Insular Hasidic village seeks to expand, riling neighbors

KIRYAS JOEL, N.Y. (AP) — An insular Hasidic Jewish village in upstate New York wants to expand, and that is raising tensions with neighbors who fear the growth could overrun their slice of suburbia.

The 1.1-square mile village of Kiryas Joel (KEER’-yuhs JOHL) has almost 22,000 residents and has nearly doubled in size since 2000. Residents follow a tradition of having large families.

Surrounding communities fear an expansion of the village’s urban-style development could disrupt the...

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