The Crown Heights Mediation Center hosted participants from the “We Are All Brooklyn” (WAAB) Fellowship last month and heard from some Jewish leaders.
We Are All Brooklyn is an inter-faith community coalition that hosts young, emerging Brooklyn leaders as fellows each year. This session used Crown Heights as an example of how this neighborhood works to utilize diversity as a strength of the community.
Participants heard from a range of speakers, including Rabbi Eli Cohen, Executive Director of the Crown Heights Jewish Community Council, Pastor Ken Bogan, Amy Ellenbogen, activist Richard Green, and Devorah Halberstam.
Each speaker had their own perspective to add to the discussion of diversity and relationships in Crown Heights.
Rabbi Cohen spoke about the need for communities to get to know each other and work past stereotyping; in this vein, he shared some stories and facts about his community, the Hasidic Lubavitch community.
Mrs. Halberstam shared the story of her family’s own tragic encounter with hate and violence, and how this has inspired her to work against inter-community conflict and support young leaders.