On December 2nd, the Mediation Center partnered with Groundswell and Council Member Laurie Cumbo’s office to organize a panel discussion about the neighborhood of Crown Heights. The panel was meant to be one of many resources used by a group of young people who will create a mural with Groundswell this year entitled “One Crown Heights.”
The young people met with Rabbi Eli Cohen at the Chasidic Art Institute and discussed some Jewish traditions and practices common in the neighborhood and got an in-depth history from with Richard Green of the Crown Heights Youth Collective. The youth plan to meet at the Brooklyn Historical Society and visit Weeksville Heritage Center as part of their on-going research about the neighborhood.
The panel was organized primarily for the youth working on the mural, but was open to the public and sparked some dialogue between the panelists, the youth, and some of the long time residents of Crown Heights who were present. The panelists included, Ife Charles (Center for Court Innovation), Amy Ellenbogen (Crown Heights Community Mediation Center), Rabbi Eli Cohen (Crown Heights Jewish Community Council), Hanne Tierney (Five Myles Gallery) and Patrick Dougher (Groundswell) . Mr. Dougher, Ms. Charles, and Rabbi Cohen shared experiences about what Crown Heights was like in the past and Ms. Ellenbogen and Ms. Tierney discussed the work of their organizations and how they fit into the fabric of Crown Heights.