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Jewish teacher at Kanye West’s Donda Academy quits over rapper’s anti-semitism, as empire crumbles

When the prep school first opened its doors in September, Tamar Andrews was employed as a consultant
UPDATED OCT 26, 2022
Dr Tamar Andrews (L) has left Kanye West’s (R) Donda Academy in California over his anti-Semitic comments (American Jewish University/website and Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Dr Tamar Andrews (L) has left Kanye West’s (R) Donda Academy in California over his anti-Semitic comments (American Jewish University/website and Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

SIMI VALLEY, CALIFORNIA: Only a few months after Kanye West's private Christian school started, a Jewish educational consultant quit her job over his anti-Semitic outbursts. Dr Tamar Andrews abruptly left her position at Donda Academy in Simi Valley, California, just days after the rapper's hate speech.

When the prep school opened its doors in September, Andrews, 57, was employed as a consultant. She is also the director of early childhood education at Temple Isaiah and American Jewish University. The president of Temple Isaiah of LA provided a statement to The Hollywood Reporter in which he said: “Dr. Andrews immediately resigned from Donda Academy following Ye West’s tweet. Her last day was October 11, 2022, as she felt she could no longer support the organization.” It is unclear if any students have left the exclusive school after the criticism, despite Kanye’s prior claim that 82 students have been registered.


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According to Malik Yusef, a producer and longtime colleague, Kanye is “serious” about the initiative and claims to have helped develop the school's concept. In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Andrews justified the school's practice of requiring each parent of a student to sign an NDA, referring to it as an "informal agreement." Prior to this, her statement read: “Honestly, we don’t care if people know about the school. The people that want to come to the school are looking for a good Christian school in that area and they know that we’re there … there is also a certain notoriety that comes with being affiliated with Donda. So, I don’t know that we have to advertise, which is a blessing and a curse.”

In December, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges will make its first stop at Kanye’s Donda Academy which charges $15,000 per year as tuition fees. Since presenting a line of shirts with the slogan "White Lives Matter" during Paris Fashion Week, Kanye, 45, has come under fire for his peculiar behavior. He asserted that Derek Chauvin's knee "wasn't even on his neck like that" during an episode of the ‘Drink Champs’ podcast with N.O.R.E and that George Floyd tragically died after ingesting fentanyl.

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The star has subsequently been sued for $250 million for the remarks by Floyd's family who have called them "repugnant" and claim he made them in order to "promote his brands" by making "false statements." Following being sacked by Adidas after escalating criticism of his anti-Semitic outbursts, the rapper may no longer be a billionaire due to a high loss in revenue and net worth.