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Brooklyn, NY - B’Derech GED Program Flourishing and Adding Women’s Division

Published on: December 6, 2011 11:43 AM
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In this May 2011 photo, Rabbi Shaul Shimon Deutsch of Living Torah Museum teaching Jewish History at B'Derech programBrooklyn, NY - Six months after launching a very successful GED program targeting young men in the Chasidishe community, B’Derech is set to open registration for their third semester and is breaking new ground with the opening of a women’s program.

B’Derech’s New York State approved GED program is run in conjunction with Bramson ORT at their Bensonhurst campus and gives students the opportunity to earn a high school equivalency diploma in three semesters that take just over one year’s time to complete.  Additionally, students have the option of continuing on for an additional semester to earn an Associate’s degree in business, accounting, programming, network or graphic design.

“We currently have approximately twenty five men enrolled in the program and hope that most if not all of them will continue on to get their Associate’s degree,” Yair Rosenrauch, director of Bramson ORT’s Brooklyn Extension Site.  “The students are very happy and are feeling accomplished.  We are very satisfied with their progress.”

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B’Derech provides free tutoring to all students in the program so that they can not only pass the qualifying exam to be accepted into the GED program, but continues to provide tutoring, at no cost, throughout the program.

“We realize that coming from Chasidishe yeshivas their math and English skills may not be at the highest level, so we provide tutoring, at our cost, because we want students to succeed,” said Rosenrauch.

B’Derech founder Mrs. Ruchie Freier praised Bramson ORT for their extreme dedication to the Jewish community.

“Bramson ORT has their finger on the pulse of our community,” Mrs. Freier told VIN News.  “They literally keep coming to me and asking me what else they can do to serve the Jewish community and in fact, starting a women’s program was their idea.”

While at first Mrs. Freier felt that most girls in the Chasidishe community had high school diplomas, she soon discovered that there were many women who were in need of a GED program in order to find meaningful employment.

“There are women who married off their children but never got a diploma,” explained Mrs. Freier.  “There are schools that just don’t offer diplomas and girls who didn’t pass their regents.  Now these women can get their GEDs at the same time that they are earning college credits.  Since Bramson ORT was originally founded to help immigrants, they do exceptionally well with those for whom English is a second language, which includes many members of the Chasidishe community.”

The B’Derech women’s program will begin with the Spring 2012 semester and will offer morning courses for women in accounting, business and medical and billing coding.

B’Derech will be holding an open house on Sunday, December 11th at the Bramson ORT campus located at 8109 Bay Parkway.  The women’s program will run from 11 AM – 1 PM and the men’s program will follow from 3-5 PM.  For more information contact B’Derech at 917-509-9518 or email info@bderech.org.



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 Dec 06, 2011 at 11:50 AM YJay1 Says:

Kol Hakovod to them! They're doing a great service to the Jewish nation.

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 Dec 06, 2011 at 11:52 AM Ben_Kol Says:

May Hashem bless them with great hatzlocho.

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 Dec 06, 2011 at 12:01 PM AuthenticSatmar Says:

It takes 3 Semesters for a GED, and only 1 for an Associates. No wonder today's graduates are so clueless. We have dumbed down education so that almost ayone can get a degree. Its also why many states are beginnig to require Masters degrees for many professions that are certificate/license based.

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 Dec 06, 2011 at 12:01 PM FredE Says:

I wish them nothing but the best, but I have a question: How is it that an associates degree in just about anything takes 2 years at a junior college, and they can do it in just one additional semester? Something is odd..

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 Dec 06, 2011 at 12:28 PM Joe Says:

What is the point of making our kids smart? By having a degree in something we will lose an entire generation to the kollel movement. The economy stinks so even with this new knowledge our kids will have won't do anything. We should really think hard before wanting to educate our children.

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 Dec 06, 2011 at 12:35 PM Anonymous Says:

Interesting that when needed, non frum organizations are utilized. ORT is definitely not a frum group although the work that they do around the world for Yidden is amazing. If these students didn't need these high school diplomas, would they have anything at all to do with an ORT program? What about a Hadassah program or a B'nai B'rith program? Probably not. In any event, best of luck to these students in achieving their GED's.

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 Dec 06, 2011 at 12:37 PM Anonymous Says:

maybe its time that the chasidisha and yeshivisha (for those that don't know lakewood high schools do not have a secular education) start having some secular studies. Most of those boys in 9th grade cannot sit and learn a whole day anyway and just waste their time. What's so trief about them learning a little algebra ?

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 Dec 06, 2011 at 01:33 PM FredE Says:

Reply to #7  
Anonymous Says:

maybe its time that the chasidisha and yeshivisha (for those that don't know lakewood high schools do not have a secular education) start having some secular studies. Most of those boys in 9th grade cannot sit and learn a whole day anyway and just waste their time. What's so trief about them learning a little algebra ?

Amen. The truth is, those parents should be arrested. It is a form of child abuse to prevent your children from getting a secular education. And our "gedolim" should point that out.

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 Dec 06, 2011 at 01:39 PM Anonymous Says:

A GED is only good if the student's English communications skills are up to par. I have interviewed several of these students and they just didn't have an acceptable command of the English language. If they are going to work outside of their neighborhood, they need to read and speak English!

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 Dec 06, 2011 at 01:49 PM Anonymous Says:

It's very nice what ORT is doing, however the Chassidishe schools should have a secular program, afterall they are living in a secular country.

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 Dec 06, 2011 at 02:29 PM 8th Grade Teacher Says:

I teach 8th grade students in a local litvish yeshiva. Sadly, these boys who for the most part come from better backgrounds are totally clueless. They focus primarily on Kodesh and are taught from an early age that English subjects are only in place because they haven't the option to disallow it.

I fear for my students - from years past to current. Many of them, even the smarter ones, will have a difficult time making it, out in the open world. A portion of them can't even complete a single sentence without a MAJOR mistake. It doesn't get easier in HS.

It's time for the yeshivas to wake up and realize that these very boys will be their supporters one day.

Bottom line: No education, No knowledge, No job, No parnasah, strained marital situations, etc.... Need I go on??

Then again....

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 Dec 06, 2011 at 02:51 PM awacs Says:

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AuthenticSatmar Says:

It takes 3 Semesters for a GED, and only 1 for an Associates. No wonder today's graduates are so clueless. We have dumbed down education so that almost ayone can get a degree. Its also why many states are beginnig to require Masters degrees for many professions that are certificate/license based.

Actually, the time is cumulative: you get three semesters' college credit to get the GED, and the fourth semester (together with the first three, not all by itself) gets you the A.A. So, the GED classes do double duty.

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 Dec 06, 2011 at 02:56 PM awacs Says:

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FredE Says:

I wish them nothing but the best, but I have a question: How is it that an associates degree in just about anything takes 2 years at a junior college, and they can do it in just one additional semester? Something is odd..

Because it's not one semester, it's four: the three semesters for the GED are just college courses (NYS will hand you a GED when you show them you have 24 college credits; that's how I got mine) that also count for the Associates' degree.

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 Dec 06, 2011 at 04:00 PM FredE Says:

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awacs Says:

Because it's not one semester, it's four: the three semesters for the GED are just college courses (NYS will hand you a GED when you show them you have 24 college credits; that's how I got mine) that also count for the Associates' degree.

So you get college credit for high school work, and you think thats just wonderful?

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 Dec 06, 2011 at 04:51 PM Anonymous Says:

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FredE Says:

So you get college credit for high school work, and you think thats just wonderful?

No, apparently you get college credit for college work. I haven't examined this particular GED program, but the way that they work is they teach general college subjects, not 'how to pass GED' or the similar.

Dunno if it's wonderful, but it worked for me.

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 Dec 06, 2011 at 05:00 PM bramson Says:

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AuthenticSatmar Says:

It takes 3 Semesters for a GED, and only 1 for an Associates. No wonder today's graduates are so clueless. We have dumbed down education so that almost ayone can get a degree. Its also why many states are beginnig to require Masters degrees for many professions that are certificate/license based.

Actually, that is not completely accurate. The GED component is usually completed by the end of the 3rd semester and the remainder of the major classes are usually completed by the end of the 4th. Students take GED electives alongside their major courses.

-Bramson ORT College

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 Dec 06, 2011 at 05:11 PM Bramson Says:

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Anonymous Says:

A GED is only good if the student's English communications skills are up to par. I have interviewed several of these students and they just didn't have an acceptable command of the English language. If they are going to work outside of their neighborhood, they need to read and speak English!

Our students receive 2 courses in English writing, one in public speaking and extensive free tutoring.

Bramson ORT

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 Dec 06, 2011 at 05:13 PM Bramson Says:

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FredE Says:

So you get college credit for high school work, and you think thats just wonderful?

It's not HS work. These are college level accredited courses. They need to work to accrue the credits- and they do.


Bramson ORT

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 Dec 06, 2011 at 05:47 PM FredE Says:

Reply to #15  
Anonymous Says:

No, apparently you get college credit for college work. I haven't examined this particular GED program, but the way that they work is they teach general college subjects, not 'how to pass GED' or the similar.

Dunno if it's wonderful, but it worked for me.

Fair enough. Good luck to you.

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 Dec 06, 2011 at 07:50 PM Anonymous Says:

In order to get a GED from NY State, you have to be at least 19 years old and either take the GED exam OR have 24 college credits in specific areas (eg, American history and English). There are a number of colleges that will admit students straight out of 11th grade; once these students finish their first year of college, they can ask the NY State Education Department for a GED (provided that they have fulfilled the requirements). So, it these are NOT high-school courses for a college degree.

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 Dec 06, 2011 at 08:48 PM sechelhayoshor Says:

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Anonymous Says:

maybe its time that the chasidisha and yeshivisha (for those that don't know lakewood high schools do not have a secular education) start having some secular studies. Most of those boys in 9th grade cannot sit and learn a whole day anyway and just waste their time. What's so trief about them learning a little algebra ?

I have two children who go to mesivta in lakewood. Both don't go to english. My younger son was concerned that he won't be able to learn a full day but he is boruch hashem shteiging away. On his own, he decided that he wants to get a GED. In Lakewood there is a teacher that prepares boys from many mesivta's for the GED. They learn 2 hours on motzai shabbos and the teacher says that in two hours they learn as much as other kids learn in 8 hours in high school. These kids are really motivated. It is not for every kid.

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 Dec 07, 2011 at 12:15 AM Balaboos Says:

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sechelhayoshor Says:

I have two children who go to mesivta in lakewood. Both don't go to english. My younger son was concerned that he won't be able to learn a full day but he is boruch hashem shteiging away. On his own, he decided that he wants to get a GED. In Lakewood there is a teacher that prepares boys from many mesivta's for the GED. They learn 2 hours on motzai shabbos and the teacher says that in two hours they learn as much as other kids learn in 8 hours in high school. These kids are really motivated. It is not for every kid.

Absolutely agreed, BUT: they are the exceptions to this rule. Kol Hakavod. May they continue to be matzliach and one day flourish into talmidei chachomim with business seichel to be able to support all those chosing to sit and learn, who may not be as fotunate as them, amen!

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 Dec 07, 2011 at 01:40 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #7  
Anonymous Says:

maybe its time that the chasidisha and yeshivisha (for those that don't know lakewood high schools do not have a secular education) start having some secular studies. Most of those boys in 9th grade cannot sit and learn a whole day anyway and just waste their time. What's so trief about them learning a little algebra ?

Nothing wrong with knowing algebra or anything else for that matter. But out of curiosity, when's the last time you used your knowledge of algebra for anything purposeful. Many other important subjects to learn. Algebra is not amongst them.

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 Dec 07, 2011 at 01:48 AM Anonymous Says:

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FredE Says:

Amen. The truth is, those parents should be arrested. It is a form of child abuse to prevent your children from getting a secular education. And our "gedolim" should point that out.

Child abuse...really? I guess everything is child abuse today. If a parent rebukes a child, it's also child abuse..If a kid doesn't get what he wants, he also feels abused...That's why we are living in Moshiachs time. For you to say that it's child abuse, just prooves my point.
Why didn't you go and ask Satmar Rebbe why he didn't allow his girl school to teach Chumish, Rashi... and boys to have a high school ? I guess his daas torah wouldn't sit very well with you, having considered yourself this wise and know-all person. I guess they just gave out rulings without any thought or forgot to consult with you!

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 Dec 07, 2011 at 01:53 AM Anonymous Says:

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FredE Says:

So you get college credit for high school work, and you think thats just wonderful?

I guess college work is MUCH MUCH harder ..."Fred."..that's why I bump into all these "brainiachs" without a clue. After all, they have a college degree. What a farce.

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 Dec 08, 2011 at 11:58 AM awacs Says:

Reply to #20  
Anonymous Says:

In order to get a GED from NY State, you have to be at least 19 years old and either take the GED exam OR have 24 college credits in specific areas (eg, American history and English). There are a number of colleges that will admit students straight out of 11th grade; once these students finish their first year of college, they can ask the NY State Education Department for a GED (provided that they have fulfilled the requirements). So, it these are NOT high-school courses for a college degree.

I don't think your right about "specific areas." In my case, I handed them my law school transcript!

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