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    On behalf of our 58 Heads of School from New York Jewish Day Schools and Yeshivas

    February 3, 2022

    Dear Governor Hochul,

    On behalf of our 58 Heads of School from New York Jewish Day Schools and Yeshivas —

    We want to thank you for your leadership in keeping our schools safe in the face of increasing acts of terror and hate.

    The horrific terror attack at a Texas synagogue this month is but one more reminder that Jews are a favored target of homegrown and foreign terrorists and haters. Bolstered by the proliferation of antisemitic rhetoric and threats, they are emboldened, making it necessary for our schools to employ costly, high-level security measures. With parent and school budgets already strained by the COVID-19 pandemic, they need help to afford the necessary measures to keep their staff, students, and families safe.

    Your Fiscal Year 2023 Executive Budget proposal offers this much needed help. Your expansion of the Nonpublic School Safety Equipment (NPSE) Grant to $45 million – with broader flexibility for schools on how their per-pupil allocations are spent – leads the nation in strengthening security in our institutions. We are blessed that you and our elected officials in the legislature understand this terrifying reality and support programs to protect and secure Jewish and at-risk communities.

    Thank you for working diligently to generously fund security in Jewish schools to protect students, teachers and parents. Thank you also for your role in funding a 7th round of the Securing Communities Against Hate Crimes grant program, which protects our houses of worship, community centers and other at-risk institutions.

    We look forward to continued dialogue about stemming the spread of hate in our midst and bolstering safety in our communities.

    With hopes for peace and safety,


    Rabbi Ari Jacobson
    Head of School
    Adolph Schreiber Hebrew
    Academy of Rockland (ASHAR)
    Rabbi Albert Setton
    Head of School
    Barkai Yeshivah
    Mrs. Stephanie Ives
    Head of School
    Beit Rabban
    Rabbi David Maslaton
    Beit Yaakov Orot Sarah
    Rabbi Ephraim Blumenkrantz
    Executive Director
    Bnos Bais Yaakov
    Avrohom Shor
    Bnos Leah Prospect Park
    Michael Salzbank
    Executive Director
    Bnos Malka Academy
    Rabbi Eyal Benson
    Darchai Menachem
    Mrs. Lea Goldstein
    Derech HaTorah Rocheste
    Mrs. Lauren Feinberg
    Head of School
    Gan and Bnos Aliya
    Chananya Berman
    Executive Director
    The Haor Beacon School
    Ari Solomon
    Executive Director
    Adrianne Mittan
    Executive Director
    Hebrew Academy of Long Beach
    (HALB) – DRS & SKA
    Racheli Hackel
    Executive Director
    Hebrew Academy of Nassau
    County (HANC)
    Rabbi Michoel
    Head of School
    Head of School
    Hebrew Academy of Long Beach Hebrew Academy of Nassau Ivdu School
    Mrs. Ruth Garber
    Jewish Foundation
    School of Staten Island
    Mrs. Dalia Shabatian
    Mrs. Amanda Pogany
    Head of School
    Luria Academy of Brooklyn
    Rabbi Richard Tobias
    Magen David Yeshiva
    High School
    Rabbi Yossi Rubin
    Executive Director
    Maimonides Hebrew
    Day School of the Capitol
    Raizi Chechik
    Head of School
    Manhattan Day School
    Rabbi Mordechai Yaffe
    Rosh Yeshiva
    Mesivta Ateres Yaakov
    Rabbi Yitzchok Yurman
    Mesivta Netzach Hatorah
    Rabbi Farhi
    Executive Director
    Mill Basin Yeshiva
    Dr. Daniel Vitow
    Head Master
    North Shore Hebrew
    Academy High School
    Rabbi Jeffrey Kobrin
    Head of School
    North Shore Hebrew
    Academy Lower School
    Rabbi Shmuel Shanowitz
    Ohr Temimim School
    Judah Weller
    Executive Director
    Ms. Temima Feldman
    Head of School
    Rabbi Arthur Schneier
    Park East Day School
    Rabbi Pinchas Avruch
    Executive Director
    Rabbi Jacob Joseph
    (Boys & Girls Division)
    Jonathan Cannon
    Head of School
    The Ramaz School
    Rabbi Zev Meir Friedman
    Rosh HaYeshiva
    Rambam Mesivta
    Rabbi Binny Krauss
    Head of School
    SAR Lower School
    Rabbi Jonathan Kroll
    Head of School
    SAR Upper School
    Rabbi Moshe Benayon
    Executive Director
    Shaare Torah (All Divisions)
    Rabbi Scott Sokol
    Head of School
    Solomon Schechter
    School of LI
    Debby Hirshman
    Chief Admin. Officer
    Solomon Schechter School of
    Dr. Chana Ushansky
    Head of School
    Staten Island Hebrew
    Laura Lavine
    Head of School
    Syracuse Hebrew Day
    Michael Kay
    Head of School
    The Leffell School
    Ilana Ruskay-Kidd
    Head of School
    The Shefa School
    Dr. Shmuel Reisbaum
    Executive Director
    Torah Academy for Girls
    Rabbi Joshua Lookstein
    Head Of School
    Westchester Day School
    Tami Stalbow
    Executive Director
    Westchester Hebrew High School
    Deganit Ronen
    Head Of School
    Westchester Torah
    Rabbi Baruch Rothman
    Dir. of Institutional Advancement
    Yeshiva Darchei Torah
    Rabbi Menchel
    Rosh HaYeshiva
    Yeshiva Har Torah
    Rabbi Ari Ginian
    Executive Director
    Yeshiva Ketana of LI
    Ethel Salomon
    Yeshiva Ketana of Manhattan
    Rabbi Mark Landsman
    Yeshiva of Central Queens
    Rabbi Shayeh Kohn
    Executive Director
    Yeshiva of Far Rockaway
    Feivy Lieberman
    Executive Director
    Yeshiva Torah Temima
    Avi Pearl
    Yeshiva Torah Temimah
    Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky
    Rosh HaYeshiva
    Yeshiva Toras Chaim of
    South Shore
    Rabbi Joshua Kahn
    Head of School
    Yeshiva University High School
    (Boys Divisions) (MTA)
    Dr. Rabbi Jeffrey Rothman
    Executive Director
    Yeshivah of Flatbush
    Eddie Saff
    Executive Director
    Yeshivat Darchei Eres (YDE)
    Dani Keradnam
    Yeshivat Mekor Haim