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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.

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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A First: New York State Sets Aside $$ to Enforce Standards in Non-Public Schools (Including Yeshivas)

There are many, many hurdles and obstacles in the way of ensuring that every child attending a Yeshiva in New York State gets the education he or she deserves. The obvious one is the lack of political will. Another one is the present lack of clarity from the state regarding what constitutes “substantial equivalency” and …

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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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Why Don’t Hasidic Families Switch Schools To Get A Better Education?

“Why don’t they just switch schools?”  This is a question that we often hear in response to the stories of parents or yeshiva graduates who have experienced educational neglect in Hasidic yeshivas.  For people outside of the Hasidic world, switching schools may seem like the most logical choice. In fact, many non-Orthodox Jews have a …

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Letter from Jewish Leaders and Rabbis to Candidates for NYC Office

As the election season in New York City gets underway, candidates often seek to stand out of the crowd through policy positions that, they hope, important constituencies will find appealing. One such example are candidates looking to win votes in Hasidic and ultra-Orthodox communities, who in the name of “religious freedom” have pledged not to …

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