||Haredi Hall of Shame
It is because of the shielding and
overprotection of our community, that we end up not
being informed on the magnitude of these scandals
and that we can pretend that these problems do not
exist or are at least very limited among us. The
end-result of this is that (a) nothing is being done
to extirpate these wrongdoings and (b) these
wrongdoers do not even suffer community
The day Haredi Press will
publicize these shameful acts by Haredim, our Hall
of Shame will become superfluous, because we do
not target the Gentiles, but our own Haredi
people, who need to be aware of these malfunctions
in our society.
This "Our Haredi Hall of Shame" Page wants precisely to remediate that situation.
Nathan David (Nosson Dovid) Rabinowich ran (and
may still be running) a synagogue along with the
Ahavath Torah Institute, which
sells antique Jewish religious books and autographs of famous rabbis, and a tour company called Jewish Heritage Tours –
all from his Midwood, Brooklyn home. And he also solicited a minor on the Internet to have sex with her.
leader of a tiny cult offshoot of the Breslov
hasidic movement convicted of physically,
emotionally and sexually abusing and enslaving
women and children was sentenced this morning to 26 years in prison and reparations of NIS 100,000
to each of his victims while his aide who participated in some of the abuse was sentenced to 6 years in prison.
month after Yossi reported the abuse to police,
Taubenfeld turned himself in. He was charged with
30 counts of forcible touching, endangering
the welfare of a child and third-degree sex abuse. And then pleaded guilty. But the sweetheart plea deal Taubenfeld was offered meant he would serve
no time in prison. Instead, he was sentenced to six years probation. Taubenfeld is still reportedly teaching at one of New Square’s largest yeshivas.
Court overruled a lower court today and gave a
haredi man who sexually abused his young daughter
a harsher prison sentence.
He had originally been sentenced to 24 months in prison by the Haifa District Court but will now reportedly serve 45 months in prison.
The prosecution had appealed the lower sentence, leading to the Supreme Court’s ruling.
David Cyprys, AKA Shmuel Dovid Cyprys, AKA David
Cyprys is a pedophile whose first known brush with
the law happened in 1992.
Chabad kept him as an employee with full access to children, even though it knew Cyprys had molested a child. Cyprys went to allegedly
molest and rape at least 11 more children at or near Chabad's Yeshivah Centre. Complaints were made to Chabad leaders, including the head of
Chabad in Australia, Rabbi Yitzchok Dovid Groner. Chabad did not remove Cyprys. And then Cyprys got a new job
– as the director of the Council of Orthodox Synagogues of Victoria (i.e., Melbourne). Here is proof.
case of Mr. Levy and Ms. Goldsobel (both of whom
had previously come to me for counseling) went
before a Crown Court jury on two occasions.
Ultimately verdicts of not guilty on all rape charges and any other charges relating to post-16 activity were entered on the court record.
The court was however satisfied that sexual conduct had started before Goldsobel was 16 and that it followed as a matter of law that she
could not have consented to that activity, regardless of whether she had been a willing partner.…"
this week, a Melbourne court was told that
Chabad-Lubavitch's Yeshivah College in Melbourne
protected a rabbi who molested students,
refused to fire him, did not report his crimes to police, and helped him flee the country when parents held a demonstration outside that rabbi's house after Yeshivah leadership rebuffed their requests to fire him.
E. " Yaakov" Murray taught first and second grade at
the Torah Day School in Seattle when he was arrested
month for allegedly groping little girls he was teaching. He was hired without a background check and lacked a background in
teaching. But his parents were very close with the former Agudah rabbi of Minneapolis Moshe Tuvia Lieff, which appears to have
been enough to get Murray his job. Murray's wife and children still live in the Minneapolis suburb of St. Louis Park. Here is video of his court appearance yesterday.
Chaim Halpern, who is currently free on bail and
under police investigation for allegedly sexually
assaulting women who came to him
for marriage counseling and for perverting the course of justice, will conduct a wedding under the auspices of the Orthodox Union of Hebrew
Congregations (Kedassia) and with the permission of United Synagogue later this week at Britain's newly named chief rabbi's former synagogue.
Rabbi Elior Chen tortured
tiny children, ordering his aides and followers to
burn them with hot stones, beat then and drown
them in order to
'exorcise' the 'demons' he believed to have invaded them. One child was left with with permanent severe brain damage, others were maimed.
In February 2011 Chen was convicted on massive evidence – including eyewitness testimony.
Now haredi leader Rabbi Yitzchak Tuvia Weiss,
the head rabbi of the Mea-Shearim-based haredi umbrella organization Eidah Haredit, and other prominent Eidah Haredit
rabbis have launched a "pidyon shvuyim" fund to help Chen appeal his "draconian" 24-year prison sentence.
"I will never forgive to
you for the things you did to me. You ruined my
life.…I have been hurt and this hurt will continue
throughout my life,"
the victim wrote in a letter read out loud in court today. In that letter the victim, who is now 17-years-old, wrote that he had been expelled from his school and lost friends after he reported Dascalowitz's abuse to police.
son-in-law of the head of KSA (Kosher Supervision of
America) alleges his father-in-law Rabbi Binyomin
Lisbon (a former
Chabad emissary and rabbi of an Orthodox synagogue, along with heading KSA) visited strip clubs, cavorted with strippers and
prostitutes and had multiple affairs. Lisbon was allegedly institutionalized for sex addiction and at one point "escaped" and had to
be brought back by law enforcement. Lisbon allegedly stole money from KSA and from is son-in-law, who managed KSA's accounts.
was 13 years old, attending sleep-away camp at Camp
Dora Golding, an all-boys Orthodox camp that some of
you still send your sons to.
I was befriended by a 28-year-old member of the rabbinic staff. Over the course of a week he sexually abused me repeatedly.
When the activity was exposed, I was summoned to the camp director’s office and forced to confront the assailant. Then I was summarily sent
home, as if it were I who had committed the crime. The camp never even told my parents why I was being sent home.
They were just advised to pick me up at the Greyhound terminal at New York’s Port Authority."
to a beit din (Jewish religious court) over
allegations that it has harassed and tried to
intimidate the father of the
lead abuse victim in the ever-growing child sexual abuse scandal at Chabad's Yeshivah Centre in Melbourne, Australia, Chabad failed to answer the summons – a clear violation of Jewish law.
at a rabbinical conference in London, England, Rabbi
Hershel Schachter, the rosh yeshiva of Yeshiva
school, says every community should have a board of Jewish yeshiva scholars who are also psychologists. That board should screen allegation
of child sexual abuse and other forms of child abuse to determine if the child [or, by extension] making the claim is lying or not.
That board should decide whether or not the allegations or suspicions should be reported to police or child services.
And he made a stunning admission about the child sex abuse scandal that rocked YU's affiliated high school.
pashkvils, wall posters, are up all over
Williamsburg today. The posters, which are in
Yiddish, attack the business of the father
of convicted child sexual abuser Nechemya Weberman's victim, claiming it is "soaked through and through with Jewish blood."
Weberman was convicted of sustained child sexual abuse against the business owner's daughter. The abuse began when the girl was 12-years-old and lasted three years.
father of a 15-year-old girl allegedly molested by
an unnamed rabbi believed to be Breslov leader Rabbi
Eliezer Berland told Army Radio
that when his 15-year-old daughter told him about the abuse, and older daughter came forward and admitted that the had
sexually abused her, as well. He believes in all 10 to 20 women and girls were sexually abused by the rabbi.
Feldman, wife of Rabbi
Pinchas Feldman (right), the Head Chabad Emissary
to Sydney, Australia and the head of the Yeshiva
there, allegedly called Manny Waks – an alleged victim of child sexual abuse and the head of the anti-abuse advocacy group Tzedek – and his family mosrim,
informers or collaborators with the enemy. A moser can be killed on sight if necessary to stop him from informing on a Jew to non-Jewish
police or government officials. It was the labeling of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin a moser that led to his assassination by an Orthodox Jew.
Yaakov Yitzchak Roth could not take over as a
Shomrei Emunim Rebbe when his father passed away in
August last year.
Roth could not execute his duties as rebbe because he was serving a long prison sentence for rape, sodomy, sexual abuse of a minor
and obstruction of justice. Roth is now in the 12th year of his sentence and has claimed since his arrest that he was being set up by opponents.
He has never admitted guilt or apologized. Roth will be released from prison today and is expected to open a hasidic court in Beit Shemesh.
in North West London distributed leaflets this
weekend calling on scandal-ridden Rabbi Chaim
Halpern to leave the city.
Halpern was arrested last week on sex abuse charges and was released on bail Friday. The ongoing scandal of Halpern's alleged
sexual abuse of women who came to him for marital counseling has been front burner news in London's haredi community since late last year.
head of N.W. London's Shomrim haredi community
safety patrol, Gavriel Ost, has resigned over
allegations made by police
that he perverted the course of justice (obstruction of justice, witness intimidation or witness tampering in US terms) in the
case of accused sexual abuser and prominent haredi rabbi Chaim Halpern. Ost, two other haredi men and Halpern were
arrested last week and released by police just before Shabbat with a notice to return to the police for further questioning later this month.
received an anonymous phone call last night with a
message from one of your "friends" on Facebook, who
great consternation and concern that you have chosen to publicize to "friends" (regardless of their age, sincerity and
level of intimacy) your history of sexual abuse. Your public Facebook page is troubling enough, as is your Google history
[which are open to the whole world]. It is troubling primarily because you have chosen to identify yourself by your pathology.
You no longer appear as a full human - but rather as "case study" of a young woman warped by her childhood experiences, and
is thus identified wholly by that past.…I am asking you to exercise a measure of discretion, and develop a plan to go beyond your
past towards healing. You seem too intent on wallowing in the past, and drawing sick attention to yourself for all of the wrong reasons.
At the same, you identify yourself as a student of Hebrew Theological College, and by association besmirch your peers as well as yourself."
54-year-old man is now in custody at a north London
police station on suspicion of sexual assault and
perverting the course of justice
(obstruction of justice, witness tampering, etc.). While none of the arrested men have been identified by police, according to sources in London's
haredi community it appears the 54-year-old is Rabbi Chaim Halpern, the prominent haredi rabbi accused of using his unlicensed marriage counseling
practice to seduce and sometimes sexually abuse married women. Halpern also alleged did the same to single women and teenage girls.
tour director, Rabbi Dr. Nosson Dovid Rabinowich,
showed a complete disregard for the well-being and
welfare of those on the tour.
Food and water were insufficient and he made no effort to ensure that our group of 32 travelers was present and accounted for. Indeed, he had no qualms about abandoning members of the group."
were you present in the vicinity -- this is a
separate matter, separate incident. Were you also
present in the vicinity of
340 Whitehall Road, in the City and County of Albany, New York, on and between the dates of November 1 and December 31, 2007,
and, while naked, knowingly have inappropriate physical contact with a child under the age of 17, whose date of birth you now know to be
MM DD, 1994, who was also naked at that time, knowing that your inappropriate physical contact with that child was likely to be injurious to
the physical, mental, or moral welfare of that child? THE DEFENDANT: Yes. THE COURT: And, that is an accurate statement, correct? THE DEFENDANT: Yes, it is."
Complaints have been
now been filed with police against two
perpetrators, both associated with Chabad's
Yeshiva Centre at Bondi. One of the alleged
has more than one alleged victim. Meanwhile, another new case – from the non-Chabad Litvish Kollel Beth Hatalmud – has been reported in Melbourne.
Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations (Kedassia)
ripped Channel 4's documentary on haredi child
sexual abuse, calling
the report, which aired last night, and attempt to "defame" the haredi community. It also criticized Channel 4's use of anonymous
sources from inside the haredi community. “Our community does not need Channel 4 to remind us of our duty and responsibility
to protect our children. They are our future, and we do all we can to protect them from these unspeakable crimes," UOHC said.
special beit din (Jewish religious court) formed to
hear charges against Rabbi Chaim Halpern, a leading
rabbi accused of clergy sexual abuse against adult women, has arrived in London and started preparations to hear testimony.
Witnesses and complaining witnesses should begin to be heard by the beit din tomorrow.
is an audio recording of what Rabbi Manis Friedman
said about child sexual abuse completely in context
– including the
missing couple of minutes from the beginning of the video version of the rant that will probably make you ill. Friedman
brings up the subject of molestation, says that hardly a kid who attends yeshivas or programs [Chabad, haredi, etc.] hasn't
been sexually abused, and then he goes on to trivialize the abuse, make jokes about victims, and in essence claim that child
sexual abuse is only as damaging as victims allow it to be because the damage is all collateral. The abuse itself isn't a big
aveirah, sin, he says – not saying the after-blessing over a piece of cake is worse. But Friedman opens with a horrific statement
about abuse that was not included in the video version of Friedman's rant. And when you hear it you'll know how horrible Manis Friedman truly is.
he went to…Rabbi Padwa [whose] whole total concern
was to berate the father, “How dare you go and be an
He said, "You ruined his life, he was ashamed enough by the arrest and what happened, and therefore leave it go.
It's forbidden for you to pursue the case. Rabbi Padwa never expressed sympathy not for the child and not for the parents…
Six hours later, a person banged on the door. The first thing that man said, “Do you know that the whole London community
has not slept the whole night because of what you did? And I myself will go and get social services to take away your children.”
The harassment escalated into cars that would gun their motors and zoom up next to the family if they were out on the street.
The synagogues told them, ‘You're not welcome here anymore,’ they would be cursed and spat at in the street and
called informer. So it becomes hopeless to them and ultimately they leave the country.”
Ephraim Padwa tells a survivor of child sexual abuse
that he is not allowed to report the abuse to police
or to cooperate with
police if they find out about the alleged pedophile independently. The abuser is a teacher in a haredi school. A brief, non-forensic
social services investigation done a few years previously reportedly failed to confirm the abuse, but police were not brought in to investigate at that time.
prosecutors and a Rockland County judge aren’t sure
who he really is. But the man known both as Dovid
Kohn and Avraham
Perl suddenly pleaded guilty in Rockland County court yesterday to having oral sex with a young girl over a three-year period beginning
when she was 12-years-old after it became clear that tape recordings of him speaking to the victim and admitting his crimes would be admitted as evidence at his trial.
hasidic untrained and unlicensed
therapist/counselor, Chabad's Rabbi Manis Friedman,
claims child sexual abuse
does not damage its victims, and that not saying the rabbinic prayer to be said after eating a piece of cake is worse than
something – abuse – that happened to you as a child. Victims suffer, he claims, only from the feeling that they are damaged goods.
They should realize that we are all damaged goods, abused or not, he claims, and then equates the damage of child sexual abuse
with the damage other people experience as children from uncaring teachers or teachers who belittled them. Friedman
completely misunderstands (or is unsympathetic to) the deep psychological pain child sexual abuse causes – to the extent that
even pre-verbal infants who are sexually abused can have psychological issues throughout their lives from that sexual abuse.
Brooklyn judge has rejected Yeshiva & Mesivta
Torah Temimah Inc's attempt to settle a civil
lawsuit against it brought by a boy
who was allegedly sexually abused by Rabbi Yehuda Kolko, a serial child sexual abuser who was one of Torah Temimah’s teachers.
Supreme Court Justice Jack Battaglia denied Torah Temimah’s motion to enforce a confidential settlement agreement signed by the parents of the alleged victim on February 15, 2011.
Ephraim Padwa, head rabbi of the of the London-based
haredi umbrella organization the Union of Orthodox
Congregations, commonly known as Kedassia, was reportedly surreptitiously recorded by a victim of alleged child sexual abuse
telling the victim not to report his abuser to police because doing so would be mesirah, informing – a serious violation of Jewish law punishable in some cases with death.
Chaim Halpern has been accused of using his
unlicensed marriage counseling practice to sexually
assault young haredi
women who came to him for help. Although several women have accused Halpern – at least one with substantial evidence,
I'm told – Haperin denies their claims. The scandal has been the talk of haredi London for the past several months. But that
hasn't stopped the haredi educational website Kol HaLoshon from continuing to feature Halpern's (misspelled as Halperin)
audio/video classes on a very importantant topic – Hilchos Yichud, the laws forbidding unmarried men and women from being secluded with each other.
Rabbi Nechemya Weberman's accusor, who recently turned 18, shot back at his supporters, who once rallied for him by the hundreds: "When they think about me, they should think about how they would feel if it where their daughter. Would they let them be abused? Or would they stop it?…You have to fight it all the way. You can't be scared…You can't be scared of being kicked out of the community. This is the beginning of the changes.”
Rabbi Nechemya Weberman, the unlicensed therapist for Satmar's Va'ad Hatznius (modesty police), has been found guilty on all counts. Weberman sexually abused a girl Satmar schools forced her parents to send to Weberman for counseling. The girl was 12-years old when the abuse started and 15 when it stopped.
"The safety and wellbeing of our students is Yeshiva University’s highest priority. The inappropriate behavior and abuse alleged by The Forward to have taken place in the past, and described in statements attributed by The Forward to Dr. Lamm, are reprehensible. The actions described represent heinous and inexcusable acts that are antithetical both to Torah values and to everything that Yeshiva University stands for. They have no place here, in our community, or anywhere at all. The thought that such behavior could have occurred at our boys’ high school, or anywhere at this institution, at any time in its past, is more than sufficient reason to express on behalf of the University, my deepest, most profound apology.…"
“We therefore reveal our opinion which is the view of the Torah that without a ruling from a Beith Din in accordance with the Torah the Gaon and Tzadik Chaim Halpernshlita the Rav of Kehal “Divrei Chaim” shall remain in his position, shall stand in his duties to guide amongst Israel according to the rule of the Torah with no obstacles and shall disseminate Torah and fear [of God] and Chasidus as in the past.”
Rabbi Padwa, the senior rabbi of Kedassia in London, paid a friendly visit to Rabbi Chaim Halpern Saturday Night in Halpern's synagogue to show his support for the accused sex offender. Padwa has heard details from several women who allege Halpern sexually took advantage of them during marriage counseling sessions. Meanwhile Jews – including other haredi rabbis staged a demonstration outside the building Sunday demanding that Halpern resign.
The OU, never one to have much in they way of backbone, removed its joint statement with the RCA supporting the verdict against convicted child sexual abuser Rabbi Nechemya Weberman from its website. Did Satmar threatened the OU over kosher supervision? Were other threats made? Or does the OU now support the sexual abuse of children? After all, as anyone familiar with the long history of sexual, physical and psychological abuser Rabbi Baruch Lanner knows, the OU has certainly done that before
will of the Shomrei Emunim Rebbe, Avrohom Chaim
Roth, was read Saturday night. In the will, the
that all of his sons should become rebbes in their own right – even the son currently in prison for pedophilia.
הבן הבכור יקבל את הבניין בבני ברק • הבן השני יעזוב לאשדוד • הבן השלישי ייהנה מהבניין במאה שערים • הבן הרביעי, המרצה מאסר בכלא, ינהיג בבית שמש
Fishman wrote a memoir about growing up in
Williamsburg before the hasidic takeover of the
Brooklyn neighborhood. In it Fishman
talks about being sexually abused by a very well known "middle aged" "charismatic" leader of Agudath Israel of America he calls "Glatt.
" I've now been told that "Glatt" – whose real identity is very easy to determine – has many more victims.
21-year-old confessed pedophile from Monsey, New
York wants to withdraw the guilty plea he entered.
Shmul Dym pleaded
guilty in June to two felony counts of sexual conduct against a child and two misdemeanor counts of endangering the welfare
of a child. He admitted in court to repeatedly touching the genitals of two young brothers, one 6-years-old and the other 8-years-old.
סערה בחסידות מוכרת בירושלים: החסיד שגילה את השניים שלח פתק שהושאר ברכבו של הרב •
הפתק התגלגל בחצרו של הרב - וגרם למשבר אמון קשה ולעזיבתם של כמה מחסידיו הקרובים
Head of haredi foundation suspected of rape
Jerusalem police arrest three men
suspected of raping, sexually assaulting woman who turned to
them for financial aid
Rabbi Moshe Green, the
senior haredi rabbi in Monsey, New York, was honored by
the anti-Internet gathering's organizers with the
reading of Psalms to open the event. Green tried to protect child rapist Rabbi Israel Weingarten, who is now serving a several decades
long prison sentence in a federal prison in Virginia. Green demonized Weingarten's victim, refused to speak with others claiming to be victims,
and has actively raised money for Weingarten, both before and after his conviction. Last year, Green blamed the kidnap and murder
of 8-year-old hasidic boy Leiby Kletzky on the Rabbis who cooperated with police and turned in a child rapist. He also said the murder
happened because haredim have day camps for kids, and that is a "goyish" thing. Green is the former rosh yeshiva of New Square.
Further links: Rabbi Moshe Green Letter To Raise Money For Weingarten
Exclusive: Rabbi Raises Money For Convicted Sex Offender
Leading Monsey Rabbis Visit Convicted Child Rapist
Leiby Kletzky Murdered Because Rabbis Turned Over A Child Rapist To Police, Rabbi Moshe Green Says
decades of senior Chabad rabbis covering up child sexual
abuse at Chabad's flagship school in Australia, a former
of the school says that an alleged child rapist's homosexuality could have been cured and implies that
homosexuality is at the root of the abuse scandal that is rocking Melbourne's Chabad community.
a witness statement, former Chabad Yeshiva College
principal Rabbi Abraham Glick said he had only recently
of accusations against Cyprys. He also said Yeshivah Centre director Rabbi Yitzchok Dovid Groner had never divulged to him the
names of alleged sex abuse victims. But under oath yesterday, Rabbi Glick said he wanted to change this statement. ''I'm making
that amendment because I said Rabbi Groner never divulged the names of individuals and I am now saying that is not 100 per cent
accurate.'' Meanwhile, a witness told the court that the accused pedophile once confided in him that he was having a relationship with a young boy.
“What he said was sickening to me but appeared normal to him. The way David approached the subject was as if he was speaking about an adult female.”
mother of one victim said that abuses against her son
continued for three years after she initially reported
them to Groner,
who she said took no action. The father of another victim was allegedly told by Groner that his son “wouldn’t need counselling because
[he] was under eight years old.” Another mother testified that when she mentioned Cyprys’s name to Rabbi Groner, “he replied,
‘Oh, no, I thought we cured him’. By this I was sure that Rabbi Groner meant this sort of thing had happened before with David Cyprys.”
And through it all, David Cyprys kept his job with Chabad and his full access to children at Chabad's Yeshiva College.
the Lakewood, New Jersey meeting, which took place
earlier this week, the key speakers were Ohel's David
Mandel and his co-author
and friend Dr. David Pelcovitz, a psychologist prominent in the Orthodox and haredi community, who is also linked to Ohel. Mandel and
Pelcovitz did not tell parents to call police when they suspect child sex abuse. Why? According to Pelcovitz,
they didn't because the haredi rabbis backing the event told them not to.
Haredi rabbis who teach in yeshivas can no longer falsely claim they are exempt from reporting child sex abuse to police or ACS. The state has clarified the law, and all teachers – even rabbis – guidance counselors, social workers, school nurses, administrators or any other staff member who is required to hold a teaching or administrative license or certificate – even if they do not have that license or certificate – is mandated to report suspected abuse and must do so directly to police or ACS. It is illegal to call a rabbi first to get permission to report. And that means Rabbi David Zwiebel and his Agudah cronies should prosecuted for interfering in this process and for endangering the welfare of children. But Brooklyn's DA Charles Hynes doesn't have the balls to do it.
Cyprys, a former security guard at the Chabad school, is
facing 51 charges relating to the alleged abuse of 11
He will appear in court again next month. He is one of up to six people linked to the school who have been or are currently
being investigated for child abuse, including David Kramer. Kramer was helped to flee the country by Chabad after parents of
alleged victims threatened to go to police. He went on to sexually abuse children in Israel and in St. Louis. where e was
arrested and convicted of sexually abusing a 12-year-old boy. He now eligible for parole and Australia is seeking his extradition.
Jungreis said he was victimized twice — once when his son
was sexually abused by a member of the community and again
when he was shunned trying to get him help. “I told my wife right away this child is getting molested,” Jungreis told CBS 2′s Chris Wragge.
“The perpetrator always got support from the community.…You get revenge, hell, torture, ostracized — you name it.
What a family and victim is going through if you are reporting a Jew,” Jungreis said.
suspect, 47, is a prominent figure in Netanya. He was
arrested earlier this week after two former students at
filed complaints against him saying he sexually assaulted them. Police suspect him of indecent acts, sodomy, sexual misconduct,
nonconsensual sex and rape. The acts involved both minor and adult victims. Police also believe many people who knew about the crimes broke the law and failed to report them.
At least two suspected
molesters from the Australian Chabad community are living
in the United States while they are under
investigation in Australia and a third is currently in prison here. Meanwhile, Australian police are currently investigating more
than a dozen Orthodox individuals suspected of child abuse in Australia, according to Joel Berman,
a Los Angeles activist who has been in touch with detectives on aspects of the cases in the United States.
Moshe Green, in effect the most senior of the leading
haredi rabbis in Monsey, send out a Yiddish fundraising
last week to raise money for what he says will be an appeal iled by convicted sex offender Rabbi Israel Weingarten. Weingarten
was convicted in March 2009 of transporting his daughter across international borders for the purpose of raping her, and in now serving
a 30 year sentence in federal prison. Weingarten already appealled his conviction. He had one count overturned (because the point
of origin of that overseas trip was not the US) and several others affirmed last year. He was resentenced to 30 years in prision in September 2011.
is the price the parents and kids are paying, this is the
price of silence,” said police sokesman Shmuel Ben- Ruby.
“It hurts me for these poor children, that they suffered this for years because of parents that preferred
to keep it quiet, sweep it under the rug, go to the rabbis and take care of it themselves.”
When police investigators
say concerned parents are overreacting, it says a lot
about their failures. Our
Jerusalem neighborhood of Nahlaot
made the news over the past week, with a flurry of reports that police have busted a horrifying pedophilia ring. Initial arrests were made Sunday,
with more expected in the coming weeks. The story is a horrific tale of sexual and physical violence against children.
In a case that
highlighted concerns about sexual abuse in Jewish
communities, a rabbi who taught at one of the region’s
Jewish day schools is expected to plead guilty today to molesting three sixth-graders during the 1970s, according to two of his alleged victims and others familiar with the case.
scandal surrounding the YU beacon's publication of a Stern
College student's alleged account of a sexual
liaison with a YU boy demonstrates the immaturity of the YU's rabbis and of its student council.
The Controversial Essay: How Do I Even Begin To Explain This
and a local rabbi say police bungled arrests and that
resulted in setting at least one of the pedophiles, said
to be the group's
ringleader, free. In a letter to the community, Rabbi Aaron Leibowitz says more than 100 neighborhood children were
molested, almost all of them haredi, and he announces a public meeting to be held with police and social services.
Rabbi Yosef Blau, haredi community activist Tzvi
Gluck, Prof. Marci Hamilton, Voice of Justice founder
Appel and Dr. Asher Lipner will talk about how we can protect our children from child sex abuse live on the air Saturday night.
In a closed meeting meant
only for pulpit rabbis and first reported on
FailedMessiah.com, Agudah security evicted anyone not
pre-approved to attend. Then Agudath Israel of America's General Counsel told the handpicked audience how to deal with
claims of child sex abuse in a way that skirts mandatory reporting law. And he claimed the Brooklyn DA, Charles Hynes, personally approved this end around.
attorney and advocate against child sex abuse writes a
long op-ed article about the Brooklyn DA's claim to have
89 haredi pedophiles over the past two years. Shocklingly absent from that article is a startling claim made
by a credible haredi source that the DA fixed those cases under pressure from haredi activists and rabbinic leaders.
Salamon, PhD. dukes it out with Ami Magazine's dishonest
publisher Rabbi Yizchok Frankfurter and Pinny Taub,
the Patty Hearst of haredi child sex abuse survivors. In the process, Salamon threw bloggers and advocates under the bus,
Frankfurter was sleazy and disgusting, and Taub was only marginally better. And during it all, Tzvi Gluck explained the mystery
of the DA's "89" haredim arrested for child sex abuse since fall 2009, and told stories about horrific child sex abuse incidents and equally horrific rabbinic coverups.
Yechiel Brauner is a notorious Borough Park pedophile who
was just released from a psychiatric facility. One of his
grounds is the Shomer Shabbos synagogue, a popular neighborhood minyan factory. For years, the rabbi who runs Shomer
Shabbos refused to ban Brauner. Instead, he honored him, having him lead parts of the High Holiday services. But that has finally changed.
week (5 November 2011) Cheider Antwerpen advertised its new
school building as follows (translation from Yiddish):
“The Board of the School is not only interested in the school as a whole, in general, but in each pupil in particular, individually.
Therefore next to each class room a smaller room has been built, which will function as a special room, for if and when the teacher wants to have a private encounter (discussion) with a child, and the like”.
Antwerpse Orthodoxe Jood
verkrachtte knaap in synagoge: drie jaar
Antwerp Orthodox Man gets three years for raping young boy in Synagogue
strafrechter veroordeelde donderdag een 22-jarige
Chassidische knaap tot drie jaar cel (er was vier
waarvan de helft met uitstel voor de verkrachting van een tienerjongen en de aanranding van twee meisjes. De man werd ook voor
vijf jaar uit de rechten ontzet en moet aan de ouders van één van de meisjes 252 euro schadevergoeding: twee keer één euro voor hen zelf en 250 euro voor hun dochter.
criminal indictment was served today against Rabbi
Mordechai (Moti) Elon, one of the most prominent rabbis in
Zionist movement, for two counts of indecent and sexual assault against two minor boys, one of whom was his student at the time
of the alleged assault. Elon, who broke an agreement he made with an Orthodox Zionist ethics committee not to
teach boys or work around or with boys, denies the allegations against him saying his actions have been "misunderstood.'
alleged victims have come forward to accuse Samuel David
Cyprys, who was a guard and karate teacher at Chabad's
College in Melbourne. Cyprys is currently charged with 29 counts of indecent assault and gross indecency relating to former students,
some as young as seven. Chabad multi-millionaire Rabbi Joseph Gutnick allegedly knew about Cyprys's crimes and paid a security
professional to make sure Cyprys did not have access to any of the synagogues Gutnick controlled. But Gutnick did not tell police about Cyprys.
Fresh Yeshivah sex charge
an adult survivor of severe and unrelenting childhood
sexual abuse, I have followed your halachic decisions and
regarding this issue with great concern. I am a Litvak, yeshiva-trained, from Monsey, New York. For many years I taught at
Monsey yeshivos, mostly at the mesivta level.…Although many survivors write you politely, groveling at your feet in the hope
that you will change tack, you need to know that we despise you. You have hurt Orthodox survivors so badly, many to most of us
will never forgive you for your destructive stance. Personally, I sincerely pray every day that HaShem will convict your heart and serve you a resounding kick in the tukkis."
Video of a seminar on
child sex abuse that was given for the Melbourne Jewish
community in the wake of the Chabad child sex
abuse scandals. It features Dr. Danny Lamm, Sergeant Scott Wells of the Victoria Police Sexual Offences and Child Abuse Investigation
Team (SOCIT), Dr Joe Tucci, Cathie Cincotta (who is the Team Leader of the Child Protection Response of the DHS),
and Mary Mass of the South Eastern Centre Against Sexual Assault. Chabad was asked to publicize this event but did not.
wants men's mikvas to put up its anti-gay signs "The
Jewish Political Action Committee is now organizing an
program to stop Gay molesters from attacking children and teens. Since the gay marriage bill in New York was introduced,
there has been a surge of gay attacks against youngsters in New York." However, the vast majority of pedophiles who molest boys
are not gay, and medical science has long since shown that. And there is no evidence whatsoever for
JPAC's claim that attacks against boys have surged since same sex unions were legalized a few months ago.
Het openbaar ministerie heeft een celstraf van vier jaar, deels met uitstel, gevorderd voor een 22-jarige joodse man uit Antwerpen. Hij had een joodse jongen van 13 een tiental keer seksueel misbruikt, onder meer in de synagoge.
Bnei Brak Man Accused Of Molesting Minors In Mikva
An indictment was filed on Sunday in the Tel Aviv District Court, charging a Bnei Brak resident with sodomy and indecent assault against three boys aged under 16.
A Long Island rabbi is suing his ex-wife and
the New York Post over the publication
of sordid sex tapes that allegedly show him cavorting with prostitutes after a Sabbath service.
The men, all who are in their 40s and 50s
and at least four of whom are haredi, knew each other
through the neighborhood where they
all lived but were not acting in an organized fashion, according to police. At least two of the men had been arrested for pedophilia
several months ago, and one of them committed his new crimes against children while wearing a GPS tracking ankle bracelet.
Rabbi David Weis tells a federal judge that
his ruling to send the daughter of Rabbi Israel Weingarten
away from home to protect her from
her father who was raping her did not actually indict Weingarten, and that once a daughter accuses a father of sexual impropriety
against her, the family relationship is "broken," and the daughter cannot remain in the house for yihud reasons.
Some alleged victims and their advocates
have accused the Jewish Community Council of Victoria
(i.e., Melbourne, Australia)
of responding timidly to the child sex abuse scandal in the Melbourne Chabad community. And the reason they give for that timidity will shock you.
members of the Melbourne Chabad community lied
to the police, covered up an alleged child sex
scandal and protected a man accused of repeatedly molesting children from Chabad's Yeshiva College, a Melbourne court has been told.
refuses to learn from the fiasco of the
Catholic Church’s shameful system of
sheltering pedophile priests, or the
doomed-to-failure attempts of the Beis Din of Yeshiva University that exonerated Rabbi Baruch Lanner, who was later convicted in
criminal court of child sexual abuse; and the failure of rabbinic panels in Lakewood, Baltimore, Los Angeles and
Chicago, to solve the community problem of sex abuse “internally.” Rather, Ohel is proudly helping set
up yet another rabbinical committee to “deal with” (read: cover up for) sex crimes in…the community of New Square.
Constable Lisa Metcher told the Melbourne Magistrates' Court today. She accused senior members of the Chabad community of covering up the alleged crimes.
"The support that they have provided to him is by not saying anything about these matters when they have been canvassed [by police],”
Det Sen Const Metcher said. "They have failed in any way to protect the children and the matter has been swept under the carpet, basically."
all associated with Chabad's
Yeshivah College, were between 7 and 17 years old at the time of the alleged assaults. Victims claim they told Chabad
about the abuse but the head of Chabad in Australia, Rabbi Yitzchok Dovid Groner, covered up the
alleged crimes and allowed the alleged pedophile to continue working at the yeshiva with children.
College security guard,
martial arts teacher and
locksmith David Cyprys has
been arrested for child
sex abuse allegedly
committed at Chabad's flagship Melbourne school. He faces 29 counts. These crimes were
allegedly covered up by the head of Chabad in Australia, Rabbi Yitzchok Dovid Groner.
Yosef Feldman, the
chief rabbi of the
surrounding areas is
a prominent Chabad follower. He has been under fire because of leaked emails that showed him advocating not calling police in cases
of alleged child sex abuse. Here is an extended email dialogue with Rabbi Feldman about the charges against him, child sex abuse, and my posts about him.
again shows that
it cannot be
video from the
Western Wall in
French Chabad-Lubavitch hasid brutally beating his daughter, made public in Israel and which has
NO copyright, has been removed by YouTube for "violating" its "terms of service."
appears to be
a Chabad hasid
– who seems used to being beaten by her father – at the entrance to the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem.
the head rabbi
told the world
his assertion that people should call rabbis, not police, when children are sexually molested was an academic exercise
that did not reflect his true views. But Feldman was lying.
Monsey man who
to a felony
will serve up
to six months
in the county
will be registered as a sex offender with the state. Arthur Grossman, 40, pleaded guilty Wednesday to first-degree sexual abuse.
Grossman was arrested June 8, 2010, by Ramapo police, based on a complaint from Rockland Child Protective Services accusing
him of improperly touching a child's penis numerous times over a period of several years. The child was younger than 8.
Lebovits was a
was accused of
To some ultra-Orthodox leaders, this justifies a reluctance to go to authorities with charges of abuse.
or that the teens had made an accusation because something had happened to them in Rivlin’s absence, and they blamed the
rabbi for not protecting them. “I don’t believe that he is a person who would ever engage in such activity,’’ Yasgur said.
She died at he
head trauma. Her funeral is a t 10:30 am this morning. This the third fatal car accident involving a small child in
New Square over the past 18 months. Chaye Gitel Schwartz's father, Moshe Chaim, is the principal of a New Square school.
Monday in an
after she tried to circumcise her 3-month-old son by herself in her home after reading the Hebrew Bible.
A woman who
was sold as a
newborn to a
couple by a
Rabbi Seymour Fenichel (Yeshiva University, Class of 1946), 34 years ago has finally found her Long Island birth mom.
child sexual abuse if it took place at their camps. Now they are required to report that abuse no matter where it occurs.
thanks to extradition complications, a community that may have preferred to keep things quiet, and, critics charge,
a D.A. who had political reasons not to pursue the case.
40-60, in a
has gone to 3
bungalow colonies in the [Monticello] area and attempted to abduct little boys.
No matter how
tries to spin
to them you'll
have to ask a
And that consultation could easily take days – days that the child is still in danger, days that other children are still in danger, days that you may be breaking the law.
Bnei Brak who is accused of sodomizing and sexually abusing one his students, a 12-year-old boy.
including beatings and rape. The Jerusalem-based ultra-Orthodox cult to which they belonged was exposed when
one of the women managed to escape and turned for help to the Israeli Center for Victims of Cults.
claimed he was
Council of New
(Sydney, Australia) wrote that the AJN “distorted and presented out of context with damaging effect.” However, the first concerns
about Rabbi Feldman’s comments came from his peers: “You are wrong! Your attitude has been that of many rabbonim
and the church, and the result has been countless innocent victims. Anything other than going to the police does not protect the victims …
you are wrong and you are in way over your head."
and in the Tiberias area over the past few weeks, on suspicion of carrying out emotional and physical abuse of women and children over a two year period.
and who have consulted with mental health professionals and other experts, are most qualified
to responsibly handle questions about what constitutes ‘reasonable suspicion’ in such matters.”
of OHEL, will
be on air live
OHEL has long been accused by anti-child sexual abuse activists and women's rights activists of covering up these crimes and of protecting pedophiles and spouse abusers.
Worse yet, the man participated in the search for Leiby Kletzky, driving throughout Borough Park in an SUV,
wearing a Shomrim vest, and broadcasting that he was looking for the 8-year-old missing boy.
appears to be
community of .
abuse incident involving a
30 year old Haredi woman suspected ofliterally starving her three year old son over a two year period to get more attention from him, appears
to be yet another incident involving a community who is not only a “culture within a culture” but one that is now trying to exert
it’s influence – and even control – over a city that is not only sacred to the Jewish People, but to other religions as well.
Instigative haredi posters make serious accusations against hospital treating three-year-old toddler starved by his mother; compare it to infamous Nazi doctor Mengele. Deputy Minister Yakov Lizman, who posted bail for mother, 'not worried about money'
children – in
of Jerusalem had a diary he kept that lists 70 children who were sexually assaulted in bathrooms, shuls, mikvas, etc.
two and a half
weeks ago, a
ad was placed
in one of
Sabbath leaflets, distributed in synagogues countrywide. Now an Israeli tabloid has picked up (part of) the story.
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