What separates our Chassidic walking tours from any other in New York City is that our tours are given by local chassidic guides who take you into the heart of the neighborhood. Thereby giving visitors unprecedented access behind the usually closed doors of the Chassidic community.
rabbi yoni katz
Born in 1978 in Netanya, Israel, Yoni was named after the legendary Israeli hero Yoni Netanyahu. Although raised in Pittsburgh, PA, Yoni has lived in Crown Heights for most of his adult life and is infatuated by the neighborhood and the people who live in it. He will escort you through the action packed streets of Crown Heights from the time you arrive till the time you leave. With his guidance and unique sense of adventure he will show you "off the beaten path" and take you inside places reserved usually for locals. His favorite part of the tour is taking groups to the Matzah Bakery and local scribe where they get an inside peek of age old customs and practices.
Mrs. Rivky Katz
Rivky offers authentic feminine insights into the life of Chassidic Women. A Crown Heights native and a very busy mother of 6, Rivky shares her perspective and addresses the often misunderstood preconceptions of Chassidic women and their respective roles in a Chassidic society. She will take you directly into the women's section of the world famous "770" Synagogue and give you a behind the scenes look at the daily prayers and rituals. Her favorite part of the tour is showing groups the Women's Mikvah (Ritual Bath) and explaining the Chassidic approach to dating, intimacy, and marriage.
rabbi Manis Friedman
Depending on his busy travel schedule groups are often in for a real treat. Known globally as Bob Dylan's Rabbi, Manis Friedman is a Crown Heights native and a world-renowned author, counselor, lecturer and philosopher. He founded Bais Chana Institute of Jewish Studies in Minnesota, the world's first yeshiva exclusively for women, where he continues to serve as dean. From 1984-1990 he served as simultaneous translator for the Lubavitcher Rebbe's televised talks.
When in town Rabbi Manis gives a 45 minute orientation into Chassidic life and answers any challenging questions participants may have about Chassidic practices and philosophy.