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Judge Calls For Re-Vote In Embattled Ramapo

Cites ‘egregious’ ballot errors, confusion at polls in suburb known for large chasidic Jewish population; town to appeal

10/08/2014
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Last week, the suburban town of Ramapo held a referendum aimed at lessening the political influence of the town’s growing contingent of Orthodox and chasidic Jews. This week a judge invalidated the ballots and called for a new election.

Images from a pamphlet in favor of Ramapo's referendum.

Crunching The Numbers In East Ramapo Schools Row

Is a chasidic board gutting public schools? How ‘This American Life’ and Tablet came to different conclusions.

09/17/2014
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The conflict-ridden East Ramapo school board has had plenty of news coverage since chasidic Jews gained a majority and began slashing the budget. Public school parents accuse the board of gutting the district of property, personnel and programs in order to keep taxes low. The board, whose members send their children to private yeshivas, counters that reductions are due to cuts in state funding and that any board — chasidic or not — would be doing the same.

School activists and a board member face off during a meeting in East Ramapo. Courtesy of Adrianne Mathiowetz/This American Life
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African-American Student Says Chasidic Men Attacked Him

12/11/2013
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Officials of the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York this week said they are withholding judgment on the outcome of a police investigation into a severe beating, allegedly committed by members of Williamsburg’s chasidic community, against a young black man earlier this month.

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?

02/15/2013

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.

This past summer, the fervently Orthodox filled two stadiums to rally against the Internet. Getty Images

Abuse Whistleblower Battling Both Haredi Community, DA

Sam Kellner, who says his son was abused, helped the Brooklyn DA in his fight against child sexual abuse. Now, Kellner himself is himself facing accusations of extortion. Is he being set up?

01/14/2013
Special To The Jewish Week

For Jews, Chanukah is a season of light and miracles. It wasn’t like that last month for Sam Kellner, a chasidic resident of Brooklyn’s Borough Park.

Sam Kellner, left, with his attorney, Michael Dowd (seated), and Dowd¹s associate, Niall MacGiollabhui. Hella Winston

Unapologetically ‘Unorthodox’

With a memoir about growing up in — and leaving — Satmar Williamsburg, 25-year-old Deborah Feldman is one tough Jewess.

02/09/2012
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Editor's Note: A follow-up story concerning allegations made in Deborah Feldman's "Unorthodox" appears here.

 

Deborah Feldman and her memoir — “Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of my Hasidic Roots”
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