Unprecedented Kiddush Hashem in Lakewood


Those who have been following the tremendous growth of the Lakewood community are aware of how difficult the school acceptance process is, Particularly for girls’ high schools, where there is not enough space. Additionally, 8th grade girls not receiving a letter of acceptance at the same time as their classmates can be particularly challenging for them and their families. Unfortunately, in past years this process has dragged on for months.

Baruch Hashem, this year, for the first time in many years, each and every high school applicant received an acceptance at the same time.

Roshei Hamosdos and High School and Elementary School principals worked closely with the Vaad to ensure that every Bas Yisroel receive an acceptance and not be hurt.

The process was also helped this year by two major developments:

Firstly, a new high school catering specifically to the needs of the ever growing Lakewood Sephardic community was opened by Rabbi Semah of Bnot Yisroel.

Additionally, Yesodos Bais Yaakov, under the leadership of Rabbi Shloimie Green, is now thriving. Last summer, as the school was about to close its doors, Shlomo Yehuda Rechnitz stepped forward with a large two year financial commitment. This allowed the staff to concentrate on building the school, and work on putting together this year’s ninth grade without worrying about day to day fundraising. Without these schools’ success, the process surely would have gone until the summer.