School Year Begins for Chinuch Atzmai
By Yechiel Sever
With a deep feeling of satisfaction, gratification and thanks to Hashem, the Chinuch Atzmai administration will be opening its hundreds of educational institutions for girls throughout the country this coming Sunday after a long vacation. The boys' schools began already on Rosh Chodesh Elul. These schools encompass students from all the sectors, streams and communities of Jews, imbuing them with the Torah way of life and our Jewish heritage throughout the Jewish history. This year, for the first time, the number of students in all the institutions crossed the 90,000 line, may it increase.
The deputy director-in-chief of Chinuch Atzmai, Rabbi Tzvi Baumel, expressed his satisfaction over the broad educational system encompassing thousands of teachers and their determined desire for success in launching this upcoming year without mishap or obstacles, despite contending with many difficulties and threats to the ongoing operation of chareidi education. He simultaneously offered up a prayer to Hashem that the tens of thousands of Jewish sons and daughters returning to the school benches will, indeed, succeed in continuing on with their education with pride, glory and purity to fulfill the aspirations and expectations of our Torah leadership - its founders from the past - and its present gedolei Yisrael mentors.
"This year," says Rabbi Baumel, "we are privy to great Heavenly assistance in the growth of numbers throughout Chinuch Atzmai institutions, both in concentrated population centers as well as in the suburbs and peripheries, this time with the addition of many students from French extraction who are being successfully absorbed into the school system, in scarcely populated areas, as well as in urban neighborhoods such as Bayit Vegan in Jerusalem and others.
In an interview with Yated Ne'eman, Rabbi Baumel added that the obvious growth in student numbers intensifies the obligation to support the Transportation Fund so as to maintain and augment this growth in the hundreds of Chinuch Atzmai schools. He expressed his high regard for the heads of this Fund who, in spite of heavy debts, have resolved to continue bearing the responsibility for bussing students from outlying areas to religious schools so that they may begin the new school year without hindrance and not drop out from chareidi education for lack of transportation and seek other sources of education foreign to our blessed chinuch.