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Old 05-16-2014, 03:24 PM
 
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Old 05-20-2014, 04:38 AM
 
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I think the OP's concern is valid. I grew up in the 50s in a predominantly Irish town in Rockland County and there was quite a bit of anti-semitism in the school. More than I care to remember. That said, this is not the 50s, and Westchester is different, I think, more cosmopolitan and sophisticated. I would never put myself in that situation again, being a very small minority in a town without any real diversity.
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Old 05-20-2014, 04:43 AM
 
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I think the OP's concern is valid. I grew up in the 50s in a predominantly Irish town in Rockland County and there was quite a bit of anti-semitism in the school. More than I care to remember. That said, this is not the 50s, and Westchester is different, I think, more cosmopolitan and sophisticated. I would never put myself in that situation again, being a very small minority in a town without any real diversity.
OP's question is legitimate. Believe me, many non-Jews don't move to Scarsdale because it is perceived to be a Jewish town. Do they do this because they are anti-Semites? Of course not, for 95% plus. They just would feel comfortable in another community.

And perhaps they do not want their kids to have to go to a Bar-Mitzvah or Bat-Mitzvah every week for an entire school year.
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Old 05-20-2014, 07:33 PM
 
Location: Armonk NY
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Not really on point, but I recently discovered that there is a Hasidic community in Mount Kisco/Bedford Hills? I never knew they were in Westchester.
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Old 05-21-2014, 05:10 AM
 
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Not really on point, but I recently discovered that there is a Hasidic community in Mount Kisco/Bedford Hills? I never knew they were in Westchester.
Isn't this just a school with students who board? Or do families live there?
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Old 05-21-2014, 06:50 AM
 
Location: Armonk NY
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Isn't this just a school with students who board? Or do families live there?
There is a gated Hasidic community - Settlement Road and Yeshiva Road etc just northwest of the village of Mount Kisco, maybe technically Bedford Hills or Katonah. I have seen them in Kisco and was surprised....
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Old 05-23-2014, 07:40 PM
 
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Old 05-23-2014, 08:13 PM
 
Location: Shore of Cayuga Lake
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The OP has a very valid concern. To the OP, keeping Jewish tradition is important to her and her family, and she wants it to be important to her children, too. Therefore, she wants to live somewhere where it is important to other people as well. Is it the most important thing in the world and the only thing that matters? Probably not. Is it also important to meet and befriend people who are different than you? Of course.
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Old 05-26-2014, 09:27 AM
 
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I agree that you would not have a problem in Katonah, even if many of the Jewish families I know are reform, and/or almost secularized; however, if looking at Katonah, there is only one elementary school in Katonah proper (as the "village" as it is known, not incorporated, is in Bedford). The other elementary schools are in the Lewisboro portion of the school district, which is a factor if you want a train station permit at Katonah.

Katonah's zip code spans three towns: Bedford, Lewisboro, and Somers. In Lewisboro, Goldens Bridge has a waitlist for permits, but there are some daily meters if your commute coincides with availability. If you do not need the train, it is a non-issue, save that you want to be east of the Cherry Street & Route 35 intersection if you want K-L schools, as west with a Katonah address is Somers. Somers has no train station in the town proper. Bedford keeps permits for residents, though you will start out in Lot 3 at Katonah, about a five-minute walk to the station platform.

Walking to services, however, if you are Orthodox can be an issue, owing to the distances covered in Northern Westchester, including Katonah, where it is not as feasible to walk as it is in Scarsdale, parts of New Rochelle, and the city. If that is not an issue, then socially you would not really have a problem in Katonah.

The Hasidic community has been there for years, as the Yeshiva school has been there since the late 1970s.
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