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Controversy Over Handling Of Sex Abuse Cases In Hasidic Jewish Community
The controversial fundraiser that became a divisive issue in the Hasidic community was held Wednesday night in Brooklyn.n nAs protestors mad...
The controversial fundraiser that became a divisive issue in the Hasidic community was held Wednesday night in Brooklyn.n nAs protestors made their presence known, the man at the center of controversy, Rabbi Nechemya Weberman, 53, shook hands and accepted warm wishes at the dinner, which was held to raise his legal funds.n nWeberman was arrested last year after a 16-year-old female accused him of molesting her during years of counseling sessions dating back to when she was 12. He has pleaded not guilty to charges of committing a criminal sex act, rape, endangering the welfare of a child and sexual abuse.n nHundreds of Hasidic Jews packed the hall in Williamsburg on Wednesday night and plunked down money to help support him. Supporters told CBS 2′s Sean Hennessey they were hoping to raise $500,000.n nIn the days leading up to the event, posters in Yiddish and Hebrew had been put up throughout Williamsburg announcing the fundraiser on Weberman's behalf for those who believed the teen made up the claims in an effort to threaten their community.n nA victim's advocate called the posters "threatening," saying they insinuate the victim is harming the community.n n"The suggestion is that this victim, by going to the authorities and reporting the abuse, is attacking the entire community," said Ben Hirsch of the group, Survivors for Justice. "I believe one of the posters shows a missile coming down on the community. The missile is, of course, the victim and the community is everyone alongside the accused."n nOthers also called the posters an attack on the victim and her family for coming forward.n n"The victim and her family have undergone incredible, incredible terrible things done to them by the community to shame her," protestor Chaim Levin said.n nWeberman and his case have become such a lightning rod, protestors said it's just another example of an insular community turning a blind eye on sexual predators.n n"This is a community that unfortunately protects molesters," said Pearl Engelman, the mother of a sex abuse victim.n n"She's being defamed in a community where she did nothing wrong," Rabbi Nuchem Rosenberg added.n nRosenberg said it's typical in this community to stay silent about predators out of fear of retribution.n nDespite the protest, Weberman has plenty of supporters.n n"I know this guy for many years. He's a wonderful guy, he's a special guy," said one supporter at the fundraiser Wednesday night.n nMeanwhile, Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes fought back against his critics over the handling of sex crimes involving Hasidic Jews.n nCritics say Hynes has accommodated rabbis, who insist on screening allegations before deciding if law enforcement should be involved, CBS 2′s Tony Aiello reported.n nHynes responded in a newspaper column, saying it was "...absurd to suggest that we cover up or give a break to sex offenders in the orthodox Jewish community."n nThe District Attorney said the faithful are free to discuss allegations first with a rabbi, saying "I also expect allegations of criminal conduct to be reported to appropriate law enforcement."n nHynes' stance on the issue stands in contrast to how he handled the Catholic church abuse crisis. In 2002, he signed a formal memorandum with then-Bishop William Daily, mandating the church promptly report every abuse allegation.n nHynes, however, insists his current approach in relation to the Hasidic and Orthodox community is both culturally sensitive and effective Less
Prosecuting childhood sex-abuse cases in the Hasidic community has been a long-standing problem for Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes...
Prosecuting childhood sex-abuse cases in the Hasidic community has been a long-standing problem for Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes. Cases often fall apart because of witness intimidation, and the DA now has a task force to try to find a solution. While some say that's a step in the right direction, others question his track record. "That this should happen in America is beyond me," an unidentified man told CBS 2′s Maurice DuBois. The unidentified man is afraid to reveal his identity, but he desperately wants to tell his story. In 2004, his seven-year-old son was allegedly sexually abused by Rabbi Joel Kolko, who taught at Torah Temimah, a Brooklyn Yeshiva. "Kolko was a monster," the father said. The family filed a lawsuit against the school, alleging that school officials knew or should have known that Kolko allegedly molested students for decades. "It definitely has ruined a lot of lives," the unidentified man added. Last February, the father said that he received a disturbing phone call. In a sworn affidavit, he said that the caller threatened him, saying, "You better back off or you will suffer the consequences." He traced the call back to the Yeshiva. "Nothing surprises me because they feel that they can do whatever they want," the father said. "They feel that nobody is going to stop them." And it didn't stop there. In an affidavit, his son's therapist said he was urged to "convince my patient to settle this case." And a second family, also suing after their ... Less
Former recruit Fishel Litzman was fired on Friday from the NYPD afternmultiple confrontations with the department over the length of hisnbe...
Former recruit Fishel Litzman was fired on Friday from the NYPD afternmultiple confrontations with the department over the length of hisnbeard. Litzman is Hasidic Jew and believes that cutting his beard isnforbidden by God. NYPD rules usually require officers to benclean-shaven. The department makes exceptions for beards kept fornreligious purposes, but even then only allows 1 millimeter worth ofngrowth. NYPD spokesman Paul Browne says the department's rules arenreasonable and Litzman was aware of them when he signed up. Less
A startling new report is undermining a widely-shared stereotype about Jewish residents of New York. New figures show a quarter of all Jews ...
A startling new report is undermining a widely-shared stereotype about Jewish residents of New York. New figures show a quarter of all Jews here in the Big Apple aren't wealthy - but instead are today classified as living in poverty. In the last decade New York has seen a huge increase in poverty amongst Jewish communities. Nearly one in four Jews are considered poor, compared to one in five in 2002. They're statistics that stand in stark contrast to many people's idea of New York Jews owning vast amounts of money and property. And of the five boroughs in the city, Brooklyn is the hardest hit. Nearly 45% of the population here is poor. it's where many Hasidic Orthodox Jews live. But large families are common and for the men studying their religion is considered to be more important than earning money. Further fuelling the problems of poverty. The Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty also runs outreach programmes, like soup kitchens. Poverty is nothing new for the Jewish community in New York. At the start of 1900s two and half million Jews came to America, over a million of them settling in New York. The majority arrived with very few possessions, often little more than the shirt of their back. Many thousands received help from other Jews who had settled in the city during the 1800s and who now set up support organisations to give out food to the newly arrived. This map displays how a Jewish philanthropy distributed food and particularly ritual food for the holiday of ... Less
After a home was destroyed by the third fire in less than a month at a Hasidic resort area in Val-David, Que., residents fear an arsonist is...
After a home was destroyed by the third fire in less than a month at a Hasidic resort area in Val-David, Que., residents fear an arsonist is targeting Jews - but police say the blazes are not hate crimes. Less
Locked Up Abroad series page at Hulu.comSam Leibowitz built a cocaine empire with help from a network of fellow Hasidic Jews.
Hasidic Jews seem alien, and even hostile, to those outside their culture,which frequently includes other Jews. They dress differently, don'...
Hasidic Jews seem alien, and even hostile, to those outside their culture,which frequently includes other Jews. They dress differently, don't mingle between the sexes, speak Yiddish, and wear side curls, all in an attempt to rigorously follow the commandments of the Torah. They tend to keep to themselves, shunning television and the media so outside influences cannot corrupt their values and views. Yet filmmakers Oren Rudavsky and Menachem Daum were able to enter their world, and the result is the fascinating documentary A Life Apart: Hasidism in America. Using interviews with academics and members of the community and some historical footage, the filmmakers trace the growth of Hasidic groups in the United States. Groups formed around particular Rebbes (learned leaders) and they took their names from their Eastern European home cities (the Satmar Hasids, the Breslov Hasids, and so on). Leonard Nimoy and Sarah Jessica Parker narrate, explaining how this movement came to America and how it was able to flourish. Dissenting voices also appear, in the form of neighborhood people who are distressed at the Hasids' refusal to speak to members not in their community and of a young woman, Pearl Gluck, who left the community in order to pursue her writing and to follow a life of her own choosing. Many Hasids refuse to speak on camera, and we see many shielding themselves with hands or coats so as not to appear on film. But those who do appear are poignant in their discussions of why the Hasidic life is important to them. One man speaks to the directors, even as he acknowledges that he will never see the movie, but he will do it "in order to help a Jew make a living." One couple, Holocaust survivors, are not Hasidic, but their children are, and the reasonings of both the parents and the children are interesting. This film, shown on PBS, is a consequential look into a lifestyle many of us don't understand, and it may help in increasing an understanding. Less
A child sex abuse trial in New York City is bringing attention to a deeply insular religious sect -- a fundamentalist group of Hasidic Jews....
A child sex abuse trial in New York City is bringing attention to a deeply insular religious sect -- a fundamentalist group of Hasidic Jews. "CBS This Morning" senior correspondent John Miller reports. Less
Hasidic Jews going Gangam style. Did you hear that ?? HASIDIC+GANGAM STYLE!!! At Eli Leno's wedding
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