Two Chabad schools disqualified from online contest


(JTA) — Three schools, including two affiliated with Chabad, reportedly were disqualified from a national online contest.

United Lubavitcher Yeshiva of Brooklyn and Achei Tmimim Academy of Worcester, Mass., as well as a public school in Northridge, Calif., were dropped from the winning top 20 vote-getters in the "Kohl’s Cares" Facebook contest that ended Sept. 3, the New York Post reported Sunday. 

The national department store chain disqualified "a chunk" of the Brooklyn school’s votes, according to the newspaper. The school has appealed the disqualification but has not yet heard back from Kohl’s, the Post reported.

Twelve U.S. Jewish day schools finished in the top 20 of the competition, each receiving a $500,000 prize. Eleven of the top 20 were Chabad-affiliated, according to the website.  

More than 1.8 million people voted, according to the Kohl’s Cares Facebook page. The entrants had to present a feature of their programming — not religious — for the funding.

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