Leadership & Staff






Fred 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 has been the BCHSJS Guidance Counselor since last year. 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 in 2014, 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 two 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.







michael-alweisMichael Alweis has been teaching in our school for the past three years. He received a B.A. in History from Yeshiva University. He was the Educational Director and Rosh Edah at Camp Stone, overseeing the curriculum and the teachers. He also taught at the Moriah School in Judaic Studies. Presently he is completing his degree in computer science at Rutgers University. Upon graduation he will be employed by Goldman Sachs. Michael is married to Malka. They have two children: Mia and Zeke.









Yardena Bannett joined BCHSJS this year. 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.






Barnett Goldman has been teaching in our school for the past six years.  He received a B.A. in Elementary and Special Education from St. Joseph’s College and an M.Ed in Special Education from Southern Connecticut State University. He taught at the Carmel Academy, was a teacher and Athletic Director for Ezra Academy, taught at Makom Hebrew High School and coached at the New Haven JCC. Presently he teaches fourth grade in Westwood, coaches soccer for Westwood High School and is the Summer Assistant Director at the URJ Crane Lake Camp. Barnett is married to Erika. They have two children: Madilyn and Hunter.








Rabbi Gary Hoffman has been teaching at our school for the past 16 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 our school for the past two years. She received a B.A. from Lander College for Women in Psychology and is currently pursuing a certificate in Global Philanthropy from New York University.   She has worked for NCSY where she was voted Advisor of the Year. She is presently teaching preschool at Yeshiva Samson Raphael Hirsch.






Dr. Daniel Rynhold has been teaching at BCHSJS for the past seven 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 PhD 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 an Associate 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.






m_silk_12_16-jpegDr. Mark Silk joined BCHSJS this year. 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 MA 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.




Tova Sklar joined BCHSJS this year. 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, and was the national president of NCSY and is currently participating in the Ma’ayanot Yeshiva HS Fellowship Program, designing and implementing experiential programming.





deborah-stack-2Deborah Stack has been teaching in our school for the past two years. For her undergraduate education she attended the joint program of List College (JTS) and Columbia University, where she earned a B.A. in Jewish Art and a B.A. in Twentieth Century U.S. History, respectively. After working in nonfiction publishing for three years, Deborah is currently a member of the New York Teaching Fellows where she is pursuing her Masters in Education at City College. She teaches English as a Second Language in the Bronx.








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

Dr. Rabbi Wallace Greene

Michael Karlin

Susan Penn

Steve Prystowsky

Heidi Seigel-Laddy

Charles Selengut

Alexandra Sobelman

Mel Solomon

Connie Stack