Rebel With A Cause: Chasidic Mom Shatters Stereotypes

10/13/2016 - 07:59
Editorial Intern

You just have to do two things at once,” said Rachel Freier in an interview with The Jewish Week as she juggled her cellphone and checkbook at the register of the Midwood TJ Maxx on Friday afternoon, five hours before Shabbos.

Rachel Freier, who bucked tradition by founding Ezras Nashim, an all-female EMT service for Orthodox women.

FBI Raids Chasidic Village

Source says the two searches at Kiryas Joel are connected to the video of a school principal kissing a student that surfaced last week.

05/12/2016 - 14:43
Staff Writers

Dozens of FBI agents and officers of other law enforcement agencies conducted searches Thursday morning at a public safety building and the prominent United Talmudic Academy in Kiryas Joel, the chasidic village in upstate Orange County.

FBI conduct raid on chasidic school in village of Kiryas Joel in Orange County. Photos obtained by The Jewish Week.

Jewish Week Investigation Named Finalist For Major Journalism Award

Print and radio series on chasidic secular education recognized by NYC-area Society of Professional Journalists.

04/06/2016 - 13:52

The Jewish Week has been named a finalist in two categories of annual awards contest of the Deadline Club, the New York City Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

A Jewish Week photo of Williamsburg from the investigative series. Michael Datikash/JW

FBI Raids Rockland Firms As Part Of Yeshiva Fraud Probe

Feds demanding for proof that ultra-Orthodox schools used federal technology funds for intended purpose.

03/16/2016 - 15:03
Editorial Intern

FBI agents and police raided four Rockland County vendors to investigate allegations that charedi yeshivas had misused federal E-Rate funds meant for computer and phone equipment, The Journal News reported

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

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

Don't Know Much About History

Inside the battle to improve chasidic education.

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
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