In August of 2008, I took a trip to New York on my way to the west coast, and stopped over at 770 Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn, a sort of headquarters of Chabad Lubavitch. I was taken on a tour by Rabbi Dov Ber Berkowitz, a Chabadnik friend of mine from my pre-aliyah days, and now the rabbi at Chabad of the Delta (back in California.)
|770 Eastern Parkway, Chabad's Nerve Center|
At the time of my visit, it was the three weeks (a period of mourning for the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem) when we don't shave. By the time I landed in New York, I was sporting a full beard.
|Donning tefillin in 770|
The basement of 770 has been completely excavated. Later, Chabad purchased the adjascent buildings and merged all of their basements into one giant underground synagogue.
|The Beit Midrash at 770|
|Mishichist Decorations and Declarations in 770|
Immediately after the Shoah (Holocaust,) as the survivors of Europe's brutality straggled into the United States, Lubavitcher Hassidim began to regroup. Originally, all of them could daven in this small Beit Midrash, not to be confused with the enormous Beit Midrash in the basement.
|The Original Beit Midrash|
Outside of the Beit Midrash is a small plaza where weddings are held.
|A Plaza at 770 where Lubavitch weddings are held|