This past year has been a tumultuous and challenging time for schools everywhere. Zoom class, phone class, when to open, when to shut, and vaccination have entered the conversation. All of these new issues were discussed, on Thursday, January 14th, at the Agudah’s Yeshiva Services department annual consultation meeting for New York City yeshivos, Bais Yaakovs, and day schools, held in conjunction with the Alliance for Yeshiva Education Schools, the Sephardic Community Federation, Teach NYS, the Jewish Education Project, and the United Jewish Organizations of Williamsburg.
The 150 attendees, after an introduction by Rabbi Chaim Dovid Zwiebel, executive vice president of Agudath Israel of America and chairman of the city’s Committee on Religious and Independent Schools, listened to updates on equivalency of instruction, Titles l, II, III and IV, SSBA, CARES Act I and II, the NY Library Program, different funding categories, and the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines, which were provided by Mr.Ami Bazov, Esq., coordinator for Yeshiva Services for the Agudah, Rabbi David Niederman, president of the United Jewish Organizations of Williamsburg, Rabbi Yehoshua Pinkus, director of Yeshiva Services for the Agudah, Ms. Na’ama Rosenberg, director of government funded programs for the Jewish Education Project, Mr. David Rubel of the Sephardic Community Federation, and Mrs. Sara Seligson, managing director of the Department of Yeshivot and Day Schools for the Jewish Education Project. The attendees also heard from Mrs. Deborah Zachai in her new role as consultant for the Agudah’s Yeshiva Services department.