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    Y.W. Editor
    Keymaster

    On the other hand, there is nothing like living out-of-town. The calm pace of life, the close-knit community, and the friendly spirit of achdus that typify out of town living are important quality of life and quality of yiddishkeit factors as well.

    Until recently, the lines were clearly drawn: East is East and West is West and never the twain shall meet.

    The virtually unprecedented evolution of the city of Waterbury may finally resolve the dilemma for those who cannot decide between in town and out of town. For Waterbury indeed offers the advantages of out of town living, and is still the closest possible alternative to city life.

    What does Waterbury have to offer as a community? Consider the following:

    Housing opportunities are hard to equal: brand new beautiful 5 bedroom and 3 bath homes in Blue Ridge Estates for under $300k! Waterbury offers a relaxed, no pressure environment, with an exceptional ruach of chesed, including bikur cholim and meals on wheels. The city is a little over an hour to Monsey and Manhattan and is near Stamford, Harford and Boston.

    How did it all happen? And why in Waterbury more than in any other community?

    Torah Umesorah was exploring options in community development to create viable housing options for the growing frum population. An additional agenda was to advance the parameters of the tristate frum megalopolis, thereby spreading the positive influence of Torah-true Jews to their less than observant brethren. With the active participation and encouragement of Rav Aharon Schechter, Rosh Yeshivah of Mesivta Rabbi Chaim Berlin, and his close talmid Rabbi Aharon Kaufman, the Waterbury initiative picked up steam. With the yeshiva serving as a nucleus, the growth has continued to gain momentum.

    #697405

    glc
    Member

    I am a former talmid of the Yeshiva and was thrilled when I saw the heading for the article. For some reason, Waterbury does not seem to get a lot of exposure. This could be because of the unsteady reputation it had a while back. However, if one visits the yeshiva today they will see nothing but a promising and budding yeshiva . I was there less than 2 years ago and experienced the most life altering 2 years of my life. I was not a person who was off the derech, confused, or looking for direction, yet, it was truly life changing. You walk through the doors and you begin to change as a person. I cannot explain it, it just happens. Rebbeim there are unlike any other. They love each and every talmid and do everything it takes to enable them to succeed. You also will not find an insensitive bochur in the yeshiva as well. The overwhelming sensitivity from each and every bochur and rebbe is astounding. It honestly is a great community to be part of and Please do not think I am trying to advertise by writing this. I am merely showing appreciation to the people who made me become the person I am today.

    #697406

    Pashuteh Yid
    Member

    Any town which doesn’t have 5 kosher pizza shops is strictly minor league, and shouldn’t even be mentioned here on YW.

    #697407

    is the name blue ridge an anti-red statement? 🙂

    #697408

    loyalyid
    Member

    I visited there a couple of times, it’s indeed amazing what this yeshiva has done to the entire neighborhood.

    Also los of yidden who own or manage real estate throughout Ct., use Waterbury as their station to daven or buy kosher refreshments at the shoprite, bagel store, or at the yeshiva’s vending machine, and treat themselves with a coffee and cholov yisroel at the yeshiva gedola’s coffee room.

    #697409

    Water Berry
    Member

    I agree I think Waterbury is a great place to live. There is a great Yeshiva K’tana, a nice community, and they are in process of opening a Pizza store

    Hope to see you there

    #697410

    asdfghjkl
    Participant

    Water Berry: sure see ya there!!!

    #697411

    flatbush27
    Member

    i like blueberries better 🙂

    #697412

    corny

    #697421

    outoftowner
    Member

    are the rumors true? Is the pizza place really reopening?

    #697423

    Gevoldig
    Member

    The Pizza Shop just opened up today. B’h good food and great ambiance.

    #697425

    Jax
    Member

    Gevoldig: send us CR members & mods some pizza to see if it’s any good please! & welcome to the Grand CR! join the fun!

    #697426

    cherrybim
    Participant

    Y.W. Editor – “On the other hand, there is nothing like living out-of-town. The calm pace of life, the close-knit community, and the friendly spirit of achdus that typify out of town living are important quality of life and quality of yiddishkeit factors as well”

    Another great thing about living out-of-town is that there is no need for psychiatrists or police stations or musser sedarim in the yeshivos because everyone just loves everyone else and as soon as someone from in-town crosses over into Waterbury or Lakewood, it’s magic: no more shalom bais issues, no more lashon hara, no more talking during t’fila.

    So, out-of-towners, don’t blow it with all the publicity because in-town YWers who don’t currently enjoy the quality of life and quality of yiddishkeit as you do, might just move next door to you.

    You can run but you cannot hide.

    #697427

    azi
    Participant

    Its probably a great place to live. and not to far from NY. I have always found that Waterbury guys don’t have that certain thing that in town guys do. It’s very refreshing.

    #697428

    outoftowner
    Member

    umm… Azi, I can half agree with you, But 90% of them are from Brooklyn, so maybe the refreshing thing that these boys DON’T have is in the air that they breathe in Waterbury 🙂

    #697429

    azi
    Participant

    outoftowner,

    they all ended up there for a reason. also you probably dont know to what I was referring.

    #697430

    anonymisss
    Participant

    azi, Waterbury’s a really nice and the people are really nice. Many Waterbury guys are from in town. Sorry.

    ~a the real one~

    #697431

    gavra_at_work
    Participant

    anonymisss:

    They ARE wonderful. Dish is doing a great job with the boys there.

    #697432

    azi
    Participant

    I was referring to the fact that they are very warm and friendly syag

    #697434

    outoftowner
    Member

    You are right,

    They are warm and friendly, and I am right too.. They are mostly from in town… No sdeera… Yes, they are there because they enjoy the warm and friendly, and close knot environment… All valid points…

    Not necessarily contradicting one another 🙂

    #697435

    azi
    Participant

    outoftowner,

    you are right especially about the “close knit” part.

    #697436

    anonymisss
    Participant

    Hmm… so which ones of us live in WB or went to yeshiva there? jk-don’t answer, personal info.

    ~a the real one~

    #697437

    azi
    Participant

    I have never been in that industrial village, however I met many talmidim from there over the years. Plus both Roshei Yeshivos started out in the yeshiva I went to (one as a rebbi the other as a talmid.

    #697438

    anonymisss
    Participant

    Ummm…. azi, nice yeshiva you went to. (My family is also you-know) You were there when they were? I thought you were younger. Don’t say your name, please.

    ~a the real one~

    #697439

    azi
    Participant

    Much younger. I graduated 6 or 7 yrs ago. One was a rebbi when i was there and the other I just knew who he was because of his father and sibling who i am friends with.

    #697440

    anonymisss
    Participant

    Oh, that makes more sense;)Cool! Waterbury’s awesome and so is ____________!!! Right?

    ~a the real one~

    #697441

    azi
    Participant

    A, you have siblings that are there or went there?

    #697442

    anonymisss
    Participant

    I know at least half of WB and some rebbeim travel from brooklyn (ahem).

    ~a the real one~

    #697443

    Jax
    Member

    someone please invite areivim into this thread asap!

    #697444

    anonymisss
    Participant

    and, azi, I’m sure you know where most of WB comes from. Right?

    ~a the real one~

    #697445

    azi
    Participant

    A, if you are implying that they come from my yeshiva then you not correct. I don’t think there are to many guys from my yeshiva there or at least there souldn’t be.

    #697446

    anonymisss
    Participant

    Not the guys who GO to WB yeshiva. The other people there. (Do you know any guys in WB high school?)

    ~a the real one~

    #697447

    outoftowner
    Member

    Who saw the cover of the Hamodia magazing this week!!! (I can name all of them 🙂

    Who saw the article in the Yaated??

    Who saw the article in Hamodia newspaper last week?

    I’d say this little city is gettign a lot of attention

    #697448

    Jax
    Member

    outoftowner: on shobbos i saw it & thought of the CR!

    ames: CR espionage!

    #697449

    mepal
    Member

    outoftowner, I saw it too! Good for you, guys!

    #697450

    outoftowner
    Member

    Sorry not to be such an intellectual, but what does espionage mean?

    #697451

    anonymisss
    Participant

    outoftowner-no need to feel bad-spying.

    ~a the real one~

    #697453

    outoftowner
    Member

    haha— are you guys a little bored?

    #697454

    mepal
    Member

    Not at all. They’re paranoid.

    #697455

    anonymisss
    Participant

    Who hijacked this thread?? We were having a very pleasant chat here about Waterbury. Espionage can be discussed in the espionage thread.

    ~a the real one~

    #697456

    outoftowner
    Member

    k- Back to Waterbury.. Who has heard the story behind the new mikva?

    #697457

    YW Moderator-72
    Participant
    #697458

    outoftowner
    Member

    Ok- got me there- so who was THERE when the Satmar rebbe came?

    #697459

    anonymisss
    Participant

    heard it. That’s a story out of a book!

    ~a the real one~

    #697460

    artyboy20
    Participant
    #697461

    Jersey Jew
    Participant

    better to live “out of town” than anywhere in NY!

    #697462

    notnorm37
    Member

    YA! Out of town is the best!!! Its warm, very open, you don’t get judged when you walk down the street, and we’re still normal…

    #697463

    mepal
    Member

    So then why are you taking the Chemistry regent, may I ask? I thought only NYers get stuck with that.

    #697464

    notnorm37
    Member

    maybe i go to school in ny… ever thought of that??

    #697465

    mepal
    Member

    …now I did! 😉

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