Ninth Grade In Lakewood Remains Closed As Some Girls Languish At Home Without A School To Attend


While most girls in Lakewood, NJ, began their school year this week, one group of girls were noticeably absent. At the behest of the Rosh Yeshivos of Bais Medrash Govoha, all ninth grades throughout Lakewood remained closed due to the fact that there are still girls not accepted into any schools.

With as many as nine girls still sitting at home without a school to attend, the Roshei Yeshivos, who carry the burden of responsibility of the entire town of Lakewood, declared that schools should remain shut until the problem is resolved.

Askonim have been working tirelessly since, trying to find a place for each of these girls.


One school, Bais Kayla, has even shuttered their entire high school until the issue comes to a satisfying conclusion.



  1. Let’s be fair to the Mosdos. We’re happy they’re doing this job & opened up their school. Most of the Rosh HaMosdos are not doing it for Parnossa as they are independently M’sudar. The fact they take in extra girls into a class is a tremendous Chesed for those girls as in truth, it’s insanity to have 40 + girls in a class (not a grade)!
    No one is mentioning that these 9 girls were in fact accepted into a school but not the school of their choice. Is this a valid Taanah on the Roshei Hamosdos? The Parents have to do what they have to do but the schools also have a right to decide which girls are Mattim for their schools!
    The obvious Eitza is for more schools to open. Why don’t people open up girls schools? Because they need a building & to raise that money when you’re starting off is very hard. If the Askanim would invest in buildings & work out deals to new Roshei Mosdos, then the girl schools would share the problems of the boys high schools where there aren’t enough boys to fill up the classes!

    • Thank you. Very well stated.
      I hold it’s a fake crises. To make the whole town suffer because the PARENTS kavod is at stake, is outrageous! Mitzaher the whole shtudt? This has nothing to do with the girls. It has everything to do with the kavod zechin spoiled brat PARENTS. Pheh! Make sure not to marry into such a spoiled family.

    • Not sure if your statement about the girls being accepted into a school is factually correct, but I am sure of many instances where Jewish children were not accepted into any school for no reason other than administration’s snobbyism.

    • why does their need to be so many separate schools? wouldn’t it save money for multiple yeshivas/beis yakovs to be under one roof? or one large yeshiva under one roof meaning 10 of each grades etc?

  2. Thank you to those who have accepted a community responsibility upon themselves so that no child is left without a school.
    One of the most horrible feelings in the world is that of being tossed overboard and abandoned to drown in the cruel ocean, while aboard the deck of the ship a party continues with the uncaring participants celebrating their personal good fortune.

  3. If a girl doesn’t dress according to the school rules or the parents do not follow school rules (let’s say, they have a tv or even an iphone which is against the rules of that particular school or other rules), why should the school be forced to accept their daughter? Perhaps the girl or the parents should be forced to conform?

    • Dear 10:58, you are tragically misinformed: a child and parents who are not yeshivish, have no reason to apply to a yeshivish school. Most of the application rejections are based on the institutionalized cliqueism and feeble-minded snobbyism. Hence, yeshivish families’ children of working fathers, baaley tshuva parents, sefardim, geirim, divorced parents are often denied admittance. The takona is not to force the administration to admit. The takona is to change the administration, as they have proven themselves to be unqualified for any askonas tzibur, especially chinuch. In fact, it is the admitted children who are in danger of poisoning their Yidishkeit by burned out “mechanchim”. These off-the-derech factories have to be restructured before it is too late.

  4. when i went to school MORE THAN SEVENTY YEARS AGO there were more than 40 girls in my class. it was the only game in town so everyone who didnt go to public school (and some girls from frum homes did go to public school because their parents could not afford tuition for both sons and daughters) went there, from chassidish to barely shomer shabbos. i think every girl in my class stayed shomer shabbos and most of us grew despite the large number of students. i know times, as well as expectations and circumstances, have changed. now as then the right kind of chinuch will help girls soar. i’m not convinced that it is in our community’s best interests for our kids to never interact with classmates who are a little different. i think we will all gain

  5. why is it so hard to place these girls? passing them around like hot potatoes.
    while it’s nice shutting the schools for this. it would have been better if their was no hallabaloo and the girls were placed without having to juggle at the last minute. not to even mention the feeling of not being wanted.

  6. I think it’s a very big statement that the schools are not opening until all the girls are placed can you imagine how a girl feels if all her friends from the neighborhood,from school etc are accepted and starting the new year and only she is not good enough. Even a good girl, with such a nissiyon could end up not being frum.
    Aside from this, why do we have this system to begin with? All the schools need to go from 1-12 w/o this unnessacary stress of being accepted into university in 9th grade!
    And just a side point, wasn’t it rabbi shimon Ben gamliel who instituted schools for the children of parents who were unable to teach Torah to their children? It wasn’t instituted fo the best, most frum etc-no it was made exactly for the opposite reason-for those who didn’t have a strong support system in their house, for the weaker ones who wouldn’t make it w/o having a school to go to.(it is a mitzvah for the father to teach his son, but when he is not able someone else can be hired to teach his son.

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