Emanuel: Further Reading

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  1. Yaakov Menken says:

    Two posts were sent to me, both interviews with Rabbi Yitzchak Meir Bar-Lev, the Rav of Emanuel. They confirm the information above, adding that “Even prior to implementing the separation, we spoke with HaGaon HaRav Badani Shlita, who explained this must be done. We decided prior to the implementation that any disagreements would be brought before R’ Badani to render a decision. Therefore, all questions, inquiries and complaints should have been directed to the rav. The rav also released a letter prohibiting anyone from speaking with the media or taking the matter to the High Court, explaining that this entire matter must be addressed internally and by a beis din if need be.”

    One interview, in B’Chadrei Chadarim, is in Hebrew; the other is from BaKehilla but has been translated.

  2. sammy says:

    First, I have friends in Emanuel, one of whom happens to have a daughter in the school in question. They are a religious Yemenite family, and wanted a chariedi education for their children. I’ve spoken with him, and he assures me that there is no racism in the acceptance process for the school that he’s aware of. They had no problems whatsoever getting their daughter into school. While, sadly, we know it happens that schools do discriminate based on ethnic background, I am assured by my friend that this is not the case at Bais Yaakov HaChasidi of Emanuel.

    I think, however, that there is a point to consider here. A bit of background… I am an oleh from the U.S., Sefardi, religious but not chareidi, and I want a good education for my children. We live in a city in Israel with limited education options, but among them are a couple of very good schools. My son and daughter went to the same elementary school, a mamlachti dati (religious public school) that has won the National Education Prize for the last two years, marking it as the best public elementary school in the country. Both were in what is called the “Torani” track, which is supposed to have a stronger emphasis on limudei kodesh, and a different sort of classroom environment than the other classes. An interesting side note; many non-religious families send their children to religious schools in Israel because they want the kids to have a “Jewish background” and knowledge they wouldn’t get at a secular school, even though they watch TV, go to soccer games, etc on Shabbat. My daughter’s “Torani” class had a majority of non-shomer shabbat girls, and it created an atmosphere I really would have preferred she not be in day in and day out. Even if she comes home to a kosher house with no TV, she’s still absorbing what she hears around her. But there were very limited alternatives. Not being Chareidi, Bais Yaakov wouldn’t accept us, but I don’t begrudge them that, for exactly the reason I wasn’t happy about my daughter’s classroom. If a school can create a homogeneous environment by selecting students whose hashkafa is similar, and is not bound by law or finances to accept everyone, they should have that right!

    This is what happens in Emanuel, from what I understand, as well as countless other private schools, and IT IS A GOOD THING. The selection is not based on the ethnic background of the families, but on a religious standard the school maintains for the benefit of its students. It’s been blown completely out of proportion to the point of stupidity by people who should never have gotten involved and have nothing to do with the school in the first place.

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