Crown Heights

Sharpton Concedes Crown Heights Mistakes

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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

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.

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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, 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.

The ‘Race Riot’ That Wasn’t


The Crown Heights riots, one of the most traumatic events in American Jewish history, still elicits shivers and arguments as if it were yesterday, rather than 20 years ago. What was clear from the Girgenti Report, commissioned by Gov. Mario Cuomo, is that the riot was not a “race riot” but an anti-Semitic riot.

What Caused The Crown Heights Riots?

Special To The Jewish Week

‘Crown Heights was about ‘black anti-Semitism’!” Twenty years later, I still hear the trope.

The Crown Heights riots have resonated for years as a “flashpoint” between blacks and Jews in New York. Indeed, “Crown Heights” has become a code word for intractable neighborhood tension arising out of anti-Semitism emerging from the black community.

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Crown Heights’ Upper Crust

At a kosher pizza and wine bar,
black meets Jew and frum meets foodie.

Special To The Jewish Week

W hen the New York Times Magazine ran a prominent story in October about Basil Pizza and Wine Bar, a new kosher restaurant in Crown Heights, the writer, Frank Bruni, told of the place’s ambiance and its efforts to bring together Jews and their non-Jewish neighbors. But, as a letter writer bluntly pointed out the following week in the magazine, Bruni, formerly the paper’s restaurant critic, didn’t say much about the food. Good intentions and all, it was the pizza that the letter writer really wanted to hear about.

The scene at Basil. Michael Datikash

Major Dilemma In Crown Heights

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A congressional race that is nearly two years away already is making waves in the Crown Heights Jewish community, as two of its political allies head for a 2000 showdown. Rep. Major Owens, who has represented District 11 in central Brooklyn for 16 years, is likely to face a Democratic primary challenge next year from his former protege, Councilwoman Una Clarke. Both have been strong supporters of Jewish causes, leaving activists wondering whom to support, or in a third option, whether to run a Jewish candidate.

Jewish Outrage In Crown Heights

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Outraged by a continuing series of violent attacks against Jews in Crown Heights, hundreds of protestors from the Chabad-Lubavitch community rallied last Friday in the Brooklyn neighborhood outside the local police precinct calling for a greater police presence and the ouster of the precinct commander.

Is Crown Heights Over?

Staff Writer
For a dozen years the Crown Heights riots and murder case have shown a stubborn persistence in the headlines. First came the jury verdict that acquitted Lemrick Nelson Jr. of murdering Yankel Rosenbaum. Then the state investigation of the riots, the repercussions in the 1993 mayoral race, the civil suit and the federal investigation.
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