Mazal Tov!

There are all kinds of celebrations. Some are formal events, marking a milestone, significant accomplishment or achievement. Some are galas, fun-filled festivities where the spirit of happiness and joy is palpable in the room. Other celebrations are quieter, more personal events that might take place between just two or a […]

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From One Generation to the Next

To understand just one of the ways that BCHSJS fosters Jewish continuity among young people in Northern New Jersey, picture this: An elderly Jewish woman is gently led to a piano, where she eases herself down onto the bench. She is short and slight and dressed in bright, beautiful colors. […]

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Giving Back, Getting Back

Giving Back, Getting Back

This February, a group of nine BCHSJS students stepped onto an airplane and flew to New Orleans during their school break. Their purpose was to contribute to the ongoing rebuild of neighborhoods destroyed by Hurricane Katrina and to bring “green” or energy efficient light bulbs to homes in need of […]

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Coming Home to the Holy Land

Coming Home to the Holy Land

  If you send 13 BCHSJS students and one BCHSJS teacher to Israel for seven days and ask them what they thought of the trip, you get 14 different answers. And yet, if you listen more closely, you’ll realize that the answers are actually all the same. The trip was […]

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Repairing the World, One Student at a Time

Repairing the World, One Student at a Time

  The Hebrew phrase tikkun olam means world repair; tikkun means “repairing” and olam translates into “world, cosmos, eternity.” In the broadest sense, tikkun olam today has become synonymous with the notion of social action and the pursuit of social justice. But on a more personal level, tikkun olam also refers to […]

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BCHSJS is going strong

BCHSJS is going strong

The Jewish Standard Original Article    If Fred Nagler — the head of the Bergen County High School of Jewish Studies from 1982 to 2010, and the “new” principal since this spring — represents continuity in the life of the school, his commitment to continuity goes way beyond that. Indeed, […]

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Miracles Happen

We are in a period of profound change, and with change can come uncertainty, unrest and fear. How fortunate we are to be Jewish! During this time of year, when the days are short and darkness comes early, we Jews do something simple, strong and sure: we come home each […]

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Jewish High School In Englewood Grows, Bucking Trend

Jewish High School In Englewood Grows, Bucking Trend

  ENGLEWOOD, N.J. — Rachel Naparstek, an Israeli soldier, told 121 students at the Bergen County High School of Jewish Studies in Englewood: “They sell ‘Mein Kampf’ at every street corner in Cairo.” She spoke about having to hide her Jewish identity there. For the first time in her life. […]

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