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Beit Shemesh - Chabad School 'On Strike' over Principal, Claiming He Hits Children

Published on: September 1, 2009 10:41 PM
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Beit Shemesh, Israel - While other children across the country were beginning their first day back in class, pupils at a Chabad elementary school in Ramat Beit Shemesh were joined by their parents in a protest over the Education Ministry’s decision to hire a new principal for the institution.

The crowd, which blocked the entrance to the school, was later broken up by police, who arrived on the scene after about an hour.

The parents refuse to allow their children to begin their studies at the school, as long as the new principal, who they say has a history of violence toward children, is employed there.

“This is a principal who has been fired from two other schools in the past for hitting children, and the parents feel he is a danger to their children,” a Chabad representative in Ramat Beit Shemesh told The Jerusalem Post.

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“The parents feel as though the Education Ministry is forcing them to accept this man into their school,” he said.

The parents are also upset that the school’s original principal, a Chabad rabbi with 30 years of experience, is no longer working there, and say that they registered their children for the new year with the understanding that he would still be in charge.

“They feel that he is better suited to the job,” the Chabad representative said. “And they have a right to be concerned about this new principal.”
The parents said they are willing to keep their “strike” going as long as it takes to make the Education Ministry change its decision, and that the school’s 300 pupils would find another place in which to continue their studies.

 


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 Sep 01, 2009 at 08:51 PM Anonymous Says:

Finally, parents stick up for the children and are protecting them against a principal who has a record of abuse. How many Rabeim do we have in Yeshivas that verbally and physically abuse the kids. The yeshivas "can't" do anything because they have been with the Yeshivah.... wgat will they do.... It's about time we realize that if we get rid of one abusive Rebbe we may be able to save the soul of many of our kinderlach. So take a lesson Yeshivas if there is a teacher or Rebbe who is either verbally or physically abusive "get rid of him" get him a job as a cab driver.

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 Sep 01, 2009 at 09:54 PM Anonymous Says:

There is a rebbe in a particular yeshivah , in the junior high grade , that embarrasses the kids ,.... and has no compunction about insulting them .....making them feel that if they can't keep up it's because they are sh'vach.....and it's too bad. Is this chinuch???.. We must teach our children with love , to do the best they can , talk to them with love and respect and we will accomplish a tremendous amount!!

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 Sep 01, 2009 at 10:30 PM Aron Says:

Back in the 70's if we wouldv'e gone on strike for every rebbi or pricipal who hit us we would have never been in yeshiva!

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 Sep 01, 2009 at 10:30 PM lh Says:

These rebbeim and teachers should be fired immediately and not rehired by other schools. Enough is enough

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 Sep 02, 2009 at 06:06 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #2  
Anonymous Says:

There is a rebbe in a particular yeshivah , in the junior high grade , that embarrasses the kids ,.... and has no compunction about insulting them .....making them feel that if they can't keep up it's because they are sh'vach.....and it's too bad. Is this chinuch???.. We must teach our children with love , to do the best they can , talk to them with love and respect and we will accomplish a tremendous amount!!

This used to be the norm , if a rebbe is still using such tactics , you should talk to the menahl or board etc. . The majority of yeshives have come a long way from this old time chinuch style. Your child deserves better. The child might be shvach but gevald why push it in his face ,you think he doesn't know ?

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 Sep 02, 2009 at 05:35 AM Jack Says:

Without knowing any of the facts, I would propose the assumption, that the person fired was a chabad rabbi that had no real pedagogic education and the person hired to replace him was very well educated but not of the chabad persuasion. Hence they start a grassroots project to recall the chabad individual and cast aspersions on anyone else not from their ilk.

Unfortunately this is the tactics used throughout the chabad world to cast out any non believers and replace with individuals that are molded in their philosophy.

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 Sep 02, 2009 at 04:24 AM Anonymous Says:

How about the yeshiva I went to,the post-high school American program, where the Rosh Yeshiva, "shlita", verbally abuses kids mentally and emotionally so badly that some have had nervous breakdowns because of it? Isn't this just as bad? I should add that he claims he has a heter to do so from the "gedolim" in the name of "hinuch"! And we wonder why so many Yidden are going off the derech...

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 Sep 02, 2009 at 03:44 AM Dee Says:

If its really true - then good for them, my parents never believed me about my teachers being abusive, it makes me happy to read this

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 Sep 02, 2009 at 03:11 AM Anonymous Says:

A person who hits children has no business in a school. He can ruin these children.
Kol Hakavod to the parents!

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 Sep 02, 2009 at 02:28 AM Anonymous Says:

THE FIRST DAY OF SATMAR BOYS CEDER THE RABBI HIT A BOY IN MY SON CLASS BECAUSE HE WAS TALKING MY SON DIDNT WANT TO GO TO CEDER THE NEXT DAY BEING AFFRAID THAT THE RABBI MIGHT HIM TO ITS ABOUT TIME WE STICK UP FOR OUR KIDS BEING ABUSE LETS GO OUT TO STIRCK TO ITS OVER THOSE TIME THE GIRLS DONT GET HIT THEY GET PUNISHED AND ITS MORE THEN ENOGHT

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 Sep 02, 2009 at 12:02 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #4  
lh Says:

These rebbeim and teachers should be fired immediately and not rehired by other schools. Enough is enough

Agreed, our children need us adults to stand behind them. I cannot understand how someone gets a thrill by of insulting a child , making him feel like he wants to bury himself. I remember how a rebbi made me feel so stupid for not understanding what he said - a difficult gemara. Yeshivas it's time to make sure rebbeim and teacher take sensitivity courses. We live in different times. Our children need to be protected. Parents protect your children from abusive teachers and rabbeim.

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 Sep 02, 2009 at 06:33 AM phoneix Says:

#2, I implore you to do something about the Rebbe who is insulting chidren. I was a child who was beaten in the third grade and I bear those emotional scars until today. The teacher also emotionally abused me. Don't stand back and let this happen to even one more child. Lo Taamod Al Dam Reyecha! You must not be afraid to do the right thing. It is Erev Rosh Hashana now is your chance to get a tremendous mitzvah. Of coure you need to have proof of this and not just hearsay, but if you do have the proof you must go ahead and do the right thing. You will know what to do.

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 Sep 01, 2009 at 11:38 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #3  
Aron Says:

Back in the 70's if we wouldv'e gone on strike for every rebbi or pricipal who hit us we would have never been in yeshiva!

Yes, my husband says that was typical discipline for him in Kfar Chabad as a child. I remember in public elementary school that the boys who misbehaved were called to the principal's office for a spanking. Glad times have changed. Hope the community is successful.

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 Sep 01, 2009 at 11:09 PM Anonymous Says:

I don't understand,what type of education ministry hires someone with such a record(if it's true).Also,since when do they decide for a non public school who it's princpal is.

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 Sep 01, 2009 at 11:06 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #3  
Aron Says:

Back in the 70's if we wouldv'e gone on strike for every rebbi or pricipal who hit us we would have never been in yeshiva!

That doesn't mean it's acceptable today now that we have "evolved" (educationally at least.) Back in the 70's who knew from cholesterol? Does that mean eating shmaltz by the bucketful was good for you & we should still eat it now even though we know the harm it can do?

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 Sep 02, 2009 at 07:40 AM dovid's friend Says:

Reply to #3  
Aron Says:

Back in the 70's if we wouldv'e gone on strike for every rebbi or pricipal who hit us we would have never been in yeshiva!

It is different now. Children are different -- all of the michanchim say that our children are very differnt. We have to be creative and find better ways to reach our children.

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 Sep 02, 2009 at 07:30 AM Anonymous Says:

these children are diamonds!! if you had a precious diamond in your hands you wouldnt throw it around -ud guard it with all your might! these children need to be protected-and held with gloves close to their hearts! if you polish a stone it shines-if u cut the stone, and its not done carefully-its worthless.

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 Sep 02, 2009 at 07:20 AM hymisher Says:

I remember a rebbe hitting a child of 6 or 7 years old, the kid got nebech so messed up that later on in life he couldn't find a shidduch and ended up going to prison, every time I think of that kid i blame myself for letting that happen to him, for not standing up and fighting back.

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 Sep 02, 2009 at 06:56 AM Aron Says:

Reply to #6  
Jack Says:

Without knowing any of the facts, I would propose the assumption, that the person fired was a chabad rabbi that had no real pedagogic education and the person hired to replace him was very well educated but not of the chabad persuasion. Hence they start a grassroots project to recall the chabad individual and cast aspersions on anyone else not from their ilk.

Unfortunately this is the tactics used throughout the chabad world to cast out any non believers and replace with individuals that are molded in their philosophy.

Jack,you're making an ignorant biased and prejudicial comment. Like you said, you have no idea what you're talking about.

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 Sep 02, 2009 at 08:31 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #6  
Jack Says:

Without knowing any of the facts, I would propose the assumption, that the person fired was a chabad rabbi that had no real pedagogic education and the person hired to replace him was very well educated but not of the chabad persuasion. Hence they start a grassroots project to recall the chabad individual and cast aspersions on anyone else not from their ilk.

Unfortunately this is the tactics used throughout the chabad world to cast out any non believers and replace with individuals that are molded in their philosophy.

Like you said, you don't know any of the facts. This is precisely how rumors get started. You just dislike Chabad and this is your knee-jerk reaction.

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 Sep 02, 2009 at 08:28 AM Monsey Man Says:

Hitting children is not important.....what really matters is polymers found on shofaros imported from China.

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 Sep 02, 2009 at 09:26 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #6  
Jack Says:

Without knowing any of the facts, I would propose the assumption, that the person fired was a chabad rabbi that had no real pedagogic education and the person hired to replace him was very well educated but not of the chabad persuasion. Hence they start a grassroots project to recall the chabad individual and cast aspersions on anyone else not from their ilk.

Unfortunately this is the tactics used throughout the chabad world to cast out any non believers and replace with individuals that are molded in their philosophy.

stick to facts!!

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 Sep 02, 2009 at 09:16 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #6  
Jack Says:

Without knowing any of the facts, I would propose the assumption, that the person fired was a chabad rabbi that had no real pedagogic education and the person hired to replace him was very well educated but not of the chabad persuasion. Hence they start a grassroots project to recall the chabad individual and cast aspersions on anyone else not from their ilk.

Unfortunately this is the tactics used throughout the chabad world to cast out any non believers and replace with individuals that are molded in their philosophy.

Just like obama yo start with “Without knowing any of the facts," and make a dumb comment!

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 Sep 02, 2009 at 10:25 AM you were off to a good start Says:

Reply to #6  
Jack Says:

Without knowing any of the facts, I would propose the assumption, that the person fired was a chabad rabbi that had no real pedagogic education and the person hired to replace him was very well educated but not of the chabad persuasion. Hence they start a grassroots project to recall the chabad individual and cast aspersions on anyone else not from their ilk.

Unfortunately this is the tactics used throughout the chabad world to cast out any non believers and replace with individuals that are molded in their philosophy.

Why don't we go back to the begining of your comment, the part about you not knowing the facts? Let's go with that, and leave it at that. But it's nice that you have such an active imagination. You must have been very cute ... in pre-school.

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 Sep 02, 2009 at 02:38 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #6  
Jack Says:

Without knowing any of the facts, I would propose the assumption, that the person fired was a chabad rabbi that had no real pedagogic education and the person hired to replace him was very well educated but not of the chabad persuasion. Hence they start a grassroots project to recall the chabad individual and cast aspersions on anyone else not from their ilk.

Unfortunately this is the tactics used throughout the chabad world to cast out any non believers and replace with individuals that are molded in their philosophy.

Even if what you said were true, which is 100% incorrect, this is a Chabad school and should be run by a Chabad principal. What we have here is a mindless bureaucracy imposing someone of their choice, and an incompetent at that, upon a particular frum community.

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 Sep 03, 2009 at 11:07 AM Jack Says:

Reply to #19  
Aron Says:

Jack,you're making an ignorant biased and prejudicial comment. Like you said, you have no idea what you're talking about.

I am at least being intellectually honest by stating I don't know the facts. You however are blatantly dishonest by calling ignorant, biased and prejudiced. What can I say!

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