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


Vizhnitz Hasidim in the Catskills vote to approve new village of Ateres

The proposed village is centered around the Vizhnitz yeshiva, which had taken over the old Gibber Hotel opposite Kiamesha Lake and has grown into a community of over 800

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


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


NY prisons must now provide kosher food in commissaries and vending machines — at the standard requested by any inmate

Assemblyman Simcha Eichenstein sponsored the new legislation, after finding, during his own visits to inmates, that visiting area vending machines lacked kosher food items