August 16. 2018
Aryeh Cohen, would be child molester
A Minnesota rabbi who works in student outreach was charged in a child sex sting conducted earlier this year.
Rabbi Aryeh Cohen faces two felony counts of engaging in electronic communication relating to or describing conduct with a child, the Pioneer Press reported.
Some 17 people have been charged in recent days in the undercover operation.
In most of the cases, the men responded to ads posted on Craigslist by undercover agents posing as young women or men seeking a hook-up.
Cohen, 44, who has no prior record, was arrested in February outside an apartment in North St. Paul, where the federal agent posing as a 15-year-old boy suggested they meet after a week of communicating through a hook-up site, the Forward reported.
Cohen was the director of outreach for the Minneapolis Community Kollel, an Orthodox community center that offers seminars and classes on Jewish texts and religious life. He ran the Kollel’s JWAY program for college students and recent graduates. He and his wife, Adina, also led private text studies with male and female students at the Hillel on the University of Minnesota campus, according to the Forward, though he was not employed by Hillel.
Cohen’s name was removed from the Kollel’s website.
The rabbi will appear in court in September. If convicted, he faces up to six years in prison.
July 25, 2018
Mundhir Abdallah, calling for the killing of all Jews
July 7, 2018
August Hlond, shown here wearing his magic penis hat.
Prominent Jewish groups are condemning Pope Francis’ decision to push Poland’s top Roman Catholic priest during and after World War II further along the road to sainthood, claiming the would-be saint’s legacy is tainted by anti-Semitic views.
Pope Francis confirmed the “heroic virtues” of Cardinal August Hlond in late May, which means that he put a stamp of approval on a Vatican body’s initial review of the priest’s candidacy for sainthood. The Vatican now needs to confirm Hlond’s involvement in two miracles before the priest, who died in 1948, can become a saint.
But two leading U.S.-based Jewish organizations, the American Jewish Committee and the Simon Wiesenthal Center, have already stepped in to question Hlond’s attitude toward Polish Jews.
Rabbi David Rosen, the AJC’s director of interreligious affairs, criticized Hlond in a letter to the pontifical commission tasked with maintaining good relations with Jews.
Moving forward with the canonization process “will be perceived within the Jewish community and beyond as an expression of approval of Cardinal Hlond’s extremely negative approach towards the Jewish community,” Rosen wrote in the letter.
Hlond, who led the Roman Catholic Church in Poland between 1926 and his death, is revered in the country for opposing Nazi Germany’s occupation of the country and attempting to maintain the Catholic Church’s independence when communism took root after the war, The Associated Press reports.
But Jewish groups believe Hlond’s legacy is tainted by his anti-Semitic views. In a 1936 pastoral letter sent to Polish churches, Hlond warned his flock to stay away from the “harmful moral influence of Jews” and to avoid Jewish shops and publications.
“It is a fact that the Jews are fighting against the Catholic Church, persisting in free thinking, and are the vanguard of godlessness, Bolshevism and subversion,” Hlond wrote in the letter, according to a translation provided by AP.
Hlond wrote in the letter that “not all Jews” exhibited those qualities, and there were many “ethically outstanding, noble and respectable” Jews. He also urged Poles not to attack Jews or their property. Still, the priest ultimately criticized Jews for rejecting Jesus, Rosen wrote.
March 27, 2018
Menachem M. Weiss, charged with sexual assault of young boy
A man who served as a rabbi and teacher was arrested and charged in a 1999 sexual assault of a boy in Woodcliff Lake, according to the Bergen County prosecutor’s Office.
Rabbi Menachem M. Weiss, 46, of Los Angeles, was accused of sexually assaulting a boy from January to June 1999 in Woodcliff Lake, the prosecutor’s office stated.
Woodcliff Lake police received information of the sexual assault in December 2016, and Weiss was indicted on Tuesday.
The rabbi was taken into custody by Port Authority police Thursday evening at Newark Airport and taken to Bergen County Jail pending a detention hearing scheduled for Monday, according to the prosecutor’s office. He arrived on a flight from Los Angeles and there was a warrant out for his arrest, according to Port Authority spokesman Joseph Pentangelo.
Weiss used to live in Woodcliff Lake and Park Ridge, according to a 1999 article in The Record. In the article he spoke of a menorah outside his house being vandalized. He ran the home-based Pascack Valley Outreach Chabad Center.
He previously served at Milken Community Schools in California and was married for more than 20 years, according to a 2016 article by the student publication at the school Milken Roar.
Married rabbi busted for having sex with teen forced into prostitution, just three years after he pled guilty to molesting a boy at Jewish camp
February 21. 2018
A married rabbi has been arrested for allegedly paying an underage prostitute for sex, three years after he pleaded guilty to molesting a young boy at a Jewish camp.
Aryeh Goodman, 35, is accused of
sleeping with fucking the 17-year-old girl at a hotel near his home on February 1.
He turned himself in to police in East Brunswick, New Jersey, with his lawyer on February 6.
Two others, the girl’s alleged pimps, were also arrested.
Goodman is married with children and ran a religious organization in East Brunswick offers classes for women and children.
In 2015, he pleaded guilty to molesting a boy under the age of 13 at a Jewish camp in 2001.
He was sentenced to between 11 and 23 months in jail and was told he must register as a sex offender.
He was banned from working with children as a condition of that sentence.
September 20. 2017
Saul Kassin, lying and cheating his way to the top
If the allegations turn out to be true, it will not the first time that Chief Rabbinate qualifications have been fraudulently obtained for the purposes of career advancement.
Rabbi Saul Kassin (C), the chief rabbi of a synagogue in Brooklyn, N.Y.,is one of the more than 40 people to be arrested in a federal investigation of public corruption and international money laundering, in Newark, N.J..
Four rabbis were arrested Wednesday on suspicion of fraud, breach of trust, falsifying documents, and impersonation, in connection to unlawful practices they allegedly employed in applying for municipal chief rabbi positions.
The Jerusalem Post has learned that the rabbis ran or are running for the chief rabbi jobs in the cities of Nesher, Pardess Hanna, Lod and Beit Shemesh. The police have not released the names of the rabbis who were arrested.
According to the police, the rabbis were arrested on suspicion of fraudulently obtaining qualification certificates that would enable them to stand for municipal chief rabbi positions.
Only rabbis who have passed ordination exams on a higher level and more exacting than the standard ordination tests are able to serve as municipal chief rabbis.
The police stated that the four rabbis in question are each suspected of one or some of the following offenses: obtaining an ordination certificate fraudulently, without having taken the exams; falsifying the registration of test scores; sending someone else to take the exams for them; making contact with the exam marker to try to persuade him to mark their papers more leniently.
Police personnel from the Lahav 433 National Crime Unit arrested the four men Tuesday morning and conducted searches of their homes for documents tying them to their alleged crimes.
The police emphasized that the Chief Rabbinate had cooperated throughout the investigation, and only the suspects themselves were under investigation.
July 28, 2017
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — A prominent New Haven rabbi is facing charges after he allegedly sexually assaulted a former high school student.
New Haven Police were contacted in Aug. 2016 by the attorney of a man regarding alleged sexual assaults that ranged from the early to mid 2000s. The victim stated that Rabbi Daniel Greer, who was the dean of the Yeshiva of New Haven/the Gan School, sexually assaulted the man while he attended the school.
A warrant was signed by Judge Patrick J Clifford on Tuesday, leading to the rabbi’s arrest.
The victim now 29 had filed an eleven page lawsuit against Rabbi Greer and the New Haven school last May claiming the abuse started in the Fall 2002 and continued through his sophomore, junior, and senior years. Antonio Ponvert is the victim’s attorney. He told News8 over the phone how his client is doing today.
“He is both relieved and gratified,” said Ponvert. “Relieved again that he’s believed when he came forward.”
No one answered at the Rabbi’s New Haven home. One neighbor would not comment on the charges.
“He’s been a neighbor for over thirty years and I have nothing untoward to say,” said Susan Lamar. When News8 tried clarify that she thought he was a good neighbor she answered, “You added the good right? So I’m just going to stick with that he’s been a neighbor.”
Police encourage other victims of abuse to come forward understanding it may be a personal and difficult thing to do.
“If somebody is going to do this they’re likely going to do this to more than one person,” said David Hartman, the spokesperson for New Haven Police. “Very often this is an issue of power than sex in the simpler sense. That power is a driving force.. behind these criminal acts.”
Greer was charged with sexual assault in the second degree and risk of injury to a minor. He turned himself in to police headquarters Wednesday morning. Rabbi Greer’s bond was court-set at $100,000.
“It will not surprise me at all if others come forward especially now that the arrest has been made and it’s clear that both the civil and the criminal justice systems are working,” said Ponvert.
The attorney says his client will fully cooperate with the state’s attorney and testify against Rabbi Greer if this case does go to trial. In the civil case his client was awarded a $22 million settlement against the school and the rabbi.
Lloyd Haughton, child rapist
June 29, 2017
SANFORD, Fla. – A rabbi accused of molesting and impregnating a 15-year-old girl has been arrested, the Sanford Police Department said.
Investigators arrested Lloyd Haughton, 41, on charges of sexual assault on a minor living in the custody of Haughton.
The Sanford Police Department said it was notified on March 31 by the 15-year-old girl that Haughton had been molesting her for the past two years.
The victim told police Haughton had inappropriately touched her breast and genital area, police said. Haughton was questioned by investigators and denied all allegations.
Police said investigators were notified April 25 by the girl’s mother that the girl was pregnant, and Haughton was the father.
Investigators were notified on Wednesday by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement that test results concluded that Haughton was the biological father of the fetus, police said.
Haughton was arrested Wednesday. Police said he was charged with sexual battery by a custodian/victim under 18 years of age.
Haughton was a local rabbi and affiliated with the Synagogue Beth Israel at 301 S. Maple Ave. for about seven years, police said.
“Immediately upon hearing the news, Lloyd Haughton was released of his duties and is no longer affiliated with Synagogue Beth Israel. This is very sad, and time is needed for us to heal from the entire matter. I’m sure you’ll understand,” Synagogue Beth Israel said in a statement.
Because of Haughton’s position, he spent a lot of time with youth in the community, Sanford police public information Officer Bianca Gillett said. Police are asking anyone that has any information about possible incidents that could be similar in nature to contact the Sanford police.
“At a minimum, have some conversations with your children, and make sure there isn’t a need to contact us for anything,” Gillett said.
Sanford police Chief Cecil Smith also issued a statement about the arrest.
“It is always disheartening when people in positions of authority violate and abuse the trust that is bestowed upon them,” Smith said. “I hope the congregation and community can come together to heal and repair the trust that has been shattered.”
Haughton denied all of the allegations, police said.
During a first appearance Thursday, a judge denied bail for Haughton.
May 19, 2017
Menachem Chinn, child sex predator
A Jewish teacher and youth group director is being held in central New Jersey for the alleged sexual assault of a 12-year-old boy.
Rabbi Menachem Chinn was arrested April 18 and charged with assaulting the boy at the teacher’s home in Marlboro in 2012. A judge ordered that Chinn remain in custody following an April 26 detention hearing held in Mercer County Superior Court.
Chinn is a teacher at Shalom Torah Academy in Morganville, New Jersey, and director of the Twin Rivers chapter of the National Council of Synagogue Youth, the New Jersey Jewish News reported.
Chinn is charged with one count each of sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child.
NCSY, the youth movement affiliated with the Orthodox Union, immediately placed Chinn on leave pending the results of the investigation, NJJN reported. In a statement, NCSY wrote that it was “shocked” to learn of the arrest.
“The safety and well-being of NCSY participants is the organization’s utmost priority at all times,” according to the statement. “NCSY has zero tolerance whatsoever for improper or illegal behavior. Toward that end, NCSY maintains robust policies and procedures for its entire staff, including appropriate behavioral standards, criminal background checks, and an ombudsmen hotline that is checked multiple times daily, and extensive staff training. Any and all complaints are thoroughly investigated by seasoned professionals, who at all times are prepared to refer matters to the criminal justice system.”
NCSY said it had not been aware of any complaints against Chinn, who had been with the organization for 15 years. Parents of youth group members were notified of his arrest, an OU spokesperson told NJJN, and an interim adviser was to be appointed in his place. NCSY will hold an event May 4 for local parents and youth to discuss the situation.
NCSY adopted strict standards of conduct in the wake of the 2000 scandal involving Rabbi Baruch Lanner, the former principal at Hillel Yeshiva High School in Deal, New Jersey, and later the New Jersey regional NCSY director. Lanner was convicted in 2002 of molesting two girls at the high school and served three years of a seven-year sentence beginning in 2005. He was released on parole in 2008.
May 12, 2017
Denmark’s Jewish community has filed a complaint over an imam accused of calling for the murder of Jews in a case sparking political opprobrium, it emerged Thursday.
Imam Mundhir Abdallah preaches in the working class Copenhagen suburb of Norrebro at the Masjid Al-Faruq mosque, which media have previously linked to radical Islam.
He stands accused of citing a hadith or koranic narrative on March 31 calling for Muslims to rise up against Jews.
“Judgement Day will not come until the Muslims fight the Jews and kill them,” begins Abdallah’s address in footage on YouTube, according to a transcript of the original Arabic provided by US organisation the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).
Dan Rosenberg Asmussen, the head of the Jewish community in Denmark, urged police to open an investigation into a possible case of incitement to racial hatred.
“We fear that weak and easily-influenced persons could interpret this kind of preaching as an appeal to visit acts of violence or terror on Jews,” Asmussen told the Politiken daily.
Minister of immigration and integration, Inger Stojberg, described the imam’s address as “horrible, anti-democratic and abominable”.
Neither the imam nor the Jewish community responded to AFP requests for comment.
According to broadcaster DR, Omar al-Hussein, who was behind a series of shootings in Copenhagen in February 2015 which left two people dead, had visited the mosque the day before going on the rampage.
The Dane of Palestinian origin had sworn allegiance to Islamic State and shot and killed one person at a cultural centre hosting a conference on freedom of expression, before killing a Jewish man outside a synagogue. Police later shot him dead after he fired on them in a third incident.
August 25. 2016
A fugitive rabbi wanted for years on suspicions of molesting his female followers was extradited from South Africa Monday and was detained upon arrival at Ben-Gurion airport
Rabbi Eliezer Berland, founder of the Shuvu Bonim religious group, fled Israel to Morocco in 2013 amid allegations that he molested two female followers, one of them a minor.
The arrest caps years of Israeli attempts to lasso Berland, 79, considered a cult-like leader to thousands of his followers from the Bratslav Hasidic sect.
Since 2013, Berland has eluded Israeli attempts to extradite him, moving between Zimbabwe, Switzerland, the Netherlands, and South Africa, accompanied by a group of devout followers numbering around 40 families.
Rabbi Eliezer Berland participates in a mass prayer session at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, on January 25, 2012. (photo credit: Uri Lenz/Flash90)
Video of his flight to Israel showed supporters singing a Hasidic tune as Berland, wrapped in a prayer shawl and phylacteries, waved his arms.
Some 300 supporters were also on hand at the airport to welcome Berland back, though he was whisked from the plane directly into police custody, pausing only to kiss the ground, according to reports.
“Since he left the country in February 2013, the police have worked… to bring him back to Israel for questioning about the allegations against him… the process was completed this morning with his arrest at Ben Gurion airport,” police said in a statement.