The Arts

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, continues today across the city. Students develop their skills in choreography, singing, lighting, building sets,… Read More »The Arts

Synagogues and Jewish Centers

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 life cycle events and social occasions. Many synagogues began to build social halls where a… Read 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 about your Brooklyn Jewish experiences. Click here to share Your Story with us!

African-American Nissim Black for and about Brooklyn’s Jewish community BREAKING NEWS! FUHGEDDABOUTIT!! BJHI asked for it, we got it!! An upbeat rap ballad sung by internationally famous Chassidic African-American Nissim Black for and about Brooklyn’s Jewish community, and we’re told it will be released this week. We call it “We’re Brooklyn”. BJHI’s chair Howard Teich dreamt it, reached out to legendary Jewish songwriter Cecelia Margules who wrote it, she reached out to the brilliant videographer and director Daniel… Read More »African-American Nissim Black for and about Brooklyn’s Jewish community

Duke Snider

The Duke and Me

By Arnold Abrams Let me tell you about one of the most memorable moments of my life. It happened in September 1956, when I was 17 and Sports Editor of the Lincoln Log, published monthly by Abraham Lincoln High School in Brooklyn. Although they hardly needed publicity, Brooklyn Dodger officials had approved my request to do a feature about the pre-game atmosphere of the team’s Ebbets Field clubhouse. I went… Read More »The Duke and Me

Ben Zion Miller

Cantor’s World

The purpose of the organization is to promote cantorial music and the study of Jewish liturgy through lectures on Jewish prayer and cantorial music. A key goal of cantors World is to continue to promote the role of the cantor in bringing inspiration to the community. See data on Cantors, both in Brooklyn and in New York City. 

Rabbi Miriam Grossman

Kolot Chayeinu |Voices of Our Lives

Rabbi Miriam Grossman is a multi-generational Jewish educator, community organizer, and an energizing leader of Jewish ritual. At the heart of her leadership is the idea that through communal ritual and communal action we all can become more spiritually and politically awake- awake to our inner lives and awake to the world around us. She believes that ritual, learning and action all honor our collective ancestors and their dreams of… Read More »Kolot Chayeinu |Voices of Our Lives

Alan Kalter, longtime announcer for David Letterman dies at 78

JEWISH TELEGRAPHIC AGENCY      BY RON KAMPEAS – OCTOBER 6, 2021 5:13 PM. Alan Kalter and his wife, Peggy, attend “Ninety Years of Gallghers” at Gallaghers Steakhouse in New York City on Nov. 14, 2017. (Patrick McMullan via Getty Images) (JTA) — Alan Kalter, his rabbi said, was a “mensch,” a past temple president who dutifully Zoomed into services throughout the pandemic. Kelter died Monday at 78 at at Stamford Hospital… Read More »Alan Kalter, longtime announcer for David Letterman dies at 78

Bernard "Buddy" Rich

Bernard “Buddy” Rich

By BROOKLYN TALES Bernard “Buddy” Rich was an American jazz drummer and bandleader. He is considered one of the most influential drummers of all time. Rich was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. Rich was born in Sheepshead Bay to Jewish-American parents Bess Skolnik and Robert Rich, both vaudevillians. Before he turned two, he was part of his parents’ act on vaudeville, but on breaks he would sneak into… Read More »Bernard “Buddy” Rich

Bronze statue of Ruth Bader Ginsburg unveiled in downtown Brooklyn

Bronze statue of Ruth Bader Ginsburg unveiled in downtown Brooklyn

By TIM BALKNEW YORK DAILY NEWS | MAR 12, 2021 AT 3:50 PM  A 7-foot-tall bronze statue honoring late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was unveiled Friday morning in her proud Brooklyn hometown. Borough President Eric Adams and Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte (D-Brooklyn) pulled a sheet off the 650-pound sculpture in the lobby of downtown Brooklyn’s City Point shopping center as cameras clicked. “She kept that Brooklyn pride and stride as she sat on… Read More »Bronze statue of Ruth Bader Ginsburg unveiled in downtown Brooklyn


Brooklyn Shines

Two of our Brooklyn Jewish Hall of Fame recipients are even more famous these days and add even more luster to the Brooklyn Jewish community. Senator Chuck Schumer, a born and bred Brooklynite, has served in government, starting in the State Assembly, the House of Representatives and of course, minority leader of the US Senate. Chuck, as he is known, now the Majority leader of the US Senate, but can… Read More »Brooklyn Shines