diversity Archives

  • The Mediation Center Staff spoke to Lydia Hinton, a long-time community member, about her experiences with food in Crown Heights and her family’s favorite recipe: Creole Gumbo. Lydia’s family comes from North Carolina and St. Kitts in the British West Indies. Much of the food from those areas is similar, she explained, but cooked or […]

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  • Transdiaspora Network (TDN) is a Brooklyn based non-profit organization that conducts culturally-oriented HIV prevention and awareness activities. The organization communicates with at-risk youth, mainly of Caribbean descent, and empowers them to develop their sense of personal responsibility in their relationship with the community. The Mediation Center works with the Transdiaspora Network to reach out to […]

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  • For anyone passing along Eastern Parkway this morning, you might be wondering what the giant celebration outside 770 is all about. (770 Eastern Parkway, or just 770 as it is often called, is the central headquarters of the worldwide Chabad-Lubavitch Chassidic movement.) Today, Jews around the world have the opportunity to fulfill the commandment of […]

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  • On Thursday night, the Leadership Training Institute met at the Mediation Center to learn about Coalition Building. Rabbi Bob Kaplan of Cause NY-JCRC led the session, teaching the group about his extensive experience building coalitions around the world. He stressed the importance of understanding one’s own and the group’s capacity and assessing the situation through […]

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  • The Mediation Center has embarked on a new project, thanks to the help of the Wasser Family. We are co-hosting Sabbath Dinners once a month at the Wasser home, welcoming diverse members of the community to experience what a Friday night dinner is like in a Crown Heights Jewish home. This gives residents of Crown […]

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  • Fifty students from two classes from PS/IS 184 visited the Crown Heights Mediation Center last week to learn about how people of different backgrounds and beliefs work together. The trip to the Center was in preparation for the students study of the Holocaust and beginning to learn about Jewish people. The students spoke with Pastor […]

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  • Actor, director, and screenwriter Scott Prendergast and movie producer Bonnie Timmerman met with Crown Heights Mediation Center staff and residents to discuss Black and Jewish relationships in an effort to do research on an upcoming film. The film will be based on a true story about a young African American performer who must recover from […]

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  • On Thursday, January 29th, 2009, our very own Amy Ellenbogen, Project Director of the Crown Heights Community Mediation Center, spoke at the 20th Rabbi Marshall T. Meyer Interfaith Retreat on Social Justice Confronting Hate Crimes. This event was meant for religious leaders who can play an important role in reporting and addressing hate crimes. The […]

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  • On January 14th the Crown Heights Community Mediation Center launched a new Leadership Training Institute for community members who are dedicated to working together to improve Crown Heights. Thirty people completed the application and interview process and came to our office for the orientation session. The group is phenomenal. There are teachers, city workers, federal […]

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