BCHSJS to honor six at May 28 gala
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BCHSJS to honor six at May 28 gala

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Melvin and Lillian Solomon, left, Moshe and Susan Castiel, Rabbi Ely Allen, and Walter Ramsfelder

The Bergen County High School of Jewish Studies, Bergen County’s only weekly Hebrew high school, will hold its annual gala on Thursday, May 28, at the Fair Lawn Jewish Center/CBI. This year’s honorees are Lillian and Melvin Solomon of River Edge and Susan and Moshe Castiel of Woodcliff Lake. Walter Ramsfelder will receive a Distinguished Service award and special recognition will be given to Rabbi Ely Allen.

Mel Solomon, BCHSJS’ immediate past president, is the president of Congregation Beth Tefillah in Paramus. He also chaired the board of the Jewish Educational Services Committee of the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey. Lillian Solomon is past president of Woman’s American ORT and an active member of Hadassah. She volunteers with the Adler Aphasia Center.

Susan and Moshe Castiel, BCHSJS’ Parents of the Year, have two children: Alexandra, a senior at BCHSJS and Pascack Hills High School, who also was part of the second JFNNJ Partnership2Gether/BCHSJS Young Leadership program, and Simon, 15, a freshman at both schools. The Castiels have hosted events at their home to promote the school.

Rabbi Ely Allen of Bergenfield, a BCHSJS former faculty member, will also be honored. Rabbi Allen, director of Hillel of Northern New Jersey for JFNNJ at four local colleges, teaches at Yeshiva University and is rabbi emeritus at Shaarei Orah, the Sephardic Congregation of Teaneck.

Walter Ramsfelder of Teaneck, who is a founding board member of BCHSJS, served as its board president several times during the past 40 years; he retired from the board just last year. His daughter Miriam was among the school’s first graduates and his granddaughter graduated from the school in 2013. Walter and his wife, Ruth, are members of Congregation Bnai Yeshurun in Teaneck.

To buy tickets or place an ad in the online journal, go to www.bchsjsdinner.org.

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