Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Graduate of Hassidic education sues the system for $1.2M 

A former Hasidic Jewish community member from north-shore Boisbriand is suing Quebec's education ministry, the department of youth protection, the local school board, and two illegal Jewish schools, claiming he received a substandard education.

Yonanan Lowen is suing for $1.2 million dollars, for damages and interest.

Lowen came to Quebec from the U.K. as a 10-year-old in 1988, and attended two schools in Boisbriand, the Yeshiva Beth Yuheda and the Oir Hachaim d'Tash rabbinical college — both are illegal and both remain in operation.

He claims those schools followed a program centered on Jewish education at the expense of the standard Quebec curriculum — and thus, they freely and intentionally violated his right to education according to Quebec law.

Lowen, who left a Hasidic community in Boisbriand in 2010, faults the Quebec education ministry for failing to take charge and shut the schools down, and Quebec's youth protection department and the Seigneurie-des-Mille-Iles school board for failing to step in an ensure he got a proper education.

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