You may have heard that the New York State Education Department recently published proposed Regulations about “substantial equivalency of instruction” required for students attending nonpublic schools.
This can have severe ramifications for yeshivos and day schools across the board in NYS, so we wanted to provide some answers to common questions we are receiving about this serious development.
Q: How might the proposed regulations affect my child’s yeshiva?
A: The Regulations, on their face, may require schools to make major adjustments to their limudei kodesh and secular programming.
For example, the proposed regulations specify 1) the number of required hours – as many as 4-5 hours per day, depending on grade level; 2) more than 12 required subjects, including, at the lower elementary level, consumer and family science, visual arts, theater, media arts, career development, occupational studies, etc.; 3) assessment of teachers to an undefined standard.
Results, grades, competencies, graduation rates, or other factors regarding equivalency to public schools are not taken into account for these purposes.
To view the proposed Regulation click here.
Q: Didn’t the court already strike down the SED Guidelines 3 months ago?
A: Yes, those Guidelines were thrown out by the NY State Supreme Court in response to lawsuits brought by Agudath Israel, PEARLS, Torah Umesorah, and other groups. However, the court struck down the Guidelines because the State Education Department failed to comply with the technical requirements for new rulemaking. By publishing its “proposed Regulations” in the NYS Register, SED has now started an “official” process in compliance with those requirements.
Q: How do the new proposed Regulations differ from the previous Guidelines??
A: The new Regulations are substantially identical to the previous Guidelines.
Q: What happens now?
A: There is a sixty day public comment period (until September 2) when individuals can voice their concerns regarding these proposed regulations. At the conclusion of the process, the Regulations come before the Board of Regents for a vote, expected this fall.
Q: I heard that State Education Commissioner Elia resigned earlier this week. Does that mean this is over?
A: No. The impact of Commissioner's Elia's resignation on this issue is still to be determined, but the proposed Regulations have already been published and the comment period is in place.
Q: What is being done to fight for parents who choose, and sacrifice dearly, for their children to attend yeshivos?
A: The Agudah has been working with organizations in the community - PEARLS and Torah Umesorah, among others - to oppose the newest incarnation of the state's attempt to control yeshivos. It should be noted that the Catholic and NYSAIS independent schools (which, together with Jewish schools, form the majority of nonpublic schools in NYS) also strongly oppose these regulations.
Q: Is there anything I can do?
A: Yes! SED is required, by law, to read comments submitted. While many have previously signed petitions, which is important, these comments are required to be read by law. We have set up a system, where, with just a few clicks, you can voice your opinion on this critical matter.
Q: I live in Chicago, but the overreach of these regulations concerns me. May I register my comment?
A: The regulations do not restrict comments to NYS residents.
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6TH ANNUAL BIKER CHOLIM MEN’S BIKE-THON AN OVERWHELMING SUCCESS!
By Mordechai Gottlieb & Rochelle Goldberg
Tire pressure accurate? Check! Seat Adjusted? Check! Helmets on? Check! The excitement in the air was palpable this past Sunday morning, as the over 200 cyclists rode off on the glorious scenic routes of Maryland at 50, 25, and 10-mile challenges. Together with our 3-7-year-old junior cyclists in-training, raising over 154,000 dollars to help support Bikur Cholim of Baltimore and its Mission of Kindness.
For the sixth year in a row, Biker Cholim 2019, Bikur Cholim of Baltimore/LifeBridge Health Men’s Bike-a-thon and King David Nursing and Rehabilitation Center Family Fun and BBQ event was an overwhelming success, with more cyclists, more fun, more ...
Israel’s Chief Rabbi David Lau on Tuesday ordered to delay the burial of the mother of a Get refuser who has been keeping his ex-wife in a state of Aguna for more than a decade.
Five years ago, the man remarried in an unofficial rabbinical court, leaving his first wife without a Get which keeps her from being remarried in a religious ceremony.
The Chief Rabbi ordered Israel’s burial society to refrain from burying the mother, whose coffin had arrived overnight from the US to Israel, until the order of the United States Rabbinical Court is upheld.
Rabbi Lau said: “We hope this move will bring about a speedy Get and the woman will be released from her moorings after so many years.”
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Los Angeles - Immigrants held in U.S. detention facilities filed a lawsuit Monday decrying what they called shoddy medical care and a failure by authorities to provide accommodations for disabilities.
In the suit filed by disability and civil rights advocates in U.S. District Court, immigrants said they’re placed in isolation as punishment and denied recommended medical treatment and surgery. Some said they’ve been denied wheelchairs and a deaf detainee who communicates in American Sign Language said he has not been provided an interpreter.
The problems harm disabled immigrants and threaten anyone in one of Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s more than 50,000 detention beds who winds up getting sick or isolated from other detainees, said Monica Porter, sta...
London - Britain’s government plans to call a summit of social media companies to discuss what more they can do to fight online misinformation about vaccines following a spike in measles cases.
Although plans for such a gathering were still being worked out, Prime Minister Boris Johnson expressed concern Monday at the rising incidence of measles. He said Britain had a great record in fighting the disease but things were suddenly “going in the wrong direction,” with 230 new measles cases in the first few months of this year.
He said authorities need to address misleading information online about vaccinations.
“I’m afraid people have been listening to that superstitious mumbo jumbo on the internet, all that anti-vax stuff and thinking that the MMR...
A Palestinian teen, resident of eastern Jerusalem, was indicted on Tuesday for an attempted lynch of a Jewish man who was driving on Salah ad Din Street at Israel’s capital, Hebrew-language media reported.
Last week on August 10, the 17-year-old allegedly exerted violence against the vehicle of the victim on the eve of Jewish holiday Tisha Be’ Av, which coincided this year with the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha.
In footage released by the Israel Police, and according to the bill of indictment, the teen hurled rocks at the car, smashing its windowpanes. After the incident police arrested two more suspects, who according to charges, identified the Jewish male by his yarmulke, began kicking the victim’s vehicle, hurling rocks and other objects at it — a few hitting t...
Washington - Airlines expect record crowds over the week-long Labor Day period.
The trade group Airlines for America forecast Tuesday that 17.5 million passengers will fly on U.S. carriers between Aug. 28 and Sept. 3. That’s 2.5 million passengers a day and a 4% increase over the same week last year.
The busiest day is expected on Friday, Aug. 30, when the group forecasts just under 3 million people will board a U.S. airline.
The airline group says carriers have added seats even though Southwest, American and United have canceled thousands of flights while their Boeing 737 Max planes remain grounded.
Transportation Department figures show that travel demand has been strong all year, with fares at or near record lows, after adjusting for inflation. The numbers don&rsqu...
Anchorage, AK - Alaska’s wildfire season usually ends well before mid-August but persistent hot, dry weather has contributed to the start of new fires and the spread of old ones.
High winds Saturday damaged power lines or knocked trees into lines, sparking multiple fires, including one that temporarily shut down the highway between Anchorage and Denali National Park and burned more than 50 structures, said Tim Mowry, spokesman for the Alaska Division of Forestry.
Heavy rain has dampened fires north of the Alaska Range but has not reached areas north and south of Anchorage.
“Usually our folks are in the Lower 48 helping out and we’re drowning in rainfall in August in most of Alaska,” he said.
Fire crews are working with the state fire marshal to confi...
Fullerton, CA - A retired administrator working as a consultant to California State University, Fullerton was fatally stabbed Monday in a campus parking lot on the first day of the school year in what police called a targeted attack, though they were not sure of a motive.
Steven Shek Keung Chan, 57, of Hacienda Heights was found inside a silver Infiniti. He had been stabbed many times, police said.
He worked in admissions at the university before retiring and had been rehired for the fall semester.
A witness who called 911 at 8:27 a.m. said the attacker ran away, Fullerton police Lt. Jon Radus said. He was described as being in his 20s with black hair, wearing black pants and a black shirt.
“We do not know motive at this point for what occurred,” Radus told repo...
Israel is facilitating the emigration of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip to other countries, a senior Israeli official said on Monday.
The Jewish state is reportedly considering allowing Gazans to fly from an Israeli air field near Gaza, the official said, according to media reports. The official is part of the delegation currently with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Ukraine.
Israel is helping coordinate with other countries to find new homes for the emigrants, the official said, adding that more than 35,000 Palestinians left Gaza last year.
None of the European and Middle Eastern countries that Israel approached about accepting the Gazans would take them, according to the official who mentioned that the operation had been discussed several times in the cabinet.
It is with great sadness that Matzav.comreports the petira of R’ Yehoshua Ben Paz, a yungerman who was pulled out of the waters in Tel Aviv last night.
ZAKA divers were called to the beach last night after a man entered the waters with a friend and disappeared into the surf. ZAKA was later able to recover the body of R’ Yehoshua Ben Paz, a 24-year-old yungerman from the Givat Shaul neighborhood of Yerushalayim.
The Levaya of R’ Yehoshua Ben-Paz who drowned in the Tel Aviv beach last night, will leave from his parents’ home at the Assam complex in Bnei Brak at 3:00 PM, and will continue front there to Yerushalayim, where he will be buried on Har Hamenuchos.
R’ Ben-Paz leaves behind a wife and two young children.
We learn about the requirement to bentch Birkas Hamazon after eating and being satiated from the posuk in Devarim, Perek Ches, posuk yud. The gemara in Brachos, daf chof alef, amud alef says that we learn that Birkas Hamazon is a mitzvah d’Oraysa from the above posuk. All other brachos achronos are mi’DeRabbanan.
The shiur for drinking in order to be required to say a bracha achrona is discussed in the Tur, Orach Chaim, siman kuf tzaddik which discusses that there is a safek whether the shiur for a bracha achrona is a kzayis or a reviis. The Tur therefore says that a person should be ca...
Raccoon Hit By Motorist Is Confirmed as Rabid
Department of Health seeks assistance identifying man who removed the animal from roadway
On Friday, August 16, 2019 Baltimore County Police responded to a call about a raccoon that was hit by a car in the unit block of Slade Avenue (21208). The raccoon tested positive for rabies and the Baltimore County Department of Health is asking for help identifying the person that removed the dead animal from the roadway.
Described as a Caucasian male in his late 30s with brown hair, wearing glasses, and driving a Toyota four-door sedan, it is vitally important that this good Samaritan seek medical treatment immediately. Contact with a rabid animal may result in death.
The Baltimore County Department of Health is advises this person or anyo...
An amusement ride in Tatzmania park in Germany had to shut down after the owner realized that from a distance the attraction looked like a pair of swirling swastikas.
The gaffe happened to a ride called ‘Eagle Fly’ in the Tatzmania park in the town of Löffingen in southern Germany. When the eight gondolas are in two groups of four, and when seen from a distance they make two very distinct reverse swastikas, the same that the Nazis used as their symbol.
The ride opened in late July, but it was not until journalists from the broadcaster SWR showed up that owner Rüdiger Braun noticed the design flaw. He said he was taking it out of service and apologized to anyone offended by the ride
Rep. Ilhan Omar said Monday that U.S. aid to Israel should be tied to its treatment of Palestinians, questioning whether the funds should continue after the country blocked her and Rep. Rashida Tlaib from visiting in an official capacity.
“We give Israel more than $3 million in aid every year. This is predicated on their being an important ally in the region and the ‘only democracy’ in the Middle East. But denying visit to duly elected members of Congress is not consistent with being an ally. And denying millions of people freedom of movement or expression or self-determination is not consistent with being a democracy,” Omar said at the press conference in St. Paul, Minn.
Omar had planned to travel with Tlaib to Israel this month until the Israeli government annou...
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky signed bilateral agreements on Monday, a day after the Israeli leader landed in Kiev for an official visit.
In a statement following the signing at the presidential palace, the two leaders said both countries agreed to boost investment and expand cooperation on technology, education, agriculture, culture and sports.
Zelensky said Ukraine was going to open a special investment office in Jerusalem, while Netanyahu said Israel would do the same in Kiev.
Speaking next to Zelensky, Netanyahu praised the flourishing relations and increasing technological ties between the two nations.
“I think the future belongs to those who innovate; Israel is the quintessential innovation nation,” said Netanyahu...
Levi Falkowitz, a Satmar chosid from the United States, is a highly respected singer. Besides appearing on over 15 other albums as well as his own two solo albums, Levy has a long and illustrious career thus far. His recent album "Toiv Lee" had many hit songs including the opening track "Libi" which was composed by Anshi Friedman. Israeli singer and composer Yitzchak Meir, has been following Levy's career for a long time and had a dream of one day meeting him and possibly even collaborating with him. Sometimes, dreams come true. On a cool, breezy Jerusalem night, in one of the first shuls built outside the boundaries of the Old City, in the heart of the Nachlaot neighborhood, at three in the morning, the two sang and davened together "לבי ובשרי ירננו לאל חי." כש...
BALTIMORE, MD (August 19, 2019) With the heat index continuing to reach over 100 degrees Fahrenheit in the Baltimore region, Baltimore City Health Commissioner Dr. Letitia Dzirasa has extended the previously announced Code Red Extreme Heat Alert through Wednesday, August 21. The heat index is a measure of air temperature and relative humidity and indicates how hot it feels to the human body.
“Excessive heat is the leading weather-related killer in the United States. The effects of extreme heat are exacerbated in urban areas, especially when combined with high humidity and poor air quality,” said Commissioner of Health Dr. Letitia Dzirasa. “Extreme heat is particularly dangerous to young children...
It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Herman Venick z'l, beloved husband of Beverly; father of Jeffery (Sherri) Venick, Steven (Holly) Venick, Robin Venick and Julie (Craig) Berger.
The levaya will be held tomorrow, Tuesday 8/20, at 1:30pm at Sol Levinson.
Shiva will take place at the home of Jefferey & Sherri Venick, 3216 Midfield Road. Schedule and minyan times to follow.
Y'hi Zichro Baruch
Brian Galbut Z”l And Ikva DeMeshica
Who was this man that when he was no longer conscious, it was the Daf that played by his bed? Who was this man that just a few months ago, following Ma’ariv the night of Rosh Chodesh Adar, when everyone else turned to go home, he, despite being unable to articulate the words, launched into the tune for mi’shenichnas Adar marbim b’simcha with all his energy causing people to stop in their tracks, come back and dance with him. Who was this man that despite battling cancer, continued to emphatically proclaim “Baruch Hashem, Hashem is amazing?” (Information based on an article by Rabbi Efrem Goldberg of the Boca Raton Synagogue). Who is this man whose mantra was, "Our happiness and our outlook are inextricably lin...
Baruch Dayan Ha’emes.
The body of Rabbi Dovid Traube, z”l, 37, of Monsey, who went missing Sunday after saving his child who was struggling in the water in Greenwood Lake, was found Monday morning in the lake.
When he realized his child needed help, he entered the water to save him, but he was missing after the incident.
A major search was undertaken starting Sunday afternoon, by organizations including Rockland County Chaveirim, KJ Chaveirim, KJ Public Safety, as well as police and fire officials.
Approximately ten boats, as well as two drones, were used in the search.
The body was found Monday morning by a police diver.
Rabbi Traube, and ybl”c his wife Hadassah, have seven children. Their oldest child was bar mitzvah several months ag...