Sterling Electronics has been partially cleaned out in a quiet move Thursday night. Many Crown Heights residence witnessed as moving trucks pulled up to the store and workers began removing the merchandise from the shelves. This comes following the revelation of the stores involvement in the recent Credit Card “swipe for points” scandal that left many with tens of thousands, and some with hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt.
The Crown Heights Jewish Community Council will hold elections for the first time in eight years. The news was released in a letter sent to the Rabonim of Crown Heights, and signed by Executive Director Eli Cohen.
On the heels of a recent controversy involving a Rabbinic prohibition on attending an event titled “MicDrop,” in a recorded interview Rabbi Shea Hecht likened the phenomenon to the Call of the Shofar, a cult-like therapy program. R’ Hecht has now doubled down on his claims saying, “not only is it another Call of the Shofar, it is ten times worse.”
Rabbi Shea Hecht, an author on Jewish psychiatric interventions and cults, has weighed in on the Mic Drop trend. In a conversation with CrownHeights.info, he firmly rejected the Mic Drop events, making strong arguments that they will hurt many people.
Following the rise of the Mic Drop trend, the Beis Din of Crown heights has published a letter banning the event. The prohibition, based on Halacha, bans the event for Anash.
When the mezuzah scandal broke, many asked how could it be that not a single issue was found with just one of the stores in question? With the help of independent sofrim the question is answered.
Jumaane Williams, who is running for NYC Public Advocate, visited Crown Heights Sunday evening to meet with community leaders, and discuss local concerns.
Today at the the Sunday Kollel, there will be an in depth shiur about the Mezuza controversy which has captured the Chabad airwaves for the past ten days. The Shiur will be given by Rabbi Yehuda Clapman Shlit”a, and the and will be streamed live on the internet.
Rabbi Veiner of Eretz Yisroel, whose Halachik response was used to justify claims of Posul Mezuzos being sold on Kingston Ave, clarifies his Halachik response. In it, he distances himself from any conclusions made on the mezuzos.
The Mezuzah Scandal has taken another step, as Rabbi Wolf of Chicago responds to the Hazmanah sent by Vaad Rabonai Lubavitch. His answer, he will only go to a Beis Din in his home town of Chicago
Following the recent allegations of Posul Mezuzos being sold in Crown Heights, one of the establishments targeted has released a letter to its customers standing behind its sale of STaM.
In the wake of an alleged mezuzah scandal, and a wave of public worry, Hamafitz STaM gets a Hechsher on all its STaM sold.
A letter published by the Bes Din of Crown Heights addressing low quality and questionable Mezuzos and Tefillin has surfaced on social media. The letter is dated Chof Daled Kislev, 5747.
Following a viral video made by a Chicago Rabbi claiming that Crown Heights Sofrim were selling Posul Mezuzos, the establishments targeted are firing back. An analysis of the methods and Halochos point to a different story, say the sofrim, and now its going to Beis Din.
A massive affordable housing development is planned for the southern section of Crown Heights. The fine print, nearly all of Crown Heights area residents will not be eligible.
This coming Motzai Shabbos, January 5th, Crown Heights Hatzalah will be hosting a symposium for the members of the Crown Heights community. In conjunction with Maimonides Medical Center, Crown Heights Hatzalah symposium will touch on health questions and issues of the community.
The majority of NYC council members including councilman Chaim Deutsch, sent a letter to NYS Education Department to raise concern about their guidelines for private schools.
The NYS Education Department released guidelines about equivalency of instructions that nonpublic schools are required to provide. In the guidelines, it would appear that a required five to six hours would need to be provided for secular studies a day.
A Williamsburg man who was convicted of gang assault and related charges for his role in the brutal beating of Taj Patterson has his conviction overturned and indictment thrown out.
The “Greater Crown Heights Eruv” has been down for nearly two weeks, says a CrownHeights.info reader who sent us photos of the break in the Eruv. Update: Eruv custodians reached out following the publication of this article, and clarified that the Eruv was never actually “down,”
Crown Heightses 71st police precinct will be getting a new and first of its kind “community lounge,” whose aim is to change community perception and daunting feeling of entering a police precinct. The new initiative was announced at a press conference lead by New York City’s mayor Bill DeBlasio in Crown Heights.
In Sundays edition of the New York Daily News, Avi Schick, a lawyer and a former New York Deputy Attorney General who is representing the targeted yeshivas, points out a “false note” in the letter from the Department of Education alleging that they were denied access to some yeshivas, and goes on to clarify that those yeshivas do not receive government funding.