The staff of the Eitz Hadaas educational network is working
overtime in order to accommodate the hundreds of parents who
are registering their children in its kindergartens and day
care centers for the new school year. This network functions
under the full guidance of gedolei Yisroel.
Over the past few years, Eitz Hadaas has been growing by
leaps and bounds, and it currently has branches in the new
chareidi centers of Beit Shemesh, Kiryat Sefer, Elad-Mazor
and Ramat Shlomo (Shuafat) of Jerusalem.
Eitz Hadaas is widely acclaimed for the outstanding quality
and professional level of its teachers and staff members.
Parents who leave their children in the care of the network's
kindergartens and day care centers for long hours during the
day are very pleased with Eitz Hadaas's high standards and
fine staff members. The parents are also impressed with the
dedication and tireless efforts of the network's head, Rabbi
Avrohom Maklev, who makes every effort to guarantee the
exceptional quality of the day care centers.
With the marked development of the Eitz Hadaas institutions,
many wonder why the Jerusalem Municipality still sees no need
to accord them official recognition, and doesn't subsidize
them at all, while similar institutions do receive municipal
subsidies. The municipality's disregard of the needs of Eitz
Hadaas is especially hard to understand in light of the fact
that many Jerusalem residents send their children to Eitz
Hadaas schools and institutions. There is no justification
for the failure to accord Eitz Hadaas recognition, especially
since it identifies with the largest political faction in the
At the meeting, which was organized by avreichim and
friends of the system, it was decided to once again turn to
the UTJ representatives in city hall, and to insist that the
Jerusalem Municipality recognize the Eitz Hadaas network.
These avreichim intend to hold a meeting with Mayor
Olmert and to present him with an appeal signed by all of the
Following is the response of the municipality's spokesman,
Chagai Elias: "The Eitz Hadaas network is a private one which
has asked to receive recognition within the municipal
framework. The topic is being examined by the Attorney
General and the Treasurer's office."