[Video below.] The heads of the yeshivas in Israel are “taking off the gloves” when it comes to fighting the government-imposed cuts in their budgets. Dozens of directors of hesder yeshivas and other Zionist yeshivas gathered for an emergency meeting this weekto discuss the cuts, which essentially eliminate two-thirds (66%) of the payments the government provides to a yeshiva per student.
In the months that remain until the end of 2013, yeshivas will receive a payment of 155 shekels per student instead of 476 in 2012. For avrechim (kollel students) the yeshivas will now receive 279 shekels instead of 856 in 2012.
Rabbi Ari Katz, head of the Yeshivat Kerem B’Yavneh near the city of Ashdod, told Arutz Sheva that the budget cuts had caught the yeshivas by surprise. The cuts, explained Rabbi Katz, mean that the yeshivas will not only have a hard time paying stipends to students, but will also find it difficult to pay salaries. Read more at Arutz Sheva.
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