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Thursday, July 09, 2009

Grand Jury

There are many things I would like to post about but I have been selected for grand jury duty in Nassau County and will be sitting for the entire month of July. The grand jury meets every day from 10 to 5 and I manage my real job before and after court (and every spare free moment of the day, of which there are many). So, it is unlikely that I will be posting much for the remainder of the month.

I won't leave without noting the breakup of HAFTR and Rambam which is the result that I expected three years ago when this Frankenstein's Monster was originally dreamed up. At that time, I posted about how dopey an idea it was, got huge grief from many parties and then deleted the posts because (a) I just couldn't be bothered, and, (b) I felt conflicted because I once helped run HAFTR before a number of geniuses who knew better pushed us out and managed to run it into the ground).

It's good to see that there appears to once again be adult supervision at HAFTR. It may still be too late, but at least they seem to understand how misguided the Machon Hatorah experiment was. My advice to the new administration al regel achas: Fess up to the fact that you are a left wing MO school and run the place accordingly. You might be able to survive in that sweet spot.



  • At 10:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Take a look at the 5TJT article- it places the reason for the break up as HAFTR's inability to carry Shalhevet financially in this economy. Come on- if that was the reason, the solution would be to close the new school.
    The real reason is that it was ill-fated from the beginning, putting Rambam's pro-zionist approach into HAFTR and wrongly assuming that that association will bring it more towards the right religously. It also seemed that this union did very little to change either school besides to put up new billboards in front of the buildings and a new name on the Hockey jerseys.

  • At 11:06 AM, Blogger Still Wonderin' said…

    I thought Shalhevet did close ... isn't that the story? Or has there been a new development?

  • At 1:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    HAFTR can survive as a left-leaning school. The problem is some still can't seem to get over the fact that the days of HAFTR being the largest Jewish educational institution in the Five Towns are over.

  • At 4:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    The genesis of Machon Hatorah was the HAFTR lay leadership inability to run their school. They have driven out countless principals. They finally had someone show the strength of conviction to bring in the right people and then they pulled that rug out.
    Now they will do it all over again and once again they will look like a laughing stock.
    How unfortunate that the parent body allows these pompous people to make decisions. Fiduciary responsibility? They have 0 responsibility, but what is worse is that they have 0 accountability.

  • At 1:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    countless principals???
    how many have there been since Vitow left?
    And Rabbi Bajnon was there on the Hebrew side for over a decade.

    The idea that bringing in an administration that wasnt very successful with one school to run two was a joke. Let's face it- HAFTR was once a success, Rambam never was.

  • At 1:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Can The Jewish Star and the 5TJT report the same story- they both wrote about Shalhevet closing but according to The Star, the Machon lives. Maybe there entire involvement in Shulamith takes them away from reporting the entire story....


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