A key excuse given by public officials as to why they focus on the curriculum at Hasidic boy schools across the state of New York is that poverty in Hasidic neighborhoods is higher than other places, and the alleged cause of it is Yeshiva education. The number of hours that secular education should be taught at Yeshivas we will leave for others to debate and decide, but there are multiple factors that cause higher poverty rates among Hasidim that have literally nothing to do with Yeshivas and changing Yeshiva education would not change it. The Village of Kiryas Joel (Town of Palm Tree) in Orange County New York will be used as an example since it is the largest Hasidic community quantified by the Census.
31,376 students enrolled in Lakewood, New Jersey, Jewish schools grades Kindergarten through 12th for the current 2017-2018 school year. This is an increase of 2,020 students or almost 6.9% from a year earlier, and it is a spike of 10,448 students or 49.9% from 20,928 students five years ago; in the 2012-2013 school year. The data was compiled by the Orthodox Jewish Public Affairs Council (OJPAC) from stats made available by the New Jersey State Education Department.
151,828 students enrolled in New York Jewish schools for the 2017-2018 school year grades Full Day Kindergarten through 12’th. This is an increase from 149,562 students last year; a jump from 133,285 students in the 2012-2013 school year and a steep rise from the 113,387 students ten years ago. Overall, Jewish school enrollment this year was 18,543 more students than five years ago and 38,441 more students from ten years ago. Total nonpublic school enrollment in New York dropped by 10,680 from five years ago and by 30,996 from ten years ago. As a percent, enrollment in Jewish schools rose by 33.9% from ten years ago while overall private school enrollment decreased by almost 7.2%. The data was compiled by the Orthodox Jewish Public Affairs Council (OJPAC) from stats made available by the New York State Education Department.
149,562 students were enrolled in New York Jewish schools for the 2016-2017 school year. This is an increase from the 147,498 students a year earlier. The students were spread over 428 institutions throughout sixteen counties in grades full day Kindergarten through 12th, and the data includes students that were enrolled in Ungraded Elementary (UGE) schools and Ungraded Secondary (UGS) schools. The data was compiled by the Orthodox Jewish Public Affairs Council (OJPAC) from stats made available by the New York State Education Department.
There is a lie circulating in the press and on social media regarding Hasidim and property tax. Specifically, the lie says that due to the growth of the Orthodox Jewish community, "the property tax base dwindles due in part to more properties earning tax-exempt statues." Here are the facts:
The NYPD Transit Bureau reported to the MTA board that 22 of the 31 hate crimes in the New York City subway system during the first 3 months of 2017 targeted Jews, mainly via graffiti, and the number of reported hate crimes spiked from only 7 in the same three months last year. MTA board member Charles Moerdler, a Holocaust survivor, is quoted in the NYDN that, "It was precisely this kind of statistic, this kind of conduct that gave birth in ‘34 to ‘38 to what led to the Holocaust."
147,173 students grades full day kindergarten through 12th were enrolled in New York Jewish schools for the 2015-2016 school year. This is an increase from the revised figures for the 2014-2015 school year which had 142,362 students enrolled in Jewish schools. The students were spread in 407 institutions throughout sixteen counties and the data includes students that were enrolled in Ungraded Elementary schools.
The data was compiled by the Orthodox Jewish Public Affairs Council (OJPAC) from stats made available by the New York State Education Department.
More than 143,000 students were enrolled in private Jewish schools last year in the State of New York grades full K through 12. The students were enrolled in 405 institutions throughout sixteen counties.
The data was compiled by the Orthodox Jewish Public Affairs Council (OJPAC) from belated stats made available by the New York State Education Department.
The counties with the most students in Jewish schools grades K through 12 were:
While the Village of Kiryas Joel in Orange County, New York is not necessarily representative of Hasidic communities elsewhere, it is the only large Hasidic community to be quantified by the Census. Here are some Census data-based answers to questions that people may have about Kiryas Joel.
Arguments have been made that 1) Orthodox Jews under-educate their children and 2) they are therefore more dependent on government; costing tax payers billions. Both claims are misleading but for arguments sake we will work with it for a minute: