Saturday, April 9, 2016

A bit to early to celebrate

Last year it wasn't until 2 weeks before chanukah more than 3 months into the school year that all girls were placed in high school. What followed was outrage (The speech) and awareness hoping to bring an end to it. So it came at no surprise that askanim or roshei mosdos put out Press release in local news sites congratulating themselves for sending acceptance letters for all girls who applied for the coming year. In addition 2 new high schools will be open. Sadly, there still are girls that have not received answers and of those who did some of them belong in those schools like a square peg in a round hole. The real celebration is when all girls actualy will be in school on day 1. For now it looks positive but we might have jumped the gun. Article on Matzav  about Kiddush hashem in Lakewood.

Those who have been following the tremendous growth of the Lakewood community are aware of how difficult the school acceptance process is, Particularly for girls’ high schools, where there is not enough space. Additionally, 8th grade girls not receiving a letter of acceptance at the same time as their classmates can be particularly challenging for them and their families. Unfortunately, in past years this process has dragged on for months.

Baruch Hashem, this year, for the first time in many years, each and every high school applicant received an acceptance at the same time.


Roshei Hamosdos and High School and Elementary School principals worked closely with the Vaad to ensure that every Bas Yisroel receive an acceptance and not be hurt.

The process was also helped this year by two major developments:

Firstly, a new high school catering specifically to the needs of the ever growing Lakewood Sephardic community was opened by Rabbi Semah of Bnot Yisroel.

Additionally, Yesodos Bais Yaakov, under the leadership of Rabbi Shloimie Green, is now thriving. Last summer, as the school was about to close its doors, Shlomo Yehuda Rechnitz stepped forward with a large two year financial commitment. This allowed the staff to concentrate on building the school, and work on putting together this year’s ninth grade without worrying about day to day fundraising. Without these schools’ success, the process surely would have gone until the summer.

43 comments:

  1. The pr was not put out by mosdis or askanim. It was put out by one of the individuals named in the pr. Vehamevin yovin

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  2. If you think that with 900 girls and 750 slots with normal class sizes, that you can place every girl in exactly the school she wants to go to ,then i have a bridge to sell you in Brooklyn. Does every bochur get into the mesivta he wants to go to ? Many dont. And thry arevety upset. So why is there no post about that ?

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    1. because those making these decisions are not mechanchim but balie batim and askanim who look at the girls not as souls, but just a number who needs to be matched to an empty desk.

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    2. And who exactly makes the decisions about mesivtas? Does anybody evenget together for one meeting? The answer is NO. Its just that you have a personal gripe about girls high schools. So you make the same cimments every time there is a post.

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  3. LOL The article in the Lakewood poop quoted an anonymous askan who does not want to be named

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  4. Maybe if the Asian that is in charge of getting all the girls into high school were not busy with other things, they could be in school. Is he still allowed in that position after his out the scandal?

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    1. We are still hoping that the Askan who succeeded with the 2 Mosdos for Choilim will make a new school

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  5. This so called "press release" is the furthest thing from the truth! I know a few people personally who did NOT yet get accepted anywhere. I also know many who did NOT get it the same time.

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  6. This press release was sent out by syr people. Ask them

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  7. Funny how tls publishes it as a first report followed by matzav soon afterwards.

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  8. Obviously syr people sent ut to matzav and scoop

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  9. I know dozens of bochurim who did not get into the mesivtas of their choice. Why are you not posting about this ? Why are only girls worthy of picking their school if choice. These bochurim are also devastated.

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    1. Thats just not true. In fact there are probably more mesivtas than bochurim, bochurim also have the option to go out of town.

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    2. yes there are more mesivtas . Yet ask anybody . There are dozens of bochurim who feel they need a certain mesivta and those certain mesivtas are full and they have to go to what is considered a lower caliber mesivta . These Bochurim are devastated ,but the mesivtas for metzyunim are full . Thats life . No most Bochurim today dont consider out of town an option at all . You can ask the heads of the best Mesivtas . They will confirm this . They wish they could take these bochurim but they dont have room . Of course they gety into a decent mesivta but its not what these bochurim really wanted . Same with girls

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    3. Mesivtas make the decision based on input from the Rebbeim and menahalim as well as with the performance on the faher.

      If a bachur is a matzuyan, there will be many yeshivas that want him.

      There are always going to be bachurim that would like to go to a yeshiva but were not accepted, always has been, but that doesn't make the process unfair.

      Alrhough there are some exceptions, a bachur who did not get accepted would be hard pressed to make the case that he deserved someone esles spot.

      Does it really make sense for a bachur who is not a matzuyan to be in a class full of mitzuyanim. Yeshiva is not high school, the learning and chavrusas are geared towards the level of the bachurim, someone who is on a lower level, will quickly be lost.

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  10. Attention Everybody:
    My daughter did NOT get an acceptance letter. I've actually confirmed it with the head of the vaad that not one school in Lakewood accepted my daughter.
    Can you believe that?
    She's not a troubled kid, in fact, if I told you who I am, you would probably recognize my name & you be shocked.
    My daughter is still wondering where her letter is. She's no slouch; she's bound to figure it out soon.
    Can somebody help me?
    Can somebody pass the message to the honorable Mr. Rechnitz that the very school he gave 2 years of funding to is behaving exactly the way he described in his Kanarek speech?

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    1. That school is already packed and way overfull. Mr Rechnitz did not give so much money that they can afford to take more girls and divide them into 2 small classes. Im sure if Mr R would give them more money they would do that. It costs a lot of money to make another class.

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  11. As usual, the town touted as being run by Torah is actually spinning its wheels

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  12. Rechnitz had nothing to do with getting in the kids so you are wasting your time

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  13. I heard there were about 85 girls without a school and Rechnitz gave 36,000 per girl to the schools that accepted them. Thst is truly a lot of money.

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  14. Rechnitz gave money but it doesnt even cover close to half of the annual deficit of this school.

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  15. So now we have a machlokes between an anonymous Askan and an anonymous blogger as to whether the anonyymous bloggers ,anonymous daughter got into a school.

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    1. And the anonymous askan from the lakewood poop who fed this PR to fool the olam

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  16. Hey. There will always be plenty to complain about, but let us recognise that something positive hppened here. This year much fewer girls will suffer because schools cooperated and coordinated more than ever before. And lets recognise that without the "speech" and the $323$ this would not have happened. Let us all be makir tov.

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  17. Hey. 85 times 36,000 is over 3 million dollars. Thats a nice donation.

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  18. I heard that all the negotiations happened in Rechnits office and he eas petsonally involved. He spent several days of his busy schedule sitting in on the meetings with the Roshei Mosdos until he made sure evety girl was placed

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  19. What really changed is that a large number of parents finally decided to do the right thing for their daughters and went early on to the new school. They did not put their daughters through 6 months of agony in trying to fight to get into schools that are full . Once that happened, the rest were placed like they are every year ,nothing vety different. Its just that every year these 30 girls would have also needed to get placed and that would have taken 6 months. Now that they went on their own to a new school ,it took 6 days instead of 6 months.

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  20. Amazing. Rechnitz himself placed every single girl. What a zechus

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  21. If "a large number of parents are finally prepared to stop scrambling to get into the older schools" it is still SYR's credit. Until now parents were rightfully afraid that the established schools would act in a way that would insure the new schools end up with the less desirable students. It took leadership to back the new school and reassure parents that someone will look out for the interests of the tzibur and not allow the old schools to squash the new one.
    That leadership came only from our friend in LA. Thanks.

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    1. It has nothing to do with Rechnitz, he wrote in his follow up letter he is removing himself from Lakewood schools acceptance issue. Where was SYR before the speech when girls were sitting home for 4 months with no high school.

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    2. Pretty silly . I asked around and the older full schools have approximately the same enrollment per school for the last 3 to 4 years . So nothing changed other than the parents mindset . Maybe the speech helped to change the mindset of stubborn parents ,but the larger established schools took the same amount of students for the last several years ,so it wasnt anything they did different .We know its always easier to blame the Mosdos than the parents

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  22. SYR single handedly placed every girl into a school. It cost him 3 million dollars. Why are you complaining. I dontoniw this first hand but an anonymous blogger wrote it as a fact. So it must be true. Write him a letter of thanks. Stop complaining

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  23. So if Rechnitz בכבודו ובעצמו made sure everybody got in, what happened to my precious daughter?

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    1. Please post the first and last letter of your last name. Somebody will call SYR gabai and ask him to look into it.

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    2. How come Rechnitz only gets personally involved with girls high schools. Why not with boys mesivtas or elementary schools

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  24. 323? what/whos that?

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    1. Its the Mispaר Koton שר which is 32 the other 3 stands for Torah Avodah and gemilus chasodim or for שירה

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  25. Its time to celebrate. According to these reports SYR himself took responsibility for 85 girls. Something unheard of. It means that Lakewoods problems of high schools are over. SYR will always come to the rescue.

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  26. I heard that all the high schools aremaking a special dinner in honor of SYR becsude he is the hero of saving 85 high school girls

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  27. Don't attend the dinner. My daughter was not accepted yet into any high school. Askonim are working on it but it appears that school(s) are being stubborn.

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  28. Why dont you call Mr Rechnitz yourself. Tell him that the bloggers here said that he single handedly got 85 girls into school and ask him why he left your daughter out. Maybe it was an oversight on his part

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