Saturday, February 21, 2009

While Mainstream Jews Debate Education Economic Crisis, Kiryas Joel Satmars Figured It All Out

Satmar Hasidic boys in the lunchroom at the United Talmudical Academy in Kiryas Joel, N.Y. [photo credit: Randy Harris for The New York Times]

New York - In this economic crisis, the leaders of Satmar, who defiantly never went to college, are running rings around their more modern brothers and sisters who have advanced degrees and invested with Bernie Madoff. Mainstream Jews are debating hot to steer Jewish education through the crisis, perhaps with tax credits, or the creation of Hebrew-emphasis public charer schools, like the Arabic public school in Brooklyn. Meanwhile, Satmar, who figured this out 15 years ago, scored $6.3 million from the stimulus bill for Kiryas Joel’s all-Jewish public school.

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Thank you for the lead Michael Hoffman - Johnny

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