The highly regarded Nachlas Beis Yaakov seminary is asking students accepted to Binas and Kesser Chaya (seminaries belonging to Elimelech Meisels) to apply to Nachlas. They guarantee admission on a first come, first served basis, but only if they get enough applicants to make the program viable. They are saying they need 40 applicants within 24 hours to commit to opening the new adjacent building for the expansion.
It is a bit of a buy-now shtick especially with the upfront requirement of a deposit of half of tuition ($10,900). I suspect they will take applicants after 24 hours. But the sales pitch might work because many parents are panicked about the possibility of not having an alternative to their acceptance by the Meisels seminaries. Just as the Meisels seminaries invoke the Israeli beis din of Rav Mendel Shafran, Nachlas invokes the Chicago beis din when they write, “We are informed that the Chicago Beis Din stands by its letter… Many parents, principals, Rabbonim and Roshei Yeshiva have turned to… Nachlas Bais Yaakov to fashion a creative solution.”
This move increases pressure on Meisels and the Israeli beis din to come up with a solution acceptable to Chicago. If they dawdle too long there may be no Meisels business to save.
I expect to see other seminaries making similar moves to secure the roughly the 200+ incoming students as well as going for the smaller number of 2nd year students. Right now the seminary business is growing. Of course that might change because of this scandal.
TEXT OF NACHLAS BAIS YAAKOV OFFER
The administration of Nachlas Bais Yaakov is aware that numerous parents currently find themselves in a very difficult predicament.
We are informed that the Chicago Beis Din stands by its letter of July 12th [actually was July 10 – Yerachmiel Lopin]. As such, many parents, principals, Rabbonim and Roshei Yeshiva have turned to us Nachlas Bais Yaakov to fashion a creative solution for those families who need an alternative quality solution.
In order to accommodate these girls, the administration of Nachlas Bais Yaakov has put into place the major components necessary to open a new seminary, including the option to secure a building adjacent to Nachlas, in the heart of Yerushalayim. We need to have iron-clad commitments from the parents that they will send their daughters so as to know whether we can proceed with this plan.
All students who were accepted to Binas and Kesser Chaya will be eligible to attend this seminary. However, space is limited and these girls will be accepted strictly on a first come first served basis.
Our vision is to provide the same level of Ruchniyos and educational standards within a context of proper nurturing that Nachlas is known for. Tuition for Nachlas for the 5775 school year was set a year ago at $21,400. Therefore, tuition for the new seminary would be the same – with $10,900 payable by credit card immediately to secure a place. The balance will be charged with 10 consecutive monthly payments of $1,050.
There is yet so much that needs to be done and accomplished in order to be fully prepared for the girls’ arrival on September 17th. This requires a tremendous investment of time, resources, and finances. However, given our years of experience in Chinuch Habanos at the highest level, we are confident, given your cooperation, we can do what needs to be done.
We therefore need parents to fill out the accompanying binding Registration Form and return it to us within 24 hours. Once we have a minimum of 40 girls registered, you will be notified via email and will receive a complete registration packet.
American Friends of Nachlas Bais Yaakov
Student’s Name: _____________________________________________
High School Attended:_________________________________________
Seminaries Originally Applied To:_________________________________
Seminary Accepted To: ________________________________________
Home Phone: _____________________________________________
Mother’s Cell:___________________ Mother’s Work #:________________
Father’s Cell:___________________ Father’s Work #:________________
We hereby commit to send our daughter to the newly formed seminary from September 17, 2014 until June 8, 2015.
I hereby authorize Nachlas Bais Yaakov to charge the indicated credit card for the initial deposit of $10,900 and a monthly charge of $1,050 for the next ten months. I guarantee and warrant that I am the legal card holder for this credit card and that I am legally authorized to enter into this recurring credit card billing agreement with Nachlas Bais Yaakov.
Credit Card Name:___________________________________________
Credit Card Number:__________________________________________
Expiration Date:____________________ Security Code:______________