Preserve Rockland To Host Presentations by
Naftuli Moster and Fraidy Reiss
Pearl River Elks Clubhouse Facility
2041 Elks Drive, Nanuet, NY 10954
Sunday, September 25, 2016 @ 2:00 PM
Preserve Rockland invites you to hear Naftuli Moster of ‘YAFFED’ – Young Advocates For Fair Education and Fraidy Reiss of ‘Unchained At Last‘ speak on Sunday, September 25th, 2:00 PM at the Pearl River Elks Club Facility. Mr. Moster will discuss the state of secular education in Hasidic Yeshivas and Ms. Reiss will describe her work in helping Hasidic women escape from forced and arranged marriages.
Naftuli Moster is the executive director of Yaffed. He grew up in Borough Park and attended Hasidic Yeshivas (elementary and high schools). In 2012 he founded Yaffed after discovering the gaps in his and his friends’ elementary and high school education. Moster graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA in psychology from the College of Staten Island and went on to receive a Master’s in social work from Hunter (CUNY).
YAFFED is an advocacy group committed to improving educational curricula within ultra-Orthodox schools; it fervently believes that every child is entitled to a fair and equitable education. Yaffed’s work involves raising awareness about the importance of general studies education, and encouraging the leadership of the ultra-Orthodox world to act responsibly in preparing their youth for economic sufficiency and for broad access to the resources of the modern world.
YAFFED encourages compliance with relevant state guidelines for education while maintaining respect for the primacy of Judaic studies and the unique cultural and religious values of the ultra-Orthodox community. It’s mission is to ensure that all students receive the critical tools and skill sets needed for long-term personal growth and self-sufficient futures. Moster has been the subject of numerous articles in the New York Times and other New York publications some of which are listed below.
Advocating for Equitable Education
Ed Day Is Right On Yeshiva Fire Safety
Yiddish Isn’t Enough
Thousands Of Ill-educated Yeshiva Boys
New York City Questions English, Math and Science Taught at Yeshivas
Bid For Better Secular Ed In Yeshivas Heading Toward Court
Jewish Group Blast Education Department On Yeshiva Secular Study Probe
Fraidy Reiss (http://www.unchainedatlast.org/fraidy-reiss/) was 19 when her family arranged for her to marry a man who turned out to be violent; with no education or job, in an insular religious community where only men have the right to grant a divorce, she felt trapped.
Still trapped at age 27, Fraidy defied her husband and community to become the first person in her family to go to college. She graduated from Rutgers University at age 32 as valedictorian. Her family declared her dead, but Fraidy persevered: With her journalism degree, she was hired as a reporter for the Asbury Park Press in New Jersey, eventually getting promoted to the paper’s elite investigative-reporting team. She went on to a career as an investigator at Kroll, the world’s largest investigations firm. At the same time, Fraidy managed to get divorced, win full custody of her two daughters and get a final restraining order against her ex-husband.
But Fraidy knows that most women and girls who want to flee or resist an arranged/forced marriage are limited by finances, religious law and social customs. For them, Fraidy founded and now leads Unchained At Last. Fraidy has been interviewed on PBS, NPR and numerous other television and radio outlets around the world. Her writing has been published in the New York Times, Huffington Post, USA Today, the Star-Ledger and countless other papers in the US and beyond. Stories about her have been published in the New York Times, the Star-Ledger, the Jewish Daily Forward, Haaretz, Metro New York, Financial Times (in the UK) and many others. Fraidy has been a featured speaker at seminars, conferences and other events across the US.
‘Unchained At Last‘ is the only nonprofit in the US dedicated to helping women and girls leave or avoid arranged/forced marriages and rebuild their lives. Unchained provides women and girls with free legal and social services and emotional support. Unchained is also the only nonprofit in the US dedicated to promoting social and policy change to prevent forced marriage. Unchained raises awareness about forced marriage and advocates for relevant legislation. ‘Unchained’ envisions a world where every woman is free to choose whether, when and whom to marry — and whether to get divorced.
The following articles describe the work with which Ms. Reiss in involved:
Too Young To Say ‘I Do’
Secret Life: Fraidy Reiss Is Not Afraid
Woman Breaks Through Chains Of Forced Marriage, And Helps Others Do The Same
America’s Child-Marriage Problem
Arranged Marriage: I was a teen bride, and I was abused
The Joy Of Leaving An Arranged Marriage – And The Cost
[Directions To The Event at 2041 Elks Drive, Nanuet NY 10954: Palisades Interstate Parkway to Exit 7. (Left off ramp from North) (Right of ramp from South) onto Town Line Road, at first traffic light, turn right onto Blauvelt Road, drive 2/10 mile and turn left on to Elks Drive.]