Midnight Selichos Continue in Crown Heights

Although Chabad custom is to say selichos only through Rosh Hashanah, in one Crown Heights shul the midnight prayers are continuing during the Aseres Y’mei Teshuva.

By Anash.org reporter

Although Chabad custom is to say selichos only through Rosh Hashanah, in one Crown Heights shul the midnight prayers are continuing during the Aseres Y’mei Teshuva.

Merkaz Sefarad Chabad, the premier Sephardic Shul in Crown Heights, has been holding selichos since the start of Elul, in accordance with the Sephardic custom. Every Motzei Shabbos, a crowd gathers for the selichos, recited with the traditional Moroccan tunes. On other days of the week, the local Sephardic community gathers in Rabbi Nimni’s shul on Empire Blvd. for selichos after shacharis.

The Shul, located at 556 Crown Street (corner Albany Ave), runs a full year under the leadership of Rabbi Eliezer (Lazer) Avtzon. Throughout the year, they hold many events in accordance with Moroccan tradition, including hilulout and tefillos on Shabbos, Yom Tov, and the Yomim Noraim in authentic Sephardic style.

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