Welcome to the Crown Heights Softball League!

CROWN HEIGHTS, Brooklyn [CHI] — While they may not be as well-known as the Yankees, Crown Heights has five of its own home-grown softball teams comprised of young men with an enormous store of energy, a great sense of fun, and a real aversion to babysitting.

The Crown Heights Softball League was founded in 2005 by Zevi Steinhauser and Danny Cole. After four years of playing on a team representing Crown Heights in the Kings County Softball League they got permits to rent a field for their own private games and the two teams with 11 players each played each other every week. Today the league boasts five full-size teams: the Hebrew Hammers, Kloppers, Mulles, Red Heifers, and Skullcaps.

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Machne Mamosh Celebrates Dovid Astulin Day!

CROWN HEIGHTS, Brooklyn [CHI] — Camp Machne Mamosh celebrated the first ever Dovid Astulin Day, this past Friday. H.C.S.T. says “Dovid is not just a bus driver, rather, a bus driver who cares about each and every child going to Yeshivah.”

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Bouncing Babies Evoke Smiles in Monthly Visits to Senior Center

By Reuvena Leah Grodnitzky

A resident of the Atria Woodlands senior living center in Ardsley, N.Y., holds a baby from the Mommy and Me group sponsored by Chabad-Lubavitch of the River Towns in Dobbs Ferry.

ARDSLEY, NY — Once a month for the past year, the mothers and babies represented in the Mommy and Me group at suburban New York Jewish center have helped residents of a local senior center express their still-youthful spirits.

Arrest In Shooting Of 9-Year-Old In Crown Heights


Police in Brooklyn said a child was shot in the head.

CROWN HEIGHTS, Brooklyn — The New York City Police Department planned an 11:30 a.m. news conference on Wednesday to announce an arrest in the near fatal shooting of a 9-year old boy on Monday night.

The Weekly Sedra – Parshas Devarim

The Rebbe says:

1. With this week’s Torah portion we will read and study a new Book in the Chumash (the five books of Moses). So far this year we have experienced the Book of Bereishis (Genesis), the Book of Shemos (Exodus), the Book of Vayikra (Leviticus) and the Book of Bamidbar (Numbers). This Shabbos we begin the Fifth Book- the Book of Devarim (Deuteronomy).

2. It has become a custom to call this week’s Shabbos (Sabbath) “Shabbos Chazon – The Shabbos of the (prophetic) vision”. This is simply because the Haftorah this week begins with the words, “This is the (prophetic) vision of Yeshayahu son of Amotz…”.

3. The Rebbe brings an additional reason as to why this week’s Shabbos is called “Shabbos Chazon – The Shabbos of the (prophetic) vision”:

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Jordan Jurkowitz – Jewish AZ

Shalom Goldberg, left, and Levi Eisenberg
recently spent a week visiting Jewish
inmates at Arizona prisons as part of The
Aleph Institute’s National Summer Visitation

PHOENIX, AZ — Two rabbinical students visited Arizona prisons during the week of July 8-15 as part of The Aleph Institute’s National Summer Visitation Program.

Levi Eisenberg, 22, from Brooklyn, N.Y., and Shalom Goldberg, also 22, from Toronto, met in Arizona on July 6. They rented a car and drove to various prisons around the state, visiting Jewish inmates. After their week in Arizona, they traveled to New Mexico, Utah and Colorado.

Video of the Day – Consistency

This weeks Living Torah, titled “Consistency” (Volume 51, Episode 204)

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Op-Ed: An Open Letter to Parents and Educators

by Rabbi Shea Hecht

Dear Parents and Educators, sheyichye

In the course of each week I meet people to discuss different issues.

Just last week, a young man sat at the other side of my desk and asked me for advice. He is involved in activities that are not good for his emotional, physical and spiritual health and he was looking for a way out.

In the course of our discussion, we went through each negative behavior and how it began; it all boiled down to that the boy got involved in this detrimental conduct because of a lack of self esteem.

In Ukraine, Restoration of Synagogue in Full Swing

HERNOVTSY, Ukraine [FJC] — Now that the Jewish community of Chernovtsy has succeeded in gaining title to the historical Synagogue on Sadovskiy Street, works aimed at its restoration are in full swing. With respect to the building’s transfer to the local community, fortunately the Chernovtsy City Administration was very cooperative at a time when it really counted.