By COLlive reporters
Photos by Shimi Kutner
Thousands of people spent a sunny Sunday outdoors in Crown Heights in a joyous and exciting celebration of the 10th anniversary of community news service COLlive.com.
Kingston Avenue between Eastern Parkway and President Street was filled with men, women and children of all ages who reveled at the family fun festival that included bounce houses and free giveaways.
“Happy ten-year anniversary to COLlive,” Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams said. “It’s great to celebrate with our Jewish community in Crown Heights at a beautiful neighborhood festival. We are One Brooklyn!”
Adams presented a proclamation announcing Sunday, October 7, 2018 as “COLlive Day in the Borough of Brooklyn, New York.” He presented it to Mrs. Mica Soffer, Publisher and Editor in Chief of COLlive.com, and Rabbi Yehuda Ceitlin of COLlive.com.
Thanking Adams for his care for Crown Heights were Mrs. Devorah Halberstam, co-founder of the Jewish Children’s Museum and NYPD Community Liaison, and Rabbi Chanina Sperlin, Executive Vice President for Governmental Affairs of the Crown Heights Jewish Community Council (CHJCC).
New York City Council Majority Leader Laurie Cumbo, who represents the Crown Heights neighborhood, presented a citation of honor and proudly praised Mica Soffer for being a leading force in the community and supporter of charitable causes and community institutions.
“When we founded COLlive.com, we had a vision of it becoming the go-to source for news and happenings in Crown Heights and the global Chabad-Lubavitch community,” Mica Soffer said.
“What we didn’t expect is how quickly and warmly the public embraced the website, making it a part of their daily life. We are grateful to Hashem, and our readers, partners and advertisers, for making COLlive.com a household name.”
Following a month packed with holidays, the crowds were excited to celebrate one more time before returning to routine. In addition to residents of Crown Heights, participants included COLlive readers and music fans from around New York and even New Jersey.
The event included a spectacular Jewish music concert produced by event producer Davidi Crombie, with musical arrangement by Chony Milecki and stage and lighting by Mendy Boaron of MLP Lighting and Design.
An all star lineup of the greatest Jewish singers performed their favorite hits and Chabad Niggunim, among them Benny Friedman, Yoni Z, Mordechai Shapiro, Eli Marcus, Shmuely Ungar, Boruch Sholom Blesofsky, Mendy J, Menachem Weinstein, Moishe Wilschanky, Peretz Chein and Mendy Shapiro.
Social Media Star Meir Kay was on hand adding joy on stage and in the crowd as he was sharing the celebration on Instagram. The concert also featured a live show by the beloved cast of Mitzvah Boulevard and comedy by the renowned entertainer Modi.
A highlight of the event was the world premiere viewing of a new music video for a remake of the 8th Day song “Babenyu”, starring the popular band and featuring the warmth and vitality of the Crown Heights neighborhood and its residents and personalities, produced by Danny Finkelman of Sparks Next Productions. The clip will be officially released in the coming days.
Special thanks to the 71st Precinct, Commanding Officer Inspector Frank Giordano and the Community Affairs Department, Vinny Martinos, for helping to coordinate the event.
Sponsors of the event were Basil Hospitality Group, Kettle and Cord Housewares, Borsalino, Wood & Stone Kitchen and Bath, Joseph Zakon Winery, Gegent.com, MLP Productions, Chony Milecki Productions, Chani Greenbaum Events, The Jewish Children’s Museum, Chocolatte, Mendy’s Restaurant, Sweet Expressions and Eber’s Wine and Liquor.