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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

Rosh Yeshiva of Ponovezh Hospitalized at Sheba Hospital

Wednesday, December 9th, 2015

Rabbi Chaim Shlomo Leibowitz, rosh yeshiva (director) of the Ponovezh Yeshiva in Bnei Brak was admitted to the intensive care unit at Sheba Medical Center at Tel Hashomer Wednesday morning.

The renowned rabbi sustained a head injury after falling at night at his home in Bnei Brak.

Hundreds gathered at the yeshiva to pray for their revered rabbi, as experts consulted at the hospital to determine whether or not surgery was necessary.

It was ultimately decided that no surgery was required and the injuries were not life-threatening, according to sources within the yeshiva.

Continued prayers are requested for Rav Chaim Shlomo ben Tzaitel Leah.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Israeli Chabad Yeshiva Students Firebombed in NYC

Sunday, October 11th, 2015

Two Chabad-Lubavitch yeshiva students were attacked in New York City this past Friday afternoon, COLlive reports.

The students were part of a group that had boarded a sbuway heading from Brooklyn into Manhattan to carry out weekly mitzvah assignments with Jewish business owners and others in the city.

Two 19-year-old students who requested anonymity told COLlive the attack occurred while they were walking on West 37th Street near Ninth Avenue.

A brother of one of the students said, “A firebomb was thrown at one of them. It exploded and there was fire. They were shocked. An Israeli woman was walking by and ran over to check if they were okay.

“Thank G-d, it missed them and landed on the pavement,” he added. “It was a male who had thrown it at them, but they were only able to see his back because he ran away. They didn’t hear him shout or say anything.”

This is the first reported attack on Jews or Israelis in New York since the start of the recent escalation in Arab terror in Israel.

The New York Police Department has accordingly raised security in Jewish neighborhoods. Residents in Crown Heights commented they were seeing more officers on patrol this past week than had been seen during the high holy days, COLlive noted.

Hana Levi Julian

Islamic Movement Incites Violent Riot in Tel Aviv-Jaffa

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

Arab riots spilled over to Tel Aviv-Jaffa Tuesday night with large-scale vandalism and violence incited by the northern branch of the radical Islamic Movement.

Six Arabs were arrested, and five policemen were slightly injured.

They ostensibly were protesting Israeli actions to stop Muslim violence on the Temple Mount, but the youth previously have attacked the local yeshiva several times in smaller-scale riots.

Police initially tried to disperse the rioters and then turned to a local sheikh who helped clam down the dozens of youth, most of them riding electric bikes, motorcycles and bicycles.

They hurled rocks at a yeshiva, police and cars and buses, smashing several windows,

The rioters also burned tires on the main road in Jaffa, near the square in the city that is part of Tel Aviv, and overturned trash cans to block the street.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Exclusive: First IDF Cyber-Defense Program Opens at Yeshiva

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

For the first time ever, Hareidi religious boys are learning in a four-year Beit Midrash program, while studying cyber defense in preparation for service in the IDF.

Beit Midrash Derech Chaim is a new program approved by Israel’s Ministry of Defense and the IDF; it’s also the first institution in Israel ever to offer such a program. The yeshiva simultaneously features two years of full-day Torah study that lead to expertise in Talmud with a focus on practical Halacha as well as breadth of knowledge and Jewish philosophical thought.

Students at Beit Midrash Derech Chaim also study in a secular curriculum approved by the IDF, the Jerusalem College of Technology and the Ministry of Defense.

Students at Beit Midrash Derech Chaim also study in a secular curriculum approved by the IDF, the Jerusalem College of Technology and the Ministry of Defense.

Boys who graduate Derech Chaim enter the IDF with the ability to become Torah scholars, IDF soldiers and highly employable Israelis upon their discharge from their army service.

“Our second year boys, who will be entering active service in the Cyber Intelligence Unit in November, took the major test for entry this past week,” noted Rosh Yeshiva Rabbi Karmi Gross in an exclusive interview this week with JewishPress.com.

“The test is taken by around 4,000 of the brightest boys entering the army (cyber is the highest priority of the army),” he explained. “In groups that take the test it is considered normal for 35 percent to pass. Excellent groups pass at a 65 percent rate. We just received notice that our boys passed at an 80 percent rate; this is an incredible accomplishment.”

Equally important, he said, was the fact that the officers who administered the test had commented they had no idea what to expect from hareidi religious boys.

“In their words, the boys made a tremendous ‘kiddush Hashem,’ going out of their way to thank those who gave the test and act in ways that made the name of Heaven beloved by their actions,” the Rosh Yeshiva added.

“The major general who called me could not stop gushing over their knowledge and behavior. As you can tell from my tone, we are incredibly proud of what they have accomplished.”

Students are expected to use the library often for their studies at Beit Midrash Derech Chaim.

Students are busy burning the midnight oil in their studies at Beit Midrash Derech Chaim.

The curriculum was developed and approved by the Jerusalem College of Technology (Machon Lev), the IDF Intelligence Unit and the National Cyber Defense Department in the Ministry of Defense.

Also included are one thousand hours of pre-army technology studies, with classes focused on the study of cyber defense (systems security) in accordance with the request of the IDF.

For further information about the program and/or registration, email the Rosh Yeshiva at rkgross@gmail.com.

Hana Levi Julian

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