“The most critical age for developing an identity and attachment to one’s religion, culture and roots is during adolescent time, the period of age 13 to 17”
— Preeminent Jewish Sociologist Steven M. Cohen
The Bergen County High School of Jewish Studies (BCHSJS) is not your traditional “old school” Hebrew school. We mix relevant Jewish studies with social and community service activities that foster lifelong friendships. For more than 40 years, through this combination of learning and doing, we’ve helped teens to explore their Jewish identity while furthering Jewish continuity.
Every Sunday when I wake up and go to BCHSJS I think to myself that this is a place where I can be myself and I don’t have to be afraid to show who I really am.
- Ariel S.
BCHSJS truly made a mark on my life. It showed me that continuing my Jewish education did not have to be boring. I made friends, participated in many interesting classes and, importantly, rekindled a Jewish identity I’d felt that I’d lost.
- Jerry V.
Attending BCHSJS was something I did not want to do, but it turned out to be the changing moment for me.