University at Albany

Chris McKenna & Barry Trachtenberg
Investigating Kiryas Joel

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The Capitol Pressroom for November 10, 2011

Chris McKenna and Barry Trachtenberg discuss Kiryas Joel and the state's Congressional delegration on WCNY


Event: Conversation with reporter Chris McKenna and Associate Prof. Barry Trachtenberg

Venue: Sidney Albert Albany Jewish Community Center, 340 Whitehall Road
Albany, NY

This event is free and open to the public.

A part of the Jews Along the Hudson 2011-12 Speaker Series

November 10, 2011 at 7:00pm

Situated in the town of Monroe, NY, the village of Kiryas Joel is home to over 23,000 Hasidic Jews of the Satmarer dynasty. An offshoot of their home community in Williamsburg, Brooklyn 60 miles to the south, Kiryas Joel has been at the center of controversy since its founding in 1979. For over a decade, reporter Chris McKenna of the Times Herald-Record has covered Kiryas Joel. In conversation with Associate Prof. Barry Trachtenberg, who has conducted several research trips to Kiryas Joel, McKenna will share his insights into the challenges of reporting on this otherwise closed community.