Places that Matter
770 Eastern Parkway
Place Matters Profile
By Brendan Garrone
770 Eastern Parkway is the center of the Chabad-Lubavitch Jewish world. It acts as a synagogue, community center, administrative building, and pilgrimage site, and was home to the last two Lubavitch leaders, known as rebbes.
While the Lubavitch community centers around 770 Eastern Parkway, the community also includes Chassidic-related grocery stores, book stores, and delicatessens, all of which contribute to a unique neighborhood organized around a specific culture. The Jewish Chassidic Discovery Walking Tour, led by Rabbi Beryl Epstein, provides an insider's look at 770 Eastern Parkway, and other places of importance in the Chabad-Lubavitch community in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, such as the scribe’s workshop and the Lubavitch library, home to thousands of rare texts.
A branch of Chassidic Judaism based in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, the Lubavitch community follows the teachings of seven rebbes, or teachers, the last of whom, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, passed away in 1994. It is one of the largest branches of Chassidic Judaism in the world, and the Crown Heights population is actually the world headquarters of the Lubavitch movement. The Chassidic Discovery Walking Tour is designed to familiarize visitors with the workings of the Lubavitch community as well as to dispel what the tour-givers feel are misunderstandings regarding Chassidic Jewish traditions.