The Bergen County High School of Jewish Studies held its annual graduation at Temple Emanuel of North Jersey in Franklin Lakes. This year’s 12 graduates were Jessica Baer, Camryn Bolkin, Steven Grossman, Eden Hirsch, Melissa Knopf, Benjamin Kosiborod, Benjamin London, Bennett Rosner, Daniel Siefken, David Stack, Walter Stack, and Benjamin Unger.
Jessica Baer and Benjamin Kosiborod led the “Star Spangled Banner” and “Hatikvah.” The school’s principal, Fred Nagler, introduced board members, rabbis, and congregational principals and highlighted the school’s programs. Alvin Reisbaum, Temple Emanuel’s president, spoke about the synagogue’s early years in Paterson and its transition to Franklin Lakes. Rabbi Dr. David Fine of Temple Israel in Ridgewood, who sits on the school’s board, gave the D’var Torah, and school board president Sy Blechman and senior seminar teacher Barnett Goldman spoke to the graduates.
The senior academic award for five years of excellence in studies was given to Camryn Bolkin, Bennett Rosner, David Stack, and Walter Stack.
Parents Eve Bolkin and Michel Knopf were recognized for their volunteer work at the school. A reception followed.