Fraud at religious schools tarnishes their appeal

Fraud committed by any school is serious, but when it occurs at a religious school the damage is compounded (“Hasidic School to Pay $8 Million After Admitting to Widespread Fraud,” The New York Times, Oct. 24).  I’m referring now to the Central United Talmudical Academy in Brooklyn, which is the largest private Hasidic school in New York State.

Although the school will pay fines and restitution totaling more than $8 million, the damage has already been done.  Like all religious schools, honesty is supposed to be a guiding principle.  When it turns out that fraud or other crime has been committed, it forever stains their reputation.

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