BCHSJS is a regional supplementary school program for Jewish teens in grades 8-12. We draw from 22 different northern New Jersey congregations (Conservative, Reform, Reconstructionist and Orthodox) and have non-affiliated students enrolled as well. For more than 40 years, we have been giving local teens the tools to form a Jewish identity that carries them into adulthood and stays with them for life.
BCHSJS is not a Hebrew school like you are used to. We are not focused on Hebrew language or prayer. Our program combines fun social activities with engaging, relevant Jewish studies taught by passionate, inspiring teachers. BCHSJS students get to choose their own path.
We are proud to be one of the only supplemental community high schools. This academic year we are proud to offer the following programs:
BCHSJS – Sundays in Ridgewood – our traditional program
BCHSJS is a supplementary Sunday school program that meets in Ridgewood on Sunday mornings. Students choose their courses based on interest and design a program that interests them. Each set of courses lasts a semester. Teachers teach a variety of classes, all non-denominational and all with the intention to connect students’ secular interests to Jewish life. BCHSJS believes in social experiences and has trips and shabbatonim to support relationship building and extra-curricular fun!
In addition to the two courses that the students choose, 40 minutes of the day will be used as community time, a time spent with your kvutzot (kind of like a homeroom where students check in and learn with one teacher throughout the school year), or in mini-courses that the students will chose based on interest.
10:30-11:20 Period 1
11:20-11:40- Bagel Break
11:40-12:20- Community time/ mini courses/ kvutzot meetings
12:20-1pm- Course 2
Students attend two classes each Sunday and have one social activity lead by our BCHSJS staff. We meet from 11:30AM – 1:30PM.