Jewish 2-Year Program is Godsend for This Student

NEW YORK — Yechiel Malik was born and raised an hour’s drive from New York City, but until age 10 he spoke only Yiddish.

He grew up in an all-Hasidic village in New York’s Hudson Valley, and for most of his school years his primary focus was Judaics, with only minimal secular studies.

“No one around me spoke English,” Malik recalled. “Maybe I picked up a word here and there — but my entire world was Yiddish speaking.”

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