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

Reversing Course, DOE Vows To Broaden Yeshiva Probe

Chancellor says officials to look into quality of secular ed by visiting schools — but as "supporters" not "inspectors."

10/07/2015 - 20:00
Deputy Managing Editor

Following sharp criticism by education activists that the city’s plan to investigate complaints of subpar secular education at dozens of chasidic yeshivas didn’t go far enough, a city official told The Jewish Week that the probe has been expanded to include school visits. 

In Williamsburg, chasidic boys study long hours each day, but all but 90 minutes are spent on Jewish texts. Michael Datikash/JW

Admiring Chasidim For Charitable Work

09/22/2015 - 20:00

Thank you for your continued coverage on the battle by Yaffed (Young Advocates For Fair Education) to improve the level of secular studies in chasidic yeshivas (“Yeshiva Reformers Brace For Fight,” Sept. 11).

N.Y. State Panel To Study Controversial E. Ramapo School District

08/16/2015 - 20:00

The New York State Education Department appointed a panel to study the operations of the haredi Orthodox-controlled school board in the East Ramapo school district.

NYC Education Officials Urged To Investigate Quality Of Yeshivas

07/27/2015 - 20:00

Fifty-two people — former yeshiva students, parents of current yeshiva students and former teachers from schools — reportedly signed a letter sent to New York City education officials expressing “deep concern” about “the poor quality and scant amount of secular education” at the 39 schools with which they say they are affiliated.

Bid For Better Secular Ed In Yeshivas Heading Toward Court

After ed officials ignore requests for oversight nonprofit looks for plaintiffs, puts up new billboard.

03/10/2015 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Failing to get a response from city and state officials, an organization pushing for better secular education in charedi yeshivas is gearing up to bring the issue to court.

Yaffed's current billboard, in the heart of Williamsburg. Courtesy of Yaffed

Your Teen Is 'Tremping' In Territories

Kidnapped boys were hitchhiking as everybody does; no, my mom doesn't know.

06/15/2014 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Josh Glahn, 19-year-old student at Yeshivat Har Etzion in the West Bank settlement of Alon Shvut, hitchhikes about 10 times a week.

The three boys stood at this designated stop for hitchhiking, before being kidnapped on Thursday. Josh Glahn/JW

Putting A Cap On Day School Tuitions

05/20/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

In the nearly two years that I have worked in the field of Jewish day school finance, no topic has generated more emotion or been the subject of more debate than the issue of Jewish day school affordability.

Dan Perla

A New Model For Jewish Day Schools

09/13/2012 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Yeshivat He¹Atid, a new day school in Bergen County, NJ, is providing Jewish communities nationwide with a groundbreaking new model for high quality, affordable Jewish day school education. Opening with 115 students in our first year, Yeshivat He¹Atid is re-imagining the Jewish day school classroom of the 21st century.

N.Y. Gets $3.1 Million In U.S. Security Funds

Bulk of nearly $10 million for nonprofits nationwide goes to Jewish groups, including 43 grantees here.
07/02/2012 - 20:00
Assistant Managing Editor

Chabad houses, yeshivas, organizational headquarters and even a mikveh in the New York area are among the beneficiaries of $9.7 million in funds allocated by the Department of Homeland Security for Jewish organizations and facilities considered vulnerable to terrorist attacks.

That sum is 97 percent of the $10 million budgeted in the nonprofit Security Grant Program, one of several programs intended to improve so-called soft targets. The funds are a substantial reduction from last year’s $19 million for the program.

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