Many Frum Yerushalayim Girls Are Still School-Less

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hsgJerusalem City Councilman (Shas) Asher Mishali turned to Education Minister Shai Piron asking what is being done for 160 frum girls who still have not been accepted to a high school in the city as the opening of the 5774 school year approaches.

The councilman told the minister that to his profound sorrow, the discrimination against Sephardi girls continues in the capital. He pointed out that with opening day of the school year about two weeks away, no one seems interested in addressing these girls that do not know what to do. Despite stern campaign promises, even Shas leader MK Aryeh Deri, who vowed to have discriminatory schools shut down, has not publically commented on the situation.

Mishali points out the principals of the schools continue to ignore ministry directives and they reject the girls they do not want in their schools. He adds that he knows from personal knowledge that the students rejected who turned to the ministry committee for assistance; in 98% of the cases the ministry did nothing to assist them.

Mishali adds that discrimination is not limited to high schools, but parents in the capital report similar issues with their children in elementary and junior high schools in the frum sector.

He concludes his letter by pointing out the chareidi lawmakers in Knesset have not undertaken the battle to end the discrimination so he is hopeful that a minister from Yesh Atid will undertake the battle on behalf of these girls.

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)




17 COMMENTS

  1. This embarrassment to klal yisroel is reported every year at this time. (BTW there are girls in the NY area that also do NOT have schools to attend in 2 weeks). The discrimination has never been addressed and is ignored especially by the Elites in Shas.

  2. All private Jewish schools, boys or girls, Eretz Yisroel or anywhere in the world, should remain closed until each and every child (including beis hamedrash and seminary ages) has a yeshiva that accepted them. The harassment that parents go through is worse than passing a kidney stone or “the shidduch crisis”.
    Kt

  3. “he is hopeful that a minister from Yesh Atid will undertake the battle on behalf of these girls.”

    This is sure to become a three ring circus.

  4. After all the vitriol directed towards the Yesh Atid coming from the Shas party they ask Yesh Atid to intervene to force Charedi schools to accept particular students? I thought that the Charedi Narrative was that any government oversight over Charedi schools was against Torah!

  5. Wow, I had to get to the second paragraph to get to the word ‘Sefardi’ and ‘Shas’. Rav Ovadya rules the roost, and under his watch there was a scathing report of nepotism, cronyism, no show jobs and general corruption in their educational network. Some housecleaning and withch hunting could rustle enough money for some infrastructure and staff expansions and this problem would be gone in a wink. But they seem to be complacent parasitizing other kehilos and playing the race card. And it is mostly about just plain old money.

  6. This issue is very real in America.
    Some administrators have let power get to their head. The children lose out big time. Its elul. Its time they’re do tshuva and realize how they are harming children

  7. Charedi schools include about 35% of Sephardi students. It’s NOT a discrimation against Sephardi girls but against those who do not abide by the rules of the schools, whether Sephardi or Ashkenazi, esp. in inyanei tzniut.

    For Yesh Atid to stick his nose in charedi private schools is laughable. Let him take care of schools in Tel Aviv and Petah Tikva discrimating against Ethiopians.

  8. Chaya Esther are you talking about Lakewood NJ? What schools do you know of that take in girls just like that? There are about 60 girls that don’t have a high school yet to attend in Lakewood.

  9. @bklynmom @jerry – the problem here in the states has nothing to do with discrimination.
    @mowshe – whats that gonna help?? If there really is no room then someone must open another school. It is a lucrative business from the few people I Know that own Bais Yackovs.

  10. There are plenty of places for them in all-girls religious schools, but their parents turn their noses up because the other students aren’t as “frum”. Ironic, isn’t it, because the Chareidi schools aren’t accepting these girls because they aren’t frum enough. Once again, chumras have become the tool of the Satan.

  11. Plenty of places for them in all-girls religious schools, but their parents turn their noses up because the other students aren’t as “frum”. Ironic, isn’t it, because the Chareidi schools aren’t accepting these girls because they aren’t frum enough. Once again, chumras have become the tool of the Satan.

  12. Considering that the main codifiers of jewish Law were Sephardic, Rambam & Rav Yodssef Caro, this makes me cry.

    I’m sure that the Ramban, Seforno, RIF, Eben Ezra, Abarbenel, Ben Ish Chai and the Chida are crying too.