(Click HERE for additional photos) Thousands of Jews from all walks of life gathered yesterday to celebrate the historic founding of a new heimishe shtetl in upstate New York. Hundreds of Rabbonim, Admorim, Roshei Yeshivos and Dayonim were attendence as well. Divrei Brocha were delivered by Rav Malkiel Kotler Shlita (Lakewood R”Y) and the Skulener Rebbe Shlita.
Founded just 50 year ago by the Skver Rebbe ZATZAL, New Square Shtetel – located in Spring Valley – has reached its population limit; so about five years ago, New Square askanim started searching for a suitable location on which to build a twin community to the current shtetl. The Rebbe personally oversaw these activities, realizing full well that this was not merely an economic undertaking but an enterprise of the greatest spiritual significance.
A more-than-400-acre estate was found in Spring Glen, New York, in the Catskill Mountains region. The estate came with several large structures, some of which are being used by Camp Bnos Square. The new Kiryas Square, which will be located an hour’s drive from its twin shtetl, will be a continuation of the original shikun.
(Source: Five Towns Jewish Times)