KYHS students immerse themselves in Judaic Studies classes that challenge them to expand their understanding of Torah SheBichtav and Torah SheBa’al Peh, broaden their textual and analytical skills, and deepen their connection to Jewish identity and practice. Our dynamic team of Rebbeim and Morot guide our students to develop the desire and ability to become independent lifelong Torah learners.
Our Limudei Kodesh classes, tracked by gender and proficiency, are designed to maximize each student’s personal, academic, and religious growth. Our Judaic Studies program includes core courses in Tanach, Gemara, Halacha, and Ivrit, in addition to a weekly Hashkafa class. Students are also offered optional learning opportunities throughout the week in programs such as Beit Midrash, Night Seder, and Mishmar.
תנ״ך Tanach (boys)
חומש Chumash (girls)
נביא Navi (girls)
Our seniors take two mini-courses during their senior year, with a focus on books of Nach that are a familiar part of our tefillah cycle. Students study the book of Yonah, the five Megillot, and selected Haftorot. Themes include developing a relationship with Hashem, Jewish existentialism, and a reflection on major events in Jewish history.
תורה שבעל פה
TORAH SHEBA’AL PEH
Our four-year curriculum focuses on the origins and development of Halacha. Students begin to understand the complexity of Jewish law, the components of the halachic process, and the diversity of tradition and practice.
Our Gemara classes spend time exploring the preliminary deliberations of our Tanaim, Amoraim, and Rishonim. The curriculum is a blend of skills development and analysis that will build vocabulary and fluency of reading in addition to understanding the systematic Talmudic logic. Students will become comfortable with the unique language and cadence of the Gemara and will learn to critically analyze the sugyot they study.
Our Halacha classes focus on the practicum of our Acharonim and modern-day Poskim. The source-based curriculum allows our students to follow the development of Jewish law from the times of Chazal through the modern era. By exploring texts such as the Rambam, Shulchan Aruch, the Rama, and contemporary responsa, students will gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of halacha.
All boys are required to take four years of Gemara. While our advanced Gemara students focus exclusively on Gemara learning, many of our boys also take four years of Halacha. Boys in all four grades have the option of joining the Masmidim program, which includes additional Gemara study both in and out of school.
Our girls curriculum features a combination of Gemara and Halacha classes. Depending on the grade and class, girls have the opportunity to choose between a focus on Gemara and a focus on Halacha over the course of their four years in high school.
At KYHS, familiarity and facility with the Hebrew language is both a religious and practical objective. Almost all students take four years of Hebrew, which also fulfills their foreign language requirement.
Our Hebrew language curriculum, "Bishvil Ha-Ivrit", is a cutting-edge international program that brings Hebrew alive with print and digital media. The program cultivates all aspects of Hebrew language learning: grammar and content, conversations and literature, poetry and factual information, drills and exercises, topics for lively discussion, songs and moral dilemmas, writing assignments and independent reading, and current events and Biblical texts.
The curriculum makes use of technology to enhance and support learning with audio recordings, documentary films, and more. As students speak, read, write, and listen to spoken Hebrew, they encounter new viewpoints on daily life in Israel, Jewish tradition and history, and general world knowledge.
Our weekly Hashkafa classes for 9th-11th graders offer students the opportunity to explore a range of Jewish topics in a discussion-based setting. Students benefit from the non-academic nature of their Hashkafa class, which gives them the freedom to engage in meaningful conversations with their peers and teachers.