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Grave Concerns Over Chinuch Atzmai Busing Program

By A. Cohen

The ongoing busing crisis at Chinuch Atzmai and the concerted efforts to ensure busing remains available for thousands of girls and boys were the focus of an emergency meeting for the principals of hundreds of Chinuch Atzmai schools around the country at the Simchat Olam Events Hall in Bnei Brak.

The emergency meeting began with a recitation of Tehillim led by Rav Tzvi Fuchs, director of Talmud Torah Toras Emes in Haifa.

The meeting was led by Rabbi Shlomo Karelenstein, chairman of the Union of Agudas Yisroel Teachers, who opened the speeches by outlining the goals of the meeting.

Rabbi Avrohom Yosef Lazerson, one of the heads of Chinuch Atzmai, said the gathering was convened to discuss a matter that appears to be merely a funding problem, but which directly affects the essential infrastructure and undermines the objective of Chinuch Atzmai since it prevents many children from arriving at the schools they chose to attend to learn the ways of Torah and yir'oh.

He related the great apprehension of gedolei Yisroel shlita in light of the grave ramifications of halting the busing services and noted their prodigious efforts to set up a fund to solve the transportation problem, stressing that the fund does not in any way absolve government officials from their elementary responsibility to fund the busing program as the government has done for decades.

Rabbi Meir Luria, another of the heads of Chinuch Atzmai, opened by saying he does not come bearing good tidings regarding a solution to the worsening crisis of the busing system, which is on the verge of total collapse. He surveyed the course of events in recent years and the extensive efforts on all fronts, including the active involvement of UTJ MKs. To our dismay we have reached a dead end, he lamented, saying there does not appear to be any way to run the busing program when the school year opens. He noted that the Diaspora activities underway at the behest of gedolei Yisroel, and praised the individuals who responded to calls to take part in this important endeavor, adding that school principals should also contribute their share to the general effort.

Rabbi Tzvi Baumel, also one of the heads of Chinuch Atzmai, expressed hopes that through the power of combined efforts under the guidance of gedolei Yisroel, who are exerting their influence on Jews outside of Eretz Yisroel, besiyata deShmaya the educational system would succeed in overcoming all of the difficulties and obstacles in its path for the sake of future generations.

Rabbi Mordechai Karelitz reported on his meetings and discussions on how to pay off the accrued debts and his activities among men of means in the US.

MK Rabbi Moshe Gafni told Yated Ne'eman although no solution has been found he recently spoke with the Education Ministry Director, the Justice Minister, the Prime Minister's Assistant and other officials to seek funding as soon as possible.


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