Crown Heights

Chabad Linking Students From Caracas To Beijing

Group’s online school for far-flung emissaries’ kids provides learning plus a hedge against isolation.

05/01/2012
Associate Editor

Dini Freundlich’s daughter has been admonished for not wearing her uniform to class.

Fortunately the girl, who lives in Beijing, didn’t have to go home to change into her uniform: she was already there.

Freundlich’s daughter is one of 505 students enrolled in the Shluchim Online School, the first and only fully online Jewish day school in the world.

Rabbi Benyamin Kosofsky teaches from a computer screen in Crown Heights.

Chabad Schoolgirls' Facebook Fight

A month after talk-show diva Oprah highlighted the warm and fuzzy side of Chabad Crown Heights on her new show, the rebbe’s neighborhood is back in this news, this time thanks to a girls’ school’s Facebook crackdown.

New Generation Revives Crown Heights Play

03/27/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

She pioneered a new form of theater by imitating dozens of New Yorkers who played roles in the anti-Jewish riots in Crown Heights. In “Fires in the Mirror: Crown Heights, Brooklyn and Other Identities,” Anna Deavere Smith brilliantly embodied both black and Jewish subjects, from the Rev. Al Sharpton to Lubavitch Rabbi Shea Hecht.

LIU students playing Jewish and African-American parts in revival of Anna Deavere Smith’s “Fires in the Mirror.”

Crown Hts. Man To Be Extradited From Israel To Face Hate Crimes Charge

11/11/2011

A Jerusalem court ordered the extradition of a Brooklyn man to the United States in connection with a racially charged 2008 attack.

The Jerusalem District Court on Thursday approved the extradition of Yitzchak Shochet, wanted for allegedly beating two men in Brooklyn.

Police in New York say that Shochet allegedly used a bat to beat two African-American men in Crown Heights whom he reportedly had never met before. Shochet, , a member of the Shmira neighborhood patrol, was indicted on hate crimes charges.

Carlebach-Inspired Shul Finding Home In Crown Hts.

As youth-led Chevra’s first High Holy Days nears, music, women’s participation challenging area’s orthodoxy.

09/20/2011
Special to The Jewish Week

Won’t you come home, Shlomo Carlebach?

Seventeen years after his death and several generations after he split with the Lubavitcher rebbe in the late 1950s, the charismatic — and controversial — leader of New Age Judaism has regained a haven in his native Crown Heights.

Rabbi “Chezzie” Denebaum, left, at Chevra Ahavas Yisroel. Women are a big part of the mix. michael datikash

In A Changed Crown Heights, A Reunion Of Respect

Former members of prominent Brooklyn Conservative synagogue return to old neighborhood, which is now a chasidic stronghold.

09/06/2011
Staff Writer

A few years ago, while rummaging through a small storage closet in his Crown Heights day school, an administrator discovered a cache of old prayer books.

Rabbi Nosson Blumes, left, and Dr. Jeffrey Borer are coordinating reunion dinner for former Brooklyn Jewish Center.

Sharpton Concedes Crown Heights Mistakes

08/24/2011
Assistant Managing Editor

 Rev. Al Sharpton did not understand the extent of the violence during the 1991 Crown Heights riots when he initially entered the neighborhood, and should have used different language in his protests, the activist wrote in an op-ed in the New York Daily News published Sunday.

"I did not know the full volatility of the situation," Reverend Sharpton wrote.

Rev. Al Sharpton

Sharpton Concedes Crown Heights Mistakes

08/23/2011
Assistant Managing Editor
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Rev. Al Sharpton did not understand the extent of the violence during the 1991 Crown Heights riots when he initially entered the neighborhood, and should have used different language in his protests, the activist wrote in an op-ed in the New York Daily News published Sunday.

Rev. Al Sharpton.

Time To Put The Sharpton Wars Behind Us

08/23/2011
Special To The Jewish Week

 In August 1991, race riots erupted in Crown Heights and an innocent Jewish student was murdered in response to the accidental killing of an African-American child. After the murder, the Rev. Al Sharpton came to the neighborhood and further whipped up an already incensed crowd, leaving some in the Jewish community to demand, 20 years later, that we forever shun Rev. Sharpton. My friend Rabbi Marc Schneier generated criticism for inviting him to the Hampton Synagogue to participate in a panel discussion.

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

Sharpton Reflects On Crown Heights Mistakes

Says his tone "exacerbated tensions and played to extemists;" Norman Rosenbaum says apology is missing.

08/21/2011
Assistant Managing Editor

Rev. Al Sharpton did not understand the extent of the violence during the 1991 Crown Heights riots when he initially entered the neighborhood, the activist wrote in an op-ed in the New York Daily News published Sunday.

"I did not know the full volatility of the situation," Reverend Sharpton wrote.

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