Torah Academy of Bergen County
|Torah Academy of Bergen County|
|1600 Queen Anne Road
Teaneck, NJ 07666
|Type||Private High School, all-male Yeshiva|
|Faculty||32.8 (on FTE basis)|
|Enrollment||308 (as of 2016–17)|
|Student to teacher ratio||9.4:1|
Royal Blue and|
|Accreditation||Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools|
|Newspaper||Eye of the Storm
|Affiliation||Modern Orthodox Judaism|
Torah Academy of Bergen County is a four-year yeshiva high school located in Teaneck, in Bergen County, New Jersey. It utilizes a split-schedule day offering both Jewish studies and college preparatory courses. The school has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 2005.
TABC, as it is commonly known, is run by the Head of School, Rabbi Asher Yablok, the Rosh HaYeshiva, Rabbi Yosef Adler (who is also the Rabbi of Congregation Rinat Yisrael in Teaneck), and the Principal, Arthur J. Poleyeff. Rabbi Ezra Wiener is the Judaic Studies Principal, and Rabbi Michael Hoenig is the Mashgiach Ruchani (religious life guidance counselor), as of July 1st, 2017. The Head of School is Rabbi Asher Yablok, and the S'gan Rosh Yeshiva is Rabbi Daniel Fridman.
Various Advanced Placement (AP) courses are offered primarily to juniors and seniors, such as AP Biology, AP Calculus, AP Chemistry, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP United States Government and Politics, Physics, Psychology, Statistics, and United States History.
The school hosts a program of the SINAI Special Needs Institute. The program serves children of below to above average intelligence with different degrees of learning disability and a wide variety of behavioral characteristics, whose needs could not be addressed by traditional Jewish day school programs and curricula.
TABC has a number of extracurricular activities, some that do well even on the international level. The school's Mock trial team was the 2005 New Jersey State Champions and received a lot of press coverage both in the Tri-State Region as well as overseas for its efforts to gain accommodations to participate in the National High School Mock Trial Championship in Charlotte, North Carolina without being required to compete during the Jewish Sabbath. TABC also has a set of excellent sports teams.
TABC has various sport teams, including baseball, basketball, hockey, and others.
In an effort to build inter-community relationships in Teaneck, Torah Academy athletic director Bobby Kaplan and then assistant principal Rabbi Tzvi Grumet, arranged for the TABC Storm to play a pair of exhibition basketball games in 2000 against the Knights of the Al-Ghazaly High School, a Muslim high school in the township.
The varsity hockey team has won the MYHSAL championship five times (1997–1998, 2006–2007, 2007–2008, 2012-2013 and 2015-2016). The JV team has won the MYHSAL championship a record eight times (1997–1998, 2002–2003, 2008–2009, 2009–2010, 2010–2011, 2011–2012, 2012-2013, and 2013-2014). TABC is known as a hockey powerhouse and both teams have made the championship consistently.
TABC's largest sports program is the wrestling team which had placed 3rd in the Wittenberg Championships from 2007 to 2010. In 2009, TABC had six finalists and two champions. In 2010, TABC had three champions - Navid Ahdoot (112 lbs), Evan Friedlander (171 lbs) and Dovid Greenfield (285 lbs) - as well as several second and third place wrestlers. In 2011 TABC placed second overall with three first place winners including Shimmy Auman, Evan Friedlander, Dovid Greenfield. In 2013, TABC won Wittenberg with three champions, and eleven total placers. TABC wrestlers Efraim Ellman, Dovid Greenfield, Navid Ahdoot, Ramin Ahdoot and Lior Shachar have been inducted into the Wittenberg Hall of Fame.
The TABC Track Team has gone undefeated the past two seasons (2014-2015 and 2015-2016). The team is coached by alumnus Shmuel Knoller ('13). Notably, Zachary Greenberg came in 3rd place in his age group in the Jerusalem Marathon in 2016.
Additionally, the school also has both a varsity and junior varsity basketball team coached by former St. John's assistant Coach Oswald Cross.
The Yeshiva University Red Sarachek basketball tournament plays some of its games in the TABC gym, for which they received an award in 2004. TABC also participated in Sarachek in 2012, entering the tournament as the 13th seed and finishing ranked #12 overall.
- Torah Academy Of Bergen County, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed February 23, 2014.
- Torah Academy of Bergen County, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools. Accessed September 8, 2011.
- Commission on Secondary Schools, assessed April 12, 2007.
- New mock trial contest arises from controversy, The Record (Bergen County), February 24, 2006
- Teams, Torah Academy of Bergen County. Accessed April 19, 2012.
- Pincus, Helen Weiss. "SOAPBOX; Exhibition Games", The New York Times, April 9, 2000. Accessed June 21, 2011.
- Yeshiva University Henry Wittenberg Wrestling Invitational, Yeshiva University wrestling. Accessed September 8, 2011.
- Wittenberg Tournament 2010 Place Winners, Yeshiva University wrestling. Accessed September 8, 2011.
- Jerusalem Marathon 2016, March 18, 2016.
- Leichman, Joseph. , September 24, 2015. Accessed December 21, 2015. "TABC is excited to announce Coach Oswald ‘Oz’ Cross as the head coach of the Junior Varsity and Varsity Storm basketball teams. Coach Oz has 15 years of coaching experience, winning championships at Our Savior Lutheran High School, serving on Coach Norm Robert’s staff at St. John’s University and coaching the prestigious New York City AAU Team Scan. Through his coaching he has worked with players as successful as Brooklyn Nets draft pick Chris McCullough and McDonald’s All American, Thomas Bryant."
- Teams, Red Sarachek Tournament. Accessed April 19, 2012.