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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
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
Hasidic Orthodox Jewish Torah Celebration In Jerusalem
Visit http://UniteTheBeards.com for more infonnHasid & Hipster - Not as different as you thinknnChabad of North Brooklyn and Bushwick Presen...
Visit http://UniteTheBeards.com for more infonnHasid & Hipster - Not as different as you thinknnChabad of North Brooklyn and Bushwick Present: Unite The BeardsnnCome ask any question about the Hasidic lifestyle - With special guest Rabbi Manis FriedmannnTuesday May 21st @ 8 p.m.n132 North 5th Street Suite Range 2C nBrooklyn, NY 11249nnFor more info:email@example.comMusic: "Jericho" by Meshugga Beach Party from the album "Let's Go Shleppin'!"nnVideo By: Zalman KohnnnLike: https://www.facebook.com/11213.orgnFollow: https://twitter.com/11213orgnSubscribe: http://www.youtube.com/11213org Less
Four wives and mothers from Brooklyn, New York's Hasidic community get personal and clear up common misconceptions about Hasidic couples' se...
Four wives and mothers from Brooklyn, New York's Hasidic community get personal and clear up common misconceptions about Hasidic couples' sex lives. Oprah learns about their traditional laws, the importance of verbal communication and more.nnFor more on Oprah's Next Chapter visit http://www.oprah.com/OprahsNextChapternnFind OWN on TV at http://www.oprah.com/FindOWN Less
Between the hipster community and the Hasidic community, Brooklyn is by far the most bearded spot in New York. We thought we’d have some f...
Between the hipster community and the Hasidic community, Brooklyn is by far the most bearded spot in New York. We thought we’d have some fun with this by playing an audience guessing game called “Hipster or Hasidic?” nnSUBSCRIBE to get the latest #KIMMEL: http://bit.ly/JKLSubscribennWatch the latest Halloween Candy Prank: http://bit.ly/KimmelHalloweenCandynnWatch Mean Tweets: http://bit.ly/JKLMeanTweets8nnConnect with Jimmy Kimmel Live Online:nnVisit the Jimmy Kimmel Live WEBSITE: http://bit.ly/JKLWebsitenLike Jimmy Kimmel Live on FACEBOOK: http://bit.ly/JKLFacebooknFollow Jimmy Kimmel Live on TWITTER: http://bit.ly/JKLTwitternFollow Jimmy Kimmel Live on INSTAGRAM: http://bit.ly/JKLInstagramnnAbout Jimmy Kimmel Live:nnJimmy Kimmel serves as host and executive producer of Emmy-winning "Jimmy Kimmel Live," ABC's late-night talk show.n n"Jimmy Kimmel Live" is well known for its huge viral video successes with 2.5 billion views on YouTube alone. Some of Kimmel's most popular comedy bits include - Mean Tweets, Lie Witness News, Jimmy's Twerk Fail Prank, Unnecessary Censorship, YouTube Challenge, The Baby Bachelor, Movie: The Movie, Handsome Men's Club, Jimmy Kimmel Lie Detective and music videos like "I (Wanna) Channing All Over Your Tatum" and a Blurred Lines parody with Robin Thicke, Pharrell, Jimmy and his security guard Guillermo.n nNow in its thirteenth season, Kimmel's guests have included: Johnny Depp, Meryl Streep, Tom Cruise, Halle Berry, Harrison Ford, Jennifer Aniston, Will Ferrell, Katy Perry, Tom Hanks, Scarlett Johansson, Channing Tatum, George Clooney, Larry David, Charlize Theron, Mark Wahlberg, Kobe Bryant, Steve Carell, Hugh Jackman, Kristen Wiig, Jeff Bridges, Jennifer Garner, Ryan Gosling, Bryan Cranston, Jamie Foxx, Amy Poehler, Ben Affleck, Robert Downey Jr., Jake Gyllenhaal, Oprah, and unfortunately Matt Damon.nnHipster or Hasidic?nhttps://youtu.be/9ACkfbi8vyo Less
Areas of Brooklyn, NY feel like a trip back in time. Ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities live a lifestyle that mirrors their ancestors from ce...
Areas of Brooklyn, NY feel like a trip back in time. Ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities live a lifestyle that mirrors their ancestors from centuries ago. The dress, hair, language, education, food, values, prayers, traditions and community structure have been passed down and preserved through many generations and across oceans. All of those are an expression of the residents' profound faith in God. What is not visible are shameful secrets: Child sex abuse scandals have been making headlines for years and bringing unwanted attention to a group bent on privacy. For Hasidim, every waking act is defined by the laws of the Torah; they depend on the teachings of rabbis to guide them in all parts of their day. Influence from the secular world threatens to invade their insular community. Now revered leaders of the community are accused of protecting child predators and punishing the victims who dare to speak out about what was done to them, all to avoid outside involvement. CNN's Gary Tuchman talked with Rabbi Nuchem Rosenberg who is trying to change that attitude. He has created a hotline for victims and their families. As a result, he received death threats. He told Tuchman, "The rabbis feel very hurt that this is what's happening in the community so they want to push it under the cover, so that it shouldn't come out." Crimes against children by adults who claim to live the word of God are not new. Many religions have demons, and the ultra-Orthodox Jews are no exception. Most ... Less
A teenage girl was offered $500000 to leave the country instead of testifying in an upcoming sex abuse case against her former spiritual cou...
A teenage girl was offered $500000 to leave the country instead of testifying in an upcoming sex abuse case against her former spiritual counselor in Brooklyn's ultra-Orthodox Jewish community, prosecutors said Thursday. Abraham Rubin, 48, offered the bribe to the girl and her boyfriend, telling them justice would be better served if they didn't testify in the case against Nechemya Weberman, prosecutors said. Three other men also tried to harass the accuser into silence, they said. Weberman, 53, has been accused of molesting the girl from ages 12 to 15. He has pleaded not guilty to sex abuse charges, and he has been embraced in his community and defended as wrongly accused. The girl has been threatened, ostracized and called a slut and a troublemaker, family friends said. Both the accuser and her boyfriend could be called to testify in the case. A court date was set for July 18. Assistant District Attorney Josh Hanshaft said the four men had no regard for the criminal justice system and wanted to handle the case their way. They "tried to make the witnesses disappear so the case would be dropped," he said. Rubin offered to provide them with counsel on how to be uncooperative at the upcoming trial, prosecutors said. Meanwhile, brothers Jacob, Joseph and Hertzka Berger threatened and pressured the accuser and her boyfriend, telling him that they would take away the man's kosher license at his Brooklyn restaurant if he didn't convince her to drop the case, prosecutors said ... Less
WILLIAMSBURG - Four men who allegedly tried to stall the prosecution in a sex abuse case faced a judge today. Orthodox leader Nechemya Weber...
WILLIAMSBURG - Four men who allegedly tried to stall the prosecution in a sex abuse case faced a judge today. Orthodox leader Nechemya Weberman, 53, is currently on trial for allegedly abusing a young girl he counseled. Yesterday, four men were arrested and accused of using intimidation and bribery to get the girl to drop the charges. Abraham Rubin is accused of offering a $500000 bribe to the alleged victim, in hopes of getting her to drop the charges against an Orthodox community member who she says molested her for three years. Brothers Joseph, Jacob and Hertzka Berger, pleaded not guilty to charges that include coercion for allegedly intimidating and pressuring the victim and witnesses to not cooperate with police. All four men are due back in court on Sept. 10. www.wpix.com www.nbcnewyork.com newyork.cbslocal.com www.myfoxny.com www.ny1.com www.news12.com Less
A comedic rant delivered to the NYC Skeptics in 2009, to be taken with a grain of kosher salt pls
Random Knife Attack Sends Hasidic Jews Running
Two New York City detectives, one Amish and one Hasidic, lose their partners and are forced to work together to catch a bank robber. Make ha...
Two New York City detectives, one Amish and one Hasidic, lose their partners and are forced to work together to catch a bank robber. Make haste! WRITTEN BY AND STARRING Matt Ruby as Detective Singer www.mattrubycomedy.com http Mark Normand as Detective Fisher marknormandcomedy.com http More videos like this at www.sandpapersuit.com CAST Police chief - Dan Soder (http Robbery Victim - Victoria Harrington Gorilla - Robert Dean (twitter.com Costume shop employee - Erik Bergstrom (erikbergstrom.com) Cop #1 - Nick Maritato (http Cop #2 - Sean Donnelly (seandonnellycomedy.com) Director - Matt Lawrence (http Editor - John Schlirf Cameraman - Robertino Zambrano (www.zambrano.tv) Less
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