April 19, 2018 9:22 am at 9:22 am #1508643Bachur3Participant
I have a 16 year old son looking for a new yeshiva , someone mentioned yeshiva of Waterbury . Don’t really know anything about the place . Anybody’s input would help thank you!April 19, 2018 6:13 pm at 6:13 pm #1509035Undercover BochurParticipant
I know about a lot of yeshivas.
What does your son need? Waterbury isn’t a mainstream yeshivish place. If that’s what your son need it may be a good option.April 19, 2018 6:13 pm at 6:13 pm #1509036shegold96Participant
a warm yeshiva where they care for the students. Students come from all different types of homesApril 19, 2018 7:33 pm at 7:33 pm #1509062Undercover BochurParticipant
I suggest you do better research (other than the coffee room) before you send your son to any yeshiva. As a bochur I see first hand that sending your son to a yeshiva not for him cant be a fatal mistake.April 19, 2018 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm #1509089BaltimoreMavenParticipant
Rabbi Gluck in Monsey meets with boys and advises them on a wide range of Yeshiva options.April 19, 2018 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm #1509093JosephParticipant
CTLawyer is the CR’s in-house expert on all things Connecticut.April 19, 2018 10:09 pm at 10:09 pm #1509097NOYBParticipant
It really depends on the kid. A lot of people suggest Waterbury to people it is not a good fit for, so do research before you decide to send someone there.April 19, 2018 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm #1509112Bachur3Participant
So I just spoke to abunch of people it really sounds like an amazing place and I heard there’s a ton of mainstream kids.April 20, 2018 8:03 am at 8:03 am #1509147Neville ChaimBerlinParticipant
CTLaw might be about to say this, but I can’t see it yet.
Waterbury is a really, really terrible area. People often underestimate it under the assumption that all of Connecticut is nice; it has ghettos just like anywhere else. If you care at all about your kid’s safety when he steps one foot outside of campus, then you should really think about this.April 20, 2018 8:03 am at 8:03 am #1509143CTLAWYERParticipant
Thank you Joseph
The good news is that if the 16 year is going to be in the High School division he will be in the new Durham Campus……..an extremely rural self contained location which is far from the Schmutz of an old broken down mill city>Waterbury.
Note: the CTL family has operated businesses in Waterbury since 1958, and seen its decline. It was known as a city of ‘hills, mills, and dirty necks.
This means the bochur will not have the pizza shop, bagel shop or other commercial establishments to distract him.
Rebbeim and learning is top notch at all levels of the yeshiva.
I highly recommend it for a young man who does not want to be in NYC and the family is not sending off to EY.
It passes the old lamb chop test….your children should be farther away by car than the two hours it takes for lamb chops to defrost in transit. An easy drive from the 5 boros in under 2 hoursApril 20, 2018 8:03 am at 8:03 am #1509136Me12345Participant
It’s very hard to give info on yeshivos without any lashon hara. Waterbury has a lot of boys on the way down. I also know some kids there that are balei tshuva and doing really well there. What’s important to understand about Waterbury specifically is that the boys that do the best are the ones that develop a connection with the rebbeim. It’s risky if they’re not the kind that will be into rebbeim cuz there are plenty of opportunities to be pulled down. It’s also (as any yeshiva is) not a place to send your kid and just let the yeshiva do the job. You really need to stay involved with your son and his rebbeim to see how you can help your son shteig the mostApril 20, 2018 8:03 am at 8:03 am #1509138docelishevaParticipant
My son loved it and still has a strong keser with the rabbaim.He came out solidly frum learner/earner .April 20, 2018 8:16 am at 8:16 am #1509166Neville ChaimBerlinParticipant
I had no idea they had a Durham campus. That would probably be really nice and you can ignore everything I said if that’s where he would be.April 20, 2018 11:24 am at 11:24 am #1509234iacisrmmaParticipant
me12345: Rabbi Kalisch and his staff accepts boys who are “on the way down” so as to stop that momentum and turn it around.
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