UPDATE 11/17/2014 11:00pm: A member of the Bais Rivkah administration has contacted ChabadInfo.com and notified us that indeed this is a mistake on the ticket-selling website, and no mixed seats are available.
The event will be completely separate, with no mixed seating whatsoever.
Earlier we reported:
The editor of DansDeals.com, one of the most popular “deal” blogs in the blogosphere, has been offering “DansDeals Seminars” in various places around America, with all the proceeds going to support local schools in those cities.
Now, he is coming to Crown Heights.
This Wednesday, November 19th, at 8:00pm, the 13th “DansDeals Seminar” will take place in the Beis Rivkah Campus on Crown Street, with all the proceeds benefiting the Beis Rivkah school.
But alas, seems like a serious mistake has occurred. The official event page lists the following:
“Please choose between mixed seating or separate seating when you purchase your ticket.”
And the purchase page lists “General Admission: Mixed Seating” as one of the options.
Mashpi’im and Rabbonim approached ChabadInfo.com to ask them to publicize about this, due to the serious implication of such an event.
The Rebbe’s opinion against mixed seating at any event, even a Torah class, is well known and documented, and the Rebbe only permitted it in Communist Russia, as seen in the following letter from the Rebbe written in the late 1970’s:
“In view of the extraordinary circumstances and difficulties in that country, I would be inclined to take a more lenient view to admit women into the men’s classes…
I must emphasize again that the heter mentioned above in regard to coed study is based on the special extenuating circumstances prevailing in that particular country, there being no other way to save them from assimilation and intermarriage. It should in no way serve as a precedent for other cases where those circumstances do not prevail, not continued even in that same case when the situation improves sufficiently not to have recourse to that heter.”
We are sure this is a mistake, and it will surely be corrected before the event, preventing the Chilul Hashem and the tremendous damage to Chinuch that such an event will bring.