Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Thousands expected at annual pilgrimage to Kiryas Joel 

Thousands of visitors are expected to descend on Kiryas Joel Tuesday for an annual pilgrimage to the burial site of the founder of the Satmar Hasidic movement on the 36-year anniversary of his death.

Community leaders expect thousands of their own residents and visitors from Rockland County, Brooklyn and other places to visit the mausoleum of Rabbi Joel Teitelbaum. Teitelbaum was a Holocaust survivor who led his followers to Brooklyn after World War II and died two years after the Village of Kiryas Joel was created in his name in 1977.

Orthodox Jewish worshipers travel to Orange County from as far as Montreal and Toronto each year for Teitelbaum's death anniversary, or yertzheit, to beseech the late rabbi for his blessings.

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