Yeshiva Parents Launch “Protect Our Yeshivas” Campaign

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Yeshiva parents in Brooklyn began a “Protect Our Yeshivas” campaign yesterday in response to attacks against their schools by anti-yeshiva activists.

Hundreds of families and businesses are hanging window signs at their homes and offices reading “I’m a proud yeshiva parent – protect my right to choose.” The window signs and bumper stickers feature a yeshiva student, with a headline reading “I’m a proud yeshiva parent – protect my right to choose! #ProtectYeshivas.”

The campaign is organized by Parents for Educational and Religious Liberty in Schools (PEARLS), a community-based coalition of parents, educators, and religious leaders working to raise awareness of the importance of the yeshiva system.

“We’ve organized the “Protect Our Yeshiva” campaign to say, loudly and clearly, that we’re proud of our yeshivas,” said Rabbi Moshe Dovid Niederman, Director of the United Jewish Organizations of Williamsburg and a member of the executive committee of PEARLS. “We’re fed up with the attacks on our schools by a few disgruntled graduates while there is overwhelming support for our yeshivas system from hundreds of thousands of successful graduates.”

“Generations of families have made the choice to send their children to yeshivas because of the high-quality Jewish education they receive,” said Rabbi Chaim Dovid Zwiebel, Executive Vice President of Agudath Israel of America and a member of the executive committee of PEARLS. “Parents know the educational needs of their children best – not the government.”

There are more than 425 Jewish schools in New York State, with more than 165,000 students. Of those schools, 275, with more than 110,000 students, are in New York City.



    • Felber Felber is write. Why shoud our children waist there time on unuseful subjects such as speling and grammer when they are loining a blatt gemorah?

  1. If YAFFED meant it for real they would have been happy with the upgrades being introduced into Yeshiva Secular education. Instead they keep pushing the issue to include their leftest (inappropriate) ideas.
    They keep touting a report based on a few interviews that our community is not successful. Not very scientific for a group who is pushing “statistics”. Where is their “bitachon” that parnsassa comes from the Eibersther not college education!

    • This was a reply to ‘Cool It’ from an extremely proud yeshivah parent that disagrees with his secular philosophy.

  2. Yaffed is not demanding that children be sent to public schools.

    All they want is that YESHIVOS teach them English and Math.

    WHy are you saying otherwise?

  3. This is all a big joke and smoke and mirrors.
    Parents have the clear right to choose whatever Yeshiva they want, even if it leaves their children ignorant of basic skills.

    The real issue is $$$. If the Yeshivas are caught with no general studies, then they will get busted for defrauding the government. The government funds secular studies only. If a yeshiva is caught collecting text book funds, e-rate, lunch money, etc. Under these circumstances ….bad news.

  4. BH
    Rabbi Niederman

    In response to this article
    So no more yeshivas no more jews???

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