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Secular Education and Hasidic Communities

Hosted By: Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan

Event Contact

Arienne Pelletier



According to a December 2019 New York City Department of Education report, thousands of Jewish children attending Ultra-Orthodox and Chassidic yeshivas are not receiving a secular education equivalent to that delivered in public schools.

Please join JCC Social Justice Activist in Residence Ruth Messinger for a discussion on this important topic and current efforts to bring about the changes necessary to ensure a basic education for all children in New York City. She will be joined by Naftuli Moster, founder and executive director of Yaffed: Young Advocates for Fair Education; Beatrice Weber, whose son attends a Chassidic yeshiva; and Jamie Hooper, a private school teacher and parent. Cosponsored by the JCC’s Center for Jewish Living, Avodah, B’nai Jeshurun, Congregation Beit Simchat Torah, Footsteps, JTS Hendel Center for Ethics and Justice, National Council of Jewish Women New York, Repair the World Brooklyn, Repair the World Harlem, Romemu, and Central Synagogue.

While we are committed to be hosting this conversation series, the views and opinions expressed by our panelists do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the co-hosts or of the JCC.