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
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
Here in the normally sleepy Ukrainian town of Uman, in central Ukraine, an extraordinary festival is underway. Thousands of Jews from around...
Here in the normally sleepy Ukrainian town of Uman, in central Ukraine, an extraordinary festival is underway. Thousands of Jews from around the world have made a pilgrimage to visit the burial site of the legendary Rabbi Nachman of Breslov, for Rosh Hashana. A Hasidic master Rabbi Nachman was a great-grandson of the founder of Hasidism, the Baal Shem Tov. The Rosh Hashana pilgrimage dates back to 1811, the year after Nachman died and Breslov Hassidim and other Jews have come every year since to ask forgiveness for their sins and celebrate the holy new year. After the collapse of communism, in 1989, the number of Jews travelling to Uman dramtically increased. From 2000 in 1990 to approaching 30000 today. Locals are concerned that the event is becoming almost unmanagemable. But for Jews who come here every year, the pilgramage has become the most important date in their religious calendar and the long and arduous journey to Uman is most definitely a price worth paying. Vincent Mundy, JN1, Ukraine. Less
Hasidic Jewish Man goes crazy on the Lulav (Must See)
Five young girls were seriously injured Monday afternoon, when a van jumped the curb in the Rockland County community of New Square, and sla...
Five young girls were seriously injured Monday afternoon, when a van jumped the curb in the Rockland County community of New Square, and slammed right into them. As CBS 2's Lou Young reported, the girls were playing on a front lawn in the village of New Square -- a Hasidic enclave within the town of Ramapo -- when the Five-Star Home Medical Supplies van came roaring up and mowed them down. The van then knocked an electrical box off of its base and sent sparks flying. The five injured girls were taken to a local hospital by ambulance. One was seriously injured that she was near death and had to be revived in the ambulance on the way to Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, authorities said. Three of the girls were taken to Westchester Medical Center, while two more were taken to Nyack Hospital in Midland, officials said. Ramapo police, the town supervisor, and witnesses were horrified by what they saw. "They're right in their yard on the driveway playing, and the vehicle came down and mowed right over them," said Ramapo Town Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence. "We have no markings of any brakes that were hit or anything at this time. We have our crime and our traffic people working at the scene right now. We are pulling tapes from cameras that are on this street, and we may have actual footage of the accident itself." "You know, they tell that your child's in this ambulance, your child is in this, it's very, very messy," said witness Manny Spirra. "It's very, very scary ... Less
It was an emotional and dramatic showdown in court. A young woman faced a prominent member of the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community whom she a...
It was an emotional and dramatic showdown in court. A young woman faced a prominent member of the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community whom she accuses of molesting her as a child. The tightly knit Hasidic community is now bitterly divided over this case. Prosecutors say Nechemya Weberman victimized the girl for three years, beginning when she was 12. It allegedly took place an office next door to his Williamsburg apartment, where she claims Weberman undressed her, sexually abused her and forced her to perform oral sex. "Saying 'stop' didn't seem to work," she told the jury, "I froze. I didn't know what to do. I didn't know how to respond, I didn't know how to fight back. My whole body went numb." Weberman is a prominent member of Brooklyn's ultra-orthodox Satmar community. He was hired by the girl's family to counsel their rebellious daughter. They met for four hours a day and as many as four times a week. "He said, 'I'm not doing anything wrong. I'm not doing anything you don't want me to do,'" she said. Yet she told no one for years. "Why not?" asked the prosecutor. "I was scared," she answered. Many in the community support Weberman and raised money for his defense. They insist he's being framed by a girl who despises ultra-Orthodox Judaism. Her supporters say that's outrageous. "She should be treated as a heroine!" said Rabbi Yakov Horowitz, the alleged victim's supporter. Less
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