April 25, 2006

Mourning Moses Teitelbaum, the Grand Rebbe of Satmar

POST #    2112

Last night, I went over to Williamsburg with Jake and Jesse to document the crowds mourning Moses Teitelbaum. There were so many people in the two-three block radius of the Satmar Synagouge. By the time I arrived, the police already set up a good number of barriers along the street in an attempt to control the crowd. By the time I left, those barriers were useless as people filled Bedford Avenue.

It's reported that there are about 120,000 followers worldwide of the Satmar sect of Hasidism with the biggest number of them living in Williamsburg. The 2nd largest contingent lives upstate in Kiryas Joel. It's unclear which of his sons will be the next Grand Rebbe, Aaron or Zalmen. Teitelbaum was 91 when he passed away Monday.

- Jesse's gallery of the funeral

Posted by tien mao in NYC, Photos at 12:13 AM

 

 

I really love the second to last shot - it's incredibly atmospheric.

The other surprising thing about the Satmars is that, according to the NY Times, their school system would be the fourth largest in NY State, after NYC, Buffalo and Rochester...which means they have the second largest in the city.

Posted by: Jen at April 25, 2006 2:47 PM

Wow. Effect of last 2 shots incredibly appropriate.
I have to say visiting your site over the last few years has been so great. I love your photography and being on the west coast, its like being able to visit NY (and other places). Thanks for the view.

Posted by: tienparis at May 1, 2006 2:46 AM

-Oh ya, and necks and eye in the 4th. I think I could write a story based on these pics.

Posted by: tienparis at May 1, 2006 2:51 AM

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