The Jerusalem Municipality has imposed a fine on the well-known Loichter (לויכטר) Talmid Torah in Bayit Vegan after the school was adamant in its refusal to accept a child from a home of Baalei Teshuva.
The discrimination seems to be alive and well, allegedly because one’s religious status, and in this case, the Jerusalem Municipality has decided to step in and take punitive action against the school.
A sephardi baal teshuva family was unsuccessful in having their young son accepted to the talmid torah. The son, Ovadia, was not accepted to the Bayit Vegan talmid torah and this led to a stir in the city’s Chareidi Education Department. The city decided to enroll him in the school, but this too did not help. Hence, the matter was taken to court.
The head of the Chareidi Education Department in Jerusalem City Hall, Itamar Bar Ezer issued the following statement: “The rules of the game regarding Talmid Torah Loichter have changed, and they, the heads of the talmid torah, are not meeting the agreement with the city regarding running the school. If I do not receive notification this morning that the children have been accepted to the talmid torah…I understand that the talmid torah’s administration has reached a unilateral decision…”
There was at least one addition letter sent warning the school’s administration.
The school’s administration insists that “nothing has changed” and it continues to adhere to its agreement, pointing out, that each year, all the students accepted are interviewed and then a decision is made, as was the case this year.
In fact, the school administrators accuse the city of interfering by enrolling the child unilaterally, which represents violating the terms of the school’s operating agreement with the city.
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(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)