News & Announcements

Student Spotlight: Avital Strauss, '22

The RZJHS community sends a hearty mazal tov to junior Avital Strauss, a recipient of this year's Springboard Chicago for 18 Under 18 award! Recipients will be honored at a drive-in ceremony on Sunday, April 25th. Keep an eye on future issues of eNews for more news about this exciting honor.
Information about the recipients and their contributions to the community can be found at the JUF Springboard web site. Kol hakavod, Avital!

Prospective Family Virtual Curriculum Night

Incoming 9th grade students and their parents will get an inside look into our school community and our 9th grade curriculum at Rochelle Zell Jewish High School.

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Welcome, Alan Giuliani

Welcome to our new Mathematics teacher, Mr. Alan Giuliani.
Mr. Giuliani is an adjunct lecturer in the math department at Northeastern Illinois University. He also served as a math department tutor at Oakton Community College and at Northeastern Illinois University. In addition, Alan was a teacher and teacher trainer with Teach for America for eight years.

Mr. Giuliani has a BS in Mathematics from New Mexico State University, an MS in Math and Secondary Education from Northeastern Illinois University, and an MA in Education & School Leadership from Harvard University.

Welcome, Stephanie Gordon

Welcome Stephanie Gordon, RZJHS Learning Specialist. Ms. Gordon has a B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Northwestern University and M.A. in Learning Disabilities from Northwestern University. Ms. Gordon has served in special education since 1986 in three capacities: Teacher/Case Manager, Transition Coordinator, and Interim Special Education Department Co-Chair.

Temporary Closure and COVID-19

We understand the concern and uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) and are committed to being responsive to the needs of our community. Although the Rochelle Zell Jewish High School building is temporarily closed, our eLearning continues.

Our admissions office is still accepting applications for the 2020-2021 school year. Please contact us at either 847-324-3706 or

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2009 Alumni honored as one of Chicago's Double Chai in the Chi

Mazal tov to Yali Derman (CJHS ’09) for being honored as one of Chicago’s Double Chai in the Chi!

Yali serves as a pediatric oncology nurse practitioner at Lurie Children’s Hospital, the same hospital that took care of her when she was a cancer patient. Yali is also an artist who created her own line of handbags under the label "Yali's Carry On Collection," a philanthropic handbag company. The proceeds have benefited the Make-A-Wish Foundation and have funded a play space at Lurie's Children's Hospital.

This spring, we were fortunate to host Yali at a virtual Friday tefillah, where Yali offered beautiful words of Torah about Parashat Tazria-Metzora. Click here to see her dvar Torah:
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