Harav Aharon Moshe Schechter 1248 East 12th Street Brooklyn, NY 11230
As you are no doubt aware, the Orthodox community in New York State currently finds itself in grave danger. Recent Education Department overreach into our curriculum poses an existential threat to the Yeshiva system as we know it. The danger is real, it is imminent, and it is universal to all New York State Yeshivos. If allowed to stand in New York State, it will no doubt spread to other states as well.
An unfolding political situation presents an opportunity for our community to take concrete action in this regard. On Tuesday, February 26 there will be a special election to elect the New York City Public Advocate. There are more than fifteen candidates who are running in this election. One of them is NYC Councilman Eric Ulrich, who is a longtime proven friend of our community and has a track record of speaking out publicly against these interferences into our education system. He has a particular understanding of the threat that these regulations pose to religious schools, as he himself is a graduate of a Catholic school and his daughter currently attends one as well.
If – and only if – we work together, our community can prove to be the deciding force in this election. Electing Eric Ulrich as Public Advocate will send a loud and clear message to the forces in New York that are looking to control the education of Yeshiva children. Councilman Ulrich will use his position of Public Advocate to fight in the halls of power on our behalf.
I urge all members of New York City’s Jewish community to take the time to go out and vote for Councilman Eric Ulrich for Public Advocate on Tuesday, February 26, 2019.
Sincerely, Harav Aharon Moshe Schechter
Avrohom C. Fruchthandler