Saturday, December 19, 2015
A tale of two cities
Lakewood and East Ramapo both two cities where the vast majority of residents are frum Orthodox Jews who primarily send their children to private yeshivas. Lakewood has a state monitor appointed by the state with veto power over a democratically elected school board. Monsey is now under the same threat. Look at the approach taken in East Ramapo, the Agudah and other activists held press conferences and wrote letters decrying the unconstitutionality of overriding a school board. Aron Weider a activist and community askan has resigned a respected government position so he could put all his energy to fight on behalf of the children and avoid any conflict of interests. Time will tell how it plays itself out but boy are they are putting up a fight. Contrast to Lakewood where the monitor is in full control and despite assurances from the vaad, Igud and other askanim the district keeps upping the anty and another busing cut threat and tax hike looms. While they claim to cut spending they are targeting the Orthodox community. Vaad members, Askanim with conflicts of interest should not be representing the tzibbur if they cant advocate on our behalf. Its time to band together and learn from those selfless individuals how to approach this. If legal action can be taken let it be done. Pulling out the chilul hashem card, is a cop out unless theres a machlokes on how to approach this.