Offer Accepted For Reuben Gittelman Hebrew Day School Property

Board of Trustees approves offer from Ashar


The Board of Trustees of the voted on Monday night to accept the offer from Ashar of Monsey to purchase the building and property.  Board Vice President Debbie Roth said two offers were considered at the meeting.

“Last night we just discussed two offers,” she said. “It was Ashar and the Town of Clarkstown.”

Roth said the board is hoping to have a signed contract soon, possibly within several weeks. 

Clarkstown Town Supervisor Alex Gromack was notified of the board’s decision today. He said he was told the board felt it was important for the facility to continue as a Jewish Day School.

Ashar is also known as the Adolph H. Schreiber Hebrew Academy of Rockland County. It is located on Highview Road in Monsey and has students enrolled from pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. Founded in 1954, the yeshiva day school provides Jewish and general studies education for boys and girls.

Virginia Feldman, president of the board of RGHDS, announced to parents and staff in early January that the school was closing after 40 years of educating students.  Its enrollment has been steadily declining over the past few years. 

Clarkstown expressed an interest in the New Hempstead Road property as a possibly replacement for the aging Street Community Center.  Gromack said the town board will now move forward with reviewing the plans outlined for renovating the Street Community Center.  He expects the decision process to be completed within 30 to 45 days.

The RGHDS building is 20 years old and sits on approximately 10 acres. will close in June when the school year ends.

Anonymous12345 February 14, 2012 at 08:29 PM
Poor Poor Decision...Clarkstown Offered more money than Ashar too.
Justme51 February 14, 2012 at 09:36 PM
Happy to see that it will continue to educate the young minds of our community!!
Mike Hirsch February 14, 2012 at 11:20 PM
A Jewish Day School is not a problem unless it's an extremist Jewish Day School. Alex, I know you did all you could. Thank you.
Anonymous12345 February 15, 2012 at 12:26 AM
Couldn't agree more. Town Supervisor Alex Gromack tried all he could. It sounds like it was the bad decision of the RGHDS board.
yo Jon......they spelled your last name wrong...they added a "C" and :M" in it if you take out those leters your past name makes sense ..
I am having a hard time believing clarksclownville offered more money..and anonymoronous how do you know about the offer?did you see a signed LOI????the only thing clarksclownville offers in excess are salaries!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
ron g February 15, 2012 at 01:58 AM
Get your facts straight. People who send their kids to ASHAR are not hassidic. And shame on you! Are you jewish or a self hating jew? Hassidic people are your brothers and sisters. They died as well as your ancestors in nazi germany.
Marc Fromowitz February 15, 2012 at 02:14 AM
Well said ron g.
Marc Fromowitz February 15, 2012 at 02:27 AM
Let me see if I understand this... You disagree with the decision. You have no skin in the game. You call a decision made by the board a poor decision. Am I right so far? Further down this page you call it a bad decision. Well, if this isn't the epitome of arrogance wrapped in a self rightous cloak ignorance. Who are you? How dare you even attempt to question the folks who made this decision. Were you privvy to the negotiations? Could you even name one of the 19 members of the board of trustees? Have you any idea of the financial terms offered? Do you have any idea how many among the 19 are doctors, lawyers, bankers, business executives and philanthropists? These are not intellectual lightweights who rush hastily to a decision. Of course you have no idea to any of these questions posed. You anonymously sling invective at fine, honorable people who made a decision that is solely in their best interest.
Mike Hirsch February 15, 2012 at 02:32 AM
I am a former squad leader of the Israeli Golani Brigade. The only thing I have in common with Jewish extremists is a common ancestor a few thousand years ago. Pop quiz - What religious extremists (other than the Taliban) segregate men from women and have their women cover their skin from head to toe?
Marc Fromowitz February 15, 2012 at 02:36 AM
Anonymous - i truly wish I knew who you are. You see my name. I have nothing to hide. I have no hidden bias. Your sense of entitlement astounds me. To think that a decision with which you disagree is a bad decision. You seem to think that somehow you have a right, not that you are entitled, to offer your opinion on how the board should dispose of this property. I would love to learn that the RGHDS board decided to lose money rather than sell it to the town - for no other reason than to keep it in Jewish hands. So i may understand, by what objective criteria do you judge what is a good decision and what is a bad decision? Wait, i think i can answer that. To you a good decision is one that allows the town to purchase the property thereby blocking the Jews from moving further east. Am i close? If I am off with this, please feel free to correct me.
Marc Fromowitz February 15, 2012 at 02:41 AM
Give it up with your moral equivalnce Mike. There is none. If you wish to hear the truth, i shall share it. The little known dirty secret is that the Jews are not the tue threat to this community, county, state or country. The real threat to this world are those who have no beliefs. Those who have no faith are the ones who are the true destroyers. Your life has in no way been affected by the actions of a tiny minority of a sub sect. The fact that you served in the Golani Brigade is of no importance. The most dangerous fools in all of Israel are those of the left with no faith in G-D, only faith in government.
Mike Hirsch February 15, 2012 at 04:11 AM
Marc, I don't know you, but you're starting to sound a little strange to me. I do not have any faith in government. I have hope that what I do will influence some people. As far as faith in God, that is up to each individual. As far as the board of Gittleman is concernd, they have the right to sell their property to whomever they choose. If ASHAR is not an extremist group, I don't think anyone will have a problem with that. Good night.
Scott Walters February 15, 2012 at 12:21 PM
As a 'goyim', I am glad that the town did not enter into an agreement which would have created yet another tax sucking money pit. No doubt the board of the school did what they felt was best for them. It isn't going to change the quality of life as there is no housing compnent yet (it would need to be approved by the town board in any event, and then you can vent your anger). All of this infighting among people is not attractive. Please look at the picture as it is written, and, for those who claim knowlegde, pleased be prepared to show it or keep your views to yourself.
Marc Fromowitz February 15, 2012 at 12:45 PM
Mike - Your fetishistic use of the pejorative adjective "extremist" when describing a certain portion of the Jewish community is saddening. Could you please define for me what you consider an "extremist group"? I wonder if you would so cavalierly use the same term, extremist, to disparagingly refer to a segment of other populations. For example, to you believing Jews are extremists, but to me Occupy Wall Street lunatics are extremists. Who has performed more acts of violence in the past year? Perhaps to you, tea party activists are extremists, while to me genocidal organizations with the express goal of wiping out the black community are extremists. Who has done more violence, the tea party folks or planned parenthood? To claim that you have no faith in government while at the very same time petitioning the local government to purchase property to prevent Jews from moving in is somewhat hypocritical, no?
Muck Raker February 15, 2012 at 01:30 PM
Haha... This is hysterical. Your family is reformed. What does that mean? You removed all faults and defects in your family? Your family improved its conduct and morals? Dude, are you stupid? I assume you are trying to say that your family belongs to the reform movement of Judaism. Faults and flaws you ascribe to the Jews should rightly and correctly be ascribed to the local government. Their failure to properly enforce building codes and zoning codes has allowed these problems to flourish. This is not the Jews fault. The politicians who look the other way to garner votes are the ones who hold all blame. Grommack, St. Laurance and the rest have sold their souls to gain and hold their office. Had they not done so the complexion of the town would be the same but with much less litter and multi family dwellings. Why do you want to know where the RGHDS board members live? What nefariousness do you wish to visit upon them? If you had half a brain, you would know that there already is an Orthodox community in North New City. Chabad has been there for years.
Scott F. February 15, 2012 at 01:35 PM
To clarify one thing, if you are Jewish (and I think that is what you are trying to say), then your family is not reformED, you are REFORM . . . ReformED is a Christian movement. Learn about your own, before you criticize others! Editor, a lot of these posts seem to stem from a deleted post, can it be reposted so we can read what was so offensive?
Mike Hirsch February 15, 2012 at 01:56 PM
I do not see a lack of FAITH in government and efforts to influence those in government as mutually exclusive. I do what I can.
Marc Fromowitz February 15, 2012 at 01:58 PM
Firstly, I was not criticizing his service and joining an army. I was stating a fact. His mentioning his service in the Golani Brigandes has nothing to do with the argument. He merely offered up this information in an attempt to give him Jew credibility. Secondly, to your point of what I think of our country's armed forces, I will say this. I have the greatest respect and admiration for the men and women who volunteer to protect my life and property. They are heroes to me. I am sure many veterans who know me are reading this string of posts. These fine men and women - officers, NCO's and enlisted men all know the great respect and admiration I have for them. Would you willy nilly say that 98% of blacks voting for a man based on his skin color is any different that Jews in a single community voting for a candidate?
well lets re-cap all we have heard over the years is as follows.."Hillary Clinton gets the block vote...everyone assumes by entertaining a few in Rocklands cult areas that the 3000 to 5000 votes is a done deal...I dont beleive"the Blacks are that controlled..they most likely independently..lets face it in reality"New Square" is known as a block vote..the fighting in Kira Joel was because of "two sects'? thats what I have read...and I have never read before in rockland a follower of any other sect burning down a persons house because he went to a different house of worship...
GWashington February 15, 2012 at 02:13 PM
While you Ladies are all gas-bagging about your relatives, lest we not forget the 405,399 American men who died to save your asses as well as the 670,846 men who were wounded. Blessedly some of them continue to walk slowly in our midst today, including one whom I call Dad. Thank them. We really don't give a flying f'*k through a rolling doughnut what goes on in that school as long as it is not a hotbed of homegrown terrorism. We still have Constitutionally preserved religious freedom in America, despite what the pretender in the White House is attempting at this moment. As for Grow-much and his band of Spendthrifts, voting to spend money they approved to tax from the citizens of this town, to purchase private property, an unnecessary luxury, in these financial times, good riddance to this idea and opportunity. In the future, luxury spending such as this should be put to a public referendum.
Marc Fromowitz February 15, 2012 at 02:23 PM
$$$$$$ because you don't believe it doesn't mean it isn't so. With a few rare exceptions, who get excoriated for their independence, blacks are the single largest monolithic voting bloc. One single act of violence by a deranged young man versus hundreds of thousands of good, decent, G-D fearing people. Yeah, OK. Blame the violence on the community not the perpetrator.
Muck Raker February 15, 2012 at 02:28 PM
Haha... @Marc you mention planned parenthood, and I noticed that on dictionary.com their quote of the day is by none other than Margaret Sanger. I would like to offer my own quote of the day, also by Margaret Sanger (Founder of Planned Parenthood). "Colored people are like human weeds and are to be exterminated." Hahaa, keep up the fight Marc, you have an ally in me.
and another note..cough cough cough...I do beleive the bumbled up trying to get a piece of property a/k/a a school for way under market value...which I may have read was stopped by NY STATE .was influenced.and allowed to happen by board members who are supposed to"portect every residents rights???interesting sounds like not an arms lenght transaction..THEN AGAIN WHO IS NY STATE lol BLAME THEM FOR STOPPING THAT SALE....THEN AGAIN MAYBE THEY ACTUALY DO PROTECT OTHER RESIDENTS UNLIKE RAMAPO IT SEEMS..SOUNDS SO "CULTISH TO ME
Anonymous12345 February 15, 2012 at 02:49 PM
You have to love this Fromowitz guy. He mentions "officers, NCO's and enlisted" as if he knows anything. Can you even tell them apart buddy? Bite your tongue before you embarrass all of us Jews in the community. And for your information, I can name every member of the board but for their sake, I will not mention their names here.
Marc Fromowitz February 15, 2012 at 03:04 PM
That's the best rejoinder you can offer? Insulting me, water off a duck's back. I never claimed to speak for "all of us Jews in the community." I express my own opinions. What does it matter that you mention their names or not? Two of the officers are mentioned in the article above. Kudos, to you for the ability to memorize and regurgitate names. You win a gold star! You have exposed my dirty little secret. I can't tell them apart. I shall hang my head in shame and be quiet since you have so politely asked me to. (this is called sarcasm).
Muck Raker February 15, 2012 at 04:10 PM
Hey Anonymous, speak for yourself. Idiots like you are embarrassing "us Jews in the community." This Fromowitz guy doesn't hide like a chicken Sh#@ behind his online anonymity. And from what I can tell, he is the only person beside Mike Hirsch willing to make his opinions known.
ron g February 15, 2012 at 07:17 PM
I don't understand you people. The people who send their children are "modern orthodox" not chaasidic. In any case, you can't stereotype all chassidim that they "ruin" neighborhoods or take over the town. If there was one lunatic who set another on fire, does that mean that all are crazy? The guy deserves to sit in jail for years. And I hope he gets raped a few times there too. He deserves what he gets. Whether or not the head rabbi told him to do it, that remains to be seen.
Muck Raker February 15, 2012 at 07:27 PM
i think that is the same point Marc was making too when he said, "One single act of violence by a deranged young man versus hundreds of thousands of good, decent, G-D fearing people. Yeah, OK. Blame the violence on the community not the perpetrator."


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