City’s Orthodox Jews upset with free Pre-Kindergarten program, want time for religious instruction

by Ben Chapman,

January 27, 2015

Advocates for the city’s Jewish community are blasting Mayor de Blasio with a series of ads over a prekindergarten policy they say costs Jewish families $50 million a year.

Orthodox Union political director Maury Litwack said few Orthodox Jewish kids are taking advantage of de Blasio’s universal pre-K because its full-day schedule leaves no time for religious instruction.

“Mr. Mayor … MAKE UNIVERSAL PER-K UNIVERSAL,” say the ads, which kicked off Tuesday in several Jewish and political publications. Litwack would not disclose the size of the ad buy.

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