Brooklyn Escape Room has been credited by “Thrillist” with having one of the best escape rooms in NYC. They originally went by the name of Claustrophobia, being that they are a franchise of the Russian owned ‘Claustrophobia’ escape room company. The Claustrophobia brand was founded in Moscow in 2013 by Bogdan Kravtsov and his friends. In an interview with Catherine Bulgarina, Bogdan Kravtsov opens up about the background, launching, and evolution of Claustrophobia.
This week we will be examining Komnata Quest, a Russian-owned escape room company that has been named #1 by USA Today’s 10 Best Readers Choice Awards for escape rooms. Komnata was founded in Russia by Artem Kramin and Oksana Vasis in 2014. In an interview with Josiah Motley, Artem Kramin shares about the founding and growth of Komnata. In 2014, Artem went with his friends to an escape room and had an incredible experience.
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Lag Ba'omer, the 33rd day of the Omer, is quite an exceptional holiday on the Jewish calendar. The Jewish world comes together to celebrate two main themes; the end of the plague killing Rabbi Akiva’s 24,000 students, and the passing of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai. Rabbi Akiva’s 24,000 students were all great Tzaddikim, righteous individuals, yet passed away because they did not show enough respect for one another relative to their high spiritual stature. Tzaddik Tzaddik is someo
Escape rooms took off with a boom not too many years ago and are still rising in popularity, with many escape rooms continuing to pop up all around the world. They are a very in-demand entertainment option, and it is easy to see why. People get to be active participants, experiencing an adrenaline rush from a thrilling and mentally engaging game. There is even the possibility of being the hero when escaping from these rooms, with a large variety of themes to choose from. With
A subject that makes up a large majority of what is learnt in Yeshiva, an Orthodox Jewish School, is The Talmud. The Talmud is a collection of writings that covers the full gamut of Jewish law and tradition. Through the learning of the Talmud, one learns not only the subject matter, but also how to think, for the Talmud records not just Jewish law, but the process by which those laws are determined. Naava Frank, director of continuing education and professional development at
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”
-Nelson Mandela Education is also the factor which links genealogy and our escape room. When it comes to genealogy, education is part and parcel of its nature. On a basic level, you learn a little about the people in your family history. However, genealogy truly exposes you to so much more! You can go deeper than just names, to the stories of your ancestors, their upbringing, their language, their
With Purim spirit in the air, let's take a look at how the Shpoler Zeide, the hero of our first escape room, observed his joyous holiday. This story takes us back many years ago to meet a Jew named Mendel who left his home in Romania and moved to neighboring Kishinev, administered by Russia at that time. Another Jew that he had known in Romania took this as an opportunity to concoct a terrible lie about Mendel and report it to the Romanian Government. He claimed the reason Me
Previously we discussed Arthur Kurzweil’s genealogical research into his father's side of the family. Now we will continue on his journey to uncover his mother's family history. The story of Kurzweil's investigation into his mother's ancestors is far more intense than his father's. It evolves from research to becoming a question of identity. We hope to emulate the sense of adventure, those perplexing and puzzling moments in our escape room - where there is never a guarantee
Any genealogist researching their family history essentially becomes a detective, only without the official title. They must research, analyze that information, and search for clues hidden in seemingly inconsequential places. Answered questions only open up the possibility for yet more questions to be asked because the web of ancestry grows larger and more obscure the father back one goes. Arthur Kurzweil in his book “From Generation to Generation”, which is a guide to tracin
Just a few days ago, the 19th of Shvat, marked an important day for thousands of people. The common thread between them is their shared lineage, as all of them are descendants of the Tzaddik, The Shpoler Zeide. A Fateful Bris In the year 1793, the Shpoler Zayde was in the town of Boguslav, about half-way between Shpole and Kiev. The river Ros divides the town of Boguslav. In this town, on the other side of the river, a son was born to one of the villagers and the Bris (circum
“ For man is a tree of the field”
-Deutoronomy 20:19 Tonight we are celebrating the New Year for Trees, Tu BShvat. As we learn from the intriguing verse above, man and tree are connected, and trees have valuable lessons to teach us all. A tree itself is made up of different parts. There are the roots, the trunk, the branches, and the fruits that are produced. While the trunk, branches, and fruit are all integral to the makeup of trees, it is the roots that they are all most
“It always takes twice as long and costs twice as much as you think it will“ This well known expression deftly addresses the common occurrence of human miscalculation. We see this going back to as early as the Jewish People themselves, waiting for Moses to return with the tablets from G-D. 40 days they are told to wait for this magnificent occasion. However the Jewish People miscalculate the 40 days and, thinking that Moses should be back already, they panic and create the go
(Based on Gamliel Beyderman's guest post previously published on Matzav.com) Over his Chanukah break, my 14-year old yeshiva bochur went to an unusual entertainment venue called “Escape Room” in Manhattan along with his whole class. He felt thrust into an extraordinary situation (“You have on hour to break out of the sinking sub before you run out of oxygen!”), an actor in an interactive movie. The classmates were briefly told the story outline and then the door was locked be