Tikkun Olam

BCHSJS brings our values of making a difference in the world to life for our students. Whether it’s collecting food for the needy or working on a holiday gift drive, we offer a variety of ways for students to give back and to fulfill community service obligations for their secular high schools. One notable program is our Jewish Volunteer Corp. This year-long service-learning class provides the opportunity to volunteer with a group of senior citizens. Approximately half of the class sessions take place (transportation provided) at the Daughters of Miriam/The Gallen Institute senior care facility in Clifton. There, students build relationships with residents, learn their life histories and document them in written and visual formats.

We encourage parents and their children to participate in the following activities during 2017/18:

  • Jewish Volunteer Corps – Participate in this year-long service learning class, and have the opportunity to be actively involved in volunteering with a group of seniors. Approximately one third of the class sessions will take place (during class hours – transportation provided) at the Daughters of Miriam facility. Build relationships with a group of seniors, learn their Jewish histories, and document them in engaging videos. This class is for those who want to make a difference for the young at heart and build a bridge to the generations that came before us.
  • Mitzvah Day (Sunday, November 5, 2017) – BCHSJS will partner with the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey. In addition to a Tackle Kids Cancer Teen Supplies Drive, students will also have the opportunity to choose an after-school project.
  • Super Sunday (January 28, 2018) – BCHSJS students can volunteer to participate in Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey’s Super Sunday! Students receive training before making calls or help with filing and sorting. As a beneficiary agency of Federation, it is important that we show our support on this day!
  • BCHSJS can volunteer to participate in Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey’s Super Sunday
  •  Habitat for Humanity Winter Trip to New Orleans (February 18-21) – This February, BCHSJS and NCSY will collaborate with several organizations including Habitat for Humanity, South East Recovery, Hike for Katrina, Nechama and Green Light to help out a community that is still continuing to recover. Volunteer your time over Presidents Week and be inspired!

Drives and Collections:

  • Tackle Kids Cancer Teen Supplies Drive – (September 17 – November 5) – Students are asked to bring in supplies for teens battling cancer to help them pass the time during treatments.
  • Chanukah Toy Drive (October 22 – December 3) – BCHSJS students will collect unwrapped, new toys. Toys will be distributed to children through the Bergen County Chanukah Toy Drive.
  • Clothing Drive for Israel (January 7 – February 4) – BCHSJS will collect new and gently used clothing for Yad Leah, an organization that collects clothing to be sent to communities throughout Israel for families in need. Students will then take a trip to visit Yad Leah’s Volunteer Center on February 4 to participate in a pack for Israel experience where they will help sort and pack the clothing to be sent to Israel.
  • Passover Food Collection for Jewish Family & Children’s Services of Northern New Jersey – February 11 – March 18 – Students are asked to bring in Kosher for Passover food between Purim and Passover to help Jewish Family & Children’s Services of Northern New Jersey stock their pantry which provides year round food, personal hygiene and household cleaning products to the entire community.