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The Lubavitch of Brooklyn

In spite of the riots, beatings and muggings that were common in Crown Heights during the 1960’s, the Lubavitch Jews that settled there after escaping the Holocaust never left. Instead, they turned the neighborhood into a surviving Hasidic community, where hundreds of young men are being trained each year to teach Orthodoxy to Jews around the world. 

 The scenes from daily life of the Jewish community are currently on display at the Museum of the City of New York.  The exhibition entitled The Lubavitch of Brooklyn:An Intimate Portrait features 56 photographs by Steve Hoffman who spent over three years making images of Hasidic community life in Crown Heights.

 "Nearly every action of the Lubavitch is deeply connected to the spirituality that governs their lives," Hoffman has said. "The dedication they show to their religious life is inspiring."

 Hoffman documents weddings, circumcision rites, and little boys’ haircuts. Several photographs feature annual meetings of emissaries at the Lubavitch world headquarters in Crown Heights and the pilgrimages to the grave of Late Grand Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the leader of the movement who died in 1994.  Most pictures, however, focus on prayer and the study of the sacred texts of Judaism.

 The Hasidic sect’s formal name is Chabdad-Lubavitch. Chadad is an acronym for the Hebrew words for wisdom, comprehension, and knowledge. The movement originated in Lubavitch, Belarus about 250 years ago. Today, over 15,000 Lubavitch Jews live in Crown Heights.

 "The exhibition is unique because it is a photographic take on this Jewish community," said Kathy Benson of the Museum of the City of New York. "It is also in line with our mission to feature different communities of New York."

The exhibition will run through February 23.

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