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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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Meet Vanessa Meghnagi, Yaffed’s Director of Operations and Planning

Yaffed has been fighting to end the educational neglect in Hasidic yeshivas for almost a decade. Since May of 2020, Vanessa Meghnagi has played a crucial role in that fight. Her position as the Director of Operations and Planning makes her responsible for both the backend work and future planning of Yaffed’s endeavors.  She recently

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Yehudis Fletcher On Combatting The Systemic Harm In Haredi Communities

In New York alone, tens of thousands of young Haredi men are poised to finish high school without being able to communicate in English, do basic math, or have even a minimal grasp of American History. Without adequate secular education, more than half of Haredi Jews end up poor or near poor.  Unfortunately, this educational

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