Crown Heights

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Class 22 explored tension and healing between Black and Jewish communities in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.

Devorah Halberstam shared the story of her son, Ari, who was killed in an act of anti-Semitic terrorism. She’s channeled her grief into a desire to build a more inclusive community, and now trains police officers and runs the Jewish Children’s Museum, built as a memorial to her son.

Richard Green spoke about his role as a mediator during the 1991 Crown Heights Riots, his efforts to build bridges between the Black and Jewish communities, and his work with the Crown Heights Youth Collective.

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