Memory Lane: Beth Israel of Borough Park (I)

More than one century ago—in the year 1919—during the months of August-November, the history of Congregation Beth Israel of Borough Park was.... read more

Memory Lane: The Novominsker Rebbe, Rebbe Yehuda Aryeh Perlow, zt”l

Last week we told the story of Rav Menachem Zev Friedman—in honor of his yohrtzeit, 2 Elul—who left Boro Park in the early 1930’s because he.... read more

Memory Lane: Rav Menachem Zev Friedman

Yehuda AlterRav Friedman, who came to Boro Park in the mid 1920’s, was a rare story of a.... read more

Memory Lane: Rav Chaim Avraham Bialik, Rav Hamachshir of Streit’s Matzos

by Yehuda Alter In the Lithuanian town of Yashinovke, lived the elderly and revered Rav, Rav Tanchum Gershon Bilitzky, a.... read more

Memory Lane: Rebbe Menachem Benzion Rottenberg-Halberstam

The Biala-Bilitzer RebbeIn the early 1950’s, the Rav of Maimonides Hospital—or, Israel Zion, as it was originally known—was Rav.... read more

Memory Lane: The 1934 Fire at Congregation Zemach Zedek

In the summer of 1929—the Rayatz of Lubavitch, ailing in body, but with an inextinguishable fire in his soul, arrived in America. He would tour.... read more

Memory Lane: Reb Yechiel Mechel Rabinowitz, Scion of Skolya Dynasty

Yehuda AlterIn Boro Park of yesteryear lived Reb Mechel Rabinowitz Z”L, a talmid chochom, a brilliant mind, an inventor,.... read more

Memory Lane: Pharmacies of Boro Park - A “Then and Now” Journey in Time

by Yehuda AlterPharmacies in Boro Park of yesteryear are a relic of times gone by—when the scent of remedies wafted through the old.... read more

Memory Lane: Rav Chaim Labovitz

Agudas Harabonim/Union of Orthodox Rabbis—the preeminent unifying organization of American orthodox Rabbonim in the last century, and major.... read more

Memory Lane: Rav Eliyahu Moshe Shisgal, zt”l

By: Yehuda Alter One of Boro Park’s greatest Ramim of all time was Rav Moshe Shisgal who molded and shaped talmidim in Yeshiva.... read more

Memory Lane: Rav Moshe Liphshitz

Reb Moshe Liphshitz, a native of Lodz, was the longtime proprietor of Cutlers Cottages in Fallsburg. For fifty years, Reb Moshe infused his.... read more

Memory Lane : Rav Shepsel Friedman

The Southeast section of Boro Park—the area that sits between Bensonhurst and the center of Boro Park—is known as Mapleton, or Mapleton Park..... read more

Memory Lane: Rav Mordechai Aaron Hakohen Kaplan

In the small town of Medewitz, in the Minsk region lay a dying woman. Her parting words to her only 11-year-old son were; “go learn in the big.... read more

Memory Lane: The Lashkkovitzer Rebbe

On 45th Street in Boro Park in the 1960’s arrived the Lashkovitzer Rebbe, a seventh-generation descendant of the Ba’al Shem Tov—and he is.... read more

Memory Lane: Rav Yosef Rosen, A Talmid of Rav Chaim Brisker

Rav Yosef was born in a town near Minsk in 1863 near Minsk to his father Rav Avraham Duber, who was a great lamdan and yarei Shamayim. At a very.... read more

Memory Lane: Yeshiva Eitz Chaim

Yehuda Alter In our last installment, we wrote about the founding of a fledgling Yeshiva Etz Chaim/Hebrew Institute of Boro.... read more

Memory Lane: Yeshiva Etz Chaim/Hebrew Institute of Boro Park I

While the early residents of Boro Park sent their boys to afternoon Talmud Torah’s, in the 1920’s, the need for a full day yeshiva was.... read more

Memory Lane: Rav Chaim Shereshevsky

Boro Park’s Mirrer Minyan was a gathering place for “Alte Mirrer’s” who came to know each other in the glow of their great Rebbi, Rav.... read more