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5 Hours Left to Help, Lamplighters In Dire Financial Crisis

Only 5 hours left to help: Yocheved Sidof, founder of Lamplighters, the groundbreaking school in Crown Heights, has announced that the school is in dire financial crisis and she will resign as CEO. Full Story, Photos, Video

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Amazing school
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Amazing school

I wish you lots of success! A really amazing school!

Truly a Lantern in our community
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Truly a Lantern in our community

This is one bright light in chinuch in our community; nothing’s perfect, it has its issues, but it’s the most wholesome chinuch – an example of what chinuch could and should be!

A surprising charidy campaign
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A surprising charidy campaign

This is one we haven’t seen much of – a campaign to raise funds in order to be ETHICAL!!! If for no other reason, the school is needed here! Whatever the ‘money’ people will say about where you should give your money, here is an institution that is asking for help to pay their debts in order to not stiff the people who trusted them…while working on possibly closing the school, they are intent on ETHICAL CLOSURE. Make note of that. It’s not a principle much touted, much to our shame. Let’s promote this; as a community, let us for… Read more »

WOW!
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WOW!

I have never seen such honesty from the administration of ANY school, & I have been in education for over 45 years. I’m impressed. The schools in Crown Heights need to learn from Mrs. Sidoff: her humility and open honesty. I hope you are able to raise the funds to keep going – and no, none of my grandchildren goes to Lamplighters. Hatzlacha!

much success
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much success

hope you are able to continue to touch and improve lives as you have

ps its better that boys and girls, male and female teachers working closely side by side, should not be on same campus

hope it all works out

much success

Every school in CH has a financial struggle
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Every school in CH has a financial struggle

I guess all schools need to cooperate together, big and smalls ones, and do something to overcome the economical burden together, fundraising and also government grants for not using public system and facilities. We need Vaad HaChinuh that can work for the community educational needs.
I wish your school and any other to have a successful year without any burdens.

This Community Cannot Let it Happen
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This Community Cannot Let it Happen

Lamplighters fills a massive void in this community and is certainly underutilized by so many more that could benefit from unique environment. It would be heartbreaking to see Lamplighters close it’s doors. Whether you do or do not send your kids there, invest in the quality of chinuch available in this community. They educate with love, kindness and have such faith and perseverance with every single student, a true example of what education needs to be in our day in age. As someone who has worked in the school, i have never encountered an educational environment like it, or observed… Read more »

wishing you much success
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wishing you much success

Our community needs you.

Math
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Math

I don’t have personal experience with this school or its CEO, but from her post, the pictures and the handful of comments (so far) it seems a unique school and administration, and one seemingly unfortunately not sufficiently valued by its community. And the law of commerce (providing a service that requires money to exist) says that if you sell a product and need the sales income to continue selling, you’re beholden to the laws of math – Enough customers and income you live; not enough customers and income, you don’t. So a school needs supporters who pay more than its… Read more »

this is bigger than crown heights
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this is bigger than crown heights

As someone from a Modern Orthodox background, I can tell you plenty of sad stories from the most modern upper class coed schools. We ALL need Lamplighters

Other Schools
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Other Schools

Because the “main stream” girls school never had finincial problems and always paid it’s teachers? Is there not an audience for that school either?

Didn’t see any CEO or director step down or at the very least take accountability.

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