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.... 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.... 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.... 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.... 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,.... 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.... 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.... 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.... 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.... 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.... 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.... 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,.... 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.... 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.... 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,.... 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,.... 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.... read more