Yeshiva parents today began a “Protect Our Yeshivas” campaign in response to unrelenting attacks against their schools by anti-yeshiva activists.
Hundreds of families and businesses are hanging window signs at their homes and offices reading “I’m a proud yeshiva parent – protect my right to choose.” The window signs and bumper stickers feature a yeshiva student, with a headline reading “I’m a proud yeshiva parent – protect my right to choose! #ProtectYeshivas.”
The campaign is organized by Parents for Educational and Religious Liberty in Schools (PEARLS), a community-based coalition of parents, educators, and religious leaders working to raise awareness of the importance of the yeshiva system.
“We’ve organized the “Protect Our Yeshiva” campaign to say, loudly and clearly, that we’re proud of our yeshivas,” said Rabbi David Niederman, Director of the United Jewish Organizations of Williamsburg and a member of the executive committee of PEARLS. “We’re fed up with the attacks on our schools by a few disgruntled graduates while there is overwhelming support for our yeshivas system from hundreds of thousands of successful graduates.”
“Generations of families have made the choice to send their children to yeshivas because of the high-quality Jewish education they receive,” said Rabbi David Zwiebel, Executive Vice President of Agudath Israel of America and a member of the executive committee of PEARLS. “Parents know the educational needs of their children best – not the government.”
There are more than 425 Jewish schools in New York State, with more than 165,000 students. Of those schools, 275, with more than 110,000 students, are in New York City. Individual yeshivas are largely independent in managing their curricula.
Each year, thousands of yeshiva students graduate with the skills necessary to function as successful members of the workforce. Some become entrepreneurs, teachers and shopkeepers, while others become electricians and plumbers. Many tend to the religious life and needs of the growing Jewish Orthodox community.
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