By COLlive reporter
The location of the annual Crown Heights Kaparos, an ages-old Jewish ritual before the Yom Kippur day of atonement, will be moved from the offices of the NCFJE on Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn.
This year’s new location will be at the parking lot of Bais Rivkah High School on Montgomery Street, behind 310 Crown Street. NCFJE said in a statement that the change, for the first time in 40 years, is done because of “various reasons.”
NCFJE Chairman Rabbi Shea Hecht stated that “notwithstanding the pending legal action seeking to declare the practice of kaporos illegal, NCFJE will continue to offer kaporos to the community at $5 per chicken.”
He added that the New York Post report that states that the case has been won wasn’t accurate.
The Alliance to End Chickens as Kaporos had gone to court to try to have the judge issue an injunction against using chickens for kaporos, he explained.
On Monday of Rosh Hashanah, Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Debra James denied the request for the injunction. In October, the next court hearing will take place to deal with the other allegations of illegalities connected to the practice of kaporos.
Rabbi Hecht said the court case has forced NCFJE to allocate a large amount of funds and manpower to protect the minhag of kaporos.
It was his father, Rabbi JJ Hecht OBM, that worked to bring the mostly forgotten age-old custom back to the Jewish community. “NCFJE is and has always been strongly committed to making kaporos available to the greater Jewish community in and around New York City,” his son said.
Kaparos at Beis Rivkah this Sunday will be available from 1:00pm-8:00pm for Crown Heights residents at $5 per chicken as in past years. Many residents have expressed gratitude for this low cost option, since other kaporos centers charge as high as $18-$25 per chicken.
Particularly this year, we appreciate the community’s support and participation in kaporos, NCFJE said.