Finding the Right Community – Twin Rivers NJ

Finding the right community is important for everyone, and as, Rabbi Horowitz recently pointed out a BT especially needs a warm and accepting community. In August, Ilanit wrote a great post on her wonderful Houston community. It’s very helpful for people to know what the choices are when it comes to communities, so if you think your community is a good place for BTs (and FFBs), send us a short write up (

Here’s a post from Yisroel about Twin Rivers, NJ.

Having lived in Kew Garden Hills for many years, and been a student of R”Turk, I found that I had to move to New Jersey in order to find affordable housing. What I discovered was that by moving into a small Orthodox community you gain opportunities you never would have if you remained in Monsey, KGH, Boro Park or Passaic. Small communities, while short on shuls and a minyan at anytime, allow you to lain, daven from the amud, start shirurim, and basically grow by becoming an active member in the community, rather than just absorbing what a large community has already established.

There is much to say about this topic. I would like to make people aware of my community, Twin Rivers, NJ. We have an Eruv, Mikvah, Schools, Kosher Shopping, Shirum, and easy transportation to NYC. While 70 miles from NYC sounds far using the express buses you can be in Port Authority in 70 minutes.

We have four and three bedroom homes (town houses), with full basements. Average price for a home is in the range of $220,000 to $250,000. Twin Rivers is ideal for young couples and families.

For more information, please visit the Congregation Toras Emes website.

11 comments on “Finding the Right Community – Twin Rivers NJ

  1. What about having circus tent back the children loved that (so did the adults!) Looking forward to coming back this summer keep.up the great work!

  2. Twin Rivers is a wonderful, warm community. I only moved from there to make aliyah. If you are not going to live in the holy land, it is a really good place to live. Filled with parks, tennis courts, swimming pools. The one shul has a warm and accepting environment which has an ecclectic group of people. A really nice mix of BT’s and FFB’s. A fabulous place where all kinds of jews can grow spiritually together, no matter what level you are on. Would recommend this place to anyone wishing for a rural lifestyle, yet wanting a shul, mikvah etc.. with all necessities of orthodox life. By the way, the Rav of the town, Rav Gruman is an amazing speaker, you will never be bored by his sermons. Enough of a reason to move there!

  3. Twin Rivers, a Shalom Torah Centers project that never really grew. Close knit (cliques)continue to thrive. Never any social activities. Zionist presence void. One Shull town makes the audience Lakewood captives. Minuses outweigh plusses. Those who really investigate dont move there – ask those who left. Housing reasonable, neighborhood changing.

  4. AJ,
    Have you hear of “The Malach?” he was a very holy person that lived in Williamsburg around WWII. He had a son that lived in Albany and he used to come up there to visit him. I beleive the some was also not your average Jew.

  5. AJ,

    I spent 4 yrs in Albany (so did Mark), I’m still thawing out.

    I guess you always have those balmy catskill summer reminiscences to keep you warm, huh?

  6. Hi David,

    I will take the liberty of responding for the Albany community. In our small community there are key indispensables and regular indispensibles. Keys lein and regulars are needed to make minyan. There is no real privacy (embarassment) issues though because we have such a varied cast of characters (modern, BT’s, Chabad, Ger, etc) that everyone does their own thing. I guess that would make us different from a small pioneer community like his though. I should write a column for your website about Albany. Warm regards from a frigid north!

  7. We miss you guys here in “the Hills”.

    I have a friend who was considering moving to a smaller community. He was concerned that he would have less privacy there since everyone would know if he missed a maariv minyan or came late to shul or didn’t come at all. He also felt that as a leiner and davener, he would constantly be relied upon. Do you experience any of that pressure?

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