NCSY, the flagship Modern Orthodox outreach group, a division of the OU, whose target audience is 14 to 18 year olds, has developed a cozy relationship – both above board and in a more stealth-like fashion –with haredi outreach organizations including Aish HaTorah (of Torah Codes infamy) and Ohr Somayach.
So what’s the problem? This. Parents do not send their children to NCSY to get involved with groups that preach a message of anti-modernity, or a message of no secular education, or a message of putting off Harvard indefinitely to attend yeshiva (a case NCSY actually brags about). In other words, this appears to be a classic bait-and-switch.
NCSY owes all of us, especially those of us who are parents of teenaged children, an explanation and clarification of their policy regarding haredi recruiters and organizations.
How about it, NCSY? What is NCSY’s policy here? Are you up front with parents about this before their children become involved with NCSY? Or is this just another version of the Torah Codes?