The sons and daughters of Russian Jewish immigrants converse over frothy beers at the Jewish Center in Brighton Beach. They are here, ostensibly, to study the books of Jewish law, something their parents could not do when they lived in the Soviet Union.
Al-Khattab, 40, was formerly a Jew named Joseph Cohen, who grew up and lived amongst the Hassidic communities in Williamsburg. He converted to Islam in 2004. According to Warner and other critics, he has used his site to incite violence against Jewish people and has been known to be openly anti-semitic.
The annual kaporos ritual in Crown Heights took place at 2am and was a sight to behold. Photo: Zevi/Brooklyn Ink
Last week, Orthodox and Hasidic Jews celebrated Sukkot, a festive harvest holiday that concludes the Jewish holy month of Tishrei. In Borough Park, an enclave of religious Jews, the holiday was celebrated with great fanfare. Photo: Alessi/Brooklyn Ink