March 17th, 2010
09:33 AM ET

Small Jewish school teaches more than just religion

Unlike many other boys his age, 17-year-old Levi Dubov wakes up excited to go to class each day.

"There is no other place like this," he says, as he finishes up breakfast in his school's basement cafeteria.

Dubov is talking about his Yeshiva school outside Minnesota's Twin Cities, known simply as MyYeshiva.

The boys' school not only focuses on the study of Judaism. It's one of a few Yeshivas nationwide that combines religious teaching with a focus on students with special learning needs.

While the school may be unique in many ways, it's still a functioning business. The rough economy hasn't passed by unnoticed. The school's director, Rabbi Moshe Weiss, acknowledges they've had difficulty making mortgage payments this past year.

If they can't come up with the remainder of the building's cost in cash or five-year pledges by May 15 - about $500,000 - they'll be forced out.

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