A blogger write with the pseudonym samsebeskazal:
“Let’s start with some common statistical data: 59% of the population of this city officially lives at the poverty level. 93% of the population have state medical insurance, which is given to low-income people. Another 57% of the population receive meal vouchers. 99.2% of the inhabitants are white people, and only 8% of the inhabitants speak at home in English. Nearly half of the city’s population speaks a bad English or they do not speak at all. However, there are no abandoned buildings, homeless people and other poverty-related problems in the city.Crime almost does not exist.
And yet, what kind of place is this city?
The city is in the state of New York, Monroe County, a relatively young city, founded in 1977, and is called Kiryas Joel, a not-too-common name for the US. The city is founded and populated by the Hasidic Jews, and the name is placed in the honor of their religious leader, rabbi Joel Teitelbaum. On his instructions, the community moved from Williamsburg to New York to get away from the sins and temptations of the cities. Teitelbaum felt that unless self-isolation conditions were created, the Jews would lose their spiritual side and culture. Respectively, self-isolation must be as severe as possible. Now, being between the mountains and the forests, they live their lives according to Torre.
In 1977, there were only 14 Hasidic Jews. Now in Kiryas Joel, about 23,000 people live and their number is steadily increasing. According to 2011 statistical data, Kiryas Joel was the poorest city in the US among cities with more than 10,000 people. However, it is known that the Hasidic Jews globally are the community with the richest and most influential people.
The city at first sight does not seem to be a place where poor people live: clean and well-equipped houses with car parks where you can see quite expensive cars. On the streets you can find the newest ecological buses.
The problem of garbage persists, which is specific to the Hasidic Jews, who are also indifferent to its presence. On the picture there is a horse that leads to the lake, where some young have had fun.
The average family income is $ 24,430, which is 2 times less than the average in the US. This is due to several causes. First, large families, on average 6 people (2 parents and 4 children). The average age of the inhabitants here is only 12 years old. The second reason is the social specificity of the Jewish families, in which the woman practically devotes her life to the home and to the children, and the money is brought home only by her husband. The third is the nature of the Hasidic Jews, who are not afraid to deceive the state in order to receive social benefits.
- Religious marriages, but not registered at the state. As a result, the woman becomes a single mother with many children, who obtains a lot of state benefits.
- They do not pay the property tax, arguing that their house is a synagogue (churches and other places of worship are exempt from taxes). For this they pray daily in a new house, thus circularly visiting the entire community.
- They hide real income, so they do not pay taxes. Most work in Jewish firms that pay envelope wages or use other schemes to hide revenue.
The state knows these things, but does not get involved in the Jewish community because of their political and financial infidelity. They complain much about the theme of anti-Semitism. “They want to punish us not because we do something wrong,” they say, “but because they do not love the Jews!”.
There are two bus routes in the city, where new buses run from the community budget.
A bus stop.
This bus goes to the New York sectors with the Jews. The route has a state license and is financed by the state. Within them there is segregation – women are separated by men
Hasidic Jews have a very low level of education. Only 39% of the population have graduated from high school, and only 5% have higher education. With no exception, children go to religious schools where they learn Torra. As a result, most of the community speaks very bad english, but they all speak Yiddish very well.
An important chapter in the life of the Hasidic Jews is the style of clothing, so everyone wears only clothes that are allowed by their laws.
The Mercedes on the picture for sure is lost. Most likely, it belongs to a worker who builds or repairs buildings. I have never seen a Jew with a German car. They mostly prefer Japanese cars.
The Jews do not watch TV, go to the cinema and do not read non-religious books. The internet is not used.
It is impossible to look without emotion at this poverty.
Delivery of kosher foods.
There are gender-based segregation in the Hasidic Jews. Men and women are separated from their childhood, and this is also true for public transport, educational institutions, synagogues and even streets.
An informative panel indicating that women are not allowed to enter in the boys’ school.
A few years ago, the city opened a new playground for children, a novelty that was broadcast by all local media. For this construction, $ 195,000 came from the state. Playground consists of 4 parts: one for boys, one for girls, 3rd for boys with daddy, and the last for girls with mums. These areas also have an identification color: blue – for boys, red – for girls.
At the entrance of the city you will find an informative panel informing you of the local rules. You can wear long dress or trousers in the city, something else is not allowed.
Automobiles “Public Safety” in Kiryas Joel.
School buses carry children to Jews home after school. There are many children, so the buses circulate in caravans.
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