E-Rate Program Dogged By Concerns

Government regulators see ‘non-compliance’ among some Jewish schools but no fraud charges.

02/21/2013 - 19:00

Editor's Note: This is the third in a three-part series. For the other articles go here and here.

Nine years ago, Thomas Cline traveled from Washington, D.C., to Brooklyn to tour seven buildings occupied by the United Talmudical Academy.

Computer Corner in Williamsburg is one of the largest E-rate service providers to hareidi schools. Michael Datikash/JW

How Do Haredi Schools Get All That Money?

Service providers haul in millions in tech funds for schools and libraries, but some don’t even have websites.

02/18/2013 - 19:00

Editor's Note: This is second in a three-part series. The first article is here, and the third is here.

From the outside, Computer Corner does not look like a technology business handling million-dollar technology contracts.

Students at a charedi yeshiva in Brooklyn. Michael Datikash/JW

Part I: Haredi Schools Reap Millions In Federal Tech Funds

How does a community that rails against the Web pull in $30 million in one year for its schools from the E-rate program?

02/14/2013 - 19:00

Editor's Note: This article is the first of three parts. Click for part 2. Click for part 3.

At Yeshivat Avir Yakov, an all-boys school in the chasidic enclave of New Square in New York’s Rockland County, students spend the vast majority of their long school days studying religious texts in spartan classrooms furnished only with battered wooden benches and desks. Unlike their counterparts in public or private schools outside the chasidic community, the boys at Avir Yakov do not have access to the Internet or computers in their school because chasidic leaders view the Internet as a corrupting force capable of undermining their way of life.

Students at a charedi yeshiva in Brooklyn. Michael Datikash/JW
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