Rockland County

FBI Fraud Probe Extends To NYC Yeshivas

03/17/2016 - 13:47
JTA

The FBI raided charedi Orthodox yeshivas and technology vendors that serve them in Brooklyn and in New York’s Rockland County, but declined to state publicly the details of the investigations.

FBI agents and police officers conducted a series of raids in Ramapo, New York. JTA

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

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

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.

02/23/2015 - 19:00

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

In Rockland County, Non-Orthodox Try To Create Alternative To Chasidic Dominance

02/19/2015 - 19:00

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.

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.

Charedi Influence At Play In Ramapo Referendum

Issues will likely linger long after this week’s vote.

09/30/2014 - 20:00
Staff Writer

As voters in embattled upstate Ramapo went to the polls this week, at stake was the power of the growing population of charedi Jews in the Rockland County suburb. Tuesday’s referendum, led by a group of activists called Preserve Rockland, was aimed at lessening charedi political power in a town that has fought a years-long battle over Orthodox control of the public schools.

Images from "Vote Yes" pamphlet put out by a group calling itself "Vadd [sic] Lihatzulas Monsey."

Results Signal Anger At — And Among — Orthodox Jews

Rare ballot initiative seeks to curb political influence of Rockland's growing charedi community.

09/29/2014 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Update, Sept. 30, 11:25 p.m.: According to The Journal News, amid claims of voter confusion and fraud, a judge has ordered the Rockland County Board of Elections to impound all referendum vote ballots. No official results will be released before Oct. 10. 

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A page from a mailing from a group calling itself “Vadd [sic] Lihatzulas Monsey” (Committee to Save Monsey) urging a yes vote.
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