New Jersey legislators scrap bill that would’ve helped fund private school tuition

The bill faced opposition from groups that advocate for public schools and civil liberties.


Haredi and political leaders at odds over possible East Ramapo school district takeover

New bill would give the state authority to raise taxes and increase the district’s school budget.


New bill would exempt matzah bakeries, other restaurants from environmental rule

Staten Island Assemblyman proposes bill to exempt matzah bakeries, pizzerias from environmental rule that constitutes “discrimination against ethnic restaurants”


New Jersey bill to help with private school tuition via tax credits and a scholarship fund

Under the proposed legislation, donations to a state-chosen scholarship fund for private school students would get a dollar-for-dollar tax credit


U.S. senators Schumer, Gillibrand include numerous Haredi community projects in 2024 spending bill

The Kiryas Joel water pipeline, Camp HASC, and New Square village transportation are among various Haredi community projects to receive federal funding


NYS bill seeks to raise minimum SNAP benefits, a program widely used by Haredim

The proposed new law would quadruple the minimum benefit amount from $23 to $100


Vizhnitz Hasidim in the Catskills vote to approve new village of Ateres

The proposed village is centered around the Vizhnitz yeshiva, which had taken over the old Gibber Hotel opposite Kiamesha Lake and has grown into a community of over 800

Haredi Life

Year end reflections on Shtetl’s first ten months of reporting: the top issues of 2023

With the intimate familiarity of insiders but free from the usual top-down oversight of Haredi media, we reported on everything from the Satmar rebbe's bragging about deceiving legislators to Agudah's efforts to keep the Times from winning a Pulitzer


Gov. Hochul signs bills raising population requirement for new villages — except for Vizhnitz’s Ateres

For decades, any group of 500 people could incorporate a new village, but the requirement has now been raised to 1,500 — nixing plans for the proposed village of Seven Springs near Kiryas Joel


NY prisons must now provide kosher food in commissaries and vending machines — at the standard requested by any inmate

Assemblyman Simcha Eichenstein sponsored the new legislation, after finding, during his own visits to inmates, that visiting area vending machines lacked kosher food items