The assertion that all Jewish parochial schools in Greater New York, called the “small yeshivas,” face liquidation because of insufficient financial support, is made by Rabbi Reuben Livovitz, in an appeal he published in the “Jewish Morning Journal.”
Rabbi Livovitz states that after a survey made by him, he learned that all parochial schools are in great financial difficulties and that there is no “real hope for a remedy.” The institutions are being kept up by the sacrifices of the principals and teaching staff who continue their work without receiving their salaries for ten and twelve weeks at a stretch.
Rabbi Livovitz appeals to the Union of Orthodox Rabbis of the United States and Canada to intervene in this matter by creating a body which would assume control of the parochial schools and provide for their maintenance. Such a body should be a sort of “Central Relief Committee for parochial schools.”
The difficulties in the situation are growing, due to the fact that the number of these parochial is multiplying, due to the friction which frequently develops in the boards, leading to the establishment of new and competing institutions, Rabbi Livovitz states.