COLlive has received the following heartfelt email on Monday, September 5, 2011 at 10:32 PM Eastern Time. We have not been able to verify the authenticity of the writer or the accuracy of the case.
As children return to school, we decided to publish it nevertheless (with minor corrections) to highlight the difficulties parents and schools have with paying and raising tuition:
UPDATE: We have indeed verified the writer of this op-ed and found the situation to be true. COLlive enlisted two educational professionals to get involved and help the family
Life is full of unexpected twists and turns. What is one to do when faced with circumstances where they are bare of any finances to cover their children’s tuition in yeshiva, let alone the bare minimum needed for living expenses, diapers, gas etc.?
Where does a Yeshiva expect the parents to turn? Public school, or no education at all? A Yesiva should be a community school. How do you take it on your plaitzes to close your doors to yiddishe neshomos pleading for an education?
How do you the administrators and directors sleep at night knowing that you callously omitted children from your moised? Why is it when it comes to Chabad helping Chabad there is no extended hand?
It would be obvious to most people that how important it would be for children who come from a home with dire financial needs to be spending the day in a school setting. We are talking about neshomos here!
Our family was not asking for a full scholarship. All we asked for was a 6 month grace period to start a payment plan that’s doable for us. We already turned to family/friends for the registration fee.
We received a callus response, as if our children are meaningless to the Yeshiva system and who we are has no value to the Yeshiva or the community.
After extensive thought and a sleepless night, we came up with a way to try and meet at a point that shows some humanity/chassidishkeit/mentchlichkeit on the Yeshiva’s part; as well as an effort on our part to step up to our tuition responsibilities in the most do-able possible way – given our current circumstances.
We commited to punctually pay this years tuition in a timely matter over 12 months, followed by a payment agreement for the remaining past balance. To be specific and clear – 1 check upfront made out for the month of September, as well as a credit card for the remaining months of the 2012 school year. Followed by twelve payments of $750 starting March 15, 2012 to cover our old balance of $9000.
After this last effort, the Yeshiva responded turning us away and our 2 children are at home with no Yeshiva to go to as school started Tuesday, September 6.
I hope human decency rises to the surface among the “Board of Directors” as well as an obligation to the Rebbe and his Chassidim – Meer zaynen ayn mispacha. We’re asking the mishpacha for a hand – not a hand out.