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Sullivan County, NY - Satmar - Lubavitch Strengthens Its Relationship With New Mikvah Donation

Published on: August 28, 2008 05:06 PM
By: VIN News By Ben Mewluke - COL
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Sullivan County, NY - White Lake is a small hamlet in the town of Bethel on Route 17B.  As most people familiar with the Catskills in Sullivan County know, White Lake becomes a strong Satmar enclave during the summer months.  Few people, however, know that a new Mikveh is being built in the area to accommodate the spiritual needs of the Satmar Chassidim that make their summer homes there. And even fewer people know that the Mikveh was the result of the generous philanthropy of Reb Shlomo Drimmer, a Lubavitch Chassid.

No, you did not misread that last clause – Rabbi Shlomo Drimmer is a Lubavitch Chassid who, in fact,  just hosted the Satmar Rebbe – Rebbe Zalman Leib Teitelbaum in his summer residence.  arranging this meeting was Reb Bourch Stein a satmar chosid and a friend of Shlomo, Present at the meeting was Rabbi Yoseph Tzvi Segal – the Rosh Kollel of the Tzemach Tzeddek Kollel in Jerusalem.  Rabbi Drimmer in recalling the antagonism between the two Chassidic movements in the seventies remarked, “Things, of course, have changed considerably.”


Reb Zalmen Teitelbaum is one of the two Satmar Rebbes and is the third son of the previous Satmar Rebbe.  In 2007, Reb Zalmen was voted the 15th most prominent Rabbi by Newsweek.  Reb Zalmen’s older brother Reb Aharon is the other Satmar Rebbe and has a stronghold in Kiryas Yoel in Monroe.

As reported in a VIN News previous report, this past May, Lubavitch Shlichim from Morristown New Jersey and from Princeton New Jersey met with the other Satmar Rebbe Shlita - Rav Aharon Teitelbaum and cordially presented him with Lubavitch Seforim .  The meeting was very effective in building new bridges between them. As well in April a fund raising was held in Kiryas Joel to help A chabad Rabbbi from Palm Springs, CA.

The idea for the Mikveh in White Lake started years ago and Mr. Drimmer, a succesful business from Crown Heights, decided to donate generously.  Two weeks ago, the groundbreaking ceremony was held, in the presence of Mr. Drimmer.  Mr. Drimmer is a successful appliance dealer.  Rabbi Segal and the Satmar Rebbe both happen to be descendants of the Bais HaRav.

“I live just two minutes from them, and I get along quite well with them.  I Daven Mincha there every Shabbos.”  After Mincha, Mr. Drimmer speaks in learning to one of the more prominent Maggidei Shiur there – Rabbi Shmaya Greenbaum – author of Mishnayos Seyata D’Shmaya.  Rabbi Greenbaum noted that the meeting was an important doorway to open. Mr. Drimmer is grandson of Rabbi Shlomo Drimmer zatzal – author of the Bais Shlomo.

“Boruch Hashem, we have seen a thawing out of the tension that existed between these two movements,” remarked a Dayan that deals with both Satmar and Lubavitch.  “This is clearly a product of our Tefilos for Shalom al Kol Yisroel – we must continue to have strong kavanah in all our Shalom-oriented Tefilos.”

Mr. Drimmer has a reputation in Crown Heights for tolerance of all types of movements within Lubavitch.  Mr. Drimmer was clearly influenced by his own mentor, Rav Zalman Shimon Dvorkin ob"m, in his general outlook - how to approach other people and how to deal with any given situation.

This is, by the way, not a unique donation – as the Chabad Mikveh in Beijing China was recently sponsored by, you guessed it, Satmar Chassidim.  They also donated a Sefer Torah.

In a related story, a new housing project in White Lake on Route 55 recently held an open house.  Although primarily targeted to Satmar families – the open house attracted Chassidim of all types and also had Lubavitch visitors visiting as well.

It is the hope that the latest developments in intra-Hasidic relations will be a portent of the arrival of Moshiach Tzidkainu Amain.

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 Aug 28, 2008 at 05:11 PM dreidel Says:

about time the satmers and chabadniks make peace within their own communities


 Aug 28, 2008 at 05:20 PM Yosel Mechel Says:

Oi iz dus git::: Oi iz dus git' Its now officialy moshiach time,,,I knew that Shterna Sara is right. She predictad this last year Yechi Hamelach rebbi hamoshiach .


 Aug 28, 2008 at 05:23 PM Babishka Says:

Great story. This should be pinned.


 Aug 28, 2008 at 06:01 PM Stam a Yid Says:

Just out of curiousity - will the Mikvah in question be built in accordance with the Lubavitch shita or the more commonly accepted one with respect to "bor al gabei bor"? This is not a knock on anyone, just a general question.

Stam a Yid


 Aug 28, 2008 at 06:02 PM Anonymous Says:

This has nothing to do with Satmar and Chabad this has to do with YIDDISHKEIT. The shoresh is the same


 Aug 28, 2008 at 06:04 PM Anonymous Says:

Lubavitch and Satmar have more in common than they realize. Lubavitch's position on secular zionism is the same as Satmar's. The rift of the 70's was only due to a misunderstanding of Chabad's position on zionism.


 Aug 28, 2008 at 06:17 PM dreidel Says:

anony 6:04
you're right that the original chabad shita on zionism was paralel to the satmars but the last lubavich rebbe has addopted a different mehalech in regards to zionism. the Malochim in Willi who also consider themselve to be chabad'skers are the biggest kanoim and they're famous for burning the israely flag every purim. so what you're referring to as a "misunderstanding" is a mistake from your side.


 Aug 28, 2008 at 06:48 PM Anonymous Says:

a few years ago already a couple of satmar buissnes men donated a mikvah to a chabad house in china. chabad and satmar are getting along much better for a while already


 Aug 28, 2008 at 06:55 PM anonymous Says:

This is a fabulous story - Is Ben Mewluke a Lubavitcher? Sounds like a sefardi - which makes the article even better


 Aug 28, 2008 at 07:22 PM vishnitzer gabbai Says:

ich farshtei nisht de groise neias, beider chassidis'n huben genig machlokes un zei villen nisht mer machlokes


 Aug 28, 2008 at 07:56 PM andy Says:

Beautiful news, I am proud to be a satmar today ! this is a true אהבה מסותרת that my Rebbe is talking about from day one.


 Aug 28, 2008 at 08:27 PM Reuvain Says:

This story is so much nicer than the story to the left!


 Aug 28, 2008 at 08:31 PM Anonymous Says:

let them make peace between them selves and then show the world that they make peace between the chasidus ,,,,, what fakes they are


 Aug 28, 2008 at 09:34 PM sholm's naber Says:

After being schloma drimmers neighbor for the past few summers I can clearly say he nedas to check him self out! Pepole come to the country housees to relax and have private he has neither! His garden near the lakeis constnly filled with people fro our colny and instead of being chashed away he leaves hundreds of cold drinks and has a sign begging the pepole to make.a brocha is this normal? He also always has guests for shabos and he is always busy helping out the rav of his shul rabbi fishbein wholives there all yer he doesn't know how to say no to anyone whi asks him a favor so this past friday's visit by the rebbe was well deserved... My we all learn ahvas yisroel from reb shlmo- the soner the better.. Love your neighbor


 Aug 28, 2008 at 10:14 PM Burich Says:

Yasher koach vin news


 Aug 28, 2008 at 10:31 PM Emes Says:

Kol Hakavod, but doesn't it say that one should help his brother first. In Monticello, there is Rabbi Ben Tzion Chanowitz who is moiser nefesh and lives in Monticello all year. When he wanted to renovate the Mikvah- he was stopped by Chanukas Habayis of Satmar and the Besire Mentchin on the Brikman Rd. Isn't it more important to help one's own especially that he is available 12 months a year not only during summer months.


 Aug 28, 2008 at 11:27 PM Anonymous Says:

Rabbi Yoseph Tzvi Segal – the Rosh Kollel of the Tzemach Tzeddek Kollel in Jerusalem mentioned in this article also happens to be the brother in law of the Munkatcher Rebbe. (wifes are sisters)


 Aug 28, 2008 at 11:53 PM Chossid Says:

Emes why is a Satmar chossid any less his brother than a Lubavitcher chossid? Rabosai hashkafic differences mean very little the key is ahavas yisroel which leads to ahavas Hashem.


 Aug 29, 2008 at 12:13 AM yidishe veibel Says:

This is a very nice article. Perfect for the month of av in preparation for Elul and Rosh Hashana.


 Aug 29, 2008 at 01:25 AM moshe chim Says:

To the person with the name emes you r so worng this is the mikvah where reb sholmo goes to !!! And its his money he can do what ever he likes with it


 Aug 29, 2008 at 01:48 AM Anonymous Says:

He can help whoever he wants to help--who has the right to judge who he should give money to or help?
So whoever wrote about Chanowitz should mind their own business and just live and let live...and let people make their own decisions...


 Aug 29, 2008 at 01:49 AM kalmen Says:

Wow we all know sholmo drimmer he is a lev tov a sweet heart of a yid sholmo keep on doing mitzvas


 Aug 29, 2008 at 01:52 AM Shadchante Says:

Since Satmar and Lubavitch are getting so close the satmars might start marrying lubavitchers since theyr'e starting to get along so well..doesnt seem like such a bad idea huh considering all the singles nowadays?!


 Aug 29, 2008 at 01:54 AM emes Says:

This is the nikvah where reb sholmo goes its right next to his house he will enjoy it as well thank you sholmo you r the best


 Aug 29, 2008 at 02:21 AM meyer Says:



 Aug 29, 2008 at 02:22 AM ex frummie Says:

now why arent there more stories like this -this should be what judaisms about


 Aug 29, 2008 at 02:28 AM ex frummie Says:

ti clarify i meant why doesnt the jewish media publicize stories like this im sure there are plenty
and i have a lot of respect for this drimmer guy
my only question is why dont people reach out to non religious jews and non jews like this?


 Aug 29, 2008 at 05:47 AM Boomy Says:

This article shoukd be reprinted and given out in all the shuls everywhere. Vin News is doing an amazibg community service - amzing. Halevai all the newspapers and blogs should think so comunely.


 Aug 29, 2008 at 08:23 AM nacmen Says:

With yiden like shlmo the beis hmikdush will be rebuild - sholmo cazak vamutz ychi hamelach- plese let him come now we need him


 Aug 29, 2008 at 08:30 AM mosiach now Says:

It so nice to see a vin post with no negative com ants let it all be with ahvas yisroal only mosiach will come !!!! We want mosiach now!!! We don't want to wait!!!


 Aug 29, 2008 at 08:49 AM yakov s. c Says:

After being schloma drimmers neighbor for the past few summers I can clearly say he nedas to check him self out! People come to the country houseds to relax and have private he has neither! His garden near the lake is constnly filled with people fro our colony and instead of being chased away he leaves hundreds of cold drinks and has a sign begging the people to make.a brocha is this normal? He also always has guests for shabos and he is always busy helping out the rav of his shul rabbi fishbein who lives there all year he doesn't know how to say no to anyone who asks him a favor so this past friday's visit by the rebbe was well deserved... My we all learn ahvas yisroel from reb shlmo- the sooner the better.. Love your neighbor
This is so well said I m a nabor as well reb sholmo you r just gevaldig keep it up thanks


 Aug 29, 2008 at 10:05 AM avrohm Says:

R' Yoel Teitlebaub zt'l had contributed to the first mikvah built in Kfar Chabad. I heard this from R' Avrohm Drizin a"h, who heard this from R Yaakov Landau zt'l


 Aug 29, 2008 at 10:25 AM Anonymous Says:

It would be nice if in the Satmar Newspapers ( Der Yid & Der Blatt) whenever they mention the name of the Lubavitcher Rebbe - they should do it with respect not with CHUTZPA. (They may learn a thing or two from the Chabad publications: Whenever THEY mention the name of the Satmar Rebbe (R' Yoel) they do it respectfully - despite their diffrenceses).


 Aug 29, 2008 at 10:41 AM Chaim S. Says:

Maybe Chabad can make a shibudei d'rav noson by taking their sholom with each satmar rebbe individually and becoming the bridge so that the 2 satmars have sholom? maybe somehow we can all make sholom? maybe the yeshivishe world will accept chasidim, after all so many chasidish kids already learn in litvish yeshivos, in american and in israel. Hey I can dream can't I? I've seen so much ahavas yisroel of one group with another on an individual personal basis. All we have to do is translate to a klal yisroel basis. Satmar run bikur cholim and other gemilas chesed organizations never ask from which sect you are. They help everybody. Go to a Chabad house anywhere in the world and they'll help you with anything you need, no mater who are from where you are. If there is so much chesed in the world, why can't we translate this into an overall ahavss yisroel. OK so I'm dreaming again.


 Aug 29, 2008 at 10:42 AM chabd for ever Says:

Yes my father told me the same thing that the olld satmer rabbe did help kfar chabd back in the days so keep it up sholmo ychi hamlech


 Aug 29, 2008 at 11:40 AM Lock & Load Says:

Didnt the Satmar Rebbe met with those guys ealier this year??


 Aug 29, 2008 at 12:17 PM Anonymous Says:

Chaim S.
Your dreams are funny but good.
Hope that one day they will come true.


 Aug 29, 2008 at 02:02 PM Chossid Says:

L & L,

It was the other Satmar Rebbe, from Monroe/Kiryas Yoel, that a the shliach to Princeton and R' Chaim Schapiro from Morristown, met with a few months ago.


 Aug 29, 2008 at 02:03 PM Lubavitch Says:

What's the bright light in the background - is it the oros shel moshiach? Seriously look at the picture again.


 Aug 29, 2008 at 02:30 PM thats what Says:

That's what it sayes on the post if you read english befor you make a coment read the post thanx


 Aug 29, 2008 at 04:14 PM Slick Says:

Let this story inspire us to each do our own part to make peace with our neighbors, our friends, our families. Ahavas Chinam is all we need to heal the rifts and enjoy achdus, to finally end the golus. We can make it happen!


 Aug 29, 2008 at 05:15 PM Nachas Says:

maybe one of the fighting Satmar brothers could become the next Lubavitcher Rebbe


 Aug 29, 2008 at 05:40 PM Harold Says:

It was great to read about a wonderful brother-in-law. Have a good shabbos


 Aug 29, 2008 at 06:45 PM c.h.hatzolah member Says:

Shloma we all know how you help c.h.hatzolah you r a good yid we all love you!!!! You r the best of the best what the c.h. Has got!!! Keep it up shlmo moishach now!!!


 Aug 31, 2008 at 11:08 PM Moishe Says:

I'm viewing this site for the first time and have to say I'm pleasantly surprised at the attitude of the commentators. There's nothing wrong with differences, even major ones. There's something very wrong in using them as an excuse to misbehave. Decent people can agree to disagree agreeably. And people don't have to let major macro issuesthat they have no power to influence, like the current status of Eretz Yisroel, effect their fulfillment of the general Torah principle of ahavas yisroel. All have a good, g'bentched yuhr.


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