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Rising Tuition Costs Force Parents to Reconsider Education Options

Thursday, November 24th, 2016

Still a cause for deep concern in the Jewish community is the yearly rising cost of private education. Although extremely costly, Jewish families send their kids to private school in order to ensure they receive a solid Jewish education. The average cost per year for each child is $15-20k dollars, which means that families are spending the bulk of their salary on education.

With the financial burden of private school tuition it’s becoming nearly impossible for families to afford a Jewish education and also send their kids to college. With some school tuition’s reaching up to $40k dollars per year, people have been scrambling for alternative education models, including charter schools and other unique solutions.

Another new trend is for teens to study abroad for high school. New programs opening up every year that offer low-cost or even free options for parents and their teens, are making this a viable and appealing option for many families.

Naale Elite Academy is a popular option for Jewish families. Run in conjunction with the Jewish agency, Naale is a free high school program that operates in 25 different schools in Israel, including special tracks for religious programs and high-level art and science programs.

It may sound a bit daunting to send teens to study abroad, as high school can be a challenge even in their hometown, but this challenge is a powerful opportunity for personal development and prompts incredible self-growth and transformation.

Yossi Kalman, a Naale student from Riverdale, NY, is studying at Shalavim, Naale’s religious boys program. Kalman saw his experience at Naale as a unique opportunity. “I wanted to perfect my Hebrew and have a high level of Torah learning,” Kalman explained. “The chevra here is amazing. There are people here from all over the world. My best friends here are Brazilian and Italian. That wouldn’t happen in New York.”

The consensus from most educators, parents and alumni of studying abroad programs, is that going overseas as a teen is a game-changer. Among other benefits, studying abroad helps high schoolers develop their self-esteem and broadens their knowledge of the world. Simmy and Yaakova Pollock, parents of two teens who studied abroad at Naale Elite Academy in Israel, saw incredible changes in their teens. “They have grown in their self-confidence and have realized previously unknown abilities to travel alone and successfully navigate the Israeli transit system, become bilingual and succeed in being mainstreamed into Israeli classrooms,” Pollock said.

Studying abroad also helps students develop an impressive number of crucial life skills, including cultural awareness, communication skills, independence and social skills. The Pollacks certainly saw this in their teens. “We noticed an increased sense of independence in our kids; from learning to self-advocate, budgeting, and tolerance for others,” Pollack said.

IES, a non-profit organization encouraging American students to study abroad, recently conducted a large survey of study abroad alumni that shows that their experience deeply influenced the decision to pursue higher degrees. More than 52% of respondents had a post-graduate degree.

Well-respected American educator, Dr. Jessie Voights, weighed in on the benefits of high school students studying abroad. He found that, “[studying abroad] results in a huge return on investment, from intellectual and emotional development to ultimate career prospects.”

At Naale, students include teens from all over the world. It’s a unique opportunity for teens to learn about cultural diversity. Naale’s program also includes learning Hebrew language, music, sports and special trips to learn more about the history of Israel , explore the country.

Finding the right place for teens to expand into their best self is the greatest gift for them and for the entire family. The Pollacks found that when teens are in a good place, the whole family benefits. “Our kids talk and communicate with us more now than they ever did when they were here – and we were always a close family,” Pollack describes. “It is certainly a life changing experience – a change for the better.”

Raizel Druxman

Appointment of IDF Chief Rabbi Delayed by Court

Monday, November 21st, 2016

The appointment of Colonel Eyal Karim as the next IDF Chief Rabbi has been held up by the High Court of Justice.

The court issued a temporary injunction Monday against the appointment, and asked the rabbi to file a deposition clarifying his positions on the issues of homosexuality, women, and refusal of orders by IDF soldiers.

The move comes in the wake of past comments by the rabbi, and in response to a petition filed by the Meretz party against his appointment.

Chief Justice Miriam Naor said during a hearing on the matter that the Court wants to hear what e rabbi has to say about it, “What his position was then, what it is now, and whether he has changed his mind,” Ynet reported Monday.

In the past, the rabbi has expressed opposition to homosexuality (as does the Torah), military female enlistment in the current situation, and discussed the Torah laws regarding rape during wartime. His remarks, posted on the Kipa religious website, were taken out of context as has happened with many other rabbis who have taught classes on similar issues in the past.

“Col. Karim asks to clarify that his statement was issued as the answer to a theoretical question and not in any way whatsoever a question of practical Jewish law,” said the IDF Spokesperson’s Office in a response to the furor raised by Meretz and women’s groups over the rabbi’s remarks. “Rabbi Karim has never written, said or even thought that and IDF soldier is permitted to sexually assault a woman in war—anyone who interprets his words otherwise is completely mistaken. Rabbi Karim’s moral approach is attested by his years of military service in command, combat, and rabbinical positions in which he displayed complete loyalty to the values and spirit of the IDF, in particular the dignity of the person.”

Rabbi Karim, 59, is an alumnus of Bnei Akiva Nachalim and Yeshivat Ateret Cohanim. He has served as a combat paratrooper and as a commander of the elite reconnaissance unit prior to serving as head of the Rabbinate Department in the Military Rabbinate.

Hana Levi Julian

Hekdesh Benvenisti Suing to Evict 9 Arab Squatter Families from Eastern Jerusalem

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

The Hekdesh Benvenisti submitted this week eviction suits against nine Arab families in the Kfar HaShiloah (Silwan) neighborhood in eastern Jerusalem. To date, the association has sued 72 Arab families it wants evicted, based on the fact that the entire neighborhood belongs to Yemenite residents who settled there in the early 1920s.

Kfar HaShiloah is located on the eastern slope of the Kidron Valley, above the outlet of the Gihon Spring opposite the City of David.

The Hekdesh Benvenisti is an association established in 1899 for the purpose of building the Yemenite neighborhood. According to Daniel Luria, the executive director of Ateret Cohanim-Israel, the Ateret Cohanim NGO assists the Hekdesh facilitate acquisitions in the area, which has been conducting a legal campaign against the Arab squatters who took over the Jewish-owned homes following the 1949 armistice, when the Jordanian Legion governed eastern Jerusalem. The bulk of these Arab families took over the properties in the 1950s and 60s, and today there are some 80 Arab families there.

The Hekdesh went to court after the squatters refused the offer of money to vacate the Jewish properties.

Currently there are more than 50 Jewish families living in the area, some in homes purchased from Arabs, some in Beit Yonatan, an apartment building in the neighborhood, owned by Ateret Cohanim. Last year an Arab family was evicted from what used to be the century-old Yemenite synagogue, and the building has undergone renovations, complete with a glow-at-night star of David on the rooftop. Two additional apartment buildings have been redeemed over the past year, and are also being renovated to accept future Jewish families.

The Jewish residents of the area are often attacked by the Arabs, in many cases requiring intervention by police and Jewish security personnel. The process of removing the Arab squatters promises to be lengthy, but the association expects big rewards in terms of establishing a major, thriving Jewish neighborhood in eastern Jerusalem.

In 2014, White House spokesman Josh Earnest described the new, legal occupants of Kfar HaShiloah as “individuals who are associated with an organization whose agenda, by definition, stokes tensions between Israelis and Palestinians.” Prime minister Netanyahu was “baffled” by the criticism, deeming it “un-American.”

Attorney Avraham Moshe Segal, noted that “various courts, led by the Supreme Court, have determined that the Hekdesh is the exclusive owner of these lands, and we expect that the courts’ rulings be honored precisely.”

JNi.Media

Violent Police Raid in Benjamin Yeshiva Ends in Injuries to Minors

Monday, September 12th, 2016

A large police force raided a yeshiva in Nahliel, a Haredi Israeli communal village in Benjamin Region. According to a report from the Honenu legal aid society, police arrested four yeshiva students, all minors, injuring several students in the process. Attorney Adi Keidar commented that “police would not have dared to behave this way in a Tel Aviv school.”

According to Honenu, the police force, which included detectives from the nationalist crimes unit in the Judea and Samaria district arrived at the yeshiva around 7 AM and started arresting 14-year-old students. For some police showed warrants, others were picked up without court authorization. The yeshiva staff complained of severe violence used by the arresting officers, which caused injuries to a number of students.

According to Honenu, several yeshiva staff and students were summoned for interrogations over the past few weeks, regarding a school trip several months ago, during which police claim they damaged pipes belonging to Arabs. Honenu says police used threats against the minors who were being interrogated, and refused to inform their parents.

Attorney Keidar related that when the yeshiva dean told police one of the boys being sought was sick, he was told to bring somebody in his place, which, Keidar suggests, meant police are on a fishing expedition.

David Israel

More Than 100,000 Students in NY Jewish Day Schools, Yeshivot

Friday, August 19th, 2016

The student population in New York City Jewish day schools and yeshivot has broken the 100,000 ceiling, according to data released by the New York State Department of Education covering grades K-12 for the 2015-2016 school year.

There are 101,120 students now enrolled in Jewish schools in New York City alone: 7.7 percent of the total student population in the city.

Other non-public schools in the city have enrolled a total 137,283 students.
Together, the two populations comprise 18 percent of the total New York City student population of 1,312,393 in grades K-12.

Hana Levi Julian

Coalition Kills Core Curriculum Prerequisite for Haredi Schools

Thursday, July 7th, 2016

After the previous Netanyahu cabinet set a prerequisite requirement for all Haredi educational institutions to teach core curriculum subjects such as English and Math, a new bill will change the rules to absolve the same institutions of those requirements, Israel’s Channel 10 News revealed Wednesday.

During the coalition negotiations for the current Netanyahu government, United Torah Judaism and Likud agreed that the core curriculum law would be revoked. Education Minister Naftali Bennett (Habayit Hayehudi) has objected to this move earlier this year.

According to Channel 10, the elimination of the obligation to teach core curriculum subjects will not result in reducing the budgets of Haredi yeshivas who pass on the extra material. This way these institutions will get more money but will not incur new expenses.

The current law sets three prerequisites for declaring Haredi educational institutions as eligible for state funding: teaching core curriculum subjects, testing to measure growth and effectiveness, and eliminating discrimination against students from non-Ashkenazi ethnic groups.

According to the emerging legislation, advanced by Deputy Education Minister Meir Porush (UTJ), Haredi institutions will be absolved of having to teach any foreign language at all. They will also not be obliged to teach math if they don’t want to. These same institutions will also be absolved of participation in testing.

The only change the new legislation introduces is stronger controls on the prevention of discrimination in Haredi yeshivas.

David Israel

Yeshiva Suing Arab Manufacturer Who Faked Kosher Certification

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

Yeshiva High School Mekor Haim has sued Primo, an Arab-owned company from the Jerusalem industrial park Atarot, for selling it packages of sugar with a kashrut certificate of the Jerusalem Chief Rabbinate — even though Primo lost its certification five years ago. The packages in question also bear the name and insignia of the Batdatz (Haredi) certification, but without the word for “under the supervision of.”

The plaintiffs say they sustained damages of about $100 to $150 each after having bought a large quantity of the Primo sugar, but they seek punitive damages of about $1.2 million.

David Israel

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