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February 05, 2013

Haredi Yeshivas Defraud Government Library Subsidy Program?

Open books 2,jpgDown a gritty dead-end alley in ultra-Orthodox Brooklyn, past a loading dock and a couple of dumpsters, a set of stairs leads up to a small room with bare walls and a dozen computers. The plaque on the door at Kollel L’Horauh calls the room a library. As a library, it has received $135,000 in congressionally mandated library subsidies. But there’s no librarian, and the room’s “collection” consists of a subscription to a single digital database of Jewish books that is not even available on all the computers. In [haredi] Brooklyn, not being a library is no barrier to receiving library subsidies.

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The Forward reports:

Down a gritty dead-end alley in ultra-Orthodox Brooklyn, past a loading dock and a couple of dumpsters, a set of stairs leads up to a small room with bare walls and a dozen computers.

The plaque on the door at Kollel L’Horauh calls the room a library. As a library, it has received $135,000 in congressionally mandated library subsidies. But there’s no librarian, and the room’s “collection” consists of a subscription to a single digital database of Jewish books that is not even available on all the computers. In Brooklyn, not being a library is no barrier to receiving library subsidies. A Forward investigation has found that E-Rate, the federally backed library subsidy program, has committed $1.4 million to ultra-Orthodox religious institutions in Brooklyn that don’t actually qualify as libraries.

Nine such groups have received an average of $161,000 in commitments from E-Rate since 2010 — more than twice the average amount committed to libraries in New York State during the same period.

The library association legally tasked with serving as a gatekeeper for E-Rate eligibility in New York City chose not to exclude these ultra-Orthodox groups, which in some cases didn’t have librarians or card catalogs.

…Elsewhere in New York, another gatekeeper agency has taken a stand to block questionable libraries from E-Rate. In 2010, around the same time that the Brooklyn ultra-Orthodox groups were seeking to become E-Rate eligible, a “flurry” of ultra-Orthodox congregations from Rockland County, N.Y., applied to join an upstate library association and become E-Rate eligible, too, according to John Shaloiko, executive director of the Southeastern New York Library Resources Council.

“We didn’t want to take just any organization in when it believes it should get E-Rate when it’s not really a library,” Shaloiko [said]…

The Southeastern New York Library Resources Council is what the Forward calls the “gatekeeper” for the counties just north of New York City, including Rockland and Orange where large concentrations of haredim live in towns and villages like Monsey, New Square, and Kiryas Joel.

Worried about the legitimacy of the haredi libraries that applied, the Southeastern New York Library Resources Council structured new membership guidelines that required that libraries have online card catalogs, librarians with master’s degrees, and what the Forward calls “other criteria” before being allowed to join the Resources Council and become eligible for E-Rate money.

According to the Forward, the small number of haredi ‘libraries’ that sought to join the Resources Council after it toughened its membership guidelines all withdrew their requests when they realized what would be needed to qualify for membership.

This type of haredi looting of government programs meant to help literacy, to feed K-12 students, to provide low income housing, to subsidize higher education for low income students, etc. is allegedly widespread in haredi communities in the US. Similar frauds are widespread in haredi communities in Israel, as well, and there have been reports of similar problems in Canada.

For example, the US Government’s Pell Grant program was massively defrauded by haredim – primarily by hasidim – in the 1980s, and that fraud is documented – and highlighted – in Congressional reports and in the media. And Israel’s tax authority and its police made several well-publicized arrests of haredim who had committed yeshiva fraud, stealing subsidy money from the government by ‘enrolling’ fraudulent students or by creating fake yeshivas. These frauds – which are thought to be only the tip of the iceberg there – cost Israeli taxpayers millions of dollars.

You really can’t report on one haredi attempt to defraud a government without reporting that the other haredi frauds exist – you can’t, that is, unless you’re the Forward.
 
Read it all here.

[Hat Tip: Joel Katz.]

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After all theese grmoro kups have to put their heads to good use one of them is to concoct new ways of stealing money and to be innovative so when the opportunity comes they will be ready to take advantage of it,thats what i call successful toireh learners,the more money they can create the more respect they get hats of to them:)

"You really can’t report on one haredi attempt to defraud a government without reporting that the other haredi frauds exist – you can’t, that is, unless you’re the Forward."

Why is that?

WE HARADIM ARE IN SHOCK.. THAT WE HAVE NO LIBRARIES IN OUR AREA BUT PEOPLE ARE TAKING MONEY FROM THE GOVT. SO THEY CAN PROVIDE THEM TO US

Apologies to: The Library Song:

Oy, the place for Jews that's all but empty
Is yeshiva's so-called library
They have no books and they schnorr money,
It's the frummest, it's the dumbest, it's the "library "
They have histories 'bout Artscroll rebbes,
And for other books, a travesty
When they write a grant, it'll be phony,
It's the frummest, it's the dumbest, it's the "library "
Emotional, unacceptable, indoctrination that's not rational
It's their way of life, it's too strict for me,
It's the frummest, it's the dumbest, it's the "library "

That's why the Williamsburg Public Library on Marcy Ave. - serving Haredim and goyim, although the former don't frequent it - which once had a wonderful book collection, has now been reduced to a paucity of books and computers.

Shocking anti-semitism.

How do I get one of these grants?

FM Fan --Its a rigorous process you must learn 15 hours a day toireh , and then you must begood at the intricacies in kop dreiing meaning to twist minds and then you will be tested by non other then our heilige rabunim ,after that you are on youre way to do the good work until youre walles is so fat that you will have to open up a false bank account so can perpetuate youre defrauding on those who are good to you.

Thank you so much Yurtur for your comment. It meant a lot to me as I'm sure it did to everyone here who is trying to free Judaism from corruption and God's anger due to our corruption and dishonesty. Please continue to bless us with your brilliance by making frequent postings! I'm surprised that a hareidi fellow such as yourself actually knows who to use commas!

Don't they have to account to the Government agency how they spent the money? If they didn't can they be compelled to now? This is outrageous.

Have these people no shame?

Hey Binsonfire, why no vitriol for me? I am jealous of Jancsibacsi and Scotty.

Yurtur Binsonfire-Hey have some respect i am telling the truth here dont you want to hear it you,by the way go and hang youreself on the highest tree on youre block.

Anyone know the address in Williamsburg of this library? I want to check out this fraud sheister ganovim library that steal my tax dollars

of course, as brought out in... :
... The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem ... Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters:

Shmaryah you lying snake If you read the forward article inside it makes it clear that these libraries actually abide by the terms of the grants so it is wrong to call this fraud.
they found a loophole that's all.
Stop rousing your sheeple for the kill for no reason or next time they won't take you seriously.

Criminals again...
Shame.. Shame... Shame..
Again!

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