Jewish Fundamentalism and the Subjugation of Women – Satmar



Satmar Decree Bars Women From ‘Dangerous’ College Education

Hasidic rabbis from the Satmar sect reportedly have issued a decree barring women from pursuing higher education.

The Yiddish-language decree says college education for girls is “dangerous” and “against the Torah,” and that “no girls attending our school are allowed to study and get a degree,” The Independent online newspaper based in Britain reported Tuesday.

According to the Independent, the decree was issued by Satmar leaders in New York and applies to members of the sect worldwide.


Responding to the report, the Board of Deputies of British Jews said in a statement, according to UK’s Jewish News: “The mainstream Jewish community would certainly reject this view. Both Jewish girls and boys should all have the opportunity to go to university if that is what they want to do.”

The Satmar decree said the sect’s schools will not hire women “who’ve been to college or have a degree.”

“We have to keep our school safe and we can’t allow any secular influences in our holy environment. It is against the base upon which our [institution] was built,” the decree said.

Satmar is the largest sect of haredi Orthodox Jews in the United Kingdom, according to the Independent, which said the country’s haredi Orthodox population is estimated at 30,000.

4 thoughts on “Jewish Fundamentalism and the Subjugation of Women – Satmar

  1. Of course a college education is dangerous. ANY proper education is dangerous to despots, since then the sheep will see the emperor has no clothes.

  2. Muslim terrorists are currently attacking the American university in Afghanistan, basically the same motives of saving students from polluting their minds.

  3. How do Satmar girls get a “substantially equal” education if the teachers are forbidden to have a college degree? How can their education ever be equivalent if the staff has only a UTA/Satmar education?

    • They can’t which is the entire idea. What a perverse and foolish waste of human potential though they’re not much different from other similar ‘fundamentalist’ and hyperreligious sects in this regard. Subjugation of women is a hallmark of such groups.

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