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Guide to the Listen to This: Crown Heights Oral History collection 2010.020

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Anonymous, 2010 May 26

Biographical / Historical

The narrator was born in Brooklyn to Orthodox Jewish parents. After youthful unruliness got her expelled from her Crown Heights Yeshiva in eighth grade, she attended a Jewish boarding school in Chicago where - under the mentorship of its principle - she responded well to the new surroundings and smaller class size. At the time of the interview the narrator had returned to Brooklyn, attended college and founded an outreach program for at-risk teens in her Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn.

Scope and Contents

In the interview the narrator recounts youthful memories, including a 1995 snow storm, as well as her experiences at the Chicago boarding school she attended after being ejected from her Brooklyn Yeshiva in eighth grade. The narrator discusses Jewish traditions and religious rituals in detail, in addition to her college career and interests. She discusses her current work with at-risk teens in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Crown Heights. Interview conducted by Ansie Montilus and Monica Parfait.

Conditions Governing Access and Use

Access to the interview is available onsite at the Brooklyn Historical Society's Othmer Library. Use of the oral histories other than for private study, scholarship, or research requires the permission of BHS. For assistance, contact

Subject Names

  • Schneerson, Menachem Mendel

Subject Organizations

  • Hunter College

Subject Topics

  • African American neighborhoods -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • African Americans -- Relations with Jews
  • Boarding schools -- United States
  • Hasidim -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Jewish neighborhoods -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Judaism -- Hasidic rite
  • Judaism -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Synagogues -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Theology
  • Youthfulness

Subject Places

  • Chicago (Ill.)
  • New York (N.Y.)
  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.) |x Social life and customs
  • Crown Heights (New York, N.Y.)