Last modified March 24, 2016 at 5:12 pm
Tis the season of Purim carnivals, and this year, Chabad Lower East Side is going bigger. It’s the Jewish holiday of Purim. For those observing the holiday, the local Chabad is hosting an “extravaganza” at the perenially vacant 104 Delancey Street. Price of admission is $25/$15 (adults/kids). Patrons can listen to the whole Megillah (Esther, […]
Posted December 7, 2015 at 10:34 am
Today is the first day of Chanukah, the Jewish “festival of lights.” As in years past, Chabad Lower East Side erected two life-size menorahs in the neighborhood to mark the holiday. Both ornaments are placed in highly-visible locations – right off the Williamsburg Bridge on Delancey Street, and just off the FDR at Grand Street. […]
Posted September 28, 2015 at 5:10 am
The Allen Street Hotel is nowhere near completion. Nevertheless, its northern flank has taken a turn toward the divine. In a stroke of ingenuity, congregants from the Lower East Side chapter of Chabad transformed the tattered sidewalk plywood fence into a makeshift Sukkah. The concrete platform – inactive for ages – is essentially the backyard […]
Posted February 24, 2015 at 5:10 am
Prayer is now public on Orchard Street, bringing it all back home. Its a fairly common sight. Rabbi Stone walking Orchard Street in the hours of the Jewish Sabbath trying to attract men for a minyan, wearing the traditional shawl and black hat. “Are you Jewish, my friend” is his go-to pickup line. Stone is […]
Posted December 15, 2014 at 5:39 am
More holiday cheer… For the third year running, a life-size menorah now sits in the Delancey median at Suffolk Street. All the bulbs are currently illuminated ahead of the Jewish holiday of Chanukah, which begins Tuesday at sundown. The Lower East Side chapter of Chabad is responsible for the placement. To celebrate the “miracle of lights,” […]
Posted January 13, 2014 at 11:35 am
The Lubuvichers (i.e. Chabad) hit the city streets yesterday afternoon to spread the message that the Messiah has indeed arrived, and that “we can change the world for good.” We caught the crazy procession as it headed southbound on Bowery and out toward Brooklyn. Their rolling proselytizing machine was composed of twenty-seven U-Hauls dressed in […]
Posted December 10, 2012 at 12:28 pm
This year, Chabad Lower East Side opted for the more ambitious route to celebrate Chanukah in the public square.
Posted October 2, 2012 at 11:48 am
Seeing Jewish Lower East Side as it once was usually becomes a little easier around this time of year. When the High Holidays end, the neighborhood bustles in the run-up to the next celebration. Sukkot.
Posted February 28, 2012 at 11:24 am
When the smoke cleared (literally), a Jewish man in prayer shawl and yarmulke began pacing the area.