The Schmooze

No More Chulent?

“Where’s the Love?… That’s it — goodbye?” were Isaac Schonfeld’s words after realizing that he may have played his last hand in negotiations with the Millinery Center Synagogue Board. Schonfeld and his anti-institution, “Chulent,” have been on serially monogamous terms with the Synagogue on and off for over four years now.

As well as providing an informal meeting center for the misfits and the marginals of the Orthodox world, Chulent has garnered media attention (not least from the Forward) — including “Punk Jews” a documentary film by Evan Kleinman and Jesse Zook Mann about three of the Chulent’s artists: Y-Love, Levi Okunov and Rivka Karasik,for its innovative and dynamic programming as well its hot bean stew offered for free to both the hungry and the vagrant.

It has been described by one visitor as a “Jewish Alcoholics Anonymous where you have to bring your own chair.”

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