The Education Ministry has informed the Ashkenazi Girl’s Zelznik (“זלזניק”) High School that unless its student body changes to 50% Sephardi, it will be shutting it down. The school in question is located in Elad. Kikar Shabbos reports that with the ministry continuing to receive reports and complaints of discrimination against Sephardi girls, the decision was made to give the school an ultimatum.
The report cites the ministry is demanding equality and wants the school be half Ashkenazi and half Sephardi. The ministry is seeking a commitment to accept students the same way the city’s new Beis Yaakov does to bring an end to the discriminatory policy. The ministry has informed the school that if the conditions are not accepted in the coming days, a closure order for the school will be issued. The ultimatum follows two months of back and forth between the ministry and Elad Mayor Yisrael Porush. Porush has tried to implement a number of solutions during recent months but his initiatives were met with opposition from askanim in the city.
The ministry expects the frum high schools to accept children moving up the educational ladder without discrimination, which has not been the case in frum Ashkenazi girl’s schools to date.
The issue with this particular school began a number of months ago when the school informed a group of Ashkenazi students they were all accepted while all Sephardi applicants were rejected.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)