Shea Rubenstein Claims Marine Park is “Fastest-Growing Jewish Community in the World

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shea-rubensteinThe southeast Brooklyn neighborhood of Marine Park, population 21,500, has become become an attractive area for young Orthodox families looking to purchase homes. In an interview with The Jewish Press, Shea Rubenstein, executive vice president of the Jewish Community Council of Marine Park, an organization he helped establish to meet the needs of the local community, said: “I would say that Marine Park is the fastest-growing Jewish community in the world. Seven years ago, there were 50 families in Marine Park; now, we have more than 1,000 frum, Shomer Shabbos families, almost all between the ages of 25 and 35. We have 14 shuls and three yeshivos within the district, ken yirbu.”Marine Park Yeshiva Torah Vodaath Shabbos

Marine Park will celebrate Yeshiva Torah Vodaath on Shabbos Vayishlach, November 19-20. Rabbi Yisroel Belsky, Rabbi Yosef Savistky, and Rabbi Yisroel Reisman, eminentroshei yeshiva of Torah Vodaath, will be participating. The Friday night oneg with zemiros will have singers Shloime Dachs, Srully Williger, and the aforementioned Shea Rubinstein leading. Rabbi Yisroel Sabo, menahel Yeshiva Ketanah Torah Vodaath, will be giving a special parenting address.

Marine Park Evening of Chizuk

On Sunday, November 7, more than 400 men and women participated in an event in Marine Park sponsored by Agudath Israel – Our Marriages, Our Children: Keeping It All Together. Held at the Kingsway Jewish Center, the standing room only crowd heard Rabbi Shmuel Kaminetsky and Rabbi Yakov Horowitz. The meeting was certainly impressive in that so many of the Marine Park community and its congregational rabbis joined together to be at this event.

The symposium began with warm words of welcome from popular pediatrician Dr. Sruli Zyskind, who organized the event and introduced the chairman of the evening, Rabbi Chaim Dovid Zwiebel. Rabbi Zwiebel, Agudah executive vice president, spoke about the importance of such an event, noting that today, when people are so busy, it’s easy to lose track of our mission in life. He recalled that when his late sister, Rebbetzin Zahava Braunstein, a’h, was asked if she could be called “rebbetzin,” she replied that her biggest accomplishment was being called “Mrs.” – a title that represented the hard work and koichas she put into having a happy marriage and raising her children.

Rabbi Shmuel Kaminetsky

Rabbi Shmuel Kaminetsky, Philadelphia rosh yeshiva, spoke about the need for people to link with the proper friends. He explained how important it is to be associated with individuals from whom we can learn and with whom we can grow. Rabbi Yakov Horowitz, founder and dean of Yeshiva Darchei Noam of Monsey and founder and director of Project Y.E.S., gave practical tips to be incorporated in one’s daily life. The evening concluded with a question-and answer session between the audience and the two keynote speakers.



  1. i may tend to differ with reb shea.. reb shia come by to lakewood, be”h one of the fastest growing (young) jewish communiutes in the world. jmho.

    ex-brooklyner / lakewood guy

  2. BH that young families find housing.

    The issue that should be noted it that it is a stratified community, meaning, that the children will grow up without the influence of the different ages – particularly “zekeinim”.

    This has happened before elsewhere, and it makes you wonder whether this hasn’t weakened the “tree roots” of commitment to yiddishkeit in the younger generation.

    Also note: 1,000 families and 14 shuls. This makes an average of 71 per shul IF they are all equal in size, which of course they are not. Now the question is: how many families are committed to non of them, but “hop” around to suit their comfort level )for kidushhim or even just for walking and/or schedule of that week. Again, the message to the children, “convenience over commitment”. Not a solid foundation for emunah and avoidas Hashem.

  3. 50 families 7 years ago? R’ Shea only moved in himself about 5 years ago. I have been in marine park for 15 years. While I do agree it has grown a lot, there were many many more than 50 families even 10 years ago.

  4. As a 40 something resident of Marine Park I would venture to say that there are many more elderly frum in my neighborhood than in Lakewood. The elderly in Lakewood reside in the assisted living facilites and not within the confines of younger families.

  5. Yes Lakewood as Dr. Roberts said 600 – 800 families a year move in from Yeshivish,Sephardi,Chasidish please this is not the fastest growing town or city in the ‘world’ no one really knows but lakewood is definatly up there!

  6. I believe Shea meant neighborhood and not city. So for example West Gate in Lakewood would be considered a neighborhood… It does seem the comment did come out incorrectly on paper. Anyway Shea does a lot for the Klal. So all you haters out their please leave this alone. Thanks.

  7. Marine Park is a very fast growing community. Different from Lakewood, their buying their own homes. Marine Park is also a very Balabetishe Frum Area. Its very rare to find in brooklyn people who are very attached, and involved with their shuls. In Marine Park you have that.

  8. #3 how did you come to conclusion that people are wandering from shul to shul? How do you know the ages of the people there to say there are no older yidden? The article is extolling the growth of yiddishkeit and you attack for no reason.

  9. Let’s be honest, Marine Park tends to be very modern/college types. The Yeshivisha/Yungerlite types move to Lakewood.

  10. Not to distract how wonderful they neighborhood really is, however,
    Reb Shea the neighborhood did not go from 50 to 1500 in 7 years. 1450 frum families are alot. There are 84 months in 7 years. For1450 families to move in means that on average
    17 families moved in every month (or some months 25 and others less). That didn’t happen. It doesn’t and never did in Monroe which is BI”H so heavily populated. [14 shuld don’t open sop quickly either]

  11. TO #10.

    There was no condemning. There was a thought provoking comment for parents to ponder when choosing to move, or stam when they go to shul without “belonging”.

    What is condemning is how you took it. So devastatingly.

    TO #9.

    Where do YOU see haters? Methinks I do now.

  12. its a sound choice for youg couples who are on a middle class fixed income and cant afforf the housing prices that come along with living in brooklyn ,homes there are relativley low in cost and are used as starter homes for young families.hakodosh boruch hu should help that community flourish into a toradikiah community

  13. #3 are you for real?
    If they drive 10 minutes or walk for 20 they can reconnect to the alter generation.. harder for those in Lakewood, Baltimore or Eretz yisroel to connect to the alter mesorah being ‘far away’ from favorite bubbies and zeidies.


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