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Rockland County, NY - Spring Valley Fire Officials Say Dozens Of Religious Private Schools "Rife" With Unsafe Conditions

Published on: October 15, 2015 09:19 AM
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A photop submitted to the Journal News shows a private religious school at 97 Highview Rd. in Suffern who is one of about 60 schools in Rockland County that is missing a fire safety report. A photop submitted to the Journal News shows a private religious school at 97 Highview Rd. in Suffern who is one of about 60 schools in Rockland County that is missing a fire safety report.

Rockland County, NY - At a Tuesday night meeting of the school board in Ramapo, a Spring Valley fire official told a packed audience that dozens of the area’s religious private schools are not in compliance with fire safety code requirements and that the schools are “rife” with unsafe conditions.

LOHUD.com (http://lohud.us/1PszuJR) reports that Spring Valley fire captain and Tarrytown rabbi Justin Schwartz, who also serves on the Rockland Illegal Housing Task Force, told the audience that the potential for danger due to the lack of compliance increases with each passing day.

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“Not only has this board and administration failed in educational opportunities to the nonpublic schools,” Schwartz said, “but it allows outrageous conditions detrimental to the health and safety of the students of these schools.”

Citing an October 6 report from Secretary of State Cesar Perales’ office, Schwartz said about 60 private schools in Rockland County have failed to filed fire safety reports and that in many cases religious students are “commonly crammed” into trailers and single-family homes that have never undergone a single safety inspection.

“Sanitary code violations are rife,” Schwartz told the crowd.

Below list of private schools in Rockland with missing fire safety reports, according to the state education department:

AH Schreiber Hebrew Academy of Rockland at 360 New Hempstead Rd. in New City

Ateres Bias Yaakov Acad of Rockland at 236 Cherry Lane in Monsey

Bais Chinuch L’Bonois at 900 Route 45 in New City

Bais Shifra Miriam at 229 Maple Ave. in Monsey

Bais Trany of Monsey at 185 N. Main St. in Spring Valley

Bais Yaakov Ayeles Hashachnar at 186 Saddle River Rd. in Monsey

Bais Yaakov Chofetz Chaim-Pomona at 44 Camp Hill Rd. in Pomona

Bais Yaakov D’Rav Hirsch at 235 N. Main St. in Spring Valley

Bais Yaakov High School of Spring Valley at 11 Smolley Drive in Monsey

Baie Yaakov of Ramapo at 16 Herschel Terrace in Monsey

Bais Yehuda at 72 Main St. in Monsey

Bnei Yakov Yosef of Monsey at 23 Union Rd. in Spring Valley

Bnos Chayil at 141 Blauvelt Rd. in Monsey

Bnos Esther Pupa at 246 N. Main St. in Spring Valley

Bobover Yeshiva of Monsey at 88 Grove St. in Spring Valley

Cheder Chabad of Monsey at 15 Widman Court in Spring Valley

Community Enrichment Center at 9 Zeissner Lane in Spring Valley

Con Kolel Chasidel Rachminstrivka at 97 Highview Rd. in Suffern

Cong Machzikei Hadas of Belz at 3 N. Cole Ave. in Spring Valley

Cong Yeshiva of Greater Monsey at 133 Route 59 in Monsey

Congre Machon Tiferes Bachurim at 17 Cameo Ridge Road in Monsey

Congregation Bais Chana Maika at 185 N. Main Street in Spring Valley

Congregation Birchos Yosef at 201 Route 306 in Monsey

Congregation Borov lnc. at 246 N. Main St. in Spring Valley

Congregation Koifer Nefesh at 70 Highview Monsey

Congregation Mesilla at 73 Main St. in Monsey

Congregation Noam E. Lisenk at 100 S. Central Ave. in Nanuet

Congregation Ohr Yilzchok at 174 Maple Ave. in Monsey

Congregation Tiferes Yisroel at 240 Old Nyack Turnpike in Spring Valley

Congregation Yeshivas Meon Hatorah at 244 Route 306 in Monsey

Hebrew Academy-Ohr Menachem Chabad at 315 N. Main St. in New City

lmrei Shufer at 186 Saddle River Rd. in Monsey

Mesivta Ahavas Hatorah at 240 Old Nyack Turnpike in Spring Valley

Mesivta Maamar Mordechai at 113 Maple Ave. in Spring Valley

Mesvita of Yeshiva D’Monsey at 14 Roman Boulevard in Monsey

Meisda Ziev Halorah at 50 Carlton Rd. in Monsey

Monsey Beis Chaya Mushka High School at 25-27 South Monsey Rd. in Monsey

Mosdos Sanz Klausenburg of Monsey at 5 Gibbs Court in Monsey

Mosdos Sanz of Monsey at 50 Slinn Avenue in Spring Valley

Pascack Valley Learning Center at 27 Church Road in Airmont

Rockland lnstitute for Special Children at 972 Chestnut Ridge Road in Spring Valley

Rockland Jewish Academy at 450 W. Nyack Road in West Nyack

Shaarei Arazim of Monsey at 52 S. Main Street in Spring Valley

Shaarei Torah of Rockland at 91 W. Carlton Rd. in Suffern

The Skill Building Center at 15 Widman Court in Spring Valley

St. Dominic’s Home at 500 Western Highway in Blauvelt

Talmud Torah Bobov 49 S. Main Street at Spring Valley

Talmud Torah Khal Adas Yereim 33 Union Road in Spring Valley

UTA 89 S. Main St Spring Valley

Yeshiva Avir Yaakov at 766 N. Main St. in Spring Valley

Yeshiva Bais Hachinuch 50 S. Main St. in Spring Valley

Yeshiva Darchei Noam at 257 Grandview Ave. in Suffern

Yeshiva’Darkei Emunah at 49 S. Main St. in Spring Valley

Yeshiva DegelHatorah at 111 Maple Ave. in Spring Valley

Yeshiva Gedolah of South Monsey at 260 Saddle River in Airmont

Yeshiva Hlgh School of Monsey at 91 Gotlege Rd. in Monsey

Yeshiva Ohr Torah at 201 Route 306 in Monsey

Yeshiva Shaar Ephraim at 5 Acer Court in Monsey

Yeshiva T zoin Yosef at 15 Widman Court in Spring Valley

Yeshivas Ohr Reuven at 259 Grandview Ave. in Suffern


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 Oct 15, 2015 at 09:54 AM Monsey School Bus Driver Says:

I hate to say this, but as much as people in the community label "Rabbi" Justin Schwartz as a self-hating Jew, he is unfortunately right this time. After working in Monsey schools for many years, I can tell you first hand that the attitude of most school administrators is to get things done first and apply for permits second... and it's very unfortunate that most Monsey parents will scream "anti-Semitism" against this article instead of condemning their children's school and stand up for the safety of our children.

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 Oct 15, 2015 at 10:14 AM PaulinSaudi Says:

This cannot be allowed. Lives are at stake.

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 Oct 15, 2015 at 10:20 AM Anonymous Says:

Hopefully they will be taken care of b4 something happens G...d forbid.
Please ...the lives of our children and grandchildren are at stake..please make their safety your priority...If there is money for one thing...their safety trumps that!

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 Oct 15, 2015 at 10:42 AM commenter Says:

Apparently every private Jewish school is on the list, Chasidishe as well as MO.

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 Oct 15, 2015 at 10:47 AM wsbrgh Says:

Bs'd. And do you want me to name the many large batei midrashim in Williamsburg that have no exits anywhere near the mizr ch wall?

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 Oct 15, 2015 at 10:58 AM Anonymous Says:

Shut down all these yeshivos until ALL the fire safety rules are complied with and properly documented. Rav Gavornlik and other chashuveh rabbonim has said repeatedly that saving a single life of a yinglach or kollel yungerleit from a tragic death in a fire is itself reason to STOP all the learning for as long as it takes to make these buildings safe. Pikuach nefesh trumps bitul torah 100 percent of the time. Its not a question you have to consult your local rov or posek...its obvious.

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 Oct 15, 2015 at 11:06 AM monseyma Says:

As a Monsey resident, I can tell you that this list is very out-dated. Addresses are given for schools/yeshivos at places where they haven't been operating in for quite some time. Some schools listed were start-ups that didn't work out and have closed down. Therefore, since basic information is not up to date, information that is surely registered for things like transportation and book delivery, this list cannot be considered a reliable source.
I agree that fire safety for schools is important, but when the list provided is this old, I wonder whether this "news item" is the result of someone digging around in old files with less than pure intentions...

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 Oct 15, 2015 at 10:34 AM commenter Says:

Any one familiar with Justin knows what his agenda is, he has been removed from the fire squad, and is assigned as fire police to direct the traffic around the fire scene.

Whenever there is a fire or fire call in a jewish place, his only issue is why hatzoloh is on the scene and yells viciously on everyone. yet does not care if there are victims or anything else.

On the last call I saw him, there was a critical patient stuck high in a tree, Hatzoloh on scene called FD he arrived and yelled at everyone, the police officer on the scene directed him to leave the property or else he will be arrested.

This is the person making these claims against 'private' schools.

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 Oct 15, 2015 at 11:25 AM Ushmartem es Nafshoisechem Says:

Bimchilas kevod horabonim in Monsey and surrounding areas, it is indicative of a warped way of thinking with many of the finest and sheinste yiden to have a dismissive attitude with regard to government safety regulations, whether traffic. building or fire. It has got many reasons but it is totally wrong and not al pi halacha. You are not allowed to take safety risks in order to safe money.
In EY we need Rav Chaim Kanievski to tell us that traffic regulations have to be observed ! !
Regrettable it won't change so quickly and chas vesholom something may happen which could have very well be prevented.

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 Oct 15, 2015 at 11:40 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #2  
PaulinSaudi Says:

This cannot be allowed. Lives are at stake.

Oh nebach you think when our parents went to school it was better? The government has so many overburdening regulations that its impossible to keep it all. There is a certain line that must be drawn between living normal lives and being over protective. The USA government in the 21st century has gone way over board with its stupidty.

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 Oct 15, 2015 at 11:49 AM OyGevald Says:

I suggest a counter report.
A chevra organized to check every yeshiva listed while classes are in progress and report back if accurate.
I hope it's not as bad as it sounds. Hopefully just technicalities.

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 Oct 15, 2015 at 12:51 PM PaulinSaudi Says:

Reply to #10  
Anonymous Says:

Oh nebach you think when our parents went to school it was better? The government has so many overburdening regulations that its impossible to keep it all. There is a certain line that must be drawn between living normal lives and being over protective. The USA government in the 21st century has gone way over board with its stupidty.

(I am not a Jew, I went to a public school in Maryland.)

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 Oct 15, 2015 at 01:01 PM whataworld Says:

Reply to #7  
monseyma Says:

As a Monsey resident, I can tell you that this list is very out-dated. Addresses are given for schools/yeshivos at places where they haven't been operating in for quite some time. Some schools listed were start-ups that didn't work out and have closed down. Therefore, since basic information is not up to date, information that is surely registered for things like transportation and book delivery, this list cannot be considered a reliable source.
I agree that fire safety for schools is important, but when the list provided is this old, I wonder whether this "news item" is the result of someone digging around in old files with less than pure intentions...

I agree with you. A big chunk of these addresses don't house those schools. They are residences of the yeshiva heads or addresses where the schools have long moved from. I'm sure that some of them are not safe but it doesn't come close to this list. The current safety inspections might also not be updated on this list.

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 Oct 15, 2015 at 01:05 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #9  
Ushmartem es Nafshoisechem Says:

Bimchilas kevod horabonim in Monsey and surrounding areas, it is indicative of a warped way of thinking with many of the finest and sheinste yiden to have a dismissive attitude with regard to government safety regulations, whether traffic. building or fire. It has got many reasons but it is totally wrong and not al pi halacha. You are not allowed to take safety risks in order to safe money.
In EY we need Rav Chaim Kanievski to tell us that traffic regulations have to be observed ! !
Regrettable it won't change so quickly and chas vesholom something may happen which could have very well be prevented.

The correct expression from the תורה is ונשמרתם מאד לנפשתיכם, which is found in דברים ד ט"ו.

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 Oct 15, 2015 at 01:33 PM LogicSays Says:

You people are not reading the article properly, or at all.
It doesn't say all the listed schools have dangerous conditions, or violations.
I copied and pasted from the article "Below list of private schools in Rockland with missing fire safety reports, according to the state education department:"
These schools are missing a piece of paper.
You can ALL calm down now. Schwartz is obviosly a trouble maker, and in need of attention.

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 Oct 15, 2015 at 01:36 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #14  
Anonymous Says:

The correct expression from the תורה is ונשמרתם מאד לנפשתיכם, which is found in דברים ד ט"ו.

That is among the cites Rav Gavornlik, shlita, invokes when he admonishes rebbeim and askanim responsible for yeshivos to close down for as long as it takes to make their facilities safe and not to worry about the loss of 'learning hours" if lives are at risk (although he notes that in some cases interim facilities should be found).

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 Oct 15, 2015 at 02:23 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #16  
Anonymous Says:

That is among the cites Rav Gavornlik, shlita, invokes when he admonishes rebbeim and askanim responsible for yeshivos to close down for as long as it takes to make their facilities safe and not to worry about the loss of 'learning hours" if lives are at risk (although he notes that in some cases interim facilities should be found).

Nowhere in all of תנ״ך is ושמרתם את נפשותיכם written. Regardless of who uses it as a citation, it is incorrect. We all have an obligation of quoting the תוה״ק correctly regardless of any status we may possess.

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 Oct 15, 2015 at 05:12 PM Rabbi Justin? Says:

Reply to #1  
Monsey School Bus Driver Says:

I hate to say this, but as much as people in the community label "Rabbi" Justin Schwartz as a self-hating Jew, he is unfortunately right this time. After working in Monsey schools for many years, I can tell you first hand that the attitude of most school administrators is to get things done first and apply for permits second... and it's very unfortunate that most Monsey parents will scream "anti-Semitism" against this article instead of condemning their children's school and stand up for the safety of our children.

'Nuff said,

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 Oct 15, 2015 at 05:14 PM Anonymous Says:

Most of you should be ashamed for being mekabel lashon haram from someone with no proof...rabbi Justin. Very nice.

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 Oct 15, 2015 at 01:37 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #4  
commenter Says:

Apparently every private Jewish school is on the list, Chasidishe as well as MO.

And one not Jewish... St. Dominick doesn't sound too frum. They are trying to help our kids.... No matter where on the spectrum they fall out!

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 Oct 15, 2015 at 01:39 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #8  
commenter Says:

Any one familiar with Justin knows what his agenda is, he has been removed from the fire squad, and is assigned as fire police to direct the traffic around the fire scene.

Whenever there is a fire or fire call in a jewish place, his only issue is why hatzoloh is on the scene and yells viciously on everyone. yet does not care if there are victims or anything else.

On the last call I saw him, there was a critical patient stuck high in a tree, Hatzoloh on scene called FD he arrived and yelled at everyone, the police officer on the scene directed him to leave the property or else he will be arrested.

This is the person making these claims against 'private' schools.

And at least one not jewish school... St Dominick's anyone?

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 Oct 15, 2015 at 02:41 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #8  
commenter Says:

Any one familiar with Justin knows what his agenda is, he has been removed from the fire squad, and is assigned as fire police to direct the traffic around the fire scene.

Whenever there is a fire or fire call in a jewish place, his only issue is why hatzoloh is on the scene and yells viciously on everyone. yet does not care if there are victims or anything else.

On the last call I saw him, there was a critical patient stuck high in a tree, Hatzoloh on scene called FD he arrived and yelled at everyone, the police officer on the scene directed him to leave the property or else he will be arrested.

This is the person making these claims against 'private' schools.

Figures you would blame him and say he has an agenda. Our kinder could die tomorrow and you would still blame him. Shanda

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 Oct 15, 2015 at 05:20 PM Anonymous Says:

You can all calm down, the whole story is bogus.
By chance I was in town of Ramapo when the news about the article came in, and I overheard them discussing the issue, every school has a yearly fire inspection, the journal news ( known for its ahavas yisroel and honesty) didn't even bother to call the town to ask for comment.
Anybody that knows this Mr. Schwartz knows that it's not out of his good heart and worry for our children that he is doing this, he comes to every public hearing to complain even if he lives 10 miles away, he is just looking to make noise and get attention in any possible way.
Look at the list, many of these buildings are in great condition and we'll kept but who needs the truth ? Just bash the private schools and automatically everybody asuumes its the truth.
Yes! Some private schools don't have 10 million dollars to buy 3 acers and put up state of the art buildings, and after paying 15 thousand dollars in school tax not much is left for donations etc.

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 Oct 15, 2015 at 06:02 PM LionofZion Says:

The guy from Brooklyn with no smoke detectors is going to come up and speak about Emunah. Afterword, his fans will explain that everything is meant to be and comes from Hashem, so we should just ignore safety and laugh at the guy whose parents named him Justin.

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 Oct 15, 2015 at 11:02 PM Anonymous Says:

Other websites are quoting people from here. Seems like most posters here don't give two cents about safety for children and following laws. When a kid gets hurt in an illegal yeshiva with only one door, will you weep that you blamed the fire inspector and laughed at his name? Are there no educated posters here?

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