Derech HaTorah of Rochester – Chinuch As It Was Meant to Be


rochester 1Numerous articles have been written about the housing crisis in the New York area. Newlyweds can’t find apartments. Young families are crowding three or four children into small, two bedroom apartments. Schools are overflowing and class sizes of 30+ children are the norm in some areas. Parents are working 60-hour weeks to be able to afford to pay their mortgages and tuitions. They worry about their children getting “lost in the shuffle”, not receiving necessary academic support and not learning essential skills. Kids have nowhere to play and almost no playtime. Young children and teenagers are craving their parents’ attention but have to compete with their parents running to work, simchas or meetings almost every night of the week.

rochester 2Are you stressed and struggling with any or many of the issues mentioned in the last paragraph? Are you wondering if there is any real solution? Is it possible to jump off the hamster wheel and land in a place where all those problems disappear?

The answer is “yes”! There is an affordable, warm, vibrant community where you can take back your life. You can buy a 3-4 bedroom house with a backyard and a front yard for less than $200,000. You can stop being a slave to your bills because your dollars will go much further! The cost of living in Rochester, NY is 46.3% lower than in NYC. Therefore, if you are earning $60,000 a year now, you would have to earn a salary of only $32,197 to maintain your current standard of living ( – May 2015)!

We have your attention, and we’ve only addressed affordability and standards of living. Now let’s talk about a much more important topic: the chinuch of your children. When your children wake up in the morning, do they jump out of bed excited about the school day ahead? When you walk through your children’s schools, do you notice joyful students, happy teachers and interactive lessons? If not, it’s time to seriously consider moving your family to Rochester, NY!

rochester 3Derech HaTorah is Rochester’s Torah elementary school. It’s the school that leaves visitors wishing they lived in Rochester. It’s the school that makes parents whisper a silent tefilla of thanks when they think about how their children spend their days. It’s the school where you hear laughter and joy in the halls. It’s the school that focuses on skills and has the community’s Rosh HaYeshiva marveling at the level of the talmidim. It’s the school where secular studies are taken seriously and students ace regents exams in 7th and 8th grade. It’s the school where bullying is never tolerated. It’s the school that you wish you could have attended as a child.

When children grow up in a warm environment where they are loved and appreciated, they thrive and usually become very productive, successful adults. When children’s talents are recognized and encouraged, they explore and develop them and creatively contribute to klal Yisrael. When children’s learning styles are met and they experience success in academics, their potential is limitless. When children live out-of-town, they are excited about life and new experiences and are eager to make new friends. When children attend Derech HaTorah of Rochester, they are treasured, challenged and eager to learn.
Intrigued? Don’t take our word for it. Call a friend in Rochester and you’ll get an even better testimonial. Or, best of all, come for a Shabbos – with your family! Another way to start the process is by sending your resume to the contact information below and we’ll even try to help you find a job!

[For more information, visit or call Derech HaTorah’s office: 585-266-2920 or email:]

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  1. I grew up in New York. I’ve lived in Cleveland (which is “out of town”) for 35 years. So when my daughter in college at Touro married a lovely young man from Rochester, and he kept telling everyone what a great place Rochester is to live, we thought, “What kind of hick town is he describing? There are Jews there?” We knew of the Chofetz Chaim yeshiva, but thought of it as an outpost.
    Then they moved there. What a great place! A small, very warm, frum community. If you don’t think you can live without a Kosher pizza shop on every corner, then it’s not for you. If you think no day is complete without some nerve wracking commuting experience, then it’s not for you. If you think quiet, safe side streets in a nice suburban environment are boring, then it’s not for you. If you like paying big bucks for small houses or cramped apartments, then it’s not for you. If you like having to send your kids miles away to the “right” day school, then it’s not for you.
    But if you think quality of life without having to sacrifice any Torah-based aspects of daily life is important, then check out Rochester. You’ll be glad you did.


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