Welcome to The Brooklyn Jewish Historical Initiative (BJHI). Explore the dynamic history of Jews in Brooklyn from its early beginnings in the nineteenth century, to its history in the making today. In partnership with the Brooklyn Historical Society, it will maintain this interactive website, organize public programs, maintain records and archives both online and in their original state, create oral and video histories which will be accessible online, and make a range of resources available to the public.
So, explore the site, and join in to Brooklyn’s history. A listing of three Mr.’s Levy in the 1838-9 Brooklyn Directory launches the fascinating trajectory of Jews in Brooklyn, as a remarkable Jewish community grew from these few seeds, expanding exponentially with several waves of immigration, historically fostering both secular and religious activity, and continuing to thrive as a hub of Jewish life today.
BJHI brings the story of Brooklyn’s Jews to life. Be a part of BJHI by contributing your stories, photos and memories to Brooklyn Jewish Experience and Telling Your Story.
By Francesca Norsen-Tate, Religion Editor Brooklyn Daily Eagle
“Nobody in the world, no one, looks out for rabbis like Rabbi Joe Potasnik.”
So spoke Rabbi David-Seth Kirshner, president of the New York Board of Rabbis, on Thursday night. The crowd, which spilled out into standing-room, had gathered to honor Rabbi Joseph Potasnik on the 42nd anniversary of his service to Congregation Mount Sinai. Joining congregants were elected ...
A Coney Island institution for nearly 100 years, Nathan’s Famous Frankfurters has left an indelible imprint on the collective memory and palate of New York and its visitors. Director and grandson of ‘Famous’ Nathan himself, Lloyd Handwerker takes a look back at his family history, the immigrant experience, and Nathan’s pursuit of the American dream through this personal narrative gem. Broadening the scope of Nathan’s history is a ...
by Joe Dorinson
Perhaps the most famous of all modern Olympics was the 1936 “Nazi” Olympics, held in Berlin. Hitler tried to use the Olympic Games to demonstrate the superiority of “pure Aryans” over nations that allowed Jews, blacks and other “mongrel” races to compete on their behalf. Jesse Owens and other African-American track stars embarrassed the Fuhrer by winning most of the gold medals in the ...
By Dr. George Eisen - published in International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame
The following list of Jewish Olympic medalists was compiled by Dr. George Eisen, Executive Director and Associate Vice-President at Nazareth College of Rochester, New York.
Dr. Eisen is the author of many books, studies and articles, including the award-winning Children and Play in the Holocaust, Games Among the Shadows (University of Massachusetts Press, 1988) ...
How a Brooklyn girl named Carol Klein bridged cultures in the ’60s and rewrote American popular song.
by Ted Merwin, Special To The Jewish Week-01/08/2014
She took an unconventional route to superstardom, but it was a soulful road that Carole King traveled.
Born Carol Klein in Brooklyn in 1942, she did not set out to become a performer. In “Beautiful,” the new musical about King that opens this Sunday on Broadway, King’s career as a bu ...
Boerum Hill artist Elke Reva Sudin, 26, recently exhibited an oil painting in Miami through Con Artist, a Lower East Side artists’ space. ‘Showing this painting was personal for me,’ she tells The News.
BY BETH STEBNER / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS - WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2013, 6:47 PM
Blending a complex religious identity in modern painting? Brooklyn resident Elke Reva Sudin has it down to an art.
The 26-year-old Boerum Hi ...
Out of the Lower East Side and its creative constraints
Clever chefs like Moshe Wendel and Itta Werdiger Roth are bringing kosher into the 21st century at eateries like Pardes, Mason & Mug, Blossom and Reserve Cut
BY MICHAEL KAMINER / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS - SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2013, 2:00 AM
When the Lower East Side’s last kosher restaurant closed last month, “oy veys” could be heard all the way to the Bronx.
In its heyday, the ...
BY DAVID HINCKLEY / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS, FRIDAY, JULY 26, 2013, 4:39 PM
Larry David spoke at the ‘Clear History’ panel discussion during the HBO portion of the 2013 Summer Television Critics Association tour.
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Now we know exactly where Larry David’s humor comes from. Not just the borough or the neighborhood or the street, but the exact apartment.
David was on a panel for TV writers here to discus ...
By COREY KILGANNON Published: April 26, 2013 NYTimes
Eli Miller, 79, New York City’s senior seltzer man, hoisted crate after crate of seltzer — weighing 70 pounds apiece — into his van and then draped himself over them.
“I’m running on fumes — the reason I work is, I just can’t stay home,” said Mr. Miller, who has been delivering seltzer in Brooklyn for more than a half-century.
He can afford to retire, but that would mean his customers ...
by Elke Reva Sudin - http://www.algemeiner.com – July 12, 2013
There are two ways people typically explore Hasidic subjects through art. It is either a sensitive portrayal of a tradition they are a part of, or an outsider’s perspective on a strange and unique culture. Brooklyn based artist Michael Levin has done both, and quite successfully at that.
In his new series “Jews of Today” opening July 20th at the 109 Gallery in South Wi ...
Joey Weisenberg’s music workshops—blending a democratic approach with a range of traditions—aim to boost engagement
By Leonard Felson published in Tablet Magazine – june 4,2013
On a recent Saturday evening, as Shabbat began to fade, two dozen men and women, most in their 20s and early 30s, were slowly belting out a long niggun, a wordless melody, sitting in a close circle in the chapel of a Brooklyn synagogue. When their eyes we ...
By JOHN LELAND , New York Times Published: March 9, 2013
At age 6, he was a budding yeshiva student, in white shirt and black hat, with little contact outside the Orthodox Jewish world. At 16, he discovered some things he liked better, punk rock and drugs: marijuana, LSD, eventually crack and heroin. At 26, on the Thursday before the holiday of Purim last month, he was back among the faithful, sort of: side curls flailing, knees jackkn ...
A native New Yorker, Rabbi Linda Henry Goodman, has become the first woman to assume the presidency of the New York Board of Rabbis in the year 2012. Rabbi Goodman has long been a leader in the community, outspokenly fighting to protect women’s reproductive rights and health care, and advocating for marriage equality in New York State. For her advocacy in social justice, the New York Board of Rabbis awarded her the Rabbi Israel and Libb ...
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