The silent revolution

A father opens a haredi yeshiva high school in Jerusalem that also teaches English, math, music and sports

June 20, 2013 12:45
Bezalel Cohen

Bezalel Cohen. (photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)

Bezalel Cohen, a soft-spoken young haredi man, is the force behind a revolution evolving within ultra- Orthodox society. His present project, the Hachmei Halev yeshiva high school for Jerusalem haredim, will be the first haredi junior high school framework in Jerusalem to include general studies alongside the traditional Talmudic studies.

At the recent two-day retreat of the Matanel Foundation, of which he is a grantee this year, Cohen explains that he was motivated by the need to provide better opportunities for his son. As such, he is constructing the foundation for a significant change in the educational solutions available to the capital’s young haredim.


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