Monsey, New York

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Monsey is a hamlet (and census-designated place), in the Town of Ramapo, Rockland County, New York, United States located north of the state of New Jersey; east of Suffern; south of Airmont and west of Nanuet. The 2000 census listed the population at 14,503.

The hamlet has a large and influential community of Orthodox Jews, consisting predominantly of Chasidim, Hareidim and other Orthodox groups, as well as the Vizhnitz-Monsey hasidim who reside mostly in the Village of Kaser.[citation needed]

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History

Rockland County was inhabited by the Munsee band of Lenape Native Americans, or Delaware Indian, of the Algonquian languages. Monsey Glen, an Indian encampment, is located west of the intersection of NY 59 and NY 306. Numerous artifacts have been found there and some rock shelters are still visible. The Monsey railroad station, which received its name from Munsee, a Lenape chief, was built when the New York & Erie Railroad passed through the glen in 1841.[1] Joseph Berger of The New York Times said in a 1997 article that Monsey in the 1950s "was a small rustic intersection with a single yeshiva." By 1997 Monsey had 112 synagogues and 45 yeshivas.[2]

Geography

Monsey is located at 41°7′10″N 74°3′57″W / 41.11944°N 74.06583°W / 41.11944; -74.06583 .[3]

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