I want to thank the Jewish Standard for the wonderful article (“Helping, sharing, learning,” January 16) that describes the two trips, to New Orleans and Israel, made over winter break by our Bergen County High School of Jewish Studies students. It was a wonderful way to share with the community the ways in which BCHSJS learning transcends the classroom – and that is key to the development of each teen’s Jewish identity.
I want to add an important fact that was inadvertently left out about the Israel trip. Without the financial support we receive from the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey through our work with Partnership2Gether, the trip to Israel and the Young Leadership program here and in Nahariya would not be possible.
Since the overarching goal of the Young Leadership Course is for students to be prepared to take on Jewish communal leadership roles from high school through college and into adulthood, what better role models do they have than the leadership and those that support JFNNJ, giving them this life-changing opportunity?