Kiryas Joel Resident Ben Friedman Speaks Out Against the Village's Policies
Kiryas Joel was founded in 1977 and expanded quickly. In 1983, it doubled its size by annexing 371 more acres from the bordering Town of Monroe. In December 2013, the village leaders tried to annex another 507 acres of Monroe land. Monroe residents resisted with protests and petitions. And the village was split between loyalists and dissidents. We talked with Ben Friedman, a critic of certain village policies, who had his tires slashed three times during the War Time.
Read more about this city in "All the Young Jews" by Albert Samaha.