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Today is a national day celebrating education, inspired by yeshivas. Some of those yeshivas refuse to educate.

Today, April 19, 2024, the United States Congress and the President celebrate Education and Sharing Day, an annual day of recognition celebrating the essential role that education plays in the advancement of American society. Yeshiva education in particular is at the heart of this special day: the holiday is observed on the 11th Day of

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Shavuot and the Torah’s commandment to provide children with an education

On the holiday of Shavuot, which starts tonight on the evening of May 25, Jewish people all over the world celebrate the acceptance of the Torah and its commandments. Among the many teachings within the Torah, there exists a significant Mitzvah (commandment) that is essential to ensuring the success of future generations: the commandment to

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Mayor’s Category Conflation is dangerous for all of NYC’s students

Last week, at a fundraiser for the TeachNYS Coalition, a project of the Orthodox Union, New York City Mayor Eric Adams offered praise of yeshiva education system telling the assembled crowd: “We need to be duplicating what you are achieving”.  In making this comment, the Mayor once again reduced the horrific issue of educational neglect

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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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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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