East Ramapo

Egyptian Earplugs?

The importance of oversight in East Ramapo.

03/31/2015
Special To The Jewish Week

Each year on Passover, I get chills when we recount the plagues against Egypt: Blood, boils, hail, and death of first born children represent the stuff of horror films. And yet, the second plague tends to stand out for me. “The Nile shall swarm with frogs and they shall come up and enter your palace, your bedchamber, and your bed, the houses of your courtiers and your people, and your ovens and your kneading bowls” [Exodus 7:28]. 

The plague of the frogs is worse than it seems. Fotolia

Non-Orthodox Struggle For Place In Rockland

Bid to create an alternative to chasidic dominance. ‘It’s not just the bad stuff you read about in the papers,’ says federation leader.

02/24/2015

Ramapo, N.Y. — Between economic challenges and declining affiliation rates, it has been a rough few years for the non-Orthodox Jewish community in Rockland County.

New Square, an all-chasidic village in Rockland County, is one of many Orthodox hamlets in the area whose rapid growth has helpe

A Response To Rabbi Avi Shafran

More than funding formula changes are needed to fix a school board plagued by acrimony and dysfunction.

05/01/2014
Special To The Jewish Week

Rabbi Avi Shafran recently offered a passionate defense of the actions of the Charedi dominated East Ramapo Public School Board. I trust that that Rabbi Shafran’s intentions are honorable – to strengthen the Jewish people and create a fairer education system, and I welcome the debate. For too long this issue has been whispered about or ignored in our community.

Rabbi Ari Hart

East Ramapo's Children Are Suffering

04/09/2014
Special To The Jewish Week

The Talmud teaches that: “The world endures only for the sake of the breath of school children.” It is in that spirit that the Jewish people have valued education so highly for thousands of years. That statement also reflects a profound truth: Education is the key to a healthy, productive society, and to individual physical, emotional and spiritual flourishing. Unfortunately, that precious breath is being cut short for thousands of schoolchildren in Rockland County.

Rabbi Ari Hart

East Ramapo Schools Fight

Orthodox social action group Uri L’Tzedek joins call for state oversight of haredi-controlled school district.

04/07/2014
Staff Writer

An Orthodox social justice group has joined the call for state intervention in the East Ramapo school district, where the haredi-controlled board is accused of siphoning taxpayer money to private yeshivas. 

A 2011 protest against East Ramapo school board's deep budget cuts. Courtesy of The Power of Ten

State Education Official Bearing Down On Haredi Rockland School District

03/14/2013
Associate Editor

New York State Education Department Commissioner John King is “prepared to take escalating action” to address problems within Rockland County’s East Ramapo Central School District, a district whose elected board is currently composed solely of fervently Orthodox Jews.

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