If a School Takes Public Money it Should Be Required to Pass Public Education Standards, at Least

Learn your lesson: Every school needs to pass muster from the government experts

Let the state in to check. (Roca, John)

Learn your lesson: Every school needs to pass muster from the government experts

Some of the toniest private schools in New York, places that deliver an exemplary secular education to their kids, are going to war against new state regulations arm in arm with a small subset of ultra-Orthodox yeshivas that are failing to teach their kids English, math, science and other core subjects. For shame.

Back in May, the state Education Department issued new proposed rules to ensure that non-public schools live up to the legal obligation to deliver a “substantially equivalent” education to their students. That’s long been the guarantee under law; where the rubber meets the reading, writing and ‘rithmetic, there’s been virtually no enforcement.

And for years, a small sliver of religious schools in the Hasidic community — not all Jewish schools by any stretch, and not all Hasidic ones either — have been neglecting to teach kids the basics, despite pocketing millions in public money.

This must end. The only way to make it end is to step up state oversight, which means starting periodic and unobtrusive visits to all non-public schools. It’s just not constitutional for the state to single out Jewish K-12 institutions for scrutiny .

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Yeshiva an Mesifta Chaim Berlin – RFI Posted on Tues., 1.30.18 – comments re: Fire in Midwood

The Midwood Fire

[6.13.19]

The following  is being reprinted with the permission of its author.

The intent in reposting  is related to comments made under the Request for Information below and a possible connection to this morning’s fire in Midwood.

We have no way to know if the allegations in the comments section are correct and have therefore done our best to redact unverified allegations or responses to them. We are not posting with intent to harm, defame, injure, slander, hurt, abuse or otherwise; but rather to assist law enforcement in ascertaining what happened. 

If the allegations are correct, we sincerely hope that the victim is handled with extreme care. It is our belief that the Yeshiva community he attended would have reason for him to be permanently unable to tell his story. If he is actually an arsonist, he still may have a story to tell.

If the allegations are deemed incorrect, we will gladly post an apology, correction, redaction or whatever is required and will do so publicly. We do not take matters of this sort lightly.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Yeshiva & Mesifta Chaim Berlin

If there is anyone that would care to share their stories with me dating back some 30-35 years to the present time, please contact me:a_unorthodoxjew@yahoo.com

Your confidentiality is guaranteed!

 

Anonymous said…
What type of stories ?

Fred E. said…
The joint sure looks different from when I was there! Check your E-mail…

sambo said…
samuel boland is who you are looking for. preys on mostly high school boys and beth medrash. been doing it for years. he is not a member of the hanhala. he was kicked out of the dormitory, kicked out of the gym, kicked out of camp morris, but for some reason they honor him with blowing shofar the month of elul. please uoj, put an end to his honor and make his name known to stay away from. he invites boys to his house neaer the yeshiva and offers them to watch ball games, offers them a “shower”. please get rid of him.

Anonymous said…
I was sexually molested by rabbi [REDACTED] the rebbi and dorm counsler

sdff said…
that is bullshit about [REDACTED]. i’ve been in cb for over 40 years, and while sambo is an open secret, there is no way in the world that fruchthandler would keep a [REDACTED] as a dorm supervisor. [REDACTED] never laid a finger on me or any of my pals, but sambo was notorious for shaking hands for uncomfortably long times and not letting go. cb also has a way of ridding themselves of problem rebeim, but [REDACTED] is not one of them. someone obviously has a gripe about how he treated them.

mendel said…
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Matthew Karelefsky said…
I was in an Ohel group home years ago ( I was in foster care too)…..Ohel put me in Yeshiva Chaim Berlin … I became frum in Chaim Berlin and stayed frum for 20 years…I just want to let all frum jews know….The reason why I left Yiddishkite and converted to Christianity is because for years I was sexually molested by [REDACTED] YEMACH SHMO FOREVER in the Yeshhiva Chaim Berlin dormitory …The pain was just too much to handle… Now I am healing in church almost every Sunday….Real sad story…Keep minor children away from [REDACTED]!!
יִמַח שׁמוֹ וְזִכְרוֹ שֶׁל [REDACTED] מַמָשׁ לְעוֹלָם וָעד

Matthew (Menachem) said…
if you want to know more of my story, just CALL me [REDACTED] I do NOT live in silence anymore!!

Anonymous said…
I question your story Menachem… On Facebook, a while back you left a rambling post (which I think you since deleted), about blaming [REDACTED] for messing up your marriage. If I recall in your message you said you liked him till then (not really consistent with him being your molester). I don’t recall the exact gist of the message you posted (several years ago), but I recall something about you saying you will f… your wife up the a… I am sure you remember this gem of a message even if you did actually delete it. It makes me wonder that you are spreading this story and it is not true. If anyone does not believe me about this, please post on the OTD FB group to see if anyone else recalls this message… It was a real gem.

I myself went to Chaim Berlin and while not in the dorm had [REDACTED] as a Rebbi. I would classify myself as atheist so not trying to save the faith here. While in CB while we heard stories such as what went on in Torah Temimah, there was never any indication ever from anyone that this took place in CB. Further, I actually remember you quite well from back in CB and was in Camp Morris same time as you. If I said my name you would know exactly who I am. In any case, while I don’t claim to know the signs of molestation, I would think that as a teen if you were molested by a Rebbi in CB you would have exhibited some sign that something was off. Rather, as far as I can tell, this tirade of yours against [REDACTED] started when your marriage went South… If you recall when you posted on FB, people told you to get some mental health counseling based on what you wrote.

Look, not saying that this did not happen, but based on what I know I am hesitant to believe your story now.

Anonymous said…
Uh, oh… I think police are looking for Karelefsky in connection with the fire this morning in Midwood by [REDACTED] house… Really hope he did not do it… I just tried posting a prior comment… In light of the seriousness of what is going on I would ask that this and that prior comment both do not get posted. At this point the police will be going through his backstory and there is no need to add my speculation to this.

Anonymous said…
I also heard he is connected to that fire. Wishing all those affected a speedy recovery/refuah shleima BezH. This sicko has a tattoo on his arm saying kill [REDACTED]. Very very sad.

Substantial Equivalency in New York for Yeshiva Students – Naftuli Moster YAFFED [podcast]

CAPITOL PRESSROOM

June 4, 2019: Non-public school guidelines

The fight for substantial equivalency for non-public schools made its way to the Board of Regents meeting in Albany this week. Naftuli Moster, Executive Director of Young Advocates for Fair Education, discussed what he hopes to see the State do next to ensure substantial equivalency.

NYS Ed Department Framed Vaccination as a First Amendment Right – Whose Rights are at Stake?

State Education Department ordered Jewish school to accept unvaccinated kids

Amid a record-setting nationwide measles outbreak driven largely by New York cases, the state ordered a Long Island school to accept unvaccinated kids into its classes and after-school activities.

The Shulamith School for Girls in Cedarhurst says the state Education Department was wrong to twice overturn the school’s decision to bar Ilana and Nikolay Jinjihashvili’s two daughters after the parents sought a religious exemption to the vaccination rule.

The Jewish day school is now asking a federal judge to overturn Education Commissioner Mary­Ellen Elia’s orders, calling them “illegal, void and unenforceable.”

While the current measles outbreak has put the vaccination debate at the forefront of public health, the school is framing the dispute as a First Amendment fight.

“There are schools that have taken the position that under the school’s religious belief, as a matter of Jewish law, students should be vaccinated,” the school’s lawyer, Philip Kalban, told The Post. The parents may have a different and “sincere” belief about vaccinations, Kalban explained, “but they say it’s based on Jewish law, and our position is that Jewish law says just the opposite.”

The First Amendment comes into play because the school argues the state has no business interfering in a religious matter.

The case landed in Brooklyn federal court last week after the family sought to send their girls to an ­after-school art show and fundraiser but were blocked by the school.

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Yeshiva Education and Substantial Equivalency – Why not Meet Requirements or Forego Funding?

State education chief unveils retooled ‘substantial equivalency’ rules for private schools

Nancy Cutler, Rockland/Westchester Journal NewsPublished 3:33 p.m. ET May 31, 2019

State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia speaks with The Journal News Staff in White Plains March 18, 2019. Carucha L. Meuse, cmeuse@lohud.com

The New York State Education Department announced proposed regulations Friday for academic instruction at nonpublic schools, less than two months after its guidelines with similar goals were blocked by the State Supreme Court.

The issue focuses on enforcing state law requiring that secular studies at private schools — like math science, English and history — be “substantially equivalent” to what’s taught in public schools. Concern has been most focused on certain ultra-Orthodox and Hasidic Jewish yeshivas that advocates have reported fail to meet the law or prepare their students for employment and a solid economic future.

State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia initially issued new guidelines in November that were meant to update previously issued regulations for enforcing the law. But the court ruled in April that the Education Department failed to follow its own procedure for such specific changes.

The Education Department is classifying the effort as a change to regulations, not just guidelines. The path to new regulations includes a public comment period — lacking in the original process.

“Nonpublic schools are an important part of the educational landscape in New York State,” Elia said in a statement. “With the regulations, we will ensure that all students — no matter which school they attend — have the benefit of receiving the education state law says they must have. By following the State Administrative Procedure Act process, we are addressing the Court’s concerns.”

Some advocates had been pushing the state to adopt emergency regulations to enforce the “substantial equivalency” law, rather than launching a lengthier process. Naftuli Moster, the founder and executive director of Young Advocates for Fair Education, or YAFFED, said in a statement that the state was playing into the hands of groups that resist oversight of yeshivas.

“Instead of acting quickly to implement emergency regulations, NYSED has chosen a lengthy process which all but guarantees that in the 2019-2020 school year, tens of thousands of children will continue to be denied the education to which they are entitled by law,” the New City resident said.

Yeshiva education activist Naftuli Moster, who has been the topic of a lot of criticism and praise for his work with YAFFED, a nonprofit that’s pushing the state to ensure secular education is provided in yeshivas, discussed his work outside Rockland County Court House June 12, 2018 in New City. (Photo: Tania Savayan/The Journal News)

Also at issue is the state’s plan to allow inspections by the public school district to take place by the end of the 2022-2023 academic year. “That’s like saying ‘when you get around to it, but no rush,’ ” YAFFED responded.

The education equivalency issue mostly impacts New York City and the East Ramapo school district, which has scores of yeshivas in their boundaries.

Rockland Legislator Aron Wieder, D-Spring Valley, has been a strong critic of such oversight. Wieder, who is Hasidic, represents parts of Spring Valley. He has asserted that Elia “has bought into the narrative that is being peddled by people who have left the Orthodox community and only have hatred towards our community.”

The issue has caused much attention in New York politics. In 2018, the state budget was nearly derailed when Sen. Simcha Felder, D-Brooklyn, demanded language be inserted into the budget that would influence the way the state considered curriculum at certain yeshivas.

The proposed regulations more specifically spell out the ability for a private school to challenge the enforcement process in an effort to include “due process.” The guidelines also allow “for integrated curriculum that delivers content by incorporating more than one subject into the content of a course.”

The proposed regulations drop references to state learning standards; rather, the guidance language will focus on instruction in subject areas required by law.

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Manchester England, The Enshrouded Drug Problem and the Arrests of Chareidi (Haredi) Girls Smuggling Drugs

A Drug Problem Within the Haredi Population in Manchester, England – Rabbis, Please Help These Children

Dear Readers:

We would like to thank Yeshiva World News for covering the story below. We make absolutely clear to all readers that it is quite likely that YWN is not a supporter of this site or our coverage and perspective. That said, it does not diminish our respect for them and the work they do. We do not always agree with their coverage but they have a readership and circulation that they are beholden to and despite that, they cover stories such as the one below. We do not necessarily agree with the perspective the article took.

The issue, as we see it, is not that these girls were compelled to travel on Shabbat but that there is a growing and significant drug problem in the Yeshiva community in Manchester, England. We have been advised via a source, that the rabbis within the community know that there are a significant number of children, mostly boys, who are using drugs and either ignore the problem or actively cover it up. We have been advised that the drug of choice is Opiods.

We have further been told that the Manchester Police have been looking the other way.

We are not writing this article to condemn the actions of a rabbinical community trying to keep a drug problem quiet. It is not a shining example of how one wants a community, a family of children to be perceived. But, to the rabbis, teachers, parents and community leaders, closing your eyes to the problem or looking the other way will not make it go away. It will only get worse. The children who are using are sick and they need help as they would with any other disease.

We applaud the Chabad organization that refused to house these kids to prevent them from traveling on Shabbat. The Chabad organization stated their refusal is on the grounds that these children had committed crimes. We applaud any group that takes a stance against smuggling drugs (which is ultimately what was happening) and gets the authorities involved.

Drug abuse and addiction will not go away by ignoring it. It is a disease and these children need help like they would if they were sick with any other illness. If they had cancer, they would be given chemo or radiation coupled with love and support. If they had epilepsy or diabetes, they would be treated and loved. The same should be true of drug addiction. And, do not fool yourselves that occasional use of opiods is not addiction. It is.

Teaching religious oriented students is not going to “convince” these children to stop using and apparently it is not successful at influencing them to avoid trying these drugs in the first place. No community is immune, contrary to what the rabbis would have everyone believe. If kids are using, they need serious and medically oriented help. And they need to be embraced and loved.

The kids cannot stop using alone. They need an open and supportive, loving and kind community to help them.

We implore upon the Rabbis of the Manchester, England Yeshiva community to embrace the problem and work to fix it. These children need help, medical attention and love. At least give them that.

AGAIN: Chareidi Girls Arrested in Oslo For Smuggling “Khat”; Scheduled for Deportation ON SHABBOS

 

Following the YWN report of the arrest of chareidi girls upon their arrival in Manchester for smuggling in Khat (a drug), it has been learned the matter is gaining notoriety throughout areas of Europe, and there are two girls currently under arrest in Oslo.

As YWN-Israel reported, over the past few months, dozens of young charedi men and women have been arrested for smuggling contraband items in Manchester, England. Two girls spent seder night in detention and house arrest after they were apprehended. It is reported that the plant is not illegal in Israel, but it is prohibited in Europe.

BeChadrei Chareidim continues reporting on the case, explaining a number of askanim from Europe have contacted them to publicize the matter pertaining to the two girls detained Seder night, as well as the outrage of a Chabad shaliach whose become involved, albeit, not at his own behest.

Dozens of young chareidi boys and girls are smuggle the drug to Europe. They receive a sum of money and a hotel for three days and are told by the operator that if they get in trouble, they are told that they can “call the local Chabad shaliach”.

Two chareidi girls from Jerusalem were detained for a number of days in Oslo, the capital of Norway, for the attempted smuggling of Khat leaves. They are scheduled to be deported on this coming Shabbos to Israel. [They spent Pesach in detention.]

The Norwegians refuse to put them on a flight with a stopover, insisting on a direct flight, and this only happens on Shabbos, and for now it seems that the two will be forced to be mechalel Shabbos against their will because of the smuggling.

The Chabad shaliach to Oslo, Rabbi Shaul Wilhelm, says in a conversation with BeChadrei Chareidim, that all those who have become entangled with the law in the past few months are asking him if they can stay at the Chabad House and pay as much as they can, but he does not agree. “They are breaking the law and I do not assist lawbreakers,” said Wilhelm.

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City Closing Brooklyn Yeshivas for Putting Children and Immune Compromised People at Risk, Measles

City closes 2 Jewish schools for ignoring measles order

The city Health Department shut down two Jewish schools in Brooklyn for failing to submit immunization and attendance records amid the measles outbreak.

The school Tiferes Bnos on Marcy Avenue and preschool Talmud Torah D’Nitra on Bedford Avenue will not be permitted to reopen until the department approves a corrective action plan that addresses the lapses in compliance.

Health officials previously closed five schools – including the United Talmudical Academy’s preschool run by a Williamsburg yeshiva — for failing to comply with the health commissioner’s order.

The order requires yeshivas and child care programs in certain ZIP codes to exclude unvaccinated students and to provide the Health Department with immediate access to medical and attendance records.

All five have been authorized to reopen under Health Department monitoring.

“Schools that continue to disregard our direction during the outbreak will be closed down until they can prove to the Health Department that they will comply,” Health Commissioner Dr. Oxiris Barbot said in a statement.

“The reality is, the longer it takes schools and individuals to comply with our Order, the longer this outbreak will continue,” he added.

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