BCHSJS ADMINISTRATION & FACULTY
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 for the past three 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 Lipke has been the BCHSJS Student Activities Coordinator and Media Relations person for the past four 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 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 Dr. David J. Fine joined BCHSJS last year. 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.
Barnett Goldman has been teaching at BCHSJS for the past eight 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 and Ezra Academy and was the Athletic Director for both schools. 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.He is a board member of Temple Emanuel of the Pascack Valley and teaches classes at Avodat Shalom in River Edge. Barnett is married to Erika. They have two children: Madilyn and Hunter.
Rivka Herzfeld joined our faculty this year. She has a B.A. in Jewish Studies from Stern College for Women and an M.A. in Bible from The Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies. She previously taught in Yavneh Academy’s middle school and teaches adults in her congregation on Shabbat afternoon.
Rabbi Gary Hoffman has been teaching at BCHSJS for the past 18 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.
Bruce Prince joined BCHSJS last year. 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. Mark Silk has been teaching at BCHSJS for the past two 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.
Tova Sklar has been teaching at BCHSJS for the past two 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.
BCHSJS BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Sy Blechman, President
Shari Haber, Vice President
Dr. Rabbi David Fine, Treasurer
Marcia Kagedan, Secretary
Elayne Kalina, Immediate Past President
Fred Nagler, Principal
Dr. Rabbi Wallace Greene