Crown Heights

Kosher BBQ Fires Up In Crown Heights

07/07/2015 - 20:00

Izzy’s BBQ Addiction, the long-awaited kosher smokehouse in Crown Heights, is finally open for service.

Owner Sruly Eidelman slices some of his smoked meat at Izzy’s BBQ Addiction in Crown Heights.  Hannah Dreyfus/JW

Crown Heights For The Pluralistic Jew

05/25/2015 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Move over 770 — there’s a new kid on the block.

Taking advantage of demographic changes in heavily Orthodox Crown Heights, Repair the World, a national Jewish service nonprofit focused on food justice and education, announced last week that it is opening a new community center in the neighborhood to serve as a hub for volunteering and community outreach. Nine fulltime fellows, all recent college graduates, will live at the new Nostrand Avenue location and direct programming.

Repair the World’s storefront on Nostrand Avenue will host educational programming and Shabbats. Courtesy of Repair the World

Darkness Over Crown Heights In Attack’s Wake

Stabbing has Chabad asking why — and how.

12/16/2014 - 19:00
Associate Editor

The heart of Chabad-Lubavitch, 770 Eastern Parkway, has passed from address into legend.

Once home, office, yeshiva and shul to the sixth and seventh Lubavitcher rebbes, both of whom escaped Europe in the 1940s, the growing Chabad eventually purchased two adjacent buildings, breaking through the basements and backyards to create the vast shul and study hall (all generically known as 770).

Chabad yeshiva students poring over texts this week in the shul/study hall at “770.” Michael Datikash/JW

Police: Chabad Attack Not Terror Related

NYPD says they will increase security at synagogues and other Jewish sites.

12/09/2014 - 19:00

The stabbing of a rabbinical student from Israel at the Chabad-Lubavitch World Headquarters in Brooklyn was not terror related, New York’s police commissioner said.

NYPD Chief William Bratton. Wikimedia Commons

After Guns, Drugs Seized, Chabad Rabbi Defends Youth Center

Says discovery of loaded assault rifle and drug paraphernalia was a “horrible surprise”; defends arrested volunteer.

11/12/2014 - 19:00
Staff Writer

The head of a Crown Heights youth center where police discovered a loaded AR-15 semi-automatic assault rifle and a stash of drugs Tuesday defended the 11-year-old organization and the volunteer arrested in connection with the crime.

“This came as a horrible surprise,” said Rabbi Moishe Feiglin, who started The Aliya Institute, an organization for disaffected Jewish youth, in 2003.

Supporting Israel With Art

Few subjects have troubled Jews across the globe this past summer as much as the recent conflict in Israel. The violence  portrayed on the news stimulated a consequential outpouring of support from Jewish communities worldwide. But an art group based in Brooklyn is showing support through a unique means: a spiritual defense.

Leah Raab. “Huddled in the Tunnel. Courtesy of the Creative Soul

For 20 Years, A Relentless Campaign Against Domestic Terror

Devorah Halberstam’s path from bereaved mother to law enforcement authority took her from Crown Heights to Capitol Hill.

03/03/2014 - 19:00
JTA

When a 16-year-old Lubavitcher named Ari Halberstam was gunned down on the Brooklyn Bridge on March 1, 1994 by a Lebanese livery cab driver, dying four days later, the killing seemed to be a cut-and-dried case.

Devorah Halberstam: “In the beginning I was a hysterical mother.” JTA

Knockout Comes To Crown Heights

Nerves frayed with wave of anti-chasidic violence.

11/25/2013 - 19:00
Associate Editor

In recent weeks, an opaque two-line prayer began to jump out from the siddur at Crown Heights chasidim: “Al tirah,” “Don’t be afraid of sudden terror when it comes,” for come it will.

Crown Heights has fallen victim to the national 'knockout' phenomenon of random street violence. Michael Datikash

‘Knockout’ Attacks A Concern

Meeting this week with Jewish leaders, pols and police about urban crime trend; police promise increased presence.

11/19/2013 - 19:00
Associate Editor

A new form of urban terror — the “knockout game,” in which one teen in a roving gang suddenly lunges at an unsuspecting pedestrian, often knocking the victim unconscious with a single punch to the face — has come to Crown Heights. The trend mimics such attacks elsewhere in the country.

Assemblyman Dov Hikind said police should arrest, not just educate, youth who perpetrate street attacks. Getty Images

Lhota Grapples With Giuliani Legacy

In mayoral bid, former deputy both embraces and distances himself from a controversial administration.
06/10/2013 - 20:00
Assistant Managing Editor

How much of Rudy Giuliani is just enough?

That’s the question facing Joseph Lhota, the city’s former budget director and deputy to the famously feisty mayor, as Lhota pursues the Republican nomination and victory in November’s City Hall race.

Image from Lhota campaign video shows him with former boss Rudy Giuliani.
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