Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont traveled to Waterbury on Monday, meeting with Jewish leaders and visiting a Yeshiva with heaps of praise for the school system.
Amidst the New York State Department of Education’s continued attack on yeshivas, Lamont spoke about the Jewish educational system during a pre-election meeting with representatives of the Orthodox Jewish community. During his visit, the governor discussed a variety of issues including the importance of eradicating anti-Semitism and how he had trusted religious leaders to keep their followers safe during the pandemic.
As the meeting progressed, Lamont then took a moment to address the educational issues in New York, thanking those at the meeting for the existence of the community’s yeshiva. A clip of the meeting posted to Twitter by Yaakov Kaplan, vice chair of Brooklyn’s Community Board 12, showed Lamont addressing a group that included Waterbury rosh yeshiva, Rabbi Ahron Kaufman about yeshiva education.
“I don’t want politicians getting in the way there,” said Lamont. “You know how to teach the values that are really important in this community. I stand with that 100 percent and I’m not going to let anybody get between you and your amazing students for that.”