Memory Lane: Beth Israel of Borough Park (II)

In last week’s installment of our Boro Park of yesteryear column we became acquainted with some of the early history of this venerated.... read more

Memory Lane: Beth Israel of Borough Park

August-November of 1919, the history of Congregation Beth Israel of Borough Park was fashioned, and the ripples of the dedication and passion of.... read more

Memory Lane: Chevrah Anshei Lubawitz of Boro Park

In the year 1920, the wealthier members of Congregation Beth El on 12th Avenue and 41st Street broke ground for a grand new temple at 48th Street..... read more

Memory Lane: Rav Shmuel Tzvi Wein, zt”l, The Vyzoner Rov

Rabbi Ben Zion Eisenstadt, the famed biographer and historian of Rabbonim of the last two centuries writes regarding Rav Wein: “Of the Rabbonim.... read more

Memory Lane: Rav Yaakov Meir Kahana-Shapiro - Part 2

Continuation from last week  read more

Memory Lane: Rav Yaakov Meir Kahana-Shapiro - Part 1

The Kahana-Shapiro family traces its roots to Krakow of yore, where their famed ancestor and patriarch, Rav Nosson Nota Spira, known as the.... read more

Memory Lane: The Zeks; Six Friends from Boro Park in the 1920’s

This story is about a tight knit group of friends who spent their blissful childhood in Boro Park of yesteryear…close to a century ago. As we.... read more

Memory Lane: Rav Yehuda Altusky, zt”l

It is rare—even among the great Rabbanim that we profile here—to meet a Rav who came to America at the turn of the century, and lived to raise.... read more

Memory Lane: The Skverer Admorim of Boro Park

In the year 1929 there arrived a Rebbe, a leader and a shepherd in the neighborhood of Boro Park. In those early days, when Boro Park was far from.... read more

Memory Lane: Reb Yissaschar Thau

Standing up for the Honor of Shabbos in 1922On November 11, 1922, a letter appeared in the Yiddishes Taggeblat column “licht un.... read more

Memory Lane: Harav Meir Shimon Pinsky, zt”l

The “downstairs minyan” in the basement of the Sfardishe Shul was where the old-time European men found their place in the chevrah.... read more

Memory Lane: Adas Israel Anshei Sfard

Adas Israel was established in lower Manhattan, at 291 Broadway, in the late 1800’s. Newspaper accounts of the times note that they would be.... read more

Memory Lane: Rav Mordechai Halperin, z”l.

Rav Yechiel Mordechai Gordon was a unique figure in the pre and postwar era in American Jewry. He was the son in law of Rav Eliezer Shulevitz, the.... read more

Memory Lane Morris Bienenfeld, z”l

Benevolence and Tragedy in Boro Park of YesteryearIn the year 1920, a 17 year old young man from Poland disembarked the ship in New.... read more

Memory Lane: Reb Leibel Emert, z”l, Legendary Shammos of Bnei Yehuda

For half a century, Congregation Bnei Yehuda—which recently celebrated its centennial—wastended to by its legendary gabbai who.... read more

Memory Lane: The Banks of Boro Park II

It is a common observation in Boro Park of today that nearly every retail store on 13th Avenue that closes due to.... read more

Memory Lane: The Banks of Boro Park

It is a common.... read more

Memory Lane: Boro Park’s Washington Cemetery

Washington Cemetery— situated at the top of Boro Park—was consecrated as a Jewish cemetery around.... read more