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All Orthodox Schools Are Not The Same: A Guide To Education By Community

To people on the outside, the religious Jewish world can appear monolithic. Black hats and long beards have come to represent a way of life that follows specific rules very separate from those within secular society. But the truth is, there are many different levels of observance and affiliations within the religious Jewish community. To …

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Why Haven’t Hasidic Kids Stopped Wearing Blackface Costumes?

Last week, during the Jewish holiday of Purim, several Hasidic children in Lakewood, New Jersey and Williamsburg, Brooklyn were spotted in Afro wigs and blackface. Apologies were issued In response to both the Lakewood and Williamsburg incidents. But, while apologies were necessary, they aren’t nearly enough. Offensive costumes and other overt displays of racism will …

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How Yaffed Addressed The COVID Crisis In The Hasidic Community

As we approach the one-year mark of the coronavirus pandemic that continues to ravage the world, we would like to reflect on how Yaffed addressed the unique challenges that Hasidic families in New York face.  Early March 2020 Since most Hasidic households speak exclusively Yiddish and internet access is rare, many ultra-Orthodox families did not …

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