Robocalls target Yang, Adams as ‘harm’ to orthodox kids

A bunch combating for town to make sure that orthodox Jewish youngsters obtain higher secular training in yeshivas is launching an 11-hour assault towards Eric Adams and Andrew Yang — top contenders who’re backed by numerous Hasidic leaders, The Post has discovered.

An anti-Adams and Yang group on Sunday started sending out robocalls to Democratic voters claiming the 2 frontrunners will “harm” Hasidic youngsters’s training if elected mayor by caving to “ultra-orthodox rabbis.”   

“My child cannot afford to have Eric Adams or Andrew Yang as mayor. Yang and Adams have both made deals with ultra-orthodox rabbis in exchange for the Hasidic bloc vote, and will allow tens of thousands of children to be denied an education in even basic math, science and American history,” mentioned a Beatrice Weber, an orthodox Jewish mom, within the 35-second name, in accordance to a recording and a transcript of it.

“Do not rank either Eric Adams or Andrew Yang with your vote on Tuesday,” she added. “Don’t let them harm my children’s education.”   

The group answerable for the robocalls, Voters for Substantial Equivalency, is spending $40,000 to ship out 1 million automated calls to possible Democratic major voters within the days forward of Tuesday’s major, in accordance to David Golovner, a spokesperson for the group, which registered with the state Monday.

Adams and Yang — who in accordance to a ballot launched Monday are the highest two contenders within the race — have taken hands-off positions on mandating higher-quality secular training in yeshivas.  

A robocall from Voters for Substantial Equivalency went out to potential voters urging them to not rank Eric Adams or Andrew Yang.
A robocall from Voters for Substantial Equivalency went out to potential voters urging them to not rank Eric Adams or Andrew Yang.
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“If a school is delivering the same outcomes, like, I do not think we should be prescribing rigid curricula,” Yang said in February.

Adams struck a equally lenient tone in March, when he said he was “really impressed” by the non-Judaic research curriculum at a yeshiva underneath investigation due to their low secular instructional requirements after a go to to the varsity.  

“Both Eric Adams and Andrew Yang have made it clear that they care about votes not voters,” Golovner, of Voters for Substantial Equivalency, mentioned in a press launch.

“Children’s futures are being hijacked in backroom deals with the Hasidic rabbis who wield a bloc vote to allow yeshivas that refuse to teach students even basic math, English, science or history to continue to operate.”

“This is occurring in violation of state law and it is abhorrent that candidates for mayor would allow the futures of over 65,000 Jewish children to be hijacked for votes,” Golovner went on. “Andrew Yang’s complete disregard for all education metrics is matched by Eric Adams willingness to rhetorically write off the public school system as inferior to one that unabashedly refuses to teach anything outside Judaic studies.” 

The call claimed that Yang and Adams would "harm" Hasidic children's education.
The name claimed that Yang and Adams would “harm” Hasidic youngsters’s training.
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Adams, requested at a marketing campaign cease in Brooklyn in regards to the calls, mentioned he wouldn’t reply to them. “No nope. I’m focused, no distraction,” Adams mentioned a day earlier than the first. “Grind and vote.” 

“New Yorkers know Andrew is a public school parent who is going to prioritize every child’s education and won’t be swayed by late attacks from anonymous special interests,” mentioned Yang marketing campaign spokesman Jake Sporn.

Weber — an orthodox Jewish mom of 10, together with an 8-year-old boy who research at a yeshiva — mentioned she was moved to file the decision as a result of she’d fed up with the present state of affairs on secular training in secular Jewish non-public faculties in her neighborhood.

Adams and Yang would preserve the established order of orthodox Jewish youngsters receiving substandard secular training in yeshivas, she mentioned.

“I was really horrified with the Jewish media, saying, `Wow, look what Yang and Adams promised,’ that Adams and Yang are willing to help the yeshivas,” she instructed The Post.  

“It’s very infuriating when politicians keep the system the way it is. I know how the system works. There are a lot of voters who don’t know what’s going on.”

She added that Mayor Bill de Blasio was “a big player in “stalling an investigation” of yeshivas’ secular educating. De Blasio delayed a long-awaited investigation into secular instructional requirements in yeshivas with the goal of getting orthodox leaders’ help for mayoral management of New York City public faculties, The Post reported in March 2020.

But the decision didn’t go over properly with some who acquired it.

The robocalls claims were made despite Yang and Adams being endorsed by Hasidic groups.
The robocalls claims had been made regardless of Yang and Adams being endorsed by Hasidic teams and leaders.
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Douglas Schneider — a City Council candidate who acquired the robocall about 8:30 p.m. on Sunday at his marketing campaign workplace’s landline — mentioned he was in disbelief when he heard the message.

“It was, ‘I can’t believe it,’” he instructed The Post of his response when he heard the decision, as a result of he mentioned it used anti-Semitic “tropes” to sway the election.   

“It sounded like a desperate mother to me,” mentioned Julia Vitullo-Martin, a former Manhattan Institute senior fellow, who Sunday night acquired the same name, which “shocked” and confused her.

“The Yang-Adams pairing seemed odd,” she mentioned of the 2 rivals, who’ve attacked one another all through the marketing campaign.   

Melinda Thaler, who acquired Weber’ name at 8 p.m. Sunday at her house in Manhattan, mentioned the robocall was offensive.

“It just struck me as total bullshit,” she mentioned. “I thought that it was hostile to me as Jew.”
“I didn’t find it to be a legitimate representative of the Orthodox community.”  

Additional reporting by Nolan Hicks and Julia Marsh

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