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About US


Mission Statement

Barkai Yeshivah cultivates the unique potential of each ben and bat Torah, based on the belief that all elements of our world should be recognized through the framework of Torah. We  provide a warm, child-centered environment in which students develop into lifelong learners and pursuers of knowledge, who become the leaders of the next generation. Our general studies program   develops high-level skills and a depth of knowledge that  empowers our students to engage in the world as informed, proficient, and discerning citizens. Barkai’s Hebrew immersion program creates students who have mastered the Hebrew language and have a deep love for the people, land, and state of Israel. We produce students who are ambassadors of our honored Sephardic heritage, traditions and culture, ensuring the continuity and development of our community. We inculcate our students with a love of Hashem, a strong sense of personal identity, and refined character. They are well-versed in Torah, committed to Misvot, and prepared to live a Jewish life in the contemporary world. 

A Letter from our Rav Yeshivah

Dear Parents and Students,

Welcome to Barkai! Your high school experience here will be unparalleled, as you begin a special journey that will be defined by excellence in every arena. We believe that the student is at the forefront of every decision. Your education, your spiritual and religious growth and your social and emotional well-being are what drive our culture and atmosphere. At Barkai, you will not get an education, you will experience it.  Your Torah studies will take you on a journey, as you engage with your peers and the text through our Bet Midrash style of learning. You will become independent learners who are excited about Torah and who reach a level of mastery of content and methodology. In your general studies, you will reach across disciplines and combine ideas, gaining a nuanced approach to a complicated world that allows you to be discerning and sensitive. You will play sports, get involved in clubs that you choose, meet students from different schools and communities, do hesed across the country and gain an experience that molds you into a compassionate, curious, creative, committed and contributing member of society and Klal Yisrael.

At Barkai, we value student voice and choice and we understand that we are not teaching content, we are teaching people. Our child centered approach makes for an engaging, exciting and exceptional, educational experience. You will graduate Barkai as a role model in Torah and middot, committed to halakhah, college bound to the school of your choice, career ready for the 21st century and a lifelong learner who has the skills and tools to conquer any text. Oh, and you’ll have a lifetime of memories from high school to reminisce about, as you experience an incredible four years!

I look forward to meeting and getting to know each of you, as you join the Barkai family!

Rabbi Richard Tobias

Rav Yeshivah/Head of School


Richie Chalme

Board of Trustees

Ezra Benun

Solomon Fallas

Sam Haddad

Albert Pardo

Louis Shamie

Jesse Sutton

Richard E Chalme

Frieda Franco

Abie Hidary

Mark Saada

Deborah Shiloach

Mandy Cohen

Steven Gindi

Etai Lahav

Robert Salame

Josh Sultan

Al Falack

Joyce Haddad

Daniel Levy

Jesse Salem

Allie Sutton

Mission Statemet
A Letter from our Rav

Barkai Yeshivah creates an atmosphere where students are excited to learn and take ownership of their education.

Board of Trustees
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