What is CYS-CJS
ChaimYakov Shlomo College
of Jewish Studies, established in 2004, is an intensive academic
institution which will grant smicha (rabbinic ordination),
which is linked to the Master of Hebrew Letters (M.H.L.) degree,
and a B.H.L. or Bachelor of Hebrew Letters, a degree designed
for lay professionals in the Jewish community.
The Smicha Program is open to students with very substantial
traditional Judaica background. It is a post-yeshiva graduate
program. The Yoreh Yoreh ordination, or ordinary rabbinical
ordination, is the culmination of a one-year, four-quarter
intensive program which focuses on traditional studies but
which includes modern skills needed for a successful career
in the Orthodox rabbinate.
The B.H.L. (Bachelor of Hebrew Letters) is a four-year evening
program of three or four courses per trimester for twelve
trimesters or 120 credits. The program encompasses several
types of learning: traditional lectures, tutorials (hevrusa
learning), individual study, and use of the web as a learning tool. In addition
to a firm knowledge base about Judaism, students will be qualified
as a “para-rabbi” and prepared to work as a Jewish
professional in synagogues, day or supplementary schools,
or the Jewish community service worlds as highly qualifiedly
leaders for the Jewish community.
The Chaim Yakov Shlomo College of Jewish Studies (CYSCJS)
has been established to:
• Provide the highest level of academic training and
mission orientation to qualified rabbinical scholars to answer
the need for Jewish leadership on a global basis;
• Provide adequate knowledge and information in a condensed
manner to qualified lay leadership to answer the need for
educating lay leadership; and
• Enhance the spiritual level of the local community,
which is designated as a pilot community in promoting Jewish
education and Torah values to be emulated.
CYSCJS is named in honor of Chaim Yakov Shlomo Garfunkel,
a respected and successful businessman who loved and supported
CYS-CJS is a subsidiary of The Shul of Bal Harbour, Inc. (incorporated April 14, 1983).