An urgent kenos of directors of mosdos affiliated with large chassidic courts was held in Yerushalayim on Thursday, 25 Kislev 5774. The agenda — how to deal with new realities that exist as a result of major budgetary cuts.
As a result of principals and directors speaking with one-another, they learned the issues are system wide and this led to convening the kenos hosted by Boyan Yerushalayim.
One of the ideas discussed was to launch an umbrella group that will fundraise and distribute funds to all mosdos that have joined the joint effort. Another idea is to arrange a major international fundraiser by admorim of the various chassidic courts.
Invited to attend were directors of mosdos from Vishnitz, Belz, Boyan, Karlin, and Sanz. According to Ladaat, the decision was made not to invite Gerre. The report quotes a major askan anonymously, who explains they fear Gur will not play by the rules and develop contacts and allocate the money to its mosdos exclusively. That askan added the ongoing machlokes between Boyan and Gur regarding the old Schneller property in Geula will most likely result in Gur’s refusal to work with Boyan at this time.
The report adds that Boyan is lacking 6-8 million NIS for the upcoming year-and-a-half and the chassidus is working to find the means to fund the fiscal hole. While the chassidus has raised funding for eight months, it sees a bleak future ahead and is acting now to avoid a catastrophe chas v’sholom.
Belze and Vishnitz are also hurting and they were looking in the direction of bringing additional talmidim from abroad, but now, that state funding has been cut by the treasury as well so it is not a viable option.
Participants decided on a combined fundraising mechanism and additional meetings are expected to iron out details towards beginning to work.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)