Friday, February 29, 2008

Bum Ban Details

When Asher Friedmann, CEO/Dictator of Nechomas Yisroel approached Rav Zelig Epstein, he was thrown the heck out of R’ Epstein’s office.

Ezra Academy in Queens would get 80-90K/year from Nechomas Yisroel. This is a religious school for kids from the FSU whose parents were basically “frei but warm”, i.e. traditional and sympathetic to yiddishkeit. Some of the children indeed became totally observant and continued to regular yeshivas.

The day after Rav Pam was niftar, all funding from Nechomas Yisroel ended. Why? Mr. Chazer Friedman decided co-ed is no good for him. (and I guess his pockets were deep enough for and extra 80 grand). Ezra’s hanhola went to several rabonim, R’ Zelig Epstein among them. All rabonim told Nechomas to start funding Ezra again immediately. He didn’t. Then a small conference was called, with R’ Epstein and some others, and again the unanimous decision was to “continue” funding Ezra academy again. Friedman said OK, but to date they haven’t seen a penny yet. This is the scumbag who claims to do everything "al pi daas Torah" Know whom you’re dealing with.


Anonymous said...

What's the background of this Friedman lowlife? Is he a chassidishe? What yeshiva did he go to?

Lion of Zion said...

"This is a religious school for kids from the FSU"

i had a brother and friends in ezra in the 90s. a lot of israelis and sephardim (?), but i don't recall too many russians. maybe it has changed.

"co-ed is no good for him"

i think the classes are separate, but they are held in the same building?

Anonymous said...

A commentor named boog on UOJ says this is one of the Tenka Friedmans.

SOmeone then poses this question:

Which Tenker Friedman is this? The one who heads the shtiebel at O & 21st?

I thought the Tenkers would have more common sense and decency as the alter Tenker rov was one of the lone voices who came out in opposition of Kolko, Margo and the "No-Penetration" Rabbi in the 1980s.

Yehue said...


When this happened Ezra had mostly Bukharian kids. As you say, boys and girls are in separate classes. For Chazer Friedman, this is reason good enough to halt funding.