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With thousands of girls excited to head off to school for their first day, sadly one hundred are left out. Ateres Tziporah girls still have no uniform to wear.
Sources tell GreaterLakewood a number of schools will be taking in girls, but the parents were not yet informed. GL spoke with multiple parents who said they were davening for a school but had received no updates to tell their daughters.
A boy’s Talmud Torah took over the Ateres Tzipora building and changed the locks…
It remains unclear why the word communication was omitted from this whole saga and if anything is indeed being done, why not let people know so they can reassure their daughters…
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Roughly five weeks ago, parents of the Ateres Tziporah girls school received a letter in the mail saying “As you all know, the school has been faced with challenges and struggles over the past few years…At this point, we have come to a very clear, defined, and conclusive decision, that keeping the school open is simply not possible.”
And with that, 140 girls were suddenly left without a school. No warning, no heads up, nothing.
GL broke the news that the letter was written by a person involved in the school, without the permission of the principal, Mrs. Insel.
The letter stated, “We have spoken with other Mosdos and askanim and there is strong willingness and commitment to help make sure that every girl finds a suitable school for next year.”
One parent wrote a letter about the situation, and GreaterLakewood spoke with multiple other parents who said they were never contacted by anyone in the VAAD or any other askanim.
Parents desperately called schools – which were closed – and left messages hoping for a miracle. Everyone was left in the dark trying to fend for their daughters.
The one thing parents were most surprised by, was the lack of communication and guidance from ‘Lakewood’s leadership.’ Close to 100 parents were left with no one to turn to.
The underlying questions are why did Ateres Tziporah close down, and who closed it down…
With school only 9 days away, GreaterLakewood spoke with multiple parents, who said they are still calling other schools to see if they will take in their child.
It appears tomorrow there may be news regarding rebranding the school and perhaps even renaming it. But at this point, nothing is for certain.
Many teachers who were also unaware about the school’s closing till a few weeks ago, are unable to find employment.
Parents tell GL, they understand that most schools are full but feel there are some schools that can take a few kids in each grade. Parents added that sadly they ‘have no plan’ adding, ‘It is really hard on the kids.’
GL spoke with parents who will likely bus their children to schools farther away, but admit this is only a temporary solution.
It is important to note perhaps it is no-one’s ‘responsibility’ to help these families, but the question needs to be asked if this were to happen to a Yeshivishe school, would they all be left in the dark? would 100 innocent neshomos be stranded?
What can we do?
If we know an Ateres Tzipora family or child, reach out if you can help. Perhaps you can offer advice, perhaps you know the head of a school, perhaps you can just be supportive.
The Gemorah in Baba Basra (Daf Tes) says, speaking and giving chizuk to a poor person is greater than actually giving him money. Support really matters!
ואמר רבי יצחק כל הנותן פרוטה לעני מתברך בשש ברכות והמפייסו בדברים מתברך בי”א ברכות
The Yerushalmi uses a mashal to explain the Mitzvah of ahavas Yisrael. If a person were to cut a piece of meat with a knife and by mistake cut his hand, would one hit the other to reprimand it? So too, in ahavas Yisrael, each Jew must view the other as part of the same body.