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by Delia on Jewish Tours
From: Alicante, Spain

Great experience discovering a whole new world. Amazing encounter with the Hassidic community.
Many thanks for the opportunity of getting to know you!.

by Charlie on Jewish Tours
From: New York, NY

Fascinating tour. Completely changed my perspective on the Orthodox community. One of the most enjoyable experiences I have had since moving to NYC. I will definitely recommend to friends.

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  • Walk This Way

    Walk This Way

    New York City was made for walking, but why explore the city with your nose stuck in a guide book? These tour companies can change your view of the Big Apple. By Candace Taylor Jewish Chassidic Walking Tours 718-953-5244; Jewishtours.com. The Chassidic Discovery Welcome Center sponsors walking tours of Crown Heights, Brooklyn, home to the Chabad-Lubavitch Hasidic Jewish movement’s headquarters. You’re unlikely to get a more personal look inside this culture than a stop at the Chabad rebbe’s private library, stocked with ancient manuscripts, religious articles, and a late-nineteenth-century clock that calculates months according to the moon. Visitors also see [...]

  • NYC’S LOUBAVITCH COMMUNITY

    NYC’S LOUBAVITCH COMMUNITY

    SPEND 3 HOURS INSIDE DONE OF THE WORLD'S LARGEST COMMUNITIES OF ORTHODOX JEWS Rabbi Beryl Epstein takes on the role of tour guide when he welcomes tourists into one of New York's most prominent Jewish communities: a group of about 100,000 hassidic Jews living in the north of Brooklyn. The Loubavitch are one of the largest communities of Orthodox Jews in the world with ancient roots in Belarus. Today, their world headquarters is located in New York, in the Crown Heights neighborhood. The tour allows access to sites rarely seen by outsiders: the main synagogue, lunch in the kosher Heimische [...]

  • Ever More Pointing, Talking

    Ever More Pointing, Talking

    By ANNE KADET April 26, 2013 11:11 p.m. ET A very small tefillin. STEPHEN YANG FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL We are living in the golden age of the New York walking tour. No matter what aspect of the city you want to explore, there's an expert guide at the waiting. New Yorkers are increasingly keen on backyard adventures, and those pesky tourists are visiting in record numbers. As a result, the number of NYC licensed tour guides zoomed 63% over the past five years, to 2,678. That's a lot of pointing and talking. Never mind history and architecture. These [...]

  • Top 10 Tours

    Top 10 Tours

    Cultural Tours of Chassidic New York New York City has earned a reputation for its fascinating diversity of religions, cultures and lifestyles, and Cultural Tours of Chassidic New York lets visitors take an inside look at the daily routines of Chassidic Jews living in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. These daily excursions are led by Rabbi Beryl Epstein and are perfect for those in search of a break from mainstream tour locales. Stops include a rabbinical study hall, a synagogue, a matzo bakery and a Judaica store, and give participants an in-depth look at a style of life that’s often misunderstood. After [...]

  • Un rabbin pour guide…touristique

    Un rabbin pour guide…touristique

    Joana Maitre août 30, 2012 Difficile de ne pas les remarquer. « C’est aussi américain que l’apple pie» s’amuse d’ailleurs le « rabbi » sur la vidéo de présentation du « Jewish Hassidic Walking Tour ». On estime que les juifs orthodoxes hassidiques seraient près de 100.000 à New York. Longues barbes et manteaux noirs, femmes péruquées et ribambelles d’enfants… ils intriguent, mais qui sont-ils ? Comment vivent-ils ? Si vous avez soif de connaissance, le Jewish Hassidic Walking Tour est l’occasion d’en apprendre un peu plus. Immersion dans une autre réalité. 10h. Le rendez vous est fixé dans le [...]

  • NYC Jewish Lifestyle Walking Tours

    NYC Jewish Lifestyle Walking Tours

    The city’s ultra-Orthodox Jews took the Pennsylvania Amish on a walking tour of their world Tuesday, saying their communities are naturally drawn to each other with a commitment to simpler lifestyles. “It’s reinforcing to the Amish community to see us Jews living the way the Bible says Jews are supposed to live, and have lived since the time of Moses and Abraham,” said Yisroel Ber Kaplan, program director for the Chassidic Discovery Center in Brooklyn. “The Amish are also living their lives as the Bible speaks to them.” Dozens of Amish residents from Lancaster County, Pa., toured a Hasidic neighborhood [...]

  • Jewish Hasidic Walking Tour in Brooklyn

    Jewish Hasidic Walking Tour in Brooklyn

    Friends, thankfully, lead us in directions we might not go on our own. When my friend, Marian, suggested a Jewish Hasidic Walking Tour in Brooklyn, I said, "Sure," barely familiar with the term Hasidic, but intrigued to learn more. She had discovered the tour after watching a TV segment of Oprah's visit with Hasidic Jews in Brooklyn. My own experience was limited, primarily, to seeing Hasidic Jewish men walking New York streets dressed in dark, loose-fitting suits, black hats with large crowns, often bearded, often with side curls. On the morning of the tour, we met Rabbi Beryl Epstein at [...]

  • take a tour: cultural tours of chassidic new york

    take a tour: cultural tours of chassidic new york

    In the shadow of skyscrapers, billboards and broadcast towers, in the midst of America's most populous city, there's a community where children grow up with no TV. They don't eat McDonald's, watch movies, read magazines or listen to the radio, and they spend long hours studying religion. No, they're not all grounded. Crown Heights is home to a large Chassidic Jewish population, whose way of life sometimes seems like something out of 19th-century Eastern Europe. Cultural Tours of Chassidic New York seeks to demystify the community and its customs to outsiders. Rabbi Beryl Epstein, who leads the tours, came to [...]

  • Tolerance Through Education

    Tolerance Through Education

    Excerpt: The CNN religious blog recently ran an article about a Hasidic walking tour in Brooklyn. Hasidic Jews are generally a fairly closed community. They are deeply religious, many devoting many hours of the day to religious ritual and study. Most of their stores are locally owned. And the negativity that comes from mainstream entertainment and news is commonly something to be avoided. The drawback of a closed community, however, is that outsiders often know little of the people beyond common stereotypes, which are often erroneous. Studying Hasidic culture is certainly one way of learning, but, honestly, how many people [...]

  • In Brooklyn, a Hasidic walking tour opens ultra-Orthodox Jewish life to outsiders

    In Brooklyn, a Hasidic walking tour opens ultra-Orthodox Jewish life to outsiders

    By Philip Rosenbaum, CNN, and Ryan P. Casey, Special to CNN New York (CNN) – When he was 18 and still living in his hometown of Chattanooga, Tennessee, Beryl Epstein received a call from his older brother, Mordechai, who was about to join the Israel Defense Forces. Mordechai urged his younger brother to come to Crown Heights, a largely ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York, where he was studying before heading to Israel. “I knew there must be more – something I was missing,” recalls Epstein, 53, who grew up in a secular Jewish home. His visit to Crown [...]

  • Amish Take Tour of Hasidic Crown Heights – The tour is called “living Judaism”

    Amish Take Tour of Hasidic Crown Heights – The tour is called “living Judaism”

    New York City's ultra-Orthodox Jews are giving the Amish a walking tour of their world. Several dozen Amish residents from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, started the tour earlier Tuesday of Brooklyn's Crown Heights neighborhood with members of the Hasidic Jewish community. Rabbi Beryl Epstein calls the tour "living Judaism." He says both communities are drawn to each other because they are known for old-fashioned dress and resistance to modern amenities. The tour began in the basement of a Hasidic library, as Epstein explained what he saw as the similar ties the communities have. It's the second year that the community has [...]

  • Amish Enjoy Hasidic Walking Tour of Crown Heights

    Amish Enjoy Hasidic Walking Tour of Crown Heights

    Aaron Lapp, left, and Elmer Fisher, second from right, exchange looks with the cutest Hasidic Jewish man ever, before tossing him over one shoulder and running off.(AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) Yesterday dozens of Amish residents from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania caused plenty of confusion as they toured a predominantly Hasidic neighborhood in Brooklyn's Crown Heights; the Amish beards and black hats had workers in a matzoh factory convinced they were Jews visiting from Uzbekistan. Amish visitors John and Priscilla Lapp explained to the AP that, "In some things we are alike, like our clothing and our traditional beliefs. And in some things [...]

  • SECTS & THE CITY IN CROWN HEIGHTS

    SECTS & THE CITY IN CROWN HEIGHTS

    No barns were raised when Hasidic Jews and the Amish joined together on the streets of Brooklyn yesterday, but eyebrows sure were. The 25-strong Amish contingent made the trip by yellow school bus from Lancaster, Pa., to Crown Heights for a second annual guided tour of the life and culture of the Lubavitcher sect. “It’s interesting to see how the Jews live and what they believe,” said Elmer Fisher, 37. “The tradition is similar. They believe what their fathers believed — which is how we believe.” Rabbi Beryl Epstein, who has been giving tours of Hasidic life since 1982, noted [...]

  • NYC ultra-orthodox Jews give Amish walking tour

    NYC ultra-orthodox Jews give Amish walking tour

    Posted: Wed 2:17 AM, Apr 01, 2009 Home / News / Headlines List / Article NEW YORK (AP) -- New York City's ultra-Orthodox Jews have given the Amish a walking tour of their world. Several dozen Amish residents from Lancaster County, Pa., toured Brooklyn's Crown Heights neighborhood with members of the Hasidic Jewish communityon Tuesday. Rabbi Beryl Epstein, a Chattanooga, Tenn., native, calls the tour "living Judaism." The tour began in the basement of a Hasidic library, with Epstein explaining similarities between the two communities, such as their old-fashioned dress. The neighborhood is home to an ultra-Orthodox Lubavitcher sect born [...]

  • Ultra-orthodox Jews give Amish walking tour

    Ultra-orthodox Jews give Amish walking tour

    NEW YORK — The city's ultra-Orthodox Jews took the Pennsylvania Amish on a walking tour of their world Tuesday, saying their communities are naturally drawn to each other with a commitment to simpler lifestyles. "It's reinforcing to the Amish community to see us Jews living the way the Bible says Jews are supposed to live, and have lived since the time of Moses and Abraham," said Yisroel Ber Kaplan, program director for the Chassidic Discovery Center in Brooklyn. "The Amish are also living their lives as the Bible speaks to them." Dozens of Amish residents from Lancaster County, Pa., toured [...]

  • Ultra-orthodox Jews give Amish walking tour in Brooklyn

    Ultra-orthodox Jews give Amish walking tour in Brooklyn

    NEW YORK - The city's ultra-Orthodox Jews took the Pennsylvania Amish on a walking tour of their world Tuesday, saying their communities are naturally drawn to each other with a commitment to simpler lifestyles. "It's reinforcing to the Amish community to see us Jews living the way the Bible says Jews aresupposed to live, and have lived since the time of Moses and Abraham," said Israel Ber Kaplan,program director for the Chassidic Discovery Center in Brooklyn. "The Amish are also living their lives as the Bible speaks to them." Dozens of Amish residents from Lancaster County, Pa., toured a Hasidic [...]

  • Jews and Blacks in America

    Jews and Blacks in America

    New York City’s Crown Heights riots began on August 18,1991, when a car in Lubavitcher Rebbe Menachem Schneerson’s convoy struck and killed a black child. Violence and destruction ensued in the poor, racially divided community. Within hours, Yankel Rosenbaum, a student visiting from Australia, was murdered. The mayhem, which lasted three days, was a tragic indicator of the level of misunderstanding and mistrust that had grown in the previous two decades. For many, like Rabbi Beryl Epstein (opposite page, top photo) o f the Chassidic Discovery Center, a non-profit that educates people about Hasidism, the riots inspired efforts for reconciliation. [...]

  • Celebrating German Unification With Gusto

    Celebrating German Unification With Gusto

    Among the 800 guests jammed into Central Park’s Boathouse for the October 3 celebration of the 16th year of German Unity were Christo and his flame-haired wife, Jeanne-Claude, whose February 2005 “The Gates” installation in Central Park split New Yorkers into pro and con factions. They told me that their latest “wrap” oevre is “The River Project” in Colorado. After a formal receiving line handshake with Germany’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Thomas Matussek, and his wife, Ursula and Germany’s consul general, Hans-Jürgen Heimsoeth and his wife, Lizabeth, guests headed to the buffet table, which were laden with roast [...]

  • Passover Profile: Inside An Orthodox Matzo Bakery

    Passover Profile: Inside An Orthodox Matzo Bakery

    The Jewish holiday of Passover, also known as the “Feast of Unleavened Bread,” begins at sundown March 27. The holiday commemorates the Israelites’ liberation from slavery in Egypt thousands of years ago. The Bible says the Jews left Egypt so quickly, they did not have time to let their bread rise. To this day, Jews recall the event by eating a special flat unleavened bread called “matzo” at a ritual meal. A bakery in Brooklyn, New York is still making matzo by hand, according to ancient traditions. Ten days before Passover, this storefront in the orthodox Jewish neighborhood of Crown [...]

  • PRACTICAL TRAVELER; A Tour of Tours Of New York

    PRACTICAL TRAVELER; A Tour of Tours Of New York

    By BETSY WADE Published: June 11, 2000 NEW YORK CITY'S struggle with New York Apple Tours since a pedestrian was killed May 22 by a company bus whose driver was not properly licensed has put the city's tourism infrastructure in a bad light. The accident led to a state shutdown of the company, pending a hearing Tuesday. But increasingly over the last few years, neighborhoods have complained of violations of bans on commercial traffic on certain streets, of buses idling at the curb for long periods or making illegal stops, and varied other offenses. But there are positive aspects to [...]

  • Brooklyn’s Turn

    Brooklyn’s Turn

    By Eric Hubler Special to The Washington Post Sunday, October 25, 1998 If You Like Manhattan's... You'll Love Brooklyn's... Central Park Prospect Park (both Frederick Law Olmsted-designed masterworks of urban greenery) The Chrysler Building The Williamsburg Bank (a fantasy of gargoyles and curlicues, long the tallest building in Brooklyn, still the most fanciful) The Met The Brooklyn Museum of Art (near Prospect Park and the Botanic Garden) South Street Seaport Museum New York Transit Museum (many consider it the most fun museum in the city) Katz's Junior's (one meal for the price of two and the calories of three) Zabar's [...]

  • A Life Apart Hasidism In America

    A Life Apart Hasidism In America

    INSIDE THE COMMUNITY: A HOLY LIFE An outsider visiting a Hasidic neighborhood in Brooklyn is likely to be struck immediately by just how Hasidic it looks. The Hasidic parts of Crown Heights, Williamsburg, and Boro Park are lively islands of traditional Jewishness in the midst of larger, racially diverse, working and middle class neighborhoods. The stores have signs in Yiddish and Hebrew; the men wear long beards and long black garb, while the women wear wigs or scarves and modest, if often quite fashionable, clothing; the fast food restaurants serve kosher food; special Hasidic school buses carry loads of noisy [...]

  • TOUR CIRCLES HASIDIC WORLD

    TOUR CIRCLES HASIDIC WORLD

    RABBI BERYL EPSTEIN'S Tennessee-bred charm has been his greatest asset in conducting tours through the Hasidic heart of Crown Heights for the past 14 years. But he thinks that the 24-seat bus he recently added might help him just as much. "Until now, people have had to go out of their way to go on the tour," Epstein said. Although larger touring companies, such as Red Apple Tours, have started making incursions into Brooklyn, they pretty much stick to downtown, missing most of the borough's ethnic enclaves. "I contacted Big Apple and Grey Line to see if they would be [...]

  • MEN IN BLACK HASIDIM TOUR MIXES SECT APPEAL, FAITH IN TECHNOLOGY

    MEN IN BLACK HASIDIM TOUR MIXES SECT APPEAL, FAITH IN TECHNOLOGY

    Most New York tour guides will show you the holy trinity: Ellis Island, Empire State Building, Planet Hollywood. But Rabbi Beryl Epstein will show you a different kind of holy: Hasidic Crown Heights. Just as on any other tour, you pay your money ($15) and wear comfortable shoes. But instead of being herded through New York's biggest landmarks, you end up in some of its smallest, including the living room of a bearded scribe calligraphing a Torah scroll. "I wish I could offer everybody a bit more comfortable accommodations," apologizes Rabbi Yehuda Clapman, taking a break from his painstaking task. [...]