Monsey Memories: Sons of Jacob, “The First Synagogue in Rockland”

By: Yitzy FriedCongregation Sons of Jacob recently closed its location at 37 Clove Ave in Haverstraw after serving the area for nearly a.... read more

Monsey Memories: Celebrating the Siyum Hashas in Yeshiva of Spring Valley

By: Yitzy FriedAs the last of the siyumim on Masechta Kesubos in the daf Yomi cycle wind down, we take a look back the time that The Journal News.... read more

Monsey Memories: Rav Shmuel Ephraim Zalman Unger, Skverer Dayan

By: Yitzy FriedThis past Sukkos marked the twentieth yohrtzeit of the Skverer dayan, zt”l, a giant talmid chochom and posek who bridged the old.... read more

Monsey Memories: The Brinks Robbery of 1981

By: Yitzy FriedOctober 20, 1981 is a day that lives in infamy for the families of the officers slain in the horrific event, and for the stillness and.... read more

Monsey Memories: The Jacob Blauvelt House

By: Yitzy FriedNestled between the heimish enclaves of Rockland County such as Spring Valley, Haverstraw, and Pomona, sits the village of New City,.... read more

Monsey Memories: Rav Alter Mordechai Berg, z”l

By: Yitzy Fried He headed Beis Medrash Ateres Rosh in Wesley Hills, where he drew the misplaleim toward a life of meaning of avodas Hashem.... read more

Monsey Memories: Rabbi Avraham Moshe Gendel

By: Yitzy FriedAs we head into our shul, and the season of teshuva intensifies, we profile a man who inspired many souls toward teshuva in Monsey of.... read more

Monsey Memories: Rav Moshe Aaron Stern, zt”l

By: Yitzy FriedThe year was 1942, and the war was raging in Europe. All Americans of age were compelled to fill out draft cards—which is where we.... read more

Monsey Memories: When a Plane Crashed on Route 59

By: Yitzy Fried The afternoon of Sunday, May 6, 1979 was just another spring weekend in the hamlet of Monsey, when a small plane came crashing.... read more

Monsey Memories: The Bais Shraga Fire of 1965

By: Yitzy FriedIt was the winter of 1965, and Mesivta Bais Shraga—founded by a son and son-in-law of Rav Shraga Feivel Mendelowitz brought Torah to.... read more

Monsey Memories: “When Rockland was New York City’s Resort”

By: Yitzy Fried The story of Monsey’s metamorphosis from a hamlet into a burgeoning metropolis is well-known. Half a century ago, the Journal.... read more

Monsey Memories: Paul Toth, Spring Valley Chief of Police

By: Yitzy FriedLast week, Chief Paul Toth passed away at his home in Sarasota, Florida, at the age of eighty-nine. He dedicated thirty-two years of.... read more

Monsey Memories: When Holocaust Remains Were Buried in Monsey

By: Yitzy FriedFor years, the Holocaust Museum and Center for Tolerance and Education, in Suffern, NY, had in storage 75-year-old remains of kedoshim.... read more

Monsey Memories: When the United States Sued the Village of Airmont for a Shul

By: Yitzy Fried The year was 1987, and Congregation Shomrei Emunim of Airmont had been gathering in various homes, changing locations every few.... read more

Monsey Memories: When New Square was Building Their Infrastructure 50 Years ago

By: Yitzy FriedThe village of New Square—a Skverer outpost nestled among the towns of Rockland County—was incorporated as a village in the year.... read more

Monsey Memories: Rav Shlomo Mordechai Breslauer, zt”l

By: Yitzy Fried One of Monsey’s most legendary and senior rabbonim was Rav Breslauer, who came to the area from a strong tradition of.... read more

Monsey Memories: Congregation Bnei Jeshurun Closes Final Chapter

By: Yitzy Fried This week, demolition crews dismantled one of Monsey’s iconic Shuls, Congregation Bnei Jeshurun, closing the final chapter in.... read more

Monsey Memories: Vignettes from YSV History

By: Yitzy Fried Yeshiva of Spring Valley is an institution in the Monsey community, with decades of history to its credit. Today, we bring you.... read more