Crown Heights

Secret LGBTQ Chabad Group Fills Void

Facebook group offering sanctuary and support to former — and current — members of the Crown Heights fold.

01/19/2016 - 22:03
Staff Writer

In many ways, Rivkah Procaccia appears much the same as other young Orthodox women in Crown Heights. Living in the heart of the Chabad Lubavitch chasidic enclave, the 26-year-old observes a modest code of dress, only dines at kosher restaurants and strictly observes the Sabbath.

Whooping Cough Outbreak Hits NY Charedi Neighborhoods

10/19/2015 - 20:00

An outbreak of whooping cough has hit several charedi Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods in New York City’s Brooklyn borough.


Chasidic Students Not Target Of Midtown Firebombing; Arrest Made

53-year-old man charged with attempted murder, throwing Molotov cocktail at midtown street corner.

10/15/2015 - 20:00
Deputy Managing Director

Police have arrested a man on charges of attempted murder for throwing a Molotov cocktail at a Midtown street corner where two chasidic students were standing.

Fifty-three year-old Thomas Miles of Jamacia Hills, Queens, was charged with throwing a glass bottle filled with alcohol and topped with a burning rag at three men standing at the corner of Ninth Avenue and West 37th Street on Oct. 9.

Two of the men were  20-year-old Israeli students, studying at a Lubavitch yeshiva in Crown Heights. The third man was a 44-year-old businessman.

Ninth Avenue and 38th Street, where the firebombing took place. Courtesy of Jewish Leadership Council

Were Chasidic Students Targets Of Bottle Explosion In Midtown?

Pre-Shabbat attack — and second one in Brooklyn — being investigated as possible hate crimes.

10/13/2015 - 20:00
Staff Writer

New York City police are investigating as a possible hate crime an attack last week in which a man threw an alcohol-filled bottle at Midtown street corner, where it exploded and burst into flames in front two chasidic students and a 44-year-old businessman.

Were Chasidic Students Targets Of Bottle Explosion In Midtown?

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
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