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A Jewish Response to ‘Knockout’

The Jewish Children's Museum hosted a townhall-style meeting with local non Jewish pupils in an effort to educate and promote understanding. Full Story, Photos

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Boruch ben Tzvi (A"H) 'HaKohaine ' Hoffinger BS"D
February 1, 2014 9:09 pm

Dear Mrs. Devorah Halberstam,
Yes, friendship and kindness are excellent…teaching non-Jews about their profound heritage and empowering them is better.
After leaving ‘Frankel’s Shul’ tonite, ‘Motzei Shabbos’ (2/1/14) I spoke to an Afro-American teenager for 15 minutes. Off course I included ‘The Aleph-Beit Chochmas’ using my ‘promotional material.’ He was fascinated.
See my previous comments.

good job!!!!
February 1, 2014 9:00 pm

keep up the good work!!!!

WAY TO GO.........
January 31, 2014 11:30 am

Fantastic ! Smart, Thoughtful….
Way to Go..
Please keep it up… more positive inter-community connections are what will bring change…
Yasher Koach

January 31, 2014 10:18 am

What a Kidush Hashem. Keep up the great work!

Boruch ben Tzvi 'HaKohaine ' Hoffinger BS"D
January 30, 2014 9:25 pm

Today I spoke to David, an ‘Afro-American’ in the city library located at Eastern Pkwy. & Schenectady Ave for 45 minutes. He loved the talk and asked questions while receiving my promotional sheet. I then spoke to 3 more non-Jews and handed out these sheets. Great responses. G-d willing my ‘7 Noahide Laws’ class will restart to everyone’s benefit.
Unfortunately it’s difficult to get ‘The Aleph-Beit wisdom taught in public schools. There seems to be anti-intellectual resistance. Perhaps soon America will wake up and step out of it’s Neanderthal culture.

From utter darkness
January 30, 2014 8:54 pm

Comes blinding light.
Keep up your great work and spirit Devorie!

"It's one community!"
January 30, 2014 6:42 pm

The Rebbe expressed this to former Mayor Dinkins during dollars… moral education is imperative. Kol hakavod.

moment of silence
January 30, 2014 5:52 pm

all it’s missing is a moment of silence, other wise very good

Looks great
January 30, 2014 2:44 pm

Mrs Halbershtam,

I have not met you, but whenever you are in pictures, you look marvelous kana hora, so pretty and beautiful.

You will surely bring in the goodness from the outside world.


Boruch Nissim Hoffinger 'Here is THE ANSWER!'
January 30, 2014 1:27 pm

Thank you Mrs. Devorah Halberstam and Rabbi Nissen Brenenson. Wonderful! Great! Having been involved in similar undertakings for 3 years, I’ve spoken to (About) 5–800 non-Jews, mostly in Crown Heights. Once I spoke to groups of Afro-American children in Lincoln Terrace Park (So-called ‘Rochester Pk’) and handed out my promotional sheet. Yes, I’ve also spoken in every place you can imagine. Rabbi Nissin Mangel just gave me a big ‘brocho’ and Shmarya Balberg (Our ‘liason’ to The 71st Pct.) handed me $40 to print my ‘promotional sheets.’ But there is a BIG difference in what I do. I teach them… Read more »

January 30, 2014 12:35 pm

best game show host ever!

January 30, 2014 12:00 pm

Instead of fighting we need to show them the beautiful way of Yiddishkeit. We need to educate and try to make peace between ourselves.

Yerachmiel, Sholom Ber, and Gershon,
January 30, 2014 10:25 am

Yasher Koach for bringing our Rebbe’s Message to the World, you are always thinking ahead of the times, and you Give The Rebbe a lot of Nachas at the same time you make an amazing Kiddush Hashem.

Your Fans in Riverdale NY

a positive approach is way more powerful
January 30, 2014 10:20 am

Positivity works, people who learn via positivity are way more receptive, not on the defensive, so yasher koach to Mrs. Halberstam and all those involved, looks like a beautiful event, may it bear many positive fruit.

Education is Key
January 30, 2014 10:00 am

Thank you so much for doing something positive about the knock-out game.

January 30, 2014 9:48 am

I think you miss point. And what does your response has to do with understanding people who are different from you.

take all public school classes
January 30, 2014 9:16 am

This needs to be opened up to all the children of our local public schools beyond this pilot group of 100. Education and exposure dispels myths and ignorance. FYI, this is what the Rebbe wanted.

But wait...
January 30, 2014 8:57 am

can i bring my students for such a trip?! who arranged that?

Very impressed!
January 30, 2014 7:35 am

What did the teens think of the fantastic Holocaust exhibits?

torah contains everything we need to know
January 30, 2014 6:47 am

to no. 9
We have to be a light to the nations! (not the other way around)

Kiddush Hashem
January 30, 2014 3:46 am

This is the biggest Kiddush Hashem I’ve ever saw
nice job!!!!
keep it up!

Brilliant idea!
January 30, 2014 2:23 am

Kol halavod to those who organized this event. Hopefully with many more such events the face of the community will change to a more peaceful one.

January 30, 2014 1:26 am

And Devorah hits home again!

January 30, 2014 12:38 am

So glad this is happening. These are our neighbors, good smart people like us. We should be getting along much better.

Now it’s time to take our kids to visit museums celebrating and explaining African American and Carribean history and heritage.

Hopefully, with education, our children can learn to view each other as individuals and not races.

Great first step.

January 30, 2014 12:20 am

mm levitansky is warm, kind, intelligent,witty and knows the right thing to say! perfect man for the job!!!!!

January 29, 2014 11:45 pm

mm levitansky,doing what he does best!

Beautiful project
January 29, 2014 11:34 pm

So glad to hear all these groups are working together for this kind of education. Yes, these young people are the future and many are good, sensitive kids. continued hatzlacha to all involved!

January 29, 2014 11:17 pm


a humble thought
January 29, 2014 10:56 pm

A special thanks to who ever thought of this and made it happen. Because the Rebbe spoke about combating crime with proper education, which is lacking in the public schools and this is a very practical way of us doing it being that we can’t do much about in-school education.

January 29, 2014 10:44 pm

What a super thoughtful way to cultivate tikkun and be ohr l’goyim, bH!

…Y’never know which of these youths might someday SOON be helping us rebuild the Beis HaMikdosh 🙂

Thank you for such a huge dugma to help bring Moshiach closer!

Smart smart smart
January 29, 2014 10:38 pm

Wow, finally someone thinking with sechel how to tackle some issues. EDUCATE. Whoever thought of this is genius. I’m amazed. I’m not surprised at this wonderful turnout and I think it should happen more often. So many things happen in life because of miscommunication. I’m sure most of these kids will speak to their friends and family about what they saw and heard and these kids would definitely stop a friend of theirs who would want to start a fight with a CH kid the next time they’re walking down the streets. Wow, I’m amazed and happy to see that… Read more »

January 29, 2014 9:44 pm

Mrs. Halberstam is truly the perfect shlucha for this. May you go from strength to strength!