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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Baltimore, MD - May 25, 2020 - Shabsi's Judaica Center is here to help you with your Shavuos selections. Browse below through a selection of Pirkei Avos & Shavuos titles.
Click here or on the graphic below for a larger, printable copy.
It’s been a weekend of Biden-bashing from all sides. On Sunday, President Trump jumped into the fray when he said that Biden’s mental incompetence goes beyond the simple “you ain’t black” gaffes and into his own self-awareness.
During an interview with WJLA, the president was asked if he could think of any qualities that might make former Vice President Joe Biden a formidable opponent in the November election; other than experience, Trump had a difficult time conjuring up any.
“I can talk about weak points all day long,” the president said before asserting that Biden is “not mentally sharp enough to be president.”
“Biden doesn’t know, I mean, he doesn’t know he’s alive,” Trump continued. “I’m...
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Baltimore, MD - May 22, 2020 - Coronavirus isolation making you feel disconnected? ETZtalks, Etz Chaim's new online Jewish experience, is providing inspiration and learning to thousands of Baltimore's Jews have enjoyed the online presentations - so join!
Sunday? CHARLIE HARARY (here)
Monday? Special presentation on Conversion featuring Rabbi Yaakov Hopfer, Rabbi Moshe Walter, Rabbi Daniel Rose, a panel discussion of four converts with Rabbi Shlomo Porter, and Rabbi Chaim Gottesman! (here)
What about Cheesecake? On Tuesday, join Bracha Shor from Good & Sweet Baking for a special Cheescake Bake (here)
Full information how to join can be found at www.etzchaimusa.org/ETZtalks.
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Baltimore, MD - May 23 - Breakfast And Lunch Distribution At Bnos Yisroel week of May 25:
Monday, Memorial Day - Hot Dog mealTues - pickup for Tues and Wed - Tuna & Bagel meal, Pizza mealWed - pickup for Shavous/Shabbos meals for Thurs - Sunday, Blintzes, Baked Ziti +... (no challah will be give out)Thurs - NO PICKUPTimes for Monday & Tuesday11:15-12:15 - Cars picking up 1 to 4 meals12:30 - 1:30 - Cars picking up 5-7 meals1:45 - 2:30 - Cars picking up 8+ mealsTimes for Wednesday 1:00-2:45 - Cars picking up 1 to 4 meals3:15 - 4:15 - Cars picking up 5-7 meals5 - 6 - Cars picking up 8+ meals6:30-7:30 PM pickup for those who could not pick up during the earlier time slots*Thursday: NO PICKUP *Sign: Paper on passenger side or front window with number of meals, family...
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Dinner Distribution This Week at TA will be Monday and Thursday , please note updated schedule details below.
Monday : 12-3pm has ended for today: Dinner pickup of 3 dairy meals.
Thursday : 8-11am: Dinner pickup of a Shavuos package. See below for details.
Right turn only onto campus, approach from Scotts Level Rd. No left turns onto campus, no illegal U-turns on Old Court Rd. or use of private property on Old Court Rd. to turn your car around.
We look forward to serving you!
Read details below for this week's menu, updated pickup details and important traffic reminders!TA Dinner Distribution This WeekMonday 12-3pm has ended for todayThursday 8-11am Shavuos Package PickupPlease Read Below for Important Details...
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Most recent Statements/letters/etc. from the Baltimore Vaad HaRabbanimVaad HaRabbonim Of Baltimore: Guidance For Hosting Company for Shavuos 5780 (May 24, 2020)Vaad HaRabbanim Of Baltimore: We Feel That It Is Time To Begin Reopening The Community - First Stage In Reopening Will Allow For Outdoor Block Minyanim (May 20, 2020 @ 1:25 PM)Baltimore's Vaad HaRabbanim - Continue Current Procedures & Protocols (May 15, 2020)Vaad HaRabbonim Of Baltimore: "We Must Continue Adhering To Distancing Standards" (May 6, 2020)Baltimore's Vaad HaRabbanim Reiterates "Social Distancing Protocols Must Continue in Full Force" (Apr. 20, 2020 @ 3:50 PM)Vaad HaRabbanim: Chametz Items That Will Be Delivered After Pesach May Be Ordered On Chol Hamoed, So Long As Payment Is Not Finalized Until After Pes...
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Baltimore, MD - May 25, 2020 - For nearly 40 years, I had the honor of serving on the Baltimore City Council. I am appalled by the current state of our City. I’ve never seen our local leadership so out of touch with reality, unable to act and unwilling to lead. Never. The mayor and council president seem numb to the death toll, steadfast in pointing blame and more focused on passing resolutions and pursuing political quarrel than saving lives and actually changing the course of Baltimore’s history.
I join in claiming that the 2020 mayoral election will be the most important in a generation. If that fact has yet to resonate, take it from me - this is my 21st election - and I assure you Baltimore is at a juncture unlike any other.
Having assessed candidate after candidate, none...
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Baltimore, MD - May 12, 2020 - HaRav Sheftel Neuberger Shares His Voting Preferences for the Upcoming Election
The Rabbinical Alliance of America-Igud HaRabbonim, representing over 950 American Orthodox Rabbis announces proclamation appreciating Chevra Kadisha heroic efforts during the Covid Pandemic.
The Chevra Kadisha, literally the “sacred fellowship” is the volunteer group that performs the final rites and burial preparations for the Jewish deceased. According to Jewish tradition, Jewish burial is considered a sacred duty and a great kindness, and it is an honor to be included in this group of dedicated volunteers.
At this exceptionally challenging juncture in history when countless members of Klal Yisrael have succumbed to the deadly coronavirus in the New York/New Jersey areas and beyond, we can only pause and remember their unique legacies.
Because the deaths of these pre...
Many people have been using their extra time during the coronavirus lockdown wisely and have adopted new habits to keep themselves busy. In fact, a recent survey of 2,000 British adults reveals that 43% of people feel they’ve “changed their ways for the better” as a result of all the time inside these past few months.
Researchers sought to learn how habits and daily lives have changed as a result of the lockdown. Nearly half of those surveyed expect to keep up these new hobbies, skills, and daily habits they’ve taken on after the lockdown restrictions are lifted. Learning new computer skills, creating podcasts, participating in online fitness classes and going for long walks are some of the new activities people have turned to as a new means to occupy their time.
Prescriptions for anti-anxiety medications and sleep aids have risen during the pandemic, prompting doctors to warn about the possibility of long-term addiction and abuse of the drugs.
“Many physicians have a low threshold for prescribing them. It’s very problematic,” says Bruce J. Schwartz, deputy chair and professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Montefiore Medical Center in New York. “Many people do develop a dependency on these medications.”
Prescriptions for anti-anxiety medications, such as Klonopin and Ativan, rose 10.2% in the U.S. to 9.7 million in March 2020 from 8.8 million in March 2019, according to the latest data from health-research firm IQVIA. Prescriptions for antidepressants, including Prozac and Lexapro, rose 9.2% to 29.7 millio...
The New York Stock Exchange is set to reopen its famed trading floor Tuesday, but it won’t be going back to normal.
Only one-quarter of the NYSE’s usual population of traders will be back when the floor resumes business after a two-month closure prompted by the coronavirus pandemic. Traders who return must wear masks, avoid taking public transportation and follow tough social-distancing rules, with newly erected Plexiglas barriers to help them stay apart.
A visitor ban means splashy bell-ringings and celebrations to mark initial public offerings won’t be happening anytime soon. Media organizations that broadcast from the floor, like CNBC and Cheddar, aren’t coming back yet either. Read more at WSJ
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The coronavirus hasn’t been kind to car owners.
With more people than ever staying home to lessen the spread of COVID-19, their sedans, pickup trucks and SUVs are parked unattended on the streets, making them easy targets for opportunistic thieves.
Despite silent streets and nearly nonexistent traffic, vehicle larcenies shot up 63% in New York and nearly 17% in Los Angeles from Jan. 1 through mid-May, compared with the same period last year.
And many other law enforcement agencies around the U.S. are reporting an increase in stolen cars and vehicle burglaries, even as violent crime has dropped dramatically nationwide in the coronavirus pandemic. It’s a low-risk crime with a potentially high reward, police say, especially when many driv...
Channel 12 News military and security correspondent Nir Dvori reported Monday that attempts have been made to sabotage Israel's ability to produce a vaccine for the coronavirus in the form of a cyber attack against the Israeli research institutes that are trying and trying to produce drugs to treat the disease as well as a vaccine.
This is not an attempt to steal information or intelligence, but to attack and sabotage efforts to combat the coronavirus. No damage was done to the research institutes as a result of the attacks.
Initial speculation has blamed Iran for the cyber-attack.
NETANYA (VINnews) — The Tzanz- Klausenberg Rebbe of Netanya, Rabbi Tzvi Elimelech Halberstam, suffered a light heart attack Monday and was hospitalized in the city’s Laniado hospital founded by his father. The Rebbe, a member of the Agudath Yisrael’s Council of Torah Sages, is conscious and being treated by doctors at the hospital.
A local Tzanzer chasid told the Kikar Hashabat site that the Rebbe has been very depressed recently over the deaths of some prominent Chasidim in America from COVID-19. “There is no doubt that the matter has seriously affected the Rebbe,” the chasid said.
The Rebbe is expected to undergo a catheterization procedure at 8 PM (1PM USA time) and the Tzanz communities worldwide will organize minyanim to say Tehillim and study for his s...
JERUSALEM (VINnews) — Within the space of a few hours, there were two terror attacks in the Jerusalem area Monday during the Muslim holiday marking the end of Ramadan.
Two terrorists attempted to stab IDF soldiers patrolling near the settlement of Amichai which was built for in the Binyamin region north of Jerusalem for residents evacuated from Amona. The terrorists were shot and neutralized and there were no injuries to IDF soldiers.
Just a few hours later, a terrorist approached the border police checkpoint situated in the Armon Hanatziv neighborhood in south Jerusalem. The terrorist shouted Allah Akhbar and wielded a knife. Police at the outpost first used tear gas in an attempt to subdue him but when he drew nearer he was shot and seriously injured. There were no Israeli casual...
ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA (VINnews) — As scientists worldwide frantically search for COVID-19 vaccines, epidemiologists also seek to find the source of the outbreak in order to be able to locate and prevent any future mutations of the virus from spreading and causing worldwide havoc. Most scientists were convinced until now that the virus emanated from an animal in China’s wet market but Professor Nikolai Petrovsky, a researcher from Adelaide’s Flinders University, claims that the virus may have come from a laboratory since it is ‘perfectly adapted to humans’ from day 1.
Professor Petrovsky says that the technology exists in labs worldwide which could enable a virus accidentally to be released from a lab when the viruses are not regulated properly.
In the wake of his arraignment at the Jerusalem District Court on Sunday afternoon and hours after conducting the first Cabinet meeting of the newly sworn-in government, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sat down for a lengthy chat with Channel 20‘s Boaz Golan. The following are translated excerpts from the interview.
Boaz Golan: Mr. Prime Minister, good evening. We are here after the first hearing [of your trial]. How are you feeling?
Netanyahu: I think it was an important day. You know why? Because for the first time, Israeli citizens heard the truth. The things that I said outside the courtroom were the truth. And the time has come to speak the truth. I also requested that there be a live broadcast—not one that’s cut and that all the transcript writers o...
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said in a video message posted on social media on Monday that “we will not allow Palestinian lands to be offered to anyone.”
In the video, which was addressed to American Muslims in honor of the Eid al-Fitr holiday marking the end of Ramadan, Erdoğan said that the Har Habayis in Yerushalayim was a “red line” for all Muslims.
“I would like to reiterate that al Quds as-Sharif [the Temple Mount], the holy place of the three religions … is a red line for all Muslims in the world,” he said.
The appeal appears to be an effort by Erdoğan to mobilize the American Muslim against the U.S. government’s decision to allow Israel to apply its law to parts of Judea and Samaria and the Jordan Valley.
Israel is w...