By COLlive reporter
Students and faculty at Associated Beth Rivkah Schools in Crown Heights, the flagship Chabad schools for girls and young women, have been protesting the firing of the school’s longtime administrator Rabbi Benjy Stock last week.
As the de-facto dean, Stock has been running the day-to-day operations and finances of the community school with over 2000 students, ranging from preschool through post-high school graduate program.
With the installation of the new board of directors over the last two years, Stock has been asked to step back in these roles, COLlive has learned.
A letter dated October 31, 2018, and signed by the board’s chairman Rabbi Avraham Shemtov says Stock have been asked to suggest “a consulting relationship to assist in the continued transition to the new financial/administration.”
A source close to Stock told COLlive that Stock has replied back to the board’s request with ideas of roles he can continue filling in the school’s operation that are not financially related, but has not heard back from the board.
Meanwhile, students joined teachers in expressing vocal support for Stock and his dedication to the institution. The door to his office at the school’s Crown Street location has been covered with handwritten notes of support.
Stock is “the man behind the school, who breathed Beis Rivkah every second of his life (quite literally) since taking the position,” a letter shared on social media says.
“Benjy Stock keeps the school on its foot. As a staff member in school I know that Benjy takes full responsibility 1000% over every one of its 2000+ students. The burden of every student falls on his shoulder, and Benjy is there to support any staff member that has a difficulty,” the letter says.
Students have also shared a video about Stock’s involvement in the school and how much his care and devotion means to them.
A member of the board told COLlive: “The board over the last few years have done everything they can to make Benjy Stock a full partner, and we appreciate everything he’s done for the school and the community. Unfortunately, he has not reciprocated on our offer to him in the past few years.
“Only at the last moment, he has finally come forward with a proposal. As the board was still absorbing that information, both true and untrue information was being spread.”
Update (Sunday 12:00 pm): Rabbi Stock has notified that he is set to meet members of the board of directors today “in goodwill to try to resolve things.”