Former convent in New Windsor will be...

Former convent in New Windsor will be yeshiva

There are 18 comments on the - The Times Herald-Record story from Sep 12, 2009, titled Former convent in New Windsor will be yeshiva. In it, - The Times Herald-Record reports that:

A former convent is becoming a yeshiva. The Order of St. Helena has sold its 51-acre property at Blooming Grove Turnpike and Forge Hill Road to Congregation Mesivta Ohr Hatalmud, an Orthodox Jewish congregation based in the Rockland County hamlet of Monsey.

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K Bennett

Rhinebeck, NY

#1 Sep 18, 2009
I do not see this congregation fitting into our town. The school will be a private one small at first, then growing out of control. We will face the same problems as Woodbury. The children of our town cannot even use this facility. It will cost us in the long run.
Steve New Windsor

Rhinebeck, NY

#2 Sep 18, 2009
I think you are right. The town will be changed forever. We don't need the extra traffic, we certainly do not need extra school buses. I think this school would have been better off to be used for the disabled. At least it would have provided more jobs for this town.
Carol M

Rhinebeck, NY

#3 Sep 18, 2009
I know of this congregation. I lived in a small apartment complex next to them. They do want they want when they want and do not obey any rules or regulations.. They will start building and bringing in their trailers. Why else would they want 51 acres. The do not file any building permits or pay any fines. This will become a highly populated religious community that will live on the land and not pay any taxes. The town of Monsey is probably jumping for joy. Is it to late can something be done to stop this from going through?

Gaines, MI

#4 Oct 1, 2009
im in that school and you guys are wrong about us. were just helping out your economy !!!!!!

Gaines, MI

#5 Oct 1, 2009
theres no buses coming by the way.
Washington Heights

New York, NY

#6 Oct 4, 2009
It's almost certainly a seminal Kiryas Joel. Time passes, things change. I first noticed just the other day that the Convent signs had been spray painted over and I thought at the time, "Here comes another huge subdivision". These are good, devout, hard-working people, give them a chance. Once they're established, if they'd like to spin off into my neighborhood in Newburgh City... Ah, wishful thinking.

New Orleans, LA

#7 Oct 21, 2009
you guys have got it all wrong
this is a school of higher learning
and the religious community is full law abiding citizens who pay taxes and mow their lawns
don't get your hackles raised so fast

Purchase, NY

#8 Nov 18, 2009
Be afraid New Windsor, be very afraid. The town will look like Spring Valley or Monsey inside of a year. ENFORCE ZONING LAWS. MAKE THEM PAY THEIR FAIR SHARE OF TAXES. Someone needs to step up here.
pookies freind

Mastic Beach, NY

#9 Dec 10, 2009
i agree with pooky the previous posters are anti semites

Mastic Beach, NY

#10 Dec 10, 2009
its a great thing to have in the community and we barely realize it. never saw a bus

Mastic Beach, NY

#11 Dec 13, 2009
its the best thing for the town

Maplewood, NJ

#12 Dec 13, 2009
if you didn't get to know these guys then don't judge i met them they are nice guys and it is boosting the new windsor economy because i see them buying by 5 corners and they walk very nicely and act respectfuly
dan c

Brooklyn, NY

#13 Jan 10, 2010
i am a religous observant jew who prays almost evryday the afternoon servicesin the school since the school started in late september. theese boys are the true examples of ortodox jews they are respectful young men who enjoy studying and follow rules. theres a gym there which when i come early see them playing basketball pingpong etc.. theese are the types of boys you want walking the streets of new windsor not the oposite. so stop basing your comments all around anti semitisim and hatred. i hope that in the long run you will eventualy stop the jeaalosy and realize who theese people really are..
A the F

Monsey, NY

#14 Mar 28, 2010
This unbeleivable school just celebrated its inuagural dinner on campus and I must say it was a fabulous event the boys are well behaved teenagers studying to become rabbis and the last thing on their minds is causing trouble anyone who believes otherwise is basing that on unfounded anti-semetic bias !!!
Stop the hate

Monsey, NY

#15 Mar 28, 2010
As someone who is somewhat involved in this woderful institution, i can say with great confidence that there are no plans to put up housing or "trailers" at this time ! And by the way they don't use buses in case you were worried
A Teacher

Newburgh, NY

#16 May 12, 2010
I teach there, I'm not Jewish.

The school is a boarding school for Orthodox Jewish boys. In Kiryas Joel the Hasidic Jews there live communally for some reason. I think it's because of the specific synagogue they belong to, not because they are Hasidic. In any event, the boys at the Yeshiva all come from families that live normal American lives, not communal ones. They own their own homes and their own businesses and work as regular lawyers and doctors and plumbers, out in the regular workforce. As far as building on the land, if they do it will be for the school, and if they build housing it will be additional student housing. They didn't buy the place for the 51 acres, they bought it because it was a ready made boarding school. I imagine they'll do exactly what the nuns did with the land.
Outback Jack

Edison, NJ

#17 May 26, 2010

Toms River, NJ

#18 Jan 16, 2011
Just drive through Lakewood NJ and tell me that these are productive people. The community pushes itself as a non profit LLC receives federal and state money and a numer of people are on welfare. Your town will be overtaken because they do not accept the way you live an eruv will be constructed and bit by bit they will drive down the prices of your homes. You will want to leave because you will not want to live in a community that does not accept you. Believe me when I say that because people began to leave in the late 80's and the town was eventually taken over in the 90's. Houses were built with federal and state funding and information was provided on exactly what each person need to do to fill out paperwork to become qualified for assistance. It starts out as you are descriminating against us because of religion but in the end they descriminate against you because you are not one of them. Good luck with this one.

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