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Chesed & Tzedakah

Chesed and tzedakah projects are an integral part of KYHS’s co-curricular activities. KYHS students build homes for the homeless, participate in blood drives, raise funds for various projects in Israel and in the community, collect and package food for the hungry, and run in marathons to benefit cancer research.

Each trimester, students are responsible for independently performing at least 7 hours of community service at Jewish and non-Jewish non-profit organizations of their choice.

S.A.V.E. (Senior Active Volunteering Experience)

KYHS believes that having had the blessing of a Jewish education, seniors should have an opportunity to give back to the community in a meaningful way.  As such, after winter break, senior’s Monday schedule is changed so that every senior can participate in S.A.V.E.

Seniors dedicate one afternoon a week to volunteer at an organization of their choice. Last year, students visited Chai Lifeline children in the hospital, worked with autistic students at Boca Raton High School, mentored underprivileged elementary-school students at Florence Fuller and assisted in classrooms at Brauser Maimonides Academy and Katz Hillel Day School.  We received tremendous positive feedback from both our students and the places they worked and we are excited to offer this opportunity again this year.

Better Together 

KYHS is excited to have received another year of funding for the Better Together program. 

Students in their Junior year are able to opt-in to Better Together, an exciting intergenerational visitation program with the senior residents at Pacifica Senior Living Forest Trace.  We have received a generous grant to support this important opportunity for our students, and we know that this program will continue to be enjoyable and beneficial for both our students and the seniors.

Students meet during club period to learn about topics related to senior living such as Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, differences between senior living facilities, Geriatric healthcare challenges, psychological issues of aging, etc. We also focus on Judaism's ethics and expectations regarding the elderly.

Students will also have the opportunity to learn directly from senior citizens through monthly visits with residents from Forest Trace at Inverrary retirement community and meetings with local Holocaust survivors.