This letter is addressed to R. Yehudah Leib Horowitz, a graduate of the Lubavitcher yeshivah who was active in the Jewish community in Dorchester, Mass.

Friday, 18 Kislev, 5706

Greetings and blessings,

You are the only person in your city with whom we are acquainted who realizes his responsibility for Jewish education in your city in general and in particular, for the existence of educational institutions that are under the presidency of my revered father-in-law, the Rebbe Shlita. For this reason, we are turning to you with regard to the following matter.

You are certainly aware that last year, we agreed to open a girls’ school with the name Beis Rivkah or Beis Sarah in Dorchester under the administration of Merkos L’Inyonei Chinuch. In [making] our decision, we relied [on the assumption that] our friends there would endeavor to gather the financial resources necessary for the expenses of the school, enabling the school to maintain itself independently. We agreed to give the school a certain portion of its budget as a loan for a short time so that it could pay its teachers’ salaries on time.

Now enough time has passed for the financial situation of the school to be established, and yet to our chagrin, we are being informed only about expenses and not about income. Nor do we see the necessary concern that the matter be righted.

The expenses of the school are not that great. When the tuition paid by the students is considered, it appears that it should not be difficult to raise the necessary sum through establishing a ladies’ auxiliary for the school or through raising income from other sources.

It is necessary for you to know that the [financial] situation of Merkos L’Inyonei Chinuch does not enable it to send checks to a teacher without receiving the funds for this from you.

You certainly realize that the responsibility for the education of girls is very great, as reflected by the verse:1 “The wise among women builds her house”; see also Shmos Rabbah, ch. 28, which states that the perpetuation of the giving of the Torah is dependent on women. In addition, the existence of all the institutions of proper Torah education and their success in educating students is largely dependent on the existence of girls’ schools.

We request that despite your many involvements, you immediately gather the financial resources necessary to establish the fiscal situation of the girls school. Since there are no others to stand at the head of this institution, this holy task has certainly been delegated to you. And thus you have also been given the powers to fulfill this mission.

We are awaiting your prompt response. To conclude with good wishes for the coming holiday of Redemption [Yud-Tes Kislev].