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Man Fatally Shot by Police After Stabbing Rabbinical Student in Synagogue

Posted on 09 December 2014 by Josh Fallik

By Trevor Kapp and Aidan Gardiner  on December 9, 2014   CROWN HEIGHTS — Police shot and killed a knife-wielding man after he stabbed a 22-year-old rabbinical student in the head at the Eastern Parkway headquarters of the Chabad-Lubavitch Jewish community, the NYPD said. Calvin Peters, 49, had a history of “emotionally disturbed” behavior and had visited 770 Eastern Parkway earlier Monday afternoon, police said. He then returned to the house of worship near Kingston Avenu . >>> READ MORE ...

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Why Do “Air Raid” Sirens Blare In Williamsburg Every Friday?

Posted on 18 November 2014 by Josh Green

If you’re ever in Williamsburg ten minutes before the sun sets on a Friday night, you’ll have heard the eerie sirens that wail far and wide throughout the neighborhood. It isn’t a test or drill, it’s the warning that Shabbat will be starting soon, and it’s time to go home (if you’re Orthodox Jewish). It’s not just one siren, but several, installed on different Yeshivas in South Williamsburg, a neighborhood that’s predominantly ultra-Orthodox Jewi . >>> READ MORE ...

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Election Day is Here!

Posted on 04 November 2014 by admin

Don’t forget to visit your polling station today to cast your ballot, before it closing time. The influence your community commands in the halls of power depends on the number of voters it gets out on Election Day.  The number of voters a community gets out to vote on Election Day matters more that the plurality the successful candidate gets over his opponent. While voting for any one of the candidates on the ballot is very important, a blank ballot can enhance the political influence of . >>> READ MORE ...

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Jewish Ritual Chicken Slaughter Sparks Protest In Crown Heights

Posted on 02 October 2014 by moshe emes

    (Scott Heins / Gothamist) Last night, as animal rights activists screamed “Murderers!” and waved signs of protest from behind a barricaded portion of Eastern Parkway, hundreds of Jewish families gathered to perform the atonement ritual of Kaporos— a process of waving a live chicken over their heads while reciting prayers. Kaporos is a ritual of atonement that symbolically transfers a person’s sins to the living chicken as it is held aloft. After the ritual, the . >>> READ MORE ...

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Views of Hasidic Jewish Community From 1990s Crown Heights Go on Display

Posted on 02 October 2014 by moshe emes

By Rachel Holliday Smith on October 2, 2014 PROSPECT HEIGHTS — It was simple curiosity that brought Chie Nishio to Crown Heights in the early 1990s. The longtime photographer came to Manhattan from Tokyo in 1969, moving near the Diamond District. There, she remembers seeing Orthodox Jewish men with “long beards and wearing the black hats.” “I was always curious about them,” Nishio, 84, said. When she married a non-observant Jew, she became even more interested in New York’s Jewish . >>> READ MORE ...

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An Inside Look at the Hasidim (REVIEW)

Posted on 14 September 2014 by Josh Fallik

An Inside Look The sight of young girls in pinafores and young boys wearing peyos – sidelocks – dangling over their ears is a sure sign that you have entered the enigmatic precincts of the Hasidim – the pious ones. Veteran New York Times journalist Joseph Berger’s new book, THE PIOUS ONES: The World of Hasidim and their Battles with America, takes the reader on a journey into the enclaves where various sects of Jews live a seemingly outmoded way of life in an ever changing world; a life . >>> READ MORE ...

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Brooklyn Boom Squeezes Buyers Pushing Into Crown Heights

Posted on 14 September 2014 by Josh Fallik

By Prashant Gopal Aug 28, 2014 Julian and Danielle Katz budgeted $1.5 million to buy a home in their popular Brooklyn, New York, neighborhood of Fort Greene. The only places they could afford were smaller than where they already lived. [caption id="attachment_1141" align="alignleft" width="300"] Photographer: Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg[/caption] The couple, who have three young daughters, instead bought a brick townhouse in nearby Crown Heights. They paid almost $1.2 million and are spending anoth . >>> READ MORE ...

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Speaker Deal Said to Place David Greenfield in Line for Land Use (Politicker)

Posted on 20 December 2013 by Community Voice NY

The sudden deal for Manhattan Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito’s speaker candidacy is expected to benefit the coalition that unified behind her–especially Brooklyn’s Democratic party. [caption id="attachment_1052" align="alignleft" width="161"] David Greenfield[/caption] Among the beneficiaries may be Brooklyn Councilman David Greenfield, who is said to be in line to be the next chairman of the City Council’s powerful Land Use committee, according to multiple sources close to the negot . >>> READ MORE ...

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Councilwoman Blames ‘Knockout’ Attacks on Tension Between Blacks and Jews

Posted on 05 December 2013 by Community Voice NY

CROWN HEIGHTS — The alleged “knockout” attacks on Jewish residents of Crown Heights may stem from ongoing racial tension between the neighborhood’s black and Jewish communities, a newly-elected Brooklyn politician said. Councilwoman-elect Laurie Cumbo, who was elected to represent Crown Heights starting in January, released an open letter Tuesday saying that many of her black constituents told her they feel threatened by the growth of the neighborhood’s Jewish communit . >>> READ MORE ...

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Its Happening! “Police Unsure if Random Attacks Are Rising Threat or Urban Myth”

Posted on 26 November 2013 by Community Voice NY

‘Knockout Game’ a Spreading Menace or a Myth? By the NY Times – Joseph Goldstein and J. David Goodman contributed reporting. Fear swept through Borough Park, Brooklyn, as soon as the news got out: A young man was randomly assaulted by strangers early Friday morning, and the attack was possibly part of the so-called Knockout Game. Four men were arrested, but on Friday night only one was charged and the others were released. The attack added to a growing log of reports of such crimes in . >>> READ MORE ...

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Council “Still Trying” to Reduce Speed Limit on City Streets

Posted on 26 November 2013 by moshe emes

By Jill Colvin 11/26 4:03pm The New York City Council hopes to pass legislation that would reduce the speed limit on most residential and side streets to 20 miles per hour, Council Speaker Christine Quinn announced today. “We are actively working on that bill and our goal is to pass it before the end of the year,” Ms. Quinn said during an unrelated press conference this afternoon before the month’s final council meeting. “We’re actively working on it right now.” The bill, introduced . >>> READ MORE ...

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Damn the Community, Full Steam Ahead

Posted on 26 August 2013 by Community Voice NY

Greenfield Once Again Sacrificing Community Interests for Political Expediency Damn the torpedoes, full steam ahead (Rear Admiral David G. Farragut, Battle of Mobile Bay, August 5, 1864) Part 2 One of Greenfield’s biggest obstacles on his road to political nirvana is Assemblyman Hikind.  His activism on behalf of his constituency over his many years in public office helped Hikind build a vast network of friends and supporters in Orthodox Jewish Communities state-wide as well as in the halls . >>> READ MORE ...

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EXCLUSIVE: Juror’s bombshell claim: Hasidic suspects can’t get a fair trial in Brooklyn

Posted on 22 July 2013 by Community Voice NY

Daily News Brooklyn Trial of suspected molester Alexander Rogasky ends in mistrial due to lone holdout. Juror claims her fellow panelists were anti-Semitic By Oren Yaniv / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Monday, July 22, 2013, 3:21 PM   Jurors were biased against Alexander Rogalsky, 29, who was accused of sexually abusing a boy, because he was Hasidic, one member of the jury said. Jurors in a sodomy case against a Hasidic Brooklyn man expressed anti-Semitic bias even before the trial went u . >>> READ MORE ...

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