The Brooklyn-based Litvishe yeshivos and Bais Yaakovs have reached a consensus to commence the upcoming academic year earlier, according to an announcement made by Torah Umesorah, Matzav.com has learned. The aim is to reduce the gap between summer camp and yeshiva, ensuring a smoother transition.
With Rosh Chodesh Elul falling on an earlier date in the calendar, yeshivos will commence on the 12th of Elul, while the girl schools will start on the 14th of Elul. This adjustment will be compensated by concluding the previous school year earlier. These dates align with August 31st and August 29th, respectively.
Acknowledging the potential challenges of implementing this change at such a late stage, Torah Umesorah emphasized the importance of making an effort to initiate the new schedule sooner rather than later, recognizing the benefits it would bring.
Torah Umesorah had communicated its proposed dates to the yeshivos through a letter from its Vaad Roshei Yeshiva, and the agreed-upon schedule is a result of this correspondence.
It is noteworthy that the summer vacation period will remain unchanged. The decision was made with the approval of Maran Rav Shmuel Kamenetsky.
It is anticipated that the chassidishe yeshivos will likely have a later departure for camp and subsequently return later as well.
The following is the text of the letter released by Torah Umesorah and obtained and transcribed by Matzav.com:
L’chvod Roshei Yeshiva, Roshei Mosdos, Heads of School, Menahalim and Menahalos,
Earlier in the year, Torah Umesorah forwarded a letter to all yeshivos and Bais Yaakovs regarding the need for a change in the school calendar, which urged schools to schedule their start dates around Rosh Chodesh Elul and not Labor Day.
In conjunction with this effort, zekan rosh hayeshiva Harav Shmuel Kamenetsky shlit”a, who should have a refuah sheleimah, stressed that it is imperative to have the schools start earlier to prevent the unnecessary extra time between camp and school. The rosh hayeshiva also stated that the Bais Yaakovs should start the same week as the yeshivos.
Over the past few months, the Brooklyn yeshivos and Bais Yaakovs worked together and at long last reached a consensus, confirming an earlier start date for the ’23-’24 school year. We understand that it may be difficult to implement at this late date, but it is important to make the effort to initiate this new schedule, sooner rather than later.
The plan is for the yeshivos to start the school year on Tuesday, August 29 / 12 Elul, and the Bais Yaakovs to start the school year on Thursday, August 31 / 14 Elul.
We look forward to the yeshivos and Bais Yaakovs continuing to work together in the coming years to ensure that the school calendar is arranged in a way that provides the proper chinuch structure for our children.
We thank the roshei mosdos, menahalim, menahalos, rabbeim and moros for heeding the call of the Vaad Roshei Yeshiva, and we laud the efforts of the Brooklyn community for seizing the opportunity to make a change that will iy”H have a positive impact on the chinuch of our children.
We request that other communities consider joining this movement and working together on this important chinuch issue.