Kiryas Joel

A bonfire is lit to mark the Jewish holiday of Lag Baomer while tens of thousands of Satmar Hasidim celebrate May 9, 2012 in the village of Kiryas Joel, New York.  The origins of this celebration lie in the  village of Meron in current-day Israel, burial site of the Talmudic sage Rabbi Simeon bar Yochai.  Lag  Baomer marks the anniversary of his death approximately 1,900 years ago, and every year on this day around half a million Jews from all over the world make a pilgrimage to Meron.  The bonfire there is the climax of the celebration. (Credit: STAN HONDA/AFP/GettyImages)

State Picks Hasidic Village Of Kiryas Joel To Lead Annexation Request

The New York state environmental commissioner on Wednesday chose the Orange County Hasidic Jewish village of Kiryas Joel to lead the review of its request to annex roughly 500 acres of adjacent land.


Shimon Zorger (credit: CBS 2/Kiryas Joel Public Safety)

Officials: Special Needs Brooklyn Boy Found Safe In Orange County

Shimon Zorger of Brooklyn was found Monday morning near where he disappeared in the village of Kiryas Joel.


Signs have been put up in the Orange County village of Kiryas Joel to discourage outfits like the one worn by Jessica Pantalemon (above) when visiting their community.

Welcome To Kiryas Joel: Please Dress Accordingly

A sign in Kiryas Joel, a Hasidic Jewish enclave in Orange County, is evoking mixed reaction by asking visitors to dress and act a certain way while in town.