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Sunday, February 17 • 4:45pm - 5:45pm
Secular Education in Ultra-Orthodox Yeshivas: What's at Stake

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Graduates of ultra-Orthodox Yeshivas often struggle with the consequences of not having received a basic secular education. Most hasidic elementary schools provide only 90 minutes of secular instruction after a full day of Judaic studies. In high schools, boys receive no secular education at all, despite spending 12-14 hours a day in Yeshiva. Join Yaffed and Footsteps for a panel discussion about what's at stake and what the potential is for reform.  

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Pesach Eisen

Pesach Eisen was born and raised in a Hasidic community in Brooklyn, NY. At the age of 25, after many years of struggling to find his place on the "outside," Pesach discovered Footsteps, and with their dedicated assistance finally completed his GED. Since then, Pesach has graduated... Read More →
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Ari Hershkowitz

Raised in New York in an ultra-Orthodox Hasidic community, Ari questioned that life from a young age. Now an atheist, he has built a life outside his insular beginnings and has publicly shared the joys and struggle of that journey via social media and in the acclaimed Netflix documentary... Read More →
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Naftuli Moster

Naftuli Moster is the founder and executive director of Yaffed. He is a graduate of a Hasidic Yeshiva, and his own struggle while pursuing higher education inspired him to bring reform to the Yeshiva system. He now has a BA in Psychology and an MSW.
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Shlomo Noskow

Shlomo Noskow attended Hasidic yeshivas throughout his childhood. He is also a parent of two teenage boys within the Hasidic school system. Although his career path was long and winding, he eventually found his way into medicine. He now practices as an Emergency Physician. Shlomo... Read More →
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Yael Reisman

Yael Reisman serves as Footsteps’ first-ever Director of Field and Movement Building, working to mobilize the public around reform efforts and issues of concern to those leaving ultra-Orthodoxy. With nearly 15 years of experience, Yael has worked with various progressive nonprofits... Read More →
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Sheindy Weichman

Sandy grew up in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. She is the mother of a boy attending a Hasidic Yeshiva. Sandy is currently attending Kingsborough Community College.

Sunday February 17, 2019 4:45pm - 5:45pm EST
Hahn Chapel (2nd Floor)