The Bergen County High School of Jewish Studies held its annual gala dinner and largest fundraiser on June 5 at Congregation Beth Sholom in Teaneck. The school’s principal, Fred Nagler, was emcee; Rabbi Kenneth Stern of the JCC of Fort Lee/Congregation Gesher Shalom gave the d’var Torah; board president Sy Blechman offered greetings, and graduating senior Miri Goodman led the national anthems.
Susan Tuchman of Tenafly, the director of the Zionist Organization of America’s Center for Law and Justice, received the L’Dor V’Dor award, which recognizes people who further Jewish continuity by supporting programs for Jewish teens. Drs. Lia Tsveniashvili and David Pichkadze of Fort Lee were the parent honorees, and Dr. Daniel Rynhold of Teaneck, a longtime BCHSJS teacher, was Educator of the Year. Moshe Kinderlehrer, the Jewish Link of New Jersey’s co-founder and publisher, accepted the Walter Ramsfelder Exemplary Service award on behalf of the paper.
The 22 BCHSJS graduating seniors were honored with a video presentation, and seniors Brianna Leopold and Leo Strizhevsky spoke.
Elayne Kalina, a BCHSJS immediate past president, chaired the dinner committee, which included Shari Haber, Marcia Kagedan, Heidi Seigel-Laddy, and Connie Stack.
The Bergen County High School of Jewish Studies is Bergen County’s only community Hebrew high school for eighth- through 12th-graders. For more information, call (201) 488-0834 or go to bchsjs.org.