Memory Lane: Boro Park’s Washington Cemetery

Washington Cemetery— situated at the top of Boro Park—was consecrated as a Jewish cemetery around 1850. The only non-Jews buried in the.... read more

Memory Lane: Rav Avraham Moshe Karpel

For approximately 40 years—between the years of 1922 and 1962—a brilliant Rav and talmid chacham resided in Boro Park—having been molded in.... read more

Memory Lane: Rav Avraham Ever Hirschowitz

The groundbreaking for Cong. Beth El, opened in 1907 on Twelfth Avenue, was attended by Rabbi Abraham Hirschowitz, Rav of the shul. Who was this man,.... read more

Memory Lane: The man Who Gave Borough Park its Name

It is hard to believe, but Borough Park was once off-limits to Jews, and the Boro Park club did not allow Jews membership.William Reynolds was a.... read more

Memory Lane: The Asher Dann & Sons Building When Horses and Trolley Cars Roamed Boro Park

The Viznizter Chassidim came to Boro Park early on—as early as the 1970’s. They have inhabited the old building on New Utrecht Avenue on the.... read more

Memory Lane: Simchas Beis Hasho’eiva in Bobov of Yore

One of the most famed highlights in the court of the Bobover Rebbe, zt”l, was the nightly Simchas Beis Hashoei’vah on the evenings of Chol.... read more

Memory Lane: Reb Meshulam Tzvi Gross Torah Brilliance and Sweetness in Early Boro Park

Between the World Wars, the Jewish community of Boro Park was very small. But, like the rest of America, there were giants of Torah and avodah that.... read more

Memory Lane: Rav Avraham Miller, zt”l

In November of the year 1925, a delegation of Rabbanim traveled to Washington  on a mission of gratitude.On October 6, 1925, the president.... read more

Memory Lane: Rev. Moshe Gershon (Morris) Finkelstein, Z”l

Heating the Sfardishe Shul with Coal and KindnessAs we inch closer to the Yomim Nora’im, the unsung heroes are our Shul gabo’im who accommodate.... read more

Memory Lane: Chazzan Yaakov Rappaport, z”l

As we head into the Days of Awe, and the eve of selichos, we turn our attention to Chazzan Rappaport.In 1916 Chazzan Yaakov Rappaport came to.... read more

Memory Lane: Reb Moshe Yehuda Gleicher, z”l

It was Boro Park of the 1930’s, and Zeirei Agudas Yisroel was renting space from Cong. Shomrei Shabbos. Among those young Agudists was a prolific.... read more

Memory Lane: Abels & Gold Realty Co.

It is a grand structure, built with detail and in a distinct style, the way homes used to be built. 1281 39th street, at the corner of 39th street.... read more

Memory Lane: Khal Mincha Chadashah Viznitz

Last week, we profiled the Shabbos that Harav Mottele Chodorov, the Tolna-Viznitzer Rebbe who arrived on these shores in the year 1921, spent in Boro.... read more

Memory Lane: A Chassidishe Shabbos in Boro Park of 1922

It was in the aftermath of the first wave of Eastern European immigration to the Unites States (between the World Wars), and the New York area was.... read more

Memory Lane: Reb Hershel (Hashy) Fisher’s Mesirus Nefesh

In the Nitra Kehillah of Boro Park, there was a legendary ba’al tefillah by the name of R’ ‘Hashy’ Fischer. His incredible heart,.... read more

Memory Lane: Rav Chaim Pinchos Lubinsky; Churban and Rebuilding

As we rise off the ground in mourning for the Beis Hamikdosh, we focus our memory lane on Rav Lubinsky, who experienced the worst imaginable.... read more

Memory Lane: Reb Pesach Dovid Miller

Sometime in the 1880’s, a young bachur, Pesach Duvid Miller from Zborov, in Galica, jostled his way under the Shiniever Rav’s tisch. In the.... read more

Memory Lane: Stewart McDougall’s First House in Boro Park

It is a well-known fact that Boro Park started out as farmland—and it wasn’t all that long ago. The bustling shtetl that we know as such a center.... read more