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More than 60 teens studying in Brooklyn yeshiva dispersed by New York police

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Police acting on a tip found dozens of high school-aged boys studying in a Brooklyn yeshiva on Monday, in violation of state rules that public and private schools must remain closed through the end of the academic year.

After NYPD officers visited the school — Nitra Yeshiva, at 841 Madison Street in Bedford-Stuyvesant — students could be seen exiting the building and boarding a bus.

Law enforcement officers who spoke to NBC New York said there were about 100 students at the school.

In an email, Sergeant Mary Frances O’Donnell, a spokesperson for the NYPD, said that there were about 60 students at the school, and that no summonses were issued or arrests made.

One Yiddish Twitter account that reported the incident posted a picture purportedly of police inside the yeshiva with the caption: “Police cleared out the Nitra Yeshiva for older boys even though social distancing was being maintained and even though everyone was wearing a mask.”

Ari Feldman is a staff writer at the Forward. Contact him at or follow him on Twitter @aefeldman


Ari Feldman

Ari Feldman

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