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

Monsey Memories: The Rockland County Committee for Soviet Jewry

By: Yitzy Fried The early 1970’s found a powerful movement of young Orthodox Jews to free Soviet Jewry from the terrible oppression that they.... read more

Monsey Memories: Rav Nosson Horowitz, zt”l

By: Yitzy Fried As we have noted here in the past, the rov of Beis Yisroel during its heyday was Rav Noson Horowitz, zt”l, whose rabbinic.... read more

Monsey Memories: Rav Yehuda Leib Pessin, zt”l.

By: Yitzy Fried The phone rang in the Pessin home on the Lower East Side, and Mrs. Pessin was astonished to hear Rav Moshe Feinstein, zt”l, on.... read more

Monsey Memories: Rabbi Israel Klavan

By: Yitzy Fried Around 1950, Rabbi Israel Klavan—a rov and an activist who hailed from an important rabbinic family—moved into.... read more

Monsey Memories: Suzanne Lake

By: Yitzy Fried Suzanne Lake holds many memories for Monsey residents over many generations. Decades of strolling around the lake, and.... read more

Monsey Memories: Rav Nussen Yosef Meisels, Longtime Satmar Rosh Yeshiva

By: Yitzy Fried A legend in the Satmar chassidus, and right hand of the Divrei Yoel—whom he entrusted with everything that was important to.... read more

Monsey Memories: Thirty-five Years Since the Young Israel was Vandalized

By: Yitzy FriedOn Tuesday, July 28th 1987, mispalelim of Young Israel of Spring Valley arrived to see the horrific site of swastikas and other.... read more

Monsey Memories: Reb Moshe Fischman, z”l, Founder of Monsey Boyaner Kehillah

By: Yitzy FriedA pioneer of the Monsey community since the settlement of the Torah Vodaath bachurim there, and the founder of the Boyaner kehillah in.... read more

Monsey Memories: Rav Abba Berman and his Yeshiva Iyun Hatalmud

By: Yitzy FriedIt was the aftermath of the Holocaust, and the Monsey community was in its infancy, when Rav Abba Berman arrived to establish a.... read more

Monsey Memories: Rav Yaakov Kamenetsky, zt”l

By: Yitzy Fried One of the great Roshei Yeshiva of the postwar era in America was Rav Yaakov Kamenetsky, zt”l, of Torah Vodaath, who settled in.... read more

Monsey Memories: Brewer Fire Engine Co.

By: Yitzy Fried It is an icon of old Monsey, a landmark known to generations of Monsey residents, and older than anyone alive. On Saddle River.... read more

Monsey Memories: Rav Yisroel Moshe Gnat

By: Yitzy Fried On the Monsey Beis Hachaim stands a kever from 1946 with the sad inscription, Rabbi Israel Moses Gnat… AGE YEARS. Searching for.... read more

Monsey Memories: Rav Yosef Meir Hakohen Kantor, zt”l

By: Yitzy Fried Nearly two years have gone by since the passing of Rav Yosef Chaim Kantor, a legend in the Monsey community and Rov of the.... read more

Monsey Memories: Beis Yisroel of Monsey

BY: Yitzy FriedIt was Monsey of the 1940’s, when the only heimishe Yidden to inhabit the hamlet were the Beis Medrash Elyon bachurim and a handful.... read more