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Cultural tours of Chassidic demystify the community to outsiders

In the shadow of skyscrapers, billboards and broadcast towers, in the midst of America’s most populous city, there’s a community where children grow up with no TV. They don’t eat McDonald’s burgers, watch movies, read magazines or listen to the radio, and they spend long hours studying religion. No, they’re not all grounded. Crown Heights …

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A walking tour in Crown Heights opens the door to the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community.

By Philip Rosenbaum, CNN, and Ryan P. Casey, Special to CNN New York (CNN) – When he was 18 and still living in his hometown of Chattanooga, Tennessee, Beryl Epstein received a call from his older brother, Mordechai, who was about to join the Israel Defense Forces. Mordechai urged his younger brother to come to Crown Heights, a …

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Passover Profile: Inside An Orthodox Matzo Bakery

The Jewish holiday of Passover, also known as the “Feast of Unleavened Bread,” begins at sundown March 27. The holiday commemorates the Israelites’ liberation from slavery in Egypt thousands of years ago. The Bible says the Jews left Egypt so quickly, they did not have time to let their bread rise.To this day, Jews recall …

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Brooklyn’s Turn

By Eric HublerSpecial to The Washington PostSunday, October 25, 1998If You Like Manhattan’s… You’ll Love Brooklyn’s…Central Park Prospect Park (both Frederick Law Olmsted-designed masterworks of urban greenery)The Chrysler Building The Williamsburg Bank (a fantasy of gargoyles and curlicues, long the tallest building in Brooklyn, still the most fanciful)The Met The Brooklyn Museum of Art (near …

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A Life Apart Hasidism In America INSIDE THE COMMUNITY: A HOLY LIFE

An outsider visiting a Hasidic neighborhood in Brooklyn is likely to be struck immediately by just how Hasidic it looks. The Hasidic parts of Crown Heights, Williamsburg, and Boro Park are lively islands of traditional Jewishness in the midst of larger, racially diverse, working and middle class neighborhoods. The stores have signs in Yiddish and …

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TOUR CIRCLES HASIDIC WORLD

“RABBI BERYL EPSTEIN’S Tennessee-bred charm has been his greatest asset in conducting tours through the Hasidic heart of Crown Heights for the past 14 years. But he thinks that the 24-seat bus he recently added might help him just as much. “Until now, people have had to go out of their way to go on …

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Social Calendar

We were part ofJewish history. We were part of the magicalworld of Hasidism. We were privileged to be in the hallowedscene at 770 Eastern Parkway on Slichos morning. The aura ofthe blessed Rebbe frames every inch of the sanctuary, everysquare of the renovated and venerated building.We were part of the inaugural Hasidic Tours, that leave …

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MEN IN BLACK HASIDIM TOUR MIXES SECT APPEAL, FAITH IN TECHNOLOGY

Most New York tour guides will show you the holy trinity: Ellis Island, Empire State Building, Planet Hollywood. But Rabbi Beryl Epstein will show you a different kind of holy: Hasidic Crown Heights. Just as on any other tour, you pay your money ($15) and wear comfortable shoes. But instead of being herded through New …

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