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Yaffed Celebrates Two Huge Wins

On Wednesday evening, September 20th, 2022, a crowd of Yaffed staff, Board members, and friends gathered to celebrate two mega wins: the recent front page New York Timespiece that highlighted what Yaffed has long been advocating, and the vote by the NYSED Board of Regents that finally passed substantial equivalency regulations.  Incoming Executive Director Beatrice

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State Agency Finds NYC Hasidic Yeshiva Is Failing To Provide its Students with “Substantially Equivalent” Secular Education

PRESS RELEASE State Agency Finds NYC Hasidic Yeshiva Is Failing To Provide its Students with “Substantially Equivalent” Secular Education, Breaking Century-Old Education Law. Names Numerous Infractions. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEContact: Shira Dicker: s.dicker@yalfed.org+1.917.403.3989 (via WhatsApp until 10/14) October 13, 2022 (New York, NY) — In the middle of the Jewish festival of Sukkot, Yaffed —a non-profit

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Beatrice Weber, Activist and Writer, to Lead Yaffed

Ms. Weber Succeeds Founding Director Naftuli Moster FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASECONTACT: Shira Dickers.dicker@yaffed.org/ 917.403.3989 September 20, 2022 (New York, NY) – The Board of Directors of Yaffed is pleased to announce the appointment of Beatrice Weber as our incoming executive director, effective October 3rd. Ms. Weber succeeds Yaffed’s founder Naftuli Moster who served in this role

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Yaffed’s Founding Executive Director, Naftuli Moster, to Step Down in Fall

After over 10 years leading Yaffed, Naftuli Moster, its founder and executive director, has informed the Board he intends to step down at the end of September 2022. The Board is sad to bid farewell to Mr. Moster and supports his decision. The Board is committed to continuing Yaffed’s mission until such time as secular education is routinely offered within all Hasidic and Haredi schools.

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150+ Rabbis and Jewish Leaders Speak Out On Education in Haredi Yeshivas

We are right now in a critical period as the longstanding fight to ensure educational equality in non-public schools, including Haredi Yeshivas, hits a defining moment. The New York State Education Department (NYSED) recently released new regulations that aim to enforce the Substantial Equivalency education law. The public comment period, a window of time designated

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Shaindy’s Story 

Meet Shaindy Weichman, a mother whose son attends a Hasidic Yeshiva in New York. Like the other 65,000 boys attending such Yeshivas in this state, he’s a victim of educational neglect by the schools that are legally obligated to provide him with a basic secular education.   But the reality that Shaindy is forced to contend

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Yaffed 2021 in Review

2021 saw Yaffed continuing to lead the charge towards lasting change for the tens of thousands of Haredi school children currently being denied a basic secular education in many Haredi yeshivas across New York. We are pleased to provide a round-up of our greatest achievements from the last 365 days, that all highlight Yaffed’s one

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Announcing: Yom Habechira – Day of Choice

Yaffed is excited to partner with our allies for the first ever international Day of Choice – Yom HaBechira in Hebrew – on October 27th. What is Yom HaBechira? Translated from Hebrew, Yom HaBechira means the Day of Choice. Our allies in Israel, Yotzim Leshinuy, have taken the lead in formally inaugurating this important day,

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Apply to the Right to Learn Fellowship by October 12th!

Yaffed is a non-profit organization advocating for improved standards of secular education in New York’s Jewish ultra-Orthodox (Haredi) schools. While the lack of secular education in Hasidic Yeshivas may seem a niche issue or contained to a small corner of the Jewish community, that is not the case. The Hasidic community is the fastest growing

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We are taking out a full-page Ad in The New York Times. Here’s Why:

There are times where patience is a virtue. But patience has its limits. When government officials are blatantly failing in their responsibilities and allowing tens of thousands of children to be denied an education year after year after year, it is time to take drastic action. More than six years ago, 52 Yeshiva graduates and

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