Publish Date: June 22, 2014 Topic: Beth Jacob High School – located at 5100 West 14th Ave. in Denver’s West Side – is one of Colorado’s five top-tier Jewish day schools.
Since its founding in 1968, BJHS has been a valued Denver institution, helping to instill a love for Torah and Jewish learning in our daughters while maintaining vigorous secular academic standards.
What is especially impressive about the school is how community-minded its students are. When Time Magazine’s Joel Stein lamented last year that teenagers are being lost to a “Me, Me, Me” mentality (the front cover notoriously labeled the current generation “lazy, entitled narcissists”), he clearly hadn’t met any Beth Jacob High School students.
Defying modern convention about how “the guiding morality of 60% of millennials in any situation is that they’ll just be able to feel what’s right,” the 65 students at BJHS represent what is proper about our children, not what is to be lamented.
Esti Meyer, a 2014 graduate of the school, and Irit Kaufman, an incoming senior, are two shining examples of community-conscious BJHS youth. Both students are involved in all aspects of Jewish life in Colorado, from senior visits to childcare. Esti is now looking at a career in education; Irit in medicine. They want to give back to the people who have given them so much.
In this lively Radio Chavura interview, Esti and Irit reflect on their high school experiences, the meaning of Jewish leadership, and the welcoming nature of Beth Jacob High School of Denver and its students. Listen to the complete program with Esti and Irit here.