November 12, 2008 3:45 am at 3:45 am #588613
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.November 12, 2008 4:26 am at 4:26 am #697405
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.November 12, 2008 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm #697406
Any town which doesn’t have 5 kosher pizza shops is strictly minor league, and shouldn’t even be mentioned here on YW.November 12, 2008 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm #697407
is the name blue ridge an anti-red statement? ðŸ™‚November 12, 2008 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm #697408
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.February 15, 2009 2:06 am at 2:06 am #697409
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 thereFebruary 15, 2009 2:34 am at 2:34 am #697410
Water Berry: sure see ya there!!!February 15, 2009 3:03 am at 3:03 am #697411
i like blueberries better ðŸ™‚February 15, 2009 3:13 am at 3:13 am #697412
coke not pepsiMember
cornyFebruary 27, 2009 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm #697421
are the rumors true? Is the pizza place really reopening?June 9, 2009 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm #697423
The Pizza Shop just opened up today. B’h good food and great ambiance.June 10, 2009 2:18 am at 2:18 am #697425
Gevoldig: send us CR members & mods some pizza to see if it’s any good please! & welcome to the Grand CR! join the fun!June 10, 2009 4:33 am at 4:33 am #697426
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.June 10, 2009 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm #697427
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.June 11, 2009 3:42 am at 3:42 am #697428
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 ðŸ™‚June 11, 2009 4:01 am at 4:01 am #697429
they all ended up there for a reason. also you probably dont know to what I was referring.June 11, 2009 4:03 am at 4:03 am #697430
azi, Waterbury’s a really nice and the people are really nice. Many Waterbury guys are from in town. Sorry.
~a the real one~June 11, 2009 7:34 pm at 7:34 pm #697431
They ARE wonderful. Dish is doing a great job with the boys there.June 11, 2009 8:48 pm at 8:48 pm #697432
I was referring to the fact that they are very warm and friendly syagJune 12, 2009 2:14 pm at 2:14 pm #697434
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 ðŸ™‚June 12, 2009 4:36 pm at 4:36 pm #697435
you are right especially about the “close knit” part.June 12, 2009 5:02 pm at 5:02 pm #697436
Hmm… so which ones of us live in WB or went to yeshiva there? jk-don’t answer, personal info.
~a the real one~June 12, 2009 5:06 pm at 5:06 pm #697437
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.June 12, 2009 5:09 pm at 5:09 pm #697438
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~June 12, 2009 5:19 pm at 5:19 pm #697439
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.June 12, 2009 5:28 pm at 5:28 pm #697440
Oh, that makes more sense;)Cool! Waterbury’s awesome and so is ____________!!! Right?
~a the real one~June 12, 2009 6:21 pm at 6:21 pm #697441
A, you have siblings that are there or went there?June 12, 2009 7:44 pm at 7:44 pm #697442
I know at least half of WB and some rebbeim travel from brooklyn (ahem).
~a the real one~June 12, 2009 8:30 pm at 8:30 pm #697443
someone please invite areivim into this thread asap!June 12, 2009 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm #697444
and, azi, I’m sure you know where most of WB comes from. Right?
~a the real one~June 14, 2009 2:52 am at 2:52 am #697445
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.June 14, 2009 3:35 am at 3:35 am #697446
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~June 14, 2009 5:34 am at 5:34 am #697447
Who saw the cover of the Hamodia magazing this week!!! (I can name all of them ðŸ™‚
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 attentionJune 14, 2009 5:52 am at 5:52 am #697448
outoftowner: on shobbos i saw it & thought of the CR!
ames: CR espionage!June 14, 2009 4:47 pm at 4:47 pm #697449
outoftowner, I saw it too! Good for you, guys!June 15, 2009 2:57 am at 2:57 am #697450
Sorry not to be such an intellectual, but what does espionage mean?June 15, 2009 3:08 am at 3:08 am #697451
outoftowner-no need to feel bad-spying.
~a the real one~June 15, 2009 3:06 pm at 3:06 pm #697453
haha— are you guys a little bored?June 15, 2009 4:10 pm at 4:10 pm #697454
Not at all. They’re paranoid.June 15, 2009 6:04 pm at 6:04 pm #697455
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~June 15, 2009 9:41 pm at 9:41 pm #697456
k- Back to Waterbury.. Who has heard the story behind the new mikva?June 15, 2009 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm #697457
this story?June 16, 2009 3:54 am at 3:54 am #697458
Ok- got me there- so who was THERE when the Satmar rebbe came?June 16, 2009 5:00 am at 5:00 am #697459
heard it. That’s a story out of a book!
~a the real one~June 16, 2009 7:14 am at 7:14 am #697460
artyboy20ParticipantJune 16, 2009 4:54 pm at 4:54 pm #697461
better to live “out of town” than anywhere in NY!June 16, 2009 5:24 pm at 5:24 pm #697462
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…June 16, 2009 7:29 pm at 7:29 pm #697463
So then why are you taking the Chemistry regent, may I ask? I thought only NYers get stuck with that.June 16, 2009 7:54 pm at 7:54 pm #697464
maybe i go to school in ny… ever thought of that??June 16, 2009 8:09 pm at 8:09 pm #697465
…now I did! ðŸ˜‰
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