Friday, May 27, 2016

BMG ‘Disappointed’ Court Cancelled $10M State Grant

Disappointed, is what a spokesperson for BMG  said following courts ruling on grant. Hamodia reports:
(BMG)LAKEWOOD - America’s premier yeshivah reacted with disappointment to a state court’s ruling Thursday that a $10.6 million grant by New Jersey was unconstitutional.

Rabbi Moshe Gleiberman, vice president of Lakewood’s Beis Medrash Govoha, said in a statement that the appellate court’s decision discriminated against religious schools. He said that most of the 6,800 students at the yeshivah go into non-clergy professions.

“BMG’s positive economic impact is widely recognized, with our graduates entering diverse fields, including business, education, finance, law, technology, social work, and more,” Rabbi Glieberman said. “BMG graduates have a solid record in establishing and expanding businesses that create jobs and contribute to New Jersey’s economy.”

“Excluding these students and the institutions which serve them from funding solely on the basis of religion — ‎even though they meet all grant criteria — is its own form of discrimination,” he said. “This doesn’t just hurt Jewish students, it hurts us all.”

Rabbi Glieberman said the projects the grants were to fund, including a library and research center, are on hold.

Beis Medrash Govoha is accredited by the state as an institution of higher learning. It is, along with Yerushalayim’s Mirrer Yeshivah, the two largest yeshivos in the world.

The yeshiva itself wasn’t named in the suit and a spokesman for the state attorney general’s office did not see whether it will appeal.

The state three years ago distributed $13 billion in grants to 232 colleges around the state, including 11 religiously based institutions such as Seton Hall University, College of Saint Elizabeth, Georgian Court University, Saint Peters, and Princeton Theological. Only two, Beis Medrash Govoha and Princeton Theological — which received $645,323 — were declared unconstitutional by the court.

The ruling was prompted by a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and Americans United for Separation of Church and State. New Jersey officials had argued the grants did not run afoul of the Constitution because they were meant to pay for buildings and equipment, not religious activities.

“It is disappointing that the court has not recognized this lawsuit for what it is — an attack on diversity in higher education,” Rabbi Gleiberman said.

“The Appellate Division itself acknowledged that there are multiple credible interpretations of what is permitted under the New Jersey Constitution, and that these issues are ripe for review and determination by the New Jersey Supreme Court,” he added. “We are confident that the grants will be reinstated by the Supreme Court.”


  1. Will this affect a single yungerman's (zecher le) Kollel cheque? Will anybody learn less thanks to this? This doesn't seem connected to actual learning

  2. Nothing personal, just highly doubt the VP of bmg wrote, said or even understands what he is being quoted of.

    1. Excuse me?
      Rabbi Glieberman is very edgimicated. If I'm not mistaken he attended The Stolin Institute of Higher Education in Brooklyn.

    2. i believe that word is spelled edjumacated.
      Most Stolin Institute graduates enter diverse fields, including business, education, finance, law, technology, social work. And also more.

    3. Diverse, indeed.
      And yes, I stand corrected on edjumacated.

  3. Why the attack on our friend R Moshe? At the very least this grant would have brought a substantial amount of economic activity to Lakewood. Even if it would not affect kollel checks.

  4. Because a Yeshiva should be about one thing, the learning of the talmidim. Not economic activity or political activism. The more they are busy with real estate development, politics, running chadorim, international Kollel opening, seforim printing and funerals, the less time, resources and motivation are available for the actual learning. Which is why nobody, aside from einiklech, actually gets a Kollel cheque from BMG. A zecher lekollel cheque is enough for them. And a $50 yearly increase is an insult to their intelligence, as well as untrue. That money was removed elsewhere, leaving the yungerman as poor as he ever was

    1. Groinem du ploiders fun dein groinem
      get your facts straight why are you so farbissen.