Friday, August 26, 2011

Hasidim converge on Kiryas Joel to mark the anniversary of founder’s death 

By Sunday evening, tens of thousands of Hasidic Jews are expected to converge on the Village of Kiryas Joel to pay their respects to the late Grand Rebbe Joel Teitelbaum, the founder of not only the village that bears his name, but of the Satmar sect.

Thursday night the roads leading into the village were jammed with people from Brooklyn and other more distant areas, who came to Orange County to say a prayer and pay their respects to their founder, who died at age 92 in August 1979.

With the exception of the Sabbath, from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday, thousands of more people are expected to come to Kiryas Joel on Sunday, weather permitting.

Rabbi Teitelbaum, who was originally from Hungary, was deported to Auschwitz during the Nazi era and in 1946 settled with his followers in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

In the 1970s, he bought land in Monroe where he founded Kiryas Joel with 14 families. Now thousands of people reside in the village.


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