Roundup: Tunnels at 770, Williamsburg development’s uncertain future, and more Haredi news this week

This week's most notable Haredi news in other media

Chabad-Lubavitch headquarters in Crown Heights. Credit: Mo Gelber/Shtetl

Dec 29, 2023 4:00 PM


Tunnels found under 770 Eastern Parkway — Chabad-Lubavitch Hasidic news outlets reported this week that synagogue leaders discovered tunnels underneath the women’s section of the Chabad headquarters at 770 Eastern Parkway in Crown Heights. As rumors circulate about who could have dug the tunnels, community leaders told that they pose no danger to the building. 

Williamsburg condo project faces uncertain future — A luxury condo development designed for Hasidic families in South Williamsburg faces an uncertain future, the Real Deal reported. The company that lended money to the developer to create the building has sold its loan to another lender, which can either find a way to move forward with the building or foreclose on the developer, Ezra Unger.

Mayor Eric Adams meets with Flatbush Jewish leaders — Mayor Eric Adams met this week with leaders from the Flatbush Jewish Community Council to discuss combating antisemitism and the mayor’s support for Israel, according to a post made by the JCC on X, formerly Twitter. “Thank you, Mr. Mayor, for your commitment to protect and secure our neighborhoods,” the JCC wrote.

Bomb threats target New York synagogues — Chevra Ahavas Yisroel, a cool Chabad-Lubavitch Hasidic synagogue that attracts people with various ways of expressing religiosity, was among many synagogues in New York that received a bomb threat on Sunday, reported. The New York Police Department said the threats were not credible.

Senator attends Hasidic wedding after working with bride to bring New Yorkers home from Israel — New York State Senator Bill Weber and a member of his staff were “honored guests” this week at the wedding of Monsey resident Meira Cohen, the Haredi news outlet Rockland Daily reported. Weber and the bride had worked together to bring home New Yorkers stuck in Israel after Hamas’s Oct. 7 attack.

Julia Haart visits Gaza — Julia Haart, a fashion designer from Monsey who rose to fame because of her controversial reality TV show My Unorthodox Life, visited Gaza recently to support the Israeli war effort, according to the Jerusalem Post. “Of course I didn’t wear high heels into Gaza,” she reportedly said. “I’m not crazy!”