New Jersey cannot give $11 million in grants to Beth Medrash Govoah, the country’s largest yeshiva located in Lakewood, NJ, an appeals court ruled today, the Associated Press reports.
The state appeals court ruled that a $10.6 million grant to BMG and $645,323 to the Princeton Theological Seminary are unconstitutional.
BMG was founded by Rav Aharon Kotler zt”l and is led today by Rav Malkiel Kotler, Rav Yeruchim Olshin, Rav Dovid Schustal and Rav Yisroel Neuman. The CEO of the yeshiva is Aaron Kotler, brother of Rav Malkiel Kotler. They are both sons of Rav Shneur Kotler zt”l and grandsons of Rav Aharon Kotler zt”l.
The yeshiva has approximately 6,800 talmidim, both yungeleit and bochurim. The yeshiva has several buildings and various campuses in Lakewood, NJ, the newest of which is the Binyan Herzka / Bais Yitzchok building at the corner of Private Way and Seventh Street, across the street from the yeshiva‘s original campus.
“This is a victory for civil rights and a victory for New Jersey taxpayers, who should never have to subsidize institutions that discriminate or that exist to teach their particular religious doctrine,” ACLU-NJ Legal Director Ed Barocas told the AP.
Supporters of the yeshiva are dismayed by the court’s ruling, countering that the rejection of the grant based solely on religion, despite the yeshiva satisfying all other grant criteria, is discrimination.
The case will now go to the state Supreme Court. Read the full AP report here.