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-Former Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz
-Former NY City Councilman Michael C. Nelson

Councilmembers: -Darlene Mealy, Stephen Levin, Chaim Deutsch, David Greenfield

-Jim Goldman, Charles Diker, Lloyd Handwerker, Hon Alice Fisher Rubin, Lowell Rubin, Raoul Felder bhs-logo2

Brooklyn Jewish People in Photos

August 3, 2015

Some of the Better Known Jews from Brooklyn [Show slideshow]

The Arts

January 3, 2013

Brooklyn is famous for its writers, as well as its visual and performing artists. Much of the latter talent has been forged through the public high school system. “SING,” an annual Brooklyn high school tradition of student-run musical theater production, which was started by a music teacher at Midwood High School in Brooklyn in 1947, [more …]The Arts

Synagogues and Jewish Centers

December 18, 2012

Brooklyn synagogues are important centers for Jewish communities. For generations, synagogues in Europe and the Middle East were primarily for adult male prayer and study. In the US, they began to expand their roles to include other spiritual, cultural and educational activities for the whole family. The synagogue became a place to congregate, to celebrate [more …]Synagogues and Jewish Centers

My Brooklyn Jewish Experience

Growing up as a Jew in Brooklyn involved unique experiences. It could have been playing stickball in the one of the borough’s many parks, enjoying the beaches of Coney Island in the summer, playing street games after school, taking in a Brooklyn Dodgers game or weekend matinees.

Whatever it was, we would love to hear [more …]My Brooklyn Jewish Experience

Brooklyn, the Most Jewish Spot on Earth

February 2, 2018

By Hilary Danailova January 2018

The Williamsburg Bridge opened up Jewish migration to Brooklyn. Today, it is a gateway to the famous hipster neighborhood of the same name.

A dozen years ago, I moved from a Park Slope brownstone to a rent-controlled apartment south of Kings Highway in Brooklyn. It turned out to [more …]Brooklyn, the Most Jewish Spot on Earth

Irwin Hochberg, 89, ‘Zionist Giant’

October 22, 2017


Former UJA-Federation board chair was a leading activist and philanthropist.

Irwin Hochberg, a former chairman of UJA-Federation of New York’s board of directors who helped shepherd the 1986 merger of United Jewish Appeal and the local federation, died in his Manhattan home of natural causes on Oct. 11. He was 89.

[more …]Irwin Hochberg, 89, ‘Zionist Giant’

Branching Out From Sepharad: Traces Community History And Selected Rabbinic Dynasties

August 9, 2017

After 15 years of research, BJHI Co-chair Sarina Roffé has completed Branching Out From Sepharad (New York: Sephardic Heritage Project, 2017). Dedicated to her grandparents, Joe and Frieda Missry, Roffé outlines the global journey of selected rabbinic families from Iberia to Syria to the Americas.

With the Foreword written by Dr. Walter Zenner A’H, Branching [more …]Branching Out From Sepharad: Traces Community History And Selected Rabbinic Dynasties

The Story of the Butterfly

July 19, 2017

by Cecelia Margules

Approximately 30 years ago I commissioned Ann Froman, a noted sculptor, to fulfill a vision of a butterfly wrapped in barbed wire atop a granite pedestal containing the poem “The Butterfly” by Pavlov Friedman an inmate of Terezin concentration camp, who perished in Auschwitz in 1944. “The Butterfly” graced the courtyard [more …]The Story of the Butterfly

The Dime

June 24, 2017

The Dime — excerpted from “The Scorekeeper,” a memoir published in 2017 by Joy Media LLC

I never thought of us as poor. We gave to the poor. My grandmother defied arthritic legs trudging from neighbor to neighbor to collect clothing and food for displaced Holocaust survivors in Europe and my mother always found a [more …]The Dime

I Love Jesse

June 17, 2017

In describing the pugilistic antics of his older brother, Harvey, Jerome Charyn evokes painful memories of bias in Brooklyn. To be sure, my Jewish friends in Williamsburg excelled in their studies and some starred in sports; but as fighters we proved less than potent. One exception, however, deserves mention.

When a near pogrom visited our [more …]I Love Jesse

Brooklyn’s Changing Neighborhoods a Reflection of Jewish Diversity and Immigration

February 6, 2017

By Sarina Roffé

Neighborhoods in Brooklyn are a direct reflection of the changing ethnicities and religions of the people who live in them. During the last 100 or so years, Brooklyn has embraced Jews from all over the world, and holds first place for having the largest Jewish population on the planet.

Brighton [more …]Brooklyn’s Changing Neighborhoods a Reflection of Jewish Diversity and Immigration

In Remembrance of Henry Foner

January 30, 2017

By Joe Dorinson

Contact with Henry Foner, an outstanding union leader, political activist, and talented musician, resulted from my bid to honor Jackie Robinson with a major conference at LIU Brooklyn, then my home away from home for thirty years. With a modest budget, I tried to get a galaxy of baseball luminaries, journalists, writers, [more …]In Remembrance of Henry Foner

An Interview With The First Hasidic Woman Elected To Public Office In The U.S.

January 9, 2017

Judge Rachel Freier. (Jordan Rathkopf)

In September, attorney and Hasidic community activist Rachel Freier won a contested primary for a civil court judgeship in Brooklyn’s 5th Judicial District. Freier easily carried the November general election, and this week she took her seat on the bench as a civil court judge. Freier, who attended Touro [more …]An Interview With The First Hasidic Woman Elected To Public Office In The U.S.

Samuel Leibowitz: A Mentsch for All Seasons

December 8, 2016

By Joe Dorinson

The recent death of civil rights lawyer Jack Greenberg as reported in the New York Times (Obit, Oct. 13, 2016) recalls the once close, though later frayed link between American Jews and African-Americans in the common quest for social justice. After our successful second induction ceremony into the BJHI Hall of Fame, [more …]Samuel Leibowitz: A Mentsch for All Seasons