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Rabbi Yoffie: Your objections to yeshivos do not justify misrepresentation

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There is a striking irony in Reform Rabbi Eric Yoffie’s preaching to the Orthodox community about how best to educate their young (The Blogs, September 9, 2021) when compared with the results of other public and so-called Jewish educational systems.

But more disturbing than his glaring lack of standing to critique Orthodox yeshivos in New York is his misrepresentation of fact. He seems to have just swallowed whole and regurgitated some baseless claims of Yaffed, an anti-Orthodox group that presents itself as standing up for beleaguered young Hassidic boys who somehow don’t realize that they are beleaguered.

To wit, Yoffie asserts that “New York City yeshivas receive nearly half of their financial support” from state and federal funding sources.

It would please me, a former yeshiva administrator, greatly if, instead of leveling that as a charge, the Reform rabbi were offering a High Holy Days prayer that it be so.

But, according to the most recent New York State data, there are approximately 162,000 K-12 students in Jewish schools in New York State. This includes over 500  yeshivos, day schools, and community schools of all denominations for girls and boys. The estimated budget for all these schools is certainly well over $1.5 billion.

According to Rabbi Yoffie’s assertion, the schools would be receiving well over $750 million dollars annually.

By far, the largest source of nonpublic school funding is the Mandated........

© The Times of Israel (Blogs)

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