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Welcome To
The Chaim Yakov Shlomo
College of Jewish Studies

at The Shul

Chaim Yakov Shlomo College of Jewish Studies,

established in 2004, is an intensive academic institution offering a comprehensive curriculum addressing all aspects of

Jewish Life & Learning.


Open to Men & Women of all ages, we offer the following degrees:

Bachelor of Hebrew Letters (B.H.L.)

a 4-year program designed for lay professionals in the Jewish community,


Smicha (Rabbinic Ordination for Men)


Master of Hebrew Letters (M.H.L.) 

a 2-year post-graduate course.

Doctor of Hebrew Letters (D.H.L)

a 3-year course open only to very advanced, exceptional students.  

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The Bachelor of Hebrew Letters (B.H.L.) Program is a 4 year course, offering a unique approach for the adult learner. The program is designed to accommodate the needs and schedules of adults. As such, it incorporates lectures, one-on-one tutorials, intensive learning modules, web-based learning, and individual study assignments. 

The Master of Hebrew Letters / M.H.L. and Smicha Program is a 2 year, advanced, accelerated program leading to the Yoreh Yoreh Smicha (Rabbinical Ordination - men only) and the Master in Hebrew Letters degree. The Yoreh Yoreh Smicha confers the authority to rule on laws included in Yoreh Deah and Orach Chaim.

The Doctor of Hebrew Letters is open to very advanced, exceptional students only.  The student will work primarily with a mentor, a senior member of the CYS College faculty, as well as in several tutorials, directed readings and independent studies.

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