Chasidic Parents, Yeshiva Grads Sue State For Ignoring Subpar Secular Ed

Class-action lawsuit focuses on Rockland County schools; DOE mum on NYC probe.

11/19/2015 - 19:00
Deputy Managing Editor


Yeshiva parents and graduates are suing the state for turning a blind eye to chasidic yeshivas that fail to provide boys with an adequate secular education.

From New Square to Williamsburg, Chasidic boys are getting a subpar secular education. Michael Datikash/JW

New Square Tightens Tech Ban

Moms barred from using smartphones, WhatsApp off-limits.

11/04/2015 - 19:00
Editorial Intern

New Square just got squarer.

Moms in New Square are no longer allowed to use smartphones, even for work. Michael Datikash/JW

Councilman Vows To Toughen Yeshiva Probe

Ed chair Daniel Dromm becomes first pol to take a stand on claims of subpar secular studies at chasidic schools.

09/07/2015 - 20:00

After four years of complaints about the near-dearth of secular education at dozens of chasidic yeshivas in Williamsburg, Crown Heights and Borough Park, a city councilman has jumped into the fray, vowing to do everything in his power to ensure the probe is thorough, The Jewish Week and WNYC have learned.

Daniel Dromm is first pol to call for better secular ed in yeshivas. Courtesy of NYC Council/W. Alatriste

12-Hour School Day, But Can't Do Math

Inside the uphill battle to improve secular education in chasidic yeshivas.

09/07/2015 - 20:00

When Moshe graduated from his chasidic yeshiva in Borough Park two decades ago, he thought getting a job would be easy. After all, growing up, he was always told by his teachers that chasidic people are the most “desirable to hire.”

Visit any chasidic preschool in Brooklyn and you probably won't hear a single child speaking English. The Jewish Week

De Blasio: 'Zero Tolerance' For Subpar Math, English In Yeshivas

Mayor gets behind DOE investigation of secular education in dozens of Brooklyn chasidic schools.

07/27/2015 - 20:00
Deputy Managing Editor

City officials have confirmed they will investigate a complaint alleging that dozens of Brooklyn yeshivas are violating state law by giving their students a subpar education in English, math and other secular subjects. 

A billboard Yaffed put up in Williamsburg earlier this year. Courtesy of Yaffed

As Friends Remember Faigy, Silent Struggle Surfaces

Depression and suicide rates among the ex-Chasidic community remain high. What needs to change?

07/21/2015 - 20:00
Staff Writer

In the end, the Internet couldn’t save her.

One week before jumping 20 stories in an apparent suicide late Monday evening, Faigy Mayer, a 30-year-old app developer and ex-chasid, penned an article about growing up in the insular, computer-starved community of Borough Park. She emailed the piece to a close friend, hoping to find a place to publish it.

Better times: A photo of Faigy Meyer on her Facebook page

Chasidic Duo Touts Kosher Product In Pitch For Pot Permit

Company applying for medical marijuana license distinguishes itself by promising glatt grass.

06/24/2015 - 20:00
Special Correspondent

New York Growing Partners, a company that is vying for one of five licenses to manufacture and distribute medical marijuana in New York State, is appealing to government officials with the pitch that it will be producing a kosher product, according to documents obtained by the Jewish Week through a Freedom of Information request.

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East Ramapo School Board Fires Back Following Scathing Report

Board president Yehudah Weissmandl says there's 'another side to the story.'

12/03/2014 - 19:00
Staff Writer

Following a report recommending state oversight for the embattled East Ramapo Central School  District, the board president fires back, arguing that the report made unfair characterizations and omitted relevant information.

East Ramapo's school board disputed how it was "characterized" in the state report but agreed to oversight. Michael Datikash/JW

Answer To East Ramapo School Oversight In Lakewood?

Black-hat enclave’s fiscal monitor system to be model for embattled district; school board responds; and anger from Lawrence.

12/02/2014 - 19:00
Staff Writer

As state lawmakers craft a bill to address years of simmering tensions that have plagued the East Ramapo school district, the answer might well be found about 100 miles down the Garden State Parkway. There, in the growing black-hat enclave of Lakewood, the Orthodox-controlled school board was eventually forced, by the presence of a state monitor, to relinquish some of its power over the area’s public schools.

Parents protest at an East Ramapo school board meeting on Dec. 9, three weeks after a state report came out. Michael Datikash/JW

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

10/07/2014 - 20:00
Staff Writer

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.
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