Leadership & Staff




fred-naglerFred Nagler served as the Principal of BCHSJS from 1982-2010 and returned to BCHSJS in the spring of 2016. He received a B.A. in Political Science from Yeshiva University; an M.A. in Jewish History from the Bernard Revel Graduate School at Y.U.; an M.A. and Ed.M in Math Education, both from Teachers’ College, Columbia University. He was the Math Coordinator of a district in the New York City Public Schools, taught at Queens College and Bergen Community College, and was the Math Editor of Sesame Street Magazine. He has written two books and chapters in other books. Fred is married to Deborah. They have six married children.

chanan-strassman-2Chanan Strassman has been the BCHSJS Guidance Counselor for the past four years. He received a B.A. in Hebrew and Judaic Studies from New York University, a Master’s degree in School Counseling from Montclair State University, earned state certification as a counselor and is currently pursuing licensure in counseling.  Chanan is a Guidance Counselor at the Torah Academy of Bergen County, and continues to teach and learn through his Fellowship at the Fair Lawn Beis Medrash Program.  He lives in Fair Lawn with his wife Aliza. They have two children: Orit and Tziona.

galeet-lipkeGaleet Lipke has been the BCHSJS Student Activities Coordinator and Media Relations person for the past five years. She received a B.A. in Communications from the State University of New York at Buffalo and an M.A. in Elementary Education from Hunter College. She previously worked at the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey as Partnership2Gether’s Community and Medical Task Force Coordinator and prior to that as the Israel Programs Center Administrative Assistant. Galeet lives in Fair Lawn with her husband David. They have two children: Sienna and Tyler.


yardena-bannett-headshotYardena Bannett has been teaching at BCHSJS for the past two years. She has a B.A. in Jewish Studies with a minor in Psychology from Stern College for Women. She studied at Michlala in Jerusalem for two years. She previously was a special education teacher, a program coordinator for YACHAD, and a sensory room director at Camp HASC. Presently she is a senior/alumni coordinator for NCSY. She is married to Rabbi Ariel Bannett. They have four children: Shalva, Ahuva, Yonah and Akiva.

Rabbi Fine publicity shot (1)Rabbi Dr. David J. Fine has been teaching at BCHSJS for the past two years. He received a B.A. in History from Wesleyan University, he was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary, and received his Ph.D. in Modern European History from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.  Rabbi Fine has served as rabbi of Temple Israel and Jewish Community Center in Ridgewood since 2009.  He is also an adjunct professor at the Abraham Geiger and Zacharias Colleges in Berlin where he teaches Jewish law.  Rabbi Fine is the author of Jewish Integration in the German Army in the First World War and Passionate Centrism: One Rabbi’s Judaism.  He teaches at BCHSJS in coordination with the North Jersey Board of Rabbis, and lives in Ridgewood with his wife, Alla, and two sons.

rabbi_gary_hoffman_2Rabbi Gary Hoffman has been teaching at BCHSJS for the past 19 years. He received a B.A. from Yeshiva University in Classical Languages; an M.A. from Teacher’s College, Columbia University in Educational Administration, and rabbinical ordination from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary of Yeshiva University.  He taught at the Moriah School for 24 years; served as the youth activities director in several synagogues; and was a founding member of Jewish Education for Special Children, where he served on its board. Presently he teaches Judaic Studies at the Hebrew Academy of Nassau County (HANC). Gary is married to Basha. They have two children.

Avital Moss has been teaching at BCHSJS for the past five years. She received a B.A. from Lander College for Women in Psychology and holds certifications in EMT, Global Philanthropy, and Mental Health First Aid. She has served as country director for a grassroots NGO in Kenya running medical camps and program evaluations as well as running volunteer missions across the country for NJ NCSY. When she’s not in the classroom, she is furthering her passion for international development by studying for a Masters degree in International Affairs with a concentration in International NGOs at Baruch in NYC.

Bruce Prince
has been teaching at BCHSJS for the last two years. He has a B.A. in Political Science with a minor in History from the University of Oklahoma. He taught at the congregational schools of Beth Am and Temple Emanuel of the Pascack Valley and has been active in the Jewish community.  He served his congregation as president of Congregation Beth Sholom in Teaneck and chair of adult education and youth education programs. He also serves as co-president of the Jewish Community Council of Greater Teaneck. Bruce, who has four children, is married to Stacey Lieberman.

Dr. Daniel Rynhold has been teaching at BCHSJS for the past twelve years. He received a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Cambridge, an M.A. in Hebrew and Jewish Studies from the University College London, and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the London School of Economics. He taught at King’s College, London and at the London School of Jewish Studies.  Presently he is a Professor of Modern Jewish Philosophy at Yeshiva University. He has written two books, chapters in other books, journal articles, and done book reviews.  Daniel is married to Sharon. They have four children: Zack, Chloe, Aimee, and Phoebe.

Mark SilkDr. Mark Silk has been teaching at BCHSJS for the past three years. He received a B.A. from Columbia University in Music while simultaneously receiving a BHL in Jewish History from the Jewish Theological Seminary. He received an M.A. in Contemporary Jewish Studies from Brandeis University and an Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from SUNY Albany. He has presented workshops at regional and national conferences on mentoring, professional development and organizational change. He was principal of SSDS of Essex and Union (now Golda Och Academy) as well as of The Reuben Gittelman Hebrew Day School. He served as the Director of Professional and Leadership Development for the JEA of MetroWest and was the Director of the Jewish New Teacher Project. Presently he is teaching in the Educational Leadership doctoral program at Saint Peter’s University. Mark has three married daughters.

tovasklarTova Sklar has been teaching at BCHSJS for the past three years. She is working on a B.S. in Biology with a minor in Judaic Studies at Stern College for Women.Tova has been involved in informal educational programming for several years. She taught Jewish subjects and was a counselor at Camp Moshava and Camp Shoshanim. She is an NCSY advisor, served as the Social Media Advisor on NCSY TJJ Israel program, was the national president of NCSY and is currently participating in the Ma’ayanot Yeshiva HS Fellowship Program, designing and implementing experiential programming.



Sy Blechman, President

Shari Haber, Vice President

Dr. Rabbi David Fine, Treasurer

Marcia Kagedan, Secretary

Elayne Kalina, Immediate Past President

Fred Nagler, Principal

Manny Genn

David Goodman

Dr. Rabbi Wallace Greene

Susan Penn

Steve Prystowsky

Heidi Seigel-Laddy

Alexandra Sobelman

Mel Solomon

Connie Stack