Skip To Content
JEWISH. INDEPENDENT. NONPROFIT.

Support the Forward

Funded by readers like you DonateSubscribe
Fast Forward

Warring Brooklyn Candidates Agree On One Thing: No Yeshiva Reform

Amid a blistering City Council campaign in the Orthodox-dominated neighborhood of Boro Park, two warring candidates have found a rare point of agreement: Both dislike the advocates seeking to improve secular education at Hasidic Yeshivas.

“I don’t want any outside group, I’m not going to give them airtime by mentioning their name, but they are on an attack against our yeshivas,” said candidate Kalman Yeger at a debate hosted by the Orthodox newspaper Hamodia, according to a report on the website Vos Iz Neias.

Asked whether government should “dictate” yeshiva’s secular studies curriculum, Yeger’s opponent, Yoni Hikind, answered: “No.”

The advocacy group YAFFED, led by Naftuli Moster, has campaigned in recent years for increased secular education in Hasidic yeshivas. The group charges that education levels in Brooklyn’s Hasidic yeshivas largely fail to meet state standards.

“I will fight them,” Yeger said. “We have to be vigilant. They cannot set foot in our yeshivas, period.”

Yeger, an attorney, is running on the Democratic line, which he received after predecessor David Greenfield declined to run for reelection. Hikind is the son of longtime Assemblyman Dov Hikind.

Engage

Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free, unless it originated with JTA, Haaretz or another publication (as indicated on the article) and as long as you follow our guidelines. You must credit the Forward, retain our pixel and preserve our canonical link in Google search.  See our full guidelines for more information, and this guide for detail about canonical URLs.

To republish, copy the HTML by clicking on the yellow button to the right; it includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline and credit to the Forward. It does not include images; to avoid copyright violations, you must add them manually, following our guidelines. Please email us at [email protected], subject line “republish,” with any questions or to let us know what stories you’re picking up.

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.