Sovereignty in exile: the curious case of Kiryas Yoel


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David N Myers, professor of Jewish history at UCLA, returns to the Tel Aviv Review to explore, with host Gilad Halpern, the Hassidic settlement of Kiryas Yoel, in upstate New York, which offers a unique insight into questions of diaspora and sovereignty.

Watch Prof. Myers’ full lecture (Hebrew):


This season of the Tel Aviv Review is made possible by The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, which promotes humanistic, democratic, and liberal values in the social discourse in Israel.[/infobox]

2 comments on “Sovereignty in exile: the curious case of Kiryas Yoel

  1. miklos halasz says:

    Gilad halperim like your program did leanr quite a lot of hebro through the program you have
    like the program good stetle know the expresion from Budapest. My fath8er and mother are similar
    father had a book hon about the customs and ideas of judaism. he spoke jidish.mother only the writen Wolds. both of them died. I keep on lystening the programs have a nice hollyday

  2. Rabbi Joseph Kolakowski says:

    actually, there is a bit of a difference between Kiryas Joel and New Square. New Square is totally homogeneous, with a single synagogue. From its founding, Grand Rabbi Teitelbaum sought a certain level of diversity in Kiryas Joel, and encouraged various Hasidic and non-Hasidic groups with different customs to open their own synagogues in Kiryas Joel, albeit those who shared some basic ideology with him. In the early days of Kiryas Joel, a German Jew (decidedly non-Hasidic), who shared some of the Rebbe’s ideology, moved to the settlement. The Rebbe encouraged him to find 9 more Ashkenazim to open their own synagogue with him, and said he didn’t want to impose Hasidic customs on him. This would be unheard of in New Square. That is why in Kiryas Joel there are over 70 synagogues, including Sefardic Jews from Argentina, but in New Square there is only one. I much prefer the Kiryas Joel model.

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