A Hasidic man carries a sign saying Jewish religious law demands a just legal system. Photo: Mo Gelber.
A Hasidic man carries a sign saying Jewish religious law demands a just legal system. Photo: Mo Gelber.

More than 100 members of the Crown Heights Hasidic community took to Eastern Parkway in a Black Lives Matter march, almost 30 years after racial tensions between the black and Jewish communities caused riots and destruction in the neighborhood.

Wearing traditional clothing with strollers in tow, members of the Chabad community marched from Kingston Ave to Franklin Ave carrying homemade signs in an act of solidarity with their black neighbors. The march was organized through a WhatsApp chat started for politically progressive Jews, many of whom had wanted to attend bigger protests organized following the death of Black man George Floyd at the hands of police, but had been nervous, an organizer told Business Insider.

Maayan Zik told Business Insider it was an attempt to make sense of this political crisis, “How would you respond to family members who talk about touchy subjects in real life and on social media?”

Zik said the aim of the march was to show solidarity with the black community, amplify black voices and create an awareness amongst the Jewish community about racism.

Lifelong Crown Heights resident Felicia Gomes told the Forward she hoped the march, “was the beginning that will actually change what people feel in this community.”


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Anna Bradley-Smith

Anna Bradley-Smith is Brooklyn-based reporter with bylines in NBC, VICE, Slate and others. Follow her on Twitter @annabradsmith.

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  1. This is so wonderful and inspiring! As a lefty-progressive Jew, I am thrilled to see these young Chassidim joining in the fight for justice and equality for Black Americans – and, ultimately, for all people. Now THIS is true Yiddishkeit! Love to my Chassidic sisters and brothers.

  2. How can Black lives matter. When the homes in flatbush lefferts gardens. Are being stolen by DEED fraud. By members of the Jewish community. We need new city council. I OWNER my home for 13 years..MENDEL Pershin a member of the Jewish community. Is still trying to steal my home. Only thing that saved my home. Is that I have my ORIGINAL DEED and tile. The council knows. Look at my home LISTING 425 Rutland rd. BROOKLYN ,NY.. It makes no sense. BLACK HOMES MATER.

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