achievement and heritage. It opened its doors for the 2010-2011 academic season and Sen.Joseph Lieberman welcomed its first class.

“At JHSC we believe that all students are gifted,” says Rabbi Elisha Paul, head of school. “Our task is to help them find and develop their gift. With this we embrace a new phase in leading edge Jewish education, preparing our students for emerging jobs and a successful, fulfilling future.”

At the event, which begins at 5 p.m. at Temple Beth-El, an exhibition will be erected to celebrate Sephardic culture. Stamford resident Elena Kalman, a contemporary artist and architect, will present several works including "Gates into Unknown," a site specific installation that memorialized the El Transisto Synagogue of Toledo, Spain. Kalman was born in Kiev, Ukraine, and educated at the Moscow Architectural Institute and Kiev Institute of Art and Design.

Shamsi moved to Israel for four years where he made, and continues to make, work addressing people’s relationship to the land. He is the lead photographer for Diarna and the American Sephardi Federation, and has helped map thousands of sites across the globe. A selection of these photographs are presented for exhibition

“It is an honor not only to curate an exhibition that shines a light on an important heritage,” said curator Fernando Luis Alvarez of the Fernando Luis Alvarez Gallery, “but also to do so for an event honoring Mrs. Cohen, a true believer in supporting the Arts and culture. This exhibition highlights important motifs in Jewish heritage and siphons them through a contemporary lens. It was an honor to curate.”

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