Having read the FYI column regarding the dwindling population in West New York, I felt it was appropriate to respond having witnessed first hand the dissipation of a once thriving community in Union City, as well.
Having grown up in Union City when my father, Harold Hirschman, z”l, was the rabbi for over 40 years of Temple Israel Emanuel, I witnessed the declining population of Orthodox Jews who migrated over time to the northern suburbs of Bergen and Rockland counties. Even the Yeshiva of Hudson County metamorphised into the Rosenbaum Yeshiva of North Jersey in Bergen County, where it currently enjoys a flourishing student population with over 900 students.
After the passing of our father in 1987, my mother chose to continue to live in Union City until her recent passing. The Klausenberg community’s generosity, concern, and care for her over all those years was truly outstanding throughout.
We will always be indebted to them.