New Beis Rivkah Board Pledges to Pay Teachers

As the school year begins at Beis Rivkah, Chabad’s largest girls’ school, a new board comprised entirely of volunteers introduced themselves to the parents and staff with a letter, in which they pledged to make an effort to pay the teachers on time.

After “working throughout the year […] we are now poised to embark on the next leg of our journey” the letter reads.

The board’s stated mission is to “help carry the awesome responsibilities that have been carried [until now] by the leadership of Beis Rivkah.” The school’s administrators are R’ Leima Minkowitz and R’ Benji Stock.

In the letter, the board stated that their first concern is to take care of all the back-pay that is owed – totaling over $1 million – which they intend to raise with a matching-funds fundraiser.

The letter also said that two paychecks would be made available for the following day [yesterday], and that five additional postdated checks would be given for after Rosh Hashana. The board “will, bli neder, work diligently to make sure that salaries are paid on time, and to catch up with the remaining balance.”

The board also announced the hiring of Dr. Chaim Botwinick, an educational consultant who has over thirty years of experience among nonprofit organizations and schools, to help with the “evaluation of the realities in [Beis Rivkah] and provide recommendations for improvement and growth.”

The new board is made up of six volunteers, including: Eliezer Shemtov, Dovid Junik, Yerachameal Jacobson, Kasriel Shemtov, Itchik Orimland and Dovid Sputz.

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21 Comments

  • 2. Chasidim wrote:

    now we see real People we can find then in shul davening with a minyon sitting by Chasidishe Farbraingen Lubavitchers Chasidim.

    Unlike that Hostile Board that just did a hostile Takeover of Oholei Torah.

  • 4. Welcome Back COTS! wrote:

    Aside from nepotism and a bonafide membership in the local chapter of COTS, why is an ex-Shliach from Argentina on this board?

    And while on the topic, what is this boards qualifications to run such a moisad?

  • 5. cl324 wrote:

    ah. that word nepotism. Is there a hebrew or yiddish word for that too, I bet there is.
    Not only that, but if they can pledge that the teachers will be paid, then what about pledging to watch that the girls don’t get emotionally abused or insulted, etc. sorry to say but it is not just one incident. they have to get their act together.
    avaira goreres avaira, mitzva goreres mitzva. Take care of the Rebbe’s diamonds.

  • 6. thank you wrote:

    Thanks goes to the new board who are volunteering their time.!!
    hatzlocha rabba!!

  • 8. I'm very optimistic! wrote:

    I don’t know all those names that well, but one who strikes gold is Mr. Orimland. I saw what he’s been doing at Lubavitcher Yeshiva, he will not let anyone take this place for a ride. Bais Rivkah, you are in good hands.

  • 9. Mendy wrote:

    BH
    BSD

    AND HOW ,IN THIS HOLY NEIGHBORHOOD OF THE REBBE’S…..CAN THERE POSSIBLY A HOUSE OF TORAH LEARNING ,YET, THAT STILL OWES TEACHERS PAY COMING INTO A NEW SCHOOL YEAR FROM LAST SCHOOL YEAR?

    I COULD CERTAINLY AFFIRM THAT THE HOLY TORAH CLEARLY STATES
    THOU SHALT NOT LET GO OVERNIGHT THE PAY OF A WORKER

    AHD MOSAI

  • 11. to 4&5 wrote:

    As most people Where able to figure out, this board isn’t about running the school, its about the financial side of thing (arguably the part with the most problems). A job that at least most members of the board are very qualified for.
    So stop hating and respect those which give there time and effort to the rebbe’s mossad.
    Kvt

  • 13. moshe wrote:

    Thanks for stopping up and helping out.
    with hashems help you will be successful

    just please don’t raise our high tuition even more.

    thanks.

  • 15. Yay wrote:

    #1 you must be doing a lot for Bais Rivka. Or your just a clown.

    #3 your optimism is awesome. Perhaps everyone should just sit back like you and talk cra* about the ppl taking a step

    #4 they are putting themselves out there to raise money. What are you doing? What are your qualifications to questions them?

    #5 if you don’t pay the teachers you don’t have a school to improve. 2) they plan on working with the school and parents to make BR better over all. But you continue focusing on the negative. Life must be peachy for all you folks…

    #6 yes! THANK YOU and Hatzlocha to the board. Everyone should show some appreciation to the ppl dedicating their time voluntarily

  • 16. respond wrote:

    #14 mr. know it all.. its the same administration for the last 100 yrs they don’t let anything happen every year there is a new board and they get fired by the old administration if you don’t change the old administration nothing will happen

  • 17. to #14 wrote:

    about your comment to #5. what does pay have to do with treating the girls with respect?
    in russia when we were poor, did that make a difference how we treated our bnos yisroel? yes, money and organization is needed, but, really……

  • 18. parent wrote:

    Everyone chill
    give them a chance. support their efforts and something can be done. because things didnt work in the past does not mean it wont work now. we need new blood. obviously the old administration was a total waste so give this a chance please

  • 19. Thank You wrote:

    Thank you #17. It’s people like yourself who help create great institutions through a true kiddush HaShem.
    Small people spread negativity and only want to spread machlocus, because they are negative in everything they do and are not really happy people. A person like yourself is an inspiration for positivity….an important midda and a model for our girls at BR

  • 20. BR parent wrote:

    They will not improve unless they hire professional teachers instead of recent graduates waiting to get engaged.

  • 21. Sora B. wrote:

    A girls school and not a single woman on this board.

    Kudos to those who continue to teach without guaranteed salaries. It is unrealistic to ask people with families to hold post dated checks. How are they to feed their own families?

    They need some women on that committee so these girls don’t grow up thinking they need men to save them.

    Good luck. I am not optomistic, but hope I am wrong.

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