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Brooklyn NY - City Sponsored Workforce Program To Ready Charedim And Other Diverse Populations For Better Employment Opportunities

Published on: November 6, 2017 01:00 PM
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Ultra Orthodox Jews study on laptops at the 770 Chabad synagogue in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, New York, USA, on December 16, 2016. Photo by Serge Attal/Flash90 Ultra Orthodox Jews study on laptops at the 770 Chabad synagogue in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, New York, USA, on December 16, 2016. Photo by Serge Attal/Flash90

Brooklyn, NY - An all new city sponsored pilot workforce development program offering culturally sensitive employment initiatives may provide a much needed financial shot in the arm for some members of the Jewish community.

The program will be run by the Jewish Community Center of Greater Coney Island and is designed to benefit a diverse group of city residents including the Orthodox Jewish community.  Steve Banks, commissioner of the New York City Department of Social Services, said that the initiative was spurred by feedback received about an employment program rolled out this past year benefitting the city’s low income population.

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“At the six month interval we wanted to evaluate if there were any gaps in our services and we did find a need to reach a diverse group of young people, including young Orthodox Jewish families and individuals,” Banks told VIN News.

The JCCGCI’s previous track record of being able to serve both the broader Human Resources Administration client base, while also providing culturally appropriate services to the faith based community made them the ideal agency to run the pilot program which will serve 1,000 clients a year over its three year trial run.

More than $2.5 million will be allocated to the initiative and Banks said that if the program is successful he looks forward to expanding it further in the coming years.

Banks noted that the workforce development program reflects City Hall’s move away from one size fits all programs and, instead, to create initiative that will better reflect the needs of individuals and families who meet eligibility criteria which include those on the city’s Cash Assistance program and those receiving food stamps, among others.

Program participants would be able to take advantage of numerous services including financial counseling, mentoring, social support services and aptitude tests. They would also have access to internships, education, training and work readiness programs, as well as job development and placement opportunities.

The HRA has been moving quickly to enhance its existing programs, said Banks who hopes to have the JCCGCI pilot program up before the current fiscal year ends on June 1st.

JCCGCI executive director Rabbi Moshe Wiener said that his agency has long been advocating for a workforce program that would benefit the Jewish community after a study showed that the city’s career initiatives were not adequately reaching Brooklyn’s vast Jewish population.

He praised City Hall for its efforts to bring the program to fruition, noting that Mayor Bill de Blasio has been “very, very supportive of the concept.”

The JCCGCI will be working closely with the United Jewish Organizations of Williamsburg, the Boro Park Jewish Community Council, the Sephardic Community Federation, the Jewish Community Council of the Rockaway Peninsula, Crown Heights Jewish Community Council, and the Queens Jewish Community Council on the program, which is historic in at least one regard.

“It is the first that I am aware of that specifically targets the Charedi community,” said Rabbi Wiener.  “It is open to the general public as well but it is designed to be responsive to and inclusive of the Charedi population while other programs might not be culturally aligned to those populations.”

Avi Greenstein, executive director of the Boro Park JCC said that he is grateful to the mayor’s office for crafting a program that understands the unique needs of the Jewish community.

“There is no greater act of kindness than to help people find a well paying job,” said Greenstein. “The Boro Park JCC is grateful for the workforce initiative which will help a large number in our community find meaningful employment opportunities.”



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 Nov 06, 2017 at 01:24 PM grandpajoe Says:

the question is if they do work will it be criticized - Will their Rabbaim allow them to work - that is the question.

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 Nov 06, 2017 at 02:02 PM Anonymous Says:

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grandpajoe Says:

the question is if they do work will it be criticized - Will their Rabbaim allow them to work - that is the question.

Most rabbeim and rebas in the USA allow their pupils to work. Its only in EY where its trief.

The greater question is what kind of jobs will come out of this program? Will it bring to meaningful employment? The aguda has a PCS program already. It did great work with the accoutning degree. However, many other courses are full of hot air that don't bring to meaningful employment. They once even sold an MBA to kollel guys for 30k. I mean come on, an MBA is as valuable as a a degree from Trump university. Noone on wall st is hiring you with just an MBA.

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 Nov 06, 2017 at 03:21 PM Anonymous Says:

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grandpajoe Says:

the question is if they do work will it be criticized - Will their Rabbaim allow them to work - that is the question.

Silence is best when you have nothing smart or helpful to add...

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 Nov 06, 2017 at 04:25 PM The_Truth Says:

This is a farce. Firstly, I am sure their parents paid good money to send them to Jewish schools, and what for? To end up on unemployment? Jewish schools should provide the education and tools to go out and earn a living.
Secondly, those that wanted to go get a real education to earn a living (both Jews and non-Jews), already did that by going to higher education. Those that dont want an education, wont be going for one now.

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 Nov 06, 2017 at 06:07 PM Anonymous Says:

Chareidim are not a diverse group.

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 Nov 06, 2017 at 06:07 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

Silence is best when you have nothing smart or helpful to add...

You should learn to lead by example.

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 Nov 07, 2017 at 02:09 AM Anonymous Says:

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The_Truth Says:

This is a farce. Firstly, I am sure their parents paid good money to send them to Jewish schools, and what for? To end up on unemployment? Jewish schools should provide the education and tools to go out and earn a living.
Secondly, those that wanted to go get a real education to earn a living (both Jews and non-Jews), already did that by going to higher education. Those that dont want an education, wont be going for one now.

You’re wrong on what you’re & it shows you unfortunately don’t know the chasidic community who will not go to college for fear of intermingling & being taught by women.

I think this is a wonderful idea & I would love to see it taken on by rabbinim in Israel.

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 Nov 07, 2017 at 10:54 AM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

You’re wrong on what you’re & it shows you unfortunately don’t know the chasidic community who will not go to college for fear of intermingling & being taught by women.

I think this is a wonderful idea & I would love to see it taken on by rabbinim in Israel.

Chasidm can attend Touro college as well as many Aguda programs. All classes are segregated. I am not against more ideas the increase employment. But it sounds like a scam. Who will actually hire people out of this program. A program that educates the masses does very little unless it can bring to meaningful employment. Otherwise you are wasting people's precious time and deceiving them by thinking they will earn a living when they won't. And don't forget must frum yidden with families can't live off a city job that pays 35k a year. They need real degrees with high paying jobs. To me this kind of sounds like Trump unversity

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