The closure of another yeshiva in one of the Tri-State’s large frum communities is indicative of a disturbing reality that is hitting home with great force: the dire financial state of our communities’ mosdos hachinuch.
Yesterday, it was determined that Yeshiva Bais Hachinuch, a well-respected boys’ elementary school, will be closing indefinitely due to its dreadful fiscal state.
The school had been scheduled to begin the new school year this morning.
Yeshiva Bais Hatorah started with an initial 16 students in a storefront on Route 9 in 1999 and grew to an enrollment of over 350 talmidim occupying a sprawling campus on Swarthmore Avenue in Lakewood’s Industrial Park. That campus will now sit dormant, while hundreds of students will be stuck at home due to the pecuniary shortfall facing the school’s administration.
Just last year, Bais Yaakov Elementary School in Lakewood shut its doors because of its financial deficit.
For a decade following Yeshiva Bais Hatorah’s founding, the dedication of the menahel, Rav Nechemiah Gottleib, helped the mosad take root and flourish into the exemplary mosad hachinuch. The incredible accomplishments in limudim and yedios haTorah, the hallmarks of a Bais Hatorah talmid, are, for now, a thing of the past.
Yeshiva Bais Hachninuch distinguished itself since its inception for its mehalech in limud haTorah and producing bochurim of the highest caliber by following the noted Zilberman method of learning. In addition to a seder halimud that included the basics found in any yeshiva, Bais Hatorah marked the completion of Chamisha Chumshei Torah by the end of fourth grade. The seder halimud also included the completion of large portions of Neviim Rishonim and Acharonim. Augmented by at least two sedarim in Mishnayos, the talmidim of Bais Hatorah had aspirations of yesteryear in regard to their breadth and depth of yedios haTorah.
Less than two months ago, on July 6, Yeshiva Bais Hatorah held its 11th Anniversary Dinner at Toras Aron Hall in Lakewood. At that dinner, a special siyum was made by the yeshiva students on Chamisha Chumshei Torah, Trei Asar, Seder Nezikin and Gemara Makkos.
It is unknown at this point what the future holds for the yeshiva or what arrangements will be made for the hundreds of talmidim who, for now, remain stranded.