See letter below from the president of the Board of Yavneh:
I am writing to you to share some thoughts about a serious issue affecting our school and New Jersey’s Orthodox Jewish community.
Education Affordability is a major issue affecting our families and our schools. The Orthodox Union has formed NJVotes, a campaign dedicated to increasing voter participation in every election and by doing so making our community known to our Legislators and obtaining their support for increased State funding for day schools and families.
This year we have a unique opportunity. New Jersey's entire 120-member Legislature and Governor are up for re-election in the June Primary. Because this election does not coincide with a Presidential race, voter turnout is usually low, typically less that 12%. Therefore, our community’s votes will carry exceptional weight.
Our entire school community needs to vote in the June 4th Primary. In order to vote, you must be registered as either a Democrat or a Republican. Regardless of how you cast your ballot, politicians will see that our community is engaged. Only when we increase our voter turnout will our elected officials pass the legislation needed to alleviate the cost of Yeshiva tuition.
The job of an educator in the Yeshiva day school community is twofold. First, we try to instill the requisite knowledge for success in our highly competitive world. Second, we try to act as role models to form their religious, moral, and ethical compasses, ensuring the continuation of Jewish values.
Yavneh is proud to say that we take this responsibility very seriously.
We ask parents to help our school by registering with a political party and voting in the Primary Election June 4th. We also ask that parents continue to be positive role models for their children and take action by registering other community members or volunteering to help NJVotes at phone banks or events. Visitnjvotes.org, call 201-416-7741, or visit the OU office here in Teaneck at 696 Palisade Ave.
Please recognize the importance of this campaign and our responsibility toregister by May 14th and vote in the June 4th Primary. If we want to effectuate meaningful change our entire school community must vote in June. Please let me know if you have any questions about this issue and its centrality to the continued strength and growth of our community. I look forward to working with every one of you on this vital initiative. Thank you for your participation in this school-wide effort.
Eric Fremed , Yavneh President-