By a concerned father
My wife and I recently forayed into the field of applying to seminaries for our daughter. As our oldest daughter is graduating high school this year, she did her research and decided that she wanted to attend a specific seminary in Eretz Yisroel.
The price for them to even consider her was $90. Mind you, that fee was in no way a guarantee or an assurance that one will be accepted. It was for them to review her name and application.
They ended up rejecting her. I would have remained silent, but then we discovered that this seminary has rejected every single applicant from the high school that my daughter attends.
I am not sure if it is a blanket statement, political statement, or even a loud message to the staff of the high school that your students are not good enough to attend our seminary. Perhaps it is.
But if the seminary is going to reject every one of the applications from a specific high school no matter the reason, I strongly feel a refund to the parents who paid the $90 interview fee is in order. It is simply stealing otherwise.
I find it shameful and extremely disappointing that an institution would deny a potential shlucha, future educator or simply a Lubavitch mother the opportunity to spend a year in Eretz Yisroel, solely because on the school and not individual merits.
What should be added is the fact that the specific seminary, that I will not mention at this time, accepted a small number of applicants from another high school. After doing some research, the few applicants that were granted acceptance were relatives of the dean.
Unfortunately, this has become the accepted norm. With so few options and so many applicants, the heads of these seminaries have free reign to do as they please at the heavy expense of Yiddishe souls (notably, that are not related or connected to them).
I wouldn’t complain had the seminary clearly written on their application, “Please review the following boxes to calculate find out your eligibility to be accepted. If you have not checked any, please don’t bother sending it in: 1. Relative of the dean 2. Getzeh from Russia 3. Married into the following families etc.”
Some will read this open letter in COLlive.com and say the author is bitter or being cynical. I disagree. My intention is not to be anything but truthful. Knowing that if I had a relative that was a relative of the dean of the specific seminary, my daughter would have been accepted. Sad but true.
If they categorically rejected every single girl from a specific high school, that means they didn’t bother looking into any of the applicants and worse, never intended to give either of them the benefit of the doubt.
At this point, I am asking for a refund of the $90 that I could have used to contribute towards my Matzah bill for Pesach. To take honest hard earned money from innocent parents is wrong and the fee should be refunded – and perhaps eliminated to begin with…