Brooklyn, NY – Two Local Men Arrested For Damaging Crown Heights Eruv


    Brooklyn, NY – Several months after the hotly contested Crown Heights eruv was repeatedly damaged by vandalism the NYPD has announced that two local residents have been arrested.

    As previously reported on VIN News (, the Crown Heights eruv has been the subject of heated debate, with supporters insisting that it is a vital asset to the community and permissible under Jewish law and opponents insisting that the Lubavitcher Rebbe had never allowed an eruv to be built in Crown Heights.

    The eruv was damaged in numerous places from mid June through mid July, with the NYPD actively investigating the vandalism as a hate crime.

    Police said that 36 year old Yosef Kratz of Crown Heights was arrested at 10:50 AM Wednesday and 21 year old Yosef Doran, also of Crown Heights, was arrested at 9:30 this morning. Both were charged with criminal mischief as a hate crime and criminal tampering and were issued desk appearance tickets.

    Attorney George Farkas who represents Kratz said that the district attorney’s office dropped the hate crime charges against his client, reducing the charges to misdemeanors, according to DNA Info. It is unknown if the hate crime charges against Doran were also dropped.

    The Crown Heights eruv, one of five overlapping eruvim in the area, is maintained by the Kol Israel synagogue, a diverse congregation whose members range from Chasidic to Modern Orthodox. Synagogue trustee Naftali Hanau said that he has no interest in seeing any of the perpetrators jailed.

    “In my book, pay for the repairs and apologize and we’re good,” said Hanau.

    Hanau estimated the total repair costs to the eruv at $11,000.

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    1. If you don’t hold by the eruv don’t use the eruv.
      But i defy anybody to show me anywhere that the Lubavitcher Rebbe gave over that eruvin anywhere should be vandalized.

    2. The Lubavitcher rebbe clearly said it’s Usser. A city where more than 600,000 walk every day. If u want to carry, then carry without the Eruv. Who u fooling

      • The Lubavitcher rebbe gave chizuk to those building Eruvin ( like Rabbi Gavriel Zinner )and promised those who support the construction would be blessed…
        to say the rebbe is against the Eruv is the biggest lie…

    3. There have been many gadolei torah and talmedei chachamim who have given a heter to carry within this particular eruv, while avoiding any generalized conclusion on eruvim elsewhere since each must be evaluated on its compliance with the relevant halacha. Rav Gavornlik, for example, has said to use the eruv if necessary for carrying essential drugs or taking a baby to shul but not use it as a total waiver to carry anything anywhere within the confines of the eruv.

      In this case, these two thugs should have been made to serve time for their vandalism as a deterrent to others.

    4. Meanwhile people are still using the Flatbush/Marine Park eiruv even thou it’s been publicized that the original care takers have abandoned it and no one is supervising it or giving it any okay, ….sad.


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