Amitai Schiff had PTSD. The IDF officer in an elite surveillance unit, was operating in Gaza in 2003. One day, after arming soldiers with maps, he watched them enter their armored personnel vehicles and drive off on a routine mission. As he watched them on the grainy screen, the two vehicles hit an IED [roadside bomb]. Thirteen comrades, including a dear childhood friend, were murdered.
Ventriloquist Jonathan Geffner performs for a Chasidic boys’ day camp in Brooklyn, NY, in July, 2016.
A new Mikvah opened in Omsk, Siberia last Thursday. This is the first Mikvah to function in the city in over 150 years and its construction was community-funded, with more than 1,000 local residents contributing to the success of the project.
There is a heat advisory across New York city’s five boroughs, as well as the surrounding tri-state area, until Monday evening. Temperatures will reach a high of 94, with a ‘real feel’ of about 100.
The bochurim of Yeshiva Kayitz-Kingston enjoyed a full-day trip to Six Flags in Massachusetts this past week.
“Excellent,” “Inspiring,” “a chance to meet and catch up” and “every year it just gets better” were some of the comments made by participating shluchim in the annual UK Kinus Hashluchim, which took place this year in the resort city of Bournemouth on the southern coast of England.
One doesn’t easily forget the great joy that was felt thirty years ago when the one who was known as “The Tzaddik from Leningrad” was finally granted exit visas from Russia for himself and his family. The joy was widespread as, after many refusals from the Russian authorities, Rabbi Yitzchak Kogan and his family made Aliya and settled in Yerushalaim.
Yosef and Mushka (nee Ciment) Kramer (Little Rock, AR)
Mendy and Chayale (nee Bares) Berkowitz (Kingston, PA)
Mendel and Rochie Levin (Hastings-on-Hudson, NY)
At around 2:00pm on Satuday afternoon, police found the dead body of a 35-year-old woman in Brower Park, located on Kingston Ave. and Park Place in Crown Heights, adjacent to the Brooklyn Children’s Museum.
Yeshivas Summer Program – YSP, located at the Rabbinical College of America in Morristown, New Jersey is currently in session, boasting its bigger attendance ever – 220 8th grader graduates from around the world joining its seven week program, with the aim of preparing them for their upcoming Mesivta year.
This week’s edition of MyLife: Chassidus Applied with Rabbi Simon Jacobson, Episode 124, will air tonight, Sunday, here on CrownHeights.info, beginning at 8:00pm. This week Rabbi Jacobson will address the topics: How Can I Overcome My Jealousy of Others? Can My Soulmate be a Non-Jew? Is Shiva Asar B’Taamuz Only a Commemoration? Can People Honestly Change?
Avraham Yosef and Simcha Baez (Crown Heights)
Jews in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, along with their spiritual leader Rabbi Binyomin Wagner, were excited to meet Mr. Zvi Hefetz, the Israeli Ambassador to Russia.
“When Dr. Ben Carson spoke at the Republican National Convention, I thought he was about to call for a Moment of Silence in our schools,” writes Aliza Bas Menachem in this powerful op-ed reflecting on the current tensions and racial strife affecting the country. Unfortunately, he didn’t.
A tense religious dispute between Orthodox Jews in Crown Heights over a new eruv is now getting it’s first literary treatment — as a Dr. Seuss-style poem.
Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has named Virginia Senator Tim Kaine as her vice presidential running mate Friday, adding a centrist former governor of a crucial battleground state to the Democratic ticket.
We present an uplifting collection of photos and videos as the Rebbe sheds light on the Fast of the 17th of Tammuz, courtesy of JEM.
Yehuda Fenton (Lexington, MA) and Chana Silver (Crown Heights)
Most Chabad-Lubavitch emissaries launch their arrival in a new city or country with programs such as one-on-one study, holiday programs, summer camp and Hebrew school. Rabbi Yakov and Hana Poliwoda have something else in mind for their first project in Boquete, Panama: a Jewish cemetery.
This Shabbos at the Besht, Rabbi Ari Kirschenbaum will lead a discussion on the topic – Can Jews be domesticated?