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Behind the Red Polka Dots

Behind every clown at the Great Parade in Crown Heights was an actual Yeshiva bochur. Photographer Avrohom Perl captured the faces - before and after. Full Story, Photos

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go uncle shneur
June 9, 2013 2:04 pm


Levi Druin!!!!!!!!
May 2, 2013 11:16 pm

Go Levi Druin!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

May 2, 2013 10:59 pm

not true. It is Sholom Zoebb.

May 2, 2013 10:45 pm

You forgot Tante Tzippa and Bubba Raiza!

To 51
May 2, 2013 9:02 pm

What do you mean?! The rabanims takana of 20!

May 2, 2013 8:34 pm

It is actually Motti. I am his chavrusa and I know that Nachum did not dress up as a clown. I don’t know what kind of a neighbor are you to not tell your neighbors apart, but it is Motti.

go levi!
May 1, 2013 10:08 pm

go levi druin!
-ur camper from SF

to #96
May 1, 2013 10:01 pm

ummm… I am actually the Zoebb’s neighbor, and I know for a fact that it is Nochum. Motti is slightly different, but it is extremely hard to tell unless you’re his neighbor, like me

to #72
May 1, 2013 9:58 pm

“…nothing to clown about…” pun intended?

May 1, 2013 9:21 pm

nope. It’s actually Motti Zoebb. But yea, Nochum looks identical since they are identical twins.

To #88
May 1, 2013 10:53 am

His website.
The link was in the article.

May 1, 2013 10:53 am


May 1, 2013 1:46 am

I am also a good photographer. call me, deenee (718) 252 1470

to 3rd to last pic:
May 1, 2013 1:08 am

is your orthodontist Dr. Jennings? Because I go to him and he is really nice and I think I saw you once, but I am not really sure because i just got my braces and it really hurt so I couldn’t think straight so I wouldn’t know for sure. Just curious…..

May 1, 2013 1:05 am

I am shining! My little einekle is on collive!! We love you! Keep it up!
Your Bubby, Zaidy, Great Aunt Miriam, Elter Bubby Shifra, Tante Faige, Fetter Dovid, Fetter Efraim, your second cousin yehoshua, Elter Fetter Zanvel, and Tante Lisa! These are just the people who are standing next to me. the poeple on the phone are: Your mommy, tatty, Zevi, Chaim, Shayna, Sheva Rivky, Debbie, Simcha Gila, Devorah’le, Motti, Schneur, Talli, Gayilie, rochel, and Zusheh! We love you!!!

Is that what I think I see???
May 1, 2013 12:52 am

Is that Nochum Zoebb???????????????????????? Oh my goodness, I did not know you would get up on collive!

Go yonathan guigue !!!
April 30, 2013 11:16 pm

U look the best ;)))

April 30, 2013 10:46 pm

these pics look good. I think I want him for my son’s bar mitzva. What’s his contact info?

April 30, 2013 9:10 pm

Thank u so much for sharing these lovely photos with us.

I spy
April 30, 2013 8:21 pm

LEVI DRUIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

levi druin
April 30, 2013 8:15 pm

gooooooooooooooooo levi druin

i spy
April 30, 2013 4:18 pm

levi druin

Red Polka Dots
April 30, 2013 4:13 pm

LOVE the before and afters….

April 30, 2013 2:26 pm


photographer's opinion
April 30, 2013 9:47 am

What a Kiddush HShm ! AP you did a 1st class photo shoot. This is so much more powerful than the many ordinary photos posted daily. Attention Schluchim and mosdos: A few simple shots can tell a story better than multiple point and shoot or iphone photos. The latter are wonderful mementos but should not be posted indiscriminatly.

Go Eli Spiero
April 30, 2013 9:30 am

from ur uncle downunder

Go fellow Chulon'ers
April 30, 2013 6:38 am

Yanky and Shaul. Great Job!

go levi druin!
April 30, 2013 3:56 am

ur friends down unda

Yoel Vogel
April 30, 2013 3:39 am

You are the best. we loved seeing you from Israel.

go avrohom!!!
April 30, 2013 2:19 am
To number 48
April 30, 2013 1:37 am

Me too

April 30, 2013 1:00 am

Only a Lubavitcher בחור is capable of this extreme level of ביטול. Just think a תלמיד חכם closes his sefer and dons a clown costume בשמחה רבה. Like the tanayam of of old at theבית המקדש on סוכות. Indeed these special חסידים reflect our revered and beloved רבי

April 29, 2013 11:46 pm


April 29, 2013 11:24 pm

Do you know what “Coulrophobia” is? Let me tell you, it is nothing to clown about. My children have Coulrophobia, they are terrified of clowns, and that is no laughing matter. Please be sensitive when I or other mothers ask you clowns to keep your distance from our kids. Some children and adults are simply terrified of clowns. No kidding.

April 29, 2013 11:19 pm

otz you rack

April 29, 2013 10:42 pm

Hope you get newer costumes next time in Yerushalayim! They actually look nice in the pictures. Told my bochur’l that if he ever wears one he’d better close the back so his clothes aren’t peeking out.

An anonymous clown
April 29, 2013 10:37 pm

Avrohom Perl,

Thank you so much for this thoughtful idea of yours. It was a nice feeling to see that the effort we put in to the parade was recognized.

Much Hatzlocho!

April 29, 2013 10:18 pm

You made lots of people happy. May you always merit to do so.
Please though, next time, come over to the second section of the parade (EP between Kingston and Albany) a lot too. There were lots of little kinderlach there that would have loved to see more of you. We did get to see the PJ Crew runnin’ all around, but us folks and kinderlach closer to Albany Ave would have loved to see the clowns and chickens more, especially all the funny antics we got to see a bit from far away.
Thanks for the Simcha

April 29, 2013 10:16 pm

Who was the clown wearing sunglasses?
He went around making everyone smile. He really made a lot of people’s day.
Great job!!

April 29, 2013 10:12 pm

the before and after picture of how your chosson will look on Purim 😉

We love the clowns !
April 29, 2013 10:00 pm

The clowns put everyone in a happy mood ! Hashed Koach for clowning around !

very cute!
April 29, 2013 9:54 pm
great mashpia :)
April 29, 2013 9:46 pm

motty willyshansky

April 29, 2013 9:36 pm

Where is the clown dressd as avremie gerlitzky?

כל הכבוד!
April 29, 2013 9:14 pm

שימחתם אותנו
שימחתם את ילדינו
קידשתם שם שמים!!!!!!!!

I see yoni!!!
April 29, 2013 8:55 pm

wow yonantan you’re #1!!! i’m not sure which pic is the real you…. your cousins from carroll st.

fanz from crown st
April 29, 2013 8:48 pm

shmulie kurtz menachem biston u guys were awsome!!!!!!

April 29, 2013 8:21 pm

love this idea! good job!

April 29, 2013 8:19 pm

yuda bakes!! stop clowning around!
regards from Hawaii 🙂

ch bubby
April 29, 2013 8:18 pm

clowns were the hit of the parade for all the kinderlach waiting to march. yasher koach

April 29, 2013 8:15 pm

gooooo levi druin

the liebostein

April 29, 2013 8:14 pm

Such a cute idea!!

April 29, 2013 7:59 pm

having trouble figuring out which side the clowns are on, and which side there themselves.

Dovid M.
April 29, 2013 7:52 pm

Ah! Now i know

To all shadchonim that were on this page:
April 29, 2013 7:51 pm

Back off the bochrim. They haven’t even gone on Shlichus yet. Be patient. Chill…

April 29, 2013 7:21 pm

Handsome Huda!

OT Zal Bochur
April 29, 2013 7:01 pm

where’s Choni?

April 29, 2013 7:01 pm

To Photographer this is the only album i opened from parade

Toronto 153/155
April 29, 2013 6:49 pm

Love this idea and the pictures Keep up the great great work bro

April 29, 2013 6:32 pm

iv’e sen one of the at camp

to TRC see #25 above
April 29, 2013 6:29 pm

Thanks so much for caring for TRC (the Rebbe’s children)…sincerely, a bubby
p.s. agree with comments # 7, 11, 25, 30, 35 & 40

April 29, 2013 6:12 pm

<3 <3 <3 uuuuu!!!!!!!!!!!

No sleep+redbull
April 29, 2013 6:09 pm

Lets put a smile on that face 🙂

April 29, 2013 6:08 pm

yannkys the best!!
we love him!!!!

April 29, 2013 6:00 pm

looking spiiiiiiiiffy 🙂 best clown by far!

April 29, 2013 5:51 pm

this is one of the most beautiful, expressive and creative posts i’ve seen….amazing!

thank you
April 29, 2013 5:44 pm

so nice

vamos janine
April 29, 2013 5:36 pm

lindo verte 🙂 !
el mas simpatico!!

April 29, 2013 5:36 pm

El único payaso argentino!!!

To effe
April 29, 2013 5:30 pm

Well my eye r telling the truth

April 29, 2013 5:11 pm

Thanks for posting. Talented photographer here!

Clowns :)
April 29, 2013 5:01 pm

Looking Good Even As A Clown!!!!!
Keep it up man!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

April 29, 2013 4:33 pm

regards from Eastern Pkwy!!!!!!!!!!!!

April 29, 2013 4:19 pm

Monsey boys rocking it as usual.

Goldberg, Your eyes say “just woke up” hehe

Go Motti W!
April 29, 2013 4:14 pm

You were awesome! Loved the spirit!

April 29, 2013 4:03 pm

take your pick!

amazing comcept
April 29, 2013 3:56 pm

love it!!!

Friendship circle mother
April 29, 2013 3:43 pm

I wanted to say thank you to the clowns but wasn’t sure how. Here’s my perfect opportunity.
Thank you for noticing our children and showering them with attention – you made them feel like stars! You kept on coming back for high fives and hugs. You put huge smiles on their faces. Thank you!

to 23
April 29, 2013 3:43 pm

As a Kindergarten Morah – I agree!! I was sitting at the fence facing the parade route & the clowns were fantastic this year, throwing candies to my class, handing us a handful of candies for those who didn’t get, making little shows to keep the kids busy…

Mordche Doiv!
April 29, 2013 3:41 pm

Amazing! Thanks for helping Mo-town!

April 29, 2013 3:35 pm

When i was a “bocher” in Yeshiva, the clowns on Lag Ba”omer were called TRC Roshei Teives for: The Rebbe’s Clowns…..
Great job guys! Hatzlacha in learning.

Levi Druin
April 29, 2013 3:34 pm

The highlight of Chaim Tzvi’s day was seeing Levi Druin asa clown at the parade!!!!!!!!! Thank you for running such a nice program in shul.

April 29, 2013 3:25 pm

As a kindergarden teacher I want you to know that no part of the parade is as exciting as the clowns. Every time one of you comes close the entire class gets excited. Keep it up.

Go Mendi !!
April 29, 2013 3:20 pm

Valeu Mendi Goldman !!
Mazal Tov pela Mussi !!
( E.K)

April 29, 2013 3:03 pm

biston go for the knicks

Good for Shiduchem! Thanks for shearing!
April 29, 2013 3:03 pm
Go Avraham Shaya
April 29, 2013 2:53 pm

You got some real cool talent! Your ideas are very creative and out of the box! Lovin it
A relative

April 29, 2013 2:52 pm

Mendy Goldman vc eh o kara!!!
O melhor de todos!!!
Mazal Tov!!

April 29, 2013 2:50 pm

go yacov go

Go Yanky G
April 29, 2013 2:48 pm

Love it!!!

very similar to how bachurim change after marriage
April 29, 2013 2:42 pm
April 29, 2013 2:39 pm

I love how bochurim, in almost all chassidishe stories, have no names. They are just called “bochurim,” not from anywhere, no back-story about them, just completely interchangeable characters.

...I guess clowns really are depressed!
April 29, 2013 2:36 pm

Jk 😀

Great pictures
April 29, 2013 2:31 pm

I love the pictures! So happy to see Eli! Too bad we couldn’t be there to see him live in action!

Yoel vogel
April 29, 2013 2:30 pm


HI from Miami
April 29, 2013 2:29 pm

I see Levy Druin. Keeping with the family tradition. You make us proud

gooo mendy goldberg!!!!
April 29, 2013 2:22 pm
Re #3 Eli
April 29, 2013 2:21 pm

Regards from Slovakia

very enjoyable
April 29, 2013 2:12 pm

thanks for posting

solomon looks gr8
April 29, 2013 2:05 pm

Shauli – u look better in costume than in bochur garb. love u ..

Good Job Avrohom Perl
April 29, 2013 2:05 pm

This was so special of Avrohom Perl since the clowns are amazing but were not mentioned enough. Boys keep up the good work you bring great simcha to everyone.

April 29, 2013 2:02 pm

this is what I would call a HONY moment.. you should send these to him

April 29, 2013 2:02 pm

Regards from Haarlem

Dovid Levi
April 29, 2013 1:53 pm

I got a special preview of this shoot this morning. Very creative and unique. I am thoroughly impressed.

April 29, 2013 1:48 pm

Go Levi Dinerman!! Looking good