A History Lesson in Communal Resistance

A History Lesson in Communal Resistance
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Next month, the Rabbi Jacob Joseph School in New York will begin its 121st year educating Jewish children. It will also be my 46th year serving as its president. When I accepted the position, I understood that I would confront some of the same challenges that my predecessors faced: demographic shifts, communal apathy, and fundraising difficulties.

This year, however, I and other yeshiva leaders are facing an additional and significant challenge, an attempt by New York State to impose a rigid set of rules that would alter the essential character of private schools, parochial and independent alike,  where parents and educators work together to instill their values and strengthen their communities.

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