Life was not easy for the early settlers. The fledgling infrastructure was a far cry from the established Williamsburg neighborhood. Some of the necessities of religious life were still lacking, including sufficient kosher shopping and schools for every age group. Getting acquainted with the neighbors, who were faced with this new experience, was another challenge for the new suburbanites. As was always customary when a new Jewish community was established, the Grand Rabbi’s first order of business was to create an educational system and communal organizations. Jewish education is the focal point of any organized religious Jewish community and Kiryas Joel was quick to embark on the establishment of a network of schools.