November 19, 2014 3:33 pm at 3:33 pm #1045406🍫Syag LchochmaParticipant
AgudaNovember 19, 2014 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm #1045407
You just perjured yourself. You said you’d be visiting the Ahavas.November 20, 2014 1:05 am at 1:05 am #1045408🍫Syag LchochmaParticipant
yea, well, shows how much I know. I didn’t find out it was Aguda til my brother gave me the directions before he left for shul. I looked for cr people there but nobody was on their blackberries.November 20, 2014 2:41 am at 2:41 am #1045409☕ DaasYochid ☕Participant
What difference does it make which shul she didn’t go to since Passaic isn’t a real place?November 20, 2014 2:43 am at 2:43 am #1045410
Shabbos app not available for blackberry is whyNovember 20, 2014 1:28 pm at 1:28 pm #1045411
People here believe it is real, I’m not convinced, but it doesn’t mean I can’t humor them.November 20, 2014 2:31 pm at 2:31 pm #1045412
is there a gym for women?November 20, 2014 5:44 pm at 5:44 pm #1045413bitultorah24-7Participant
Good afternoon 12345,
I moved to Passaic in order to commute to Manhattan. It’s obviously closer to Brooklyn than Monsey is, although the commute (especially during rush hour) can be a pain.
sorry, no personal email addresses
- Concerning the commute, to get to Manhattan there are three options, GW, Lincoln, Holland, as well as going through Staten Island. The three bridges range from 6-8 miles each, although during rush hour the GW is usually either 20 minutes or 1.5 hours (it either moves or doesn’t). The Lincoln and Holland are usually around 45 minutes (I know there’s no usually) each. However, late at night (after 10pm), I often can go from Brooklyn to Passaic in 45 minutes, as there is often no traffic. Each Bridge/Tunnel is around $13 (although it is cheaper if you have it registered as carpool, and there’s a place outside the gw where you can usually pick people up). When I need to go to Brooklyn from Passaic, I will often take the GWB, and then the FDR to the Brooklyn Bridge, although Staten Island may be faster at times.
- Concerning shuls, as people have mentioned, there are quite a lot of Nusach Sefard Shuls, some are more heimish, such as R’ Berkowitz’s & R Weinberger’s, some are more official, such as the Agudah, and some are a drop more modern, such as Tiff. (again, send me an email to call me, and I can go in more details).
- One plus of Passaic, is there is a bunch of classes and gym lessons (such as gymnastics for girls) for children, which are usually listed in the Jewish Local Times. I have passed by a Ladies only gym which is pretty close, but not in the Jewish neighborhood per say. There is also a Lucille Roberts (Women only Gym) right near by.
- One thing to take note. Passaic is not as open spaced as Monsey. There’s street cleaning weekly (tickets are $75), and even to go to the Supermarket you need to either look for parking or pay meter. The schools which are close and which many people walk to, do not have real parking. And it is definitely squishy. (And as mentioned earlier, you will be either Jewish or Latin American).
- Neighborhoods: There are kind of three or four housing neighborhoods. You have Passaic which has some old regal houses, where everyone keeps up their tree/bush gardens, although is squishy, and somewhat middle-aged. You have the Clifton North and West neighborhoods which has more of the younger, slightly more comfortable people, with bigger lots, and you have the south area which is a drop more suburbia, although they only have a single (large) modern-yeshivesh shul. There is also the east neighborhood (on the other side of main) which has many new Jewish families moving in, which is the more affordable. Note: when I say neighborhoods, I don’t mean in the Monsey way, more as in a close demographic way. It is basically all one neighborhood with different sections. Passaic, is quite close together and small, as walking from one end to the other would be under 40 minutes, and driving in under 5.
I hope this helps,
BitulNovember 20, 2014 5:46 pm at 5:46 pm #1045414bitultorah24-7Participant
I am a firm believer that one should not post unless it is either informative or humorous, and you definitely made may morning with your earlier post.November 23, 2014 6:05 am at 6:05 am #1045415lookingforsemMember
good luck:) i dont live in either of those places:)December 2, 2014 12:35 am at 12:35 am #1045416
Hi, so I went with my wife last Sunday to look at a couple apartments. It is a lot different, however my wife and I seem to have a bigger problem. We don’t look like your typical white Jews. People do not want to rent to us.
The apartment will be available, but once landlords meet us, things change. It has been a tough road, in Monsey or anywhere we go. I have great references, from dian’s, rabonim, work and friends but it doesn’t matter. We are frum, in a chasidish minyan, me blk suit and wife tsnius, but nothing. 🙁
This is discouragingDecember 2, 2014 8:22 pm at 8:22 pm #1045417enlightenedjewMember
1122334455, that’s disheartening. I grew up in Passaic/Clifton, and while it had its share of issues, it struck me as a relatively tolerant an accepting community. There were always various people of various ethnic backgrounds in the community, as far as I could tell.
I find it the absolute cruelest of ironies that Jews, especially Orthodox Jews, could be intolerant of those who are ‘different’, be it racially or ethnically….December 3, 2014 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm #1045418
Yes it is tough sometimes. I try not to let it get to me, but easier said than done.
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