With Our Thanks:

-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

Irwin Hochberg, 89, ‘Zionist Giant’


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’

In Remembrance of Henry Foner

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.

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.

Fyvush Finkel – Will Always Be Remembered

BJHI celebrates the life of Fyvush Finkel. We are honored we could induct him into the Class of 2015 Brooklyn Jewish Hall of Fame. A real Brooklynite, who was wise, entertaining and downright funny. We will always love him.

Muhammad Ali

by Joe Dorinson

In song, Bob Dylan declared: “The times–they are [were] a-changing.” Joe Louis fell out of favor in the 1960s, a turbulent period of jangling discord and generational conflict. Images collided in this decade: love beads, miniskirts, Beatlemania, bombing in Birmingham, marching to Selma, setting sun in Alabama; rising sun in Japan. Out [more …]Muhammad Ali

Memorial Day 2016


7 Syrian Community Soldiers Killed in World War II and A Prayer for the United States Armed Forces


On Memorial Day, as we think about our Nation’s fallen soldiers, those brave individuals who died protecting us from threats foreign and domestic, and protecting and liberating others from the threats that faced them, let [more …]Memorial Day 2016

My Friend Louie

Submitted by Bill Morgenstern

It was 1933 in the middle of the depression. Sam, my father had found out in October, 1929 that his entire fortune was wiped out. He would need to liquidate his successful curtain rod factory with 600 employees to pay for the margin call.

Although Sam was a moderately religious [more …]My Friend Louie


NOVEMBER 10, 2015 – Paul Kasmin Gallery is pleased to announce the unveiling of Deborah Kass’ first large-scale public sculpture OY/YO, now on view in Brooklyn Bridge Park through August 16, 2016. Commissioned by Two Trees Management Company and presented in partnership with Brooklyn Bridge Park, the sculptural installation will coincide with No Kidding, [more …]DEBORAH KASS UNVEILS OY/YO SCULPTURE IN BROOKLYN BRIDGE PARK

Avi Hoffman and Suzanne Toren on ‘Death of a Salesman’ and Yiddish

Avi Hoffman and Suzanne Toren, who star in the New Yiddish Rep’s production of “Death of a Salesman.” Credit- Ian Douglas for The New York Times


Before he was a salesman, Willy Loman was a peddler on the Lower East Side.

You won’t find any [more …]Avi Hoffman and Suzanne Toren on ‘Death of a Salesman’ and Yiddish

Brooklyn Jewish People in Photos

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