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  • Incoming councilwoman: Knockout attacks may be caused by black-Jewish tension

    December 5, 2013 | 10:50 am

    An incoming New York City councilwoman said the wave of so-called knockout attacks may be caused by tension between blacks and Jews.

    Councilwoman-elect Laurie Cumbo, who was elected to represent the Crown Heights neighborhood and will take office next month, made the statement in...

  • Sucker punch: Brooklyn Jews targeted in ‘knockout’ attacks

    November 26, 2013 | 1:13 pm

    Chava, a student at a Chabad seminary, has lived in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn for six years, but it’s only in the past few days that she started carrying pepper spray in her handbag.

    Her younger brother gave her the deterrent after news hit of a string of recent...

  • For Chabad misfits, a place to call home

    February 26, 2013 | 3:45 pm

    On a freezing Friday night in Brooklyn, a group of 18 Crown Heights residents scurry through the crowds of Jews leaving synagogue and make their way to a second-story apartment on Rogers Avenue for Shabbat dinner.

    Inside, hippie art and vintage John Lennon photos share wall space...

  • Prosecutors drop charges in Brooklyn sex abuse case

    June 27, 2012 | 10:48 am

    Prosecutors dropped all charges against a group of men who were accused of sexually abusing a young Brooklyn haredi Orthodox woman for eight years.

    The Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office dropped the charges on Tuesday against four Crown Heights men accused of raping and forcing...

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  • Can we afford kosher lettuce?

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    January 25, 2012 | 12:35 pm

    On a Monday morning in November, two men sat on the edge of a field in Carpinteria, 85 miles north of Los Angeles. The older one, middle-aged, wiry and bareheaded, had the face of someone who has served in the military, worked in agriculture or, in his case, both. Alongside him was a...

  • Chabad renews push to evict Crown Heights shul’s leaders

    September 28, 2011 | 1:54 pm

    Chabad-Lubavitch leaders have renewed their push to evict the congregational leaders of the Chasidic movement’s main Brooklyn synagogue.

    On Sept. 21, leaders of Chabad’s governing bodies issued vacate notices in a bid to force out the congregational leaders, or gabbaim, who...

  • Al Sharpton: I made ‘mistakes’ during Crown Heights riots

    August 22, 2011 | 10:48 am

    Rev. Al Sharpton says he made “mistakes” during the Crown Heights riots 20 years ago.

    Sharpton has been faulted for playing the role of agitator during three days of riots in which African-Americans rampaged through a Brooklyn neighborhood, killing a Jewish student, after a black...

  • Opinion: Sharpton and the riots 20 years later

    August 22, 2011 | 8:18 am

    On Sept. 17, 1991, almost a month after the tragic car accident that set off the Crown Heights Riots, Rev. Al Sharpton went to Israel to serve the driver of the car, Yosef Lifsh, with a wrongful death lawsuit. When Sharpton arrived in Israel, he was recognized by an individual who,...

  • Yankel Rosenbaum’s brother: Sharpton shouldn’t be on shul’s Crown Hts. panel

    August 18, 2011 | 10:42 am

    The brother of Yankel Rosenbaum, the visiting Jewish scholar murdered in the 1991 Crown Heights riots, is decrying the participation of the Rev. Al Sharpton in a synagogue’s panel discussion on the event’s 20th anniversary.

    Sharpton is scheduled to appear on a four-person panel...

  • America’s Pogrom

    August 12, 2011 | 11:44 am

    It was tense conversation. The editor at NPR (clearly Jewish) was defending the reporting about violence in Brooklyn.  Twenty years ago black mobs had taken to the streets after a car accident that took the life of a black child.  Jews huddled in their homes in fear. Cars were...

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