Rabbi Hillel Pevzner was known to wear many hats. For much of the 60-plus years that the late rabbi lived in France, he was a teacher of an advanced yeshivah class, a day-school administrator, a sought-after authority on Jewish law and a spiritual leader of a historic congregation in Paris—all while raising six children with his wife, Echka.
At the conclusion of a painful week, during which four Israeli hikers lost their lives in a sudden snowstorm in the Annapurna Mountains, Shluchim to Nepal Rabbi Chezky and Mrs. Chani Lifshiz were summoned to the Israeli embassy in the capital city of Kathmandu.
In a race replete with political intrigue and legal drama, Rabbi Aryeh Stern has been elected as the Chief Ashkenazic Rabbi of Jerusalem, and will serve alongside Rabbi Shlomo Amar, the Holy City’s new Chief Sephardic Rabbi.
A CrownHeights.info reader captured the moment as four Bochurim, whose batteries were recharged during an uplifting month of Tishrei in Crown Heights, just barely manage to squeeze into a cab with their luggage as they head to JFK airport to return to the Holy Land for the remainder of the year.
On Chol Hamoed Sukkos, the children housed and cared for by the Beis Chaya orphanage in Moscow were treated to a special Simchas Beis Hashoeva event.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Monday criticized his predecessor Rudolph Giuliani for objecting to the Metropolitan Opera’s performance of The Death of Klinghoffer and defended the Met’s right to stage the controversial performance that has been labeled anti-Semitic, the New York Daily News reported on Monday, hours before the play was set to open.
A fire broke out in the bathroom of a first floor apartment on Lefferts Avenue, forcing dozens of building residents to flee their apartments.
A grand outdoor Simchas Beis Hashoeiva took place in Monsey on Sunday Chol Hamoed Sukkos. Nearly 2,000 men, women and children participated in dancing, singing and celebrating Zman Simchaseinu.
In a few short months, Marco Jenau will be completing the three-year cycle of the Rambam’s Mishneh Torah with “Rabbi Gordon Live” as he whips along Germany’s autobahn highway. Michael Hirsch, who has been streaming Rabbi Joshua Gordon’s classes on Torah and Tanya for years, will toast the completion with a slug of coffee as he studies at dawn on the east coast of the United States. During the wine dark night in Norway, Ole Mads Sirks Vevle will tune in for a class that started in Chabad of Encino, CA, and has grown into one of Chabad.org’s most popular online video classes worldwide.
When Rabbi Yosef Wilhelm and his wife, Devora, moved to Manhattan five years ago, they had a list of about a dozen names of young adults in the area.
In the early days of Chabad’s presence in Los Angeles, a mobile Sukkah offers Jewish students and faculty members of UCLA, as well as local Jewish residents, the opportunity to perform the Mitzvah of Arba Minim. Can you recognize the young Lubavitcher in the photo?
On the occasion of Reb Levi Yitzchok of Berditchov’s yahrzeit on the 25th of Tishrei, we present the following amazing personal story as related by a survivor of the holocaust, written by Rabbi Sholom Dovber Avtzon.
Three men mugged a 21-year-old woman in Crown Heights earlier this month, tackling her and punching in the face repeatedly – breaking her nose – before stealing her cellphone and purse.
Today is the yahrtzeit of Reb Aharon of Zhitomir, a student of Reb Levi Yitzchok of Berdichev and author of the sefer Toldos Aharon. For the occasion, dozens of Jews arrived in Zhitomir, located in western Ukraine, to pray at his gravesite.
Mendel Levin (Kensington, NY) and Miri (Bas R’ Nochum) Schtroks (Crown Heights)
A brand new Honda Accord belonging to a member of Anash, which was parked on President Street between Kingston and Albany Avenues, was the latest victim of the mysterious wheel thieves who have been operating with impunity and devastating vehicle owners all over Crown Heights over the last couple of years.
On the 4th day of Chol Hamoed Sukkos, the 7th grade of Oholei Torah participated in “The Amazing Sukkah Hop,” which was organized by Levi Druin.
This morning, a rescue team operating in Nepal discovered the body of Michal Cherkesky, an Israeli woman who died during a surprise avalanche while hiking the Himalayan Mountains last week.
Hundreds of Jews across the island of Montreal were able to shake the Lulav and Esrog on Chol HaMoed Sukkos thanks to an environmentally friendly alternative to the traditional Sukkahmobile.
Chananya and Sherel (nee Liberty) Levy (Crown Heights)
A suspected thief was arrested after attempting to ‘sell back’ a stolen iPhone to its owner. Collaboration between the victim, Shomrim and the NYPD led to the recovery of the phone and the victim’s money.
Yitsy and Ahuva (nee Kittner) Drelich (Milwaukee, WI)