By COLlive reporter
All three Crown Heights Bais Din Rabbis have expressed support for an event to deal with the urgent crisis our community faces regarding the high cost of school tuition.
The event is being organized by HaMesivta Principal Rabbi Moshe Lieblich, where he will present a plan to end the crisis. The entire community is urged to attend to deal with what is seen by many residents as the most critical issue we face today, with many families dealing with financial strain, salaries that don’t cover even half of their children’s tuition, children being thrown out of school due to lack of payment and families who can’t afford basic necessities due to the high cost of education.
In a letter to the community, Rabbi Avrohom Osdoba urged residents to attend the Tuesday event at Oholei Torah. “Rabbi Lieblich has invested much time and energy to come up with a thought out plan to address this vital issue that affects the whole community,” Rabbi Osdoba wrote. “It is my hope that the community will come together to hear his plan.”
Rabbi Yosef Braun praised Lieblich’s efforts for this long-overdue initiative, saying, “It’s about time. We should applaud the individuals in our community who have stepped up to the challenge, may their efforts be crowned with success.”
Rabbi Yakov Schwei praised the efforts as well, saying, “Whoever helps will surely be blessed by Hashem in double portion.”
The entire community is urged to all come together this Tuesday evening, May 10 – 2 Iyar at 8:30 pm in Oholei Torah and work together to solve this problem.
“The issue of rising costs of tuition is a problem we all face; parents are doing their best to provide for their families, often taking second and third jobs, they want to have a large family and they want to be able to be there for their kids,” Lieblich says.
“However, by the time they come home from work they are completely drained and don’t have the energy to give their kids the attention they need.”
Still, parents cannot fully blame the schools, Lieblich says. “They want the best education for our children and they want to attract the best teachers, but they are under tremendous pressure to meet payroll at the end of the month,” he says.
Speaking at the event will be renowned orator Rabbi YY Jacobson, Brooklyn Shliach Rabbi Aaron Raskin, and others.