Kiryas Joel

Media

Fact-check: ‘Der Blatt’ publishes fake letter from state police about lights and sirens

The fraudulent document, which had circulated on social media, claimed to be about an “enforcement initiative” from the New York State Police

Health

Kiryas Joel school could be fined up to $61 million due to unvaccinated students

The school allowed 121 students to attend school unvaccinated for nearly a year, carrying a maximum penalty of $2,000 per student per day

Legislation

NYS bill seeks to raise minimum SNAP benefits, a program widely used by Haredim

The proposed new law would quadruple the minimum benefit amount from $23 to $100

Technology

Flip phones: not just for Haredim anymore, says NY Times

In a recent profile of Haredi-owned Fabuwood cabinet manufacturer, columnist Kashmir Hill praised the company’s no-smartphone policy

Agunah

Spirited rally for an agunah in Kiryas Joel, despite gawkers, jeers, and egg throwers

Protesting on behalf of Malky Berkowitz, a diverse group chanted “give a get” and “let Malky go,” facing a sometimes hostile crowd

Yeshivas

Williamsburg streets littered with fliers against Satmar rebbe Zalmen Teitelbaum for yeshiva strategy

“Don’t sell MY children for YOUR money,” inflammatory fliers screamed in bold, blood red letters all over Williamsburg's streets

Haredi Life

Year end reflections on Shtetl’s first ten months of reporting: the top issues of 2023

With the intimate familiarity of insiders but free from the usual top-down oversight of Haredi media, we reported on everything from the Satmar rebbe's bragging about deceiving legislators to Agudah's efforts to keep the Times from winning a Pulitzer

Legislation

Gov. Hochul signs bills raising population requirement for new villages — except for Vizhnitz’s Ateres

For decades, any group of 500 people could incorporate a new village, but the requirement has now been raised to 1,500 — nixing plans for the proposed village of Seven Springs near Kiryas Joel

Satmar

Satmar community touts 24,000 students in flagship school systems, highlighting rapid growth and its broader impact

Figures align with broader estimates of Haredi growth rates, which have resulted in a global population of 2.1 million, approximately one-third of which live in the NYC metro region

Satmar

Personal items of Satmar’s founder fetch thousands of dollars — on eBay and at community fundraisers

A pair of white stockings worn by the late Rabbi Joel Teitelbaum sold for $11,600, and a chance to win a three-word note in his handwriting sold for a $1,800 donation to Satmar schools

Antisemitism

‘Satmar Hasidic Jews are certainly not antisemitic’: Nadler invokes Haredi anti-Zionism on floor of Congress

Several congressmen with Haredi constituents opposed a GOP-sponsored resolution that declares all expressions of anti-Zionism to be antisemitic, noting that many Haredim are themselves anti-Zionist

Yeshivas

Citing past wins, Rabbi Aaron Teitelbaum once again urges defiance of the state on education demands

Recalling past battles over ‘metzitza be’peh’ and Covid-19 lockdowns, Teitelbaum urged Haredi yeshiva leaders to once again stand up to government authorities