The problems with the Lubavitch

Brooklyn Jewish sex crimes
April 8, 2009, 5:50 pm
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New York Post

April 2, 2009

Brooklyn DA Charles Hynes announced a new initiative yesterday to combat sexual abuse in the Orthodox Jewish community — even as a new book hit the market trashing his handling of those cases.

“Sexual abuse is not only a horrific nightmare for the victims, but an agonizing experience for their parents,” he said.

The DA cited an increased flow of sexual-abuse cases out of the Orthodox community in recent years. The office currently has 19 pending cases.

But Amy Neustein, an academic and editor of the forthcoming “Tempest in the Temple: Jewish Communities and Child Sex Scandals,” called the initiative “lip service.”

“There’s two decades of seriously mishandled cases,” she said. “Why is case after case subverted rather than prosecuted?”

The DA’s office declined comment on the book, saying officials had not seen it.

If you live in Brooklyn and hate this situation please don’t hesitate to call the DA’s office and voice your opinion or don’t vote for anyone that will take money and votes from the Jewish lobbies and thus they don’t prosecute. 718-250-3820.


Satmar Hasidic Rabbi molests his daughter
March 12, 2009, 8:10 pm
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Rabbi Israel Weingarten makes final plea at kid molest trial

Wednesday, March 11th 2009, 2:17 AM

A Brooklyn jury Tuesday began deliberating the fate of a Hasidic rabbi charged with molesting his daughter in New York, Belgium and Israel.

Israel Weingarten faces up to 50 years in prison if he’s convicted of the shocking charges, which were brought in federal court because he is accused of transporting the victim in and out of the country to commit sexual crimes against her.

Acting as his own attorney, Weingarten delivered a rambling 90-minute closing argument Tuesday to the jury, who at times during the week-long trial appeared repulsed by his cross-examination of the victim, his ex-wife and son.

“I’m not used to what I’m doing,” Weingarten explained to the jurors. “I had to [represent myself]. I had no other way.”

He suggested his daughter had an intimate relationship with a married man in Antwerp that led her to fabricate the charges against him.

Weingarten, 59, is charged with sexually abusing the victim starting in 1990 when she was 9 until she reached the age of 18.

“Why did this child never bring a tape recorder when this was happening?” he said. “It’s impossible. It’s not true.”

The sordid charges have split the Satmar community, with one faction believing the victim’s claim and others believing she’s lying and that the actual abuser is her mother, according to court papers.

After five hours of deliberations, the jurors asked Judge John Gleeson if they could go home and resume Wednesday.

Protect the Orthodox even if they are child molestors…they’re Jews and vote.
January 13, 2009, 7:56 pm
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Outrage at Boro Park Y alleging child molester still has access to center

Sunday, January 4th 2009, 10:51 PM

An accused Brooklyn child molester charged with fondling a boy inside a Boro Park Y six years ago still frequents the kiddie-packed center, the Daily News has learned.

Arthur Samet, 48, was arrested in October and charged with sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child beginning in December 2001 at the 14th Ave. YM-YWHA’s Jacuzzi, according to court records.

The victim, now 19, came forward last fall to report the alleged crime.

Officials at the Y were stunned to learn of the alleged incident.

“This is the first time I am hearing about this,” said Boro Park YM-YWHA director Ellie Kastel, who was shown court documents detailing the encounters by a News reporter.

“I am very disturbed that we weren’t informed. It is very important to us to protect our children,” Kastel said.

Asked if Samet will lose his membership, Kastel replied: “I will do what my lawyers tell me to do.”

Samet was arrested in 2007 on a charge of sexual misconduct, but the victim later refused to prosecute because of intense pressure from the Jewish community, police sources said. The case was later sealed.

In the current case, investigators wanted to protect the victim from outside influence and did not officially notify the YMHA, sources said.

Prosecutors took up the case even though it was six years before the teen came forward, because state law gives child victims of sex abuse up to five years past their 18th birthday to tell authorities, said a spokesman for Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes.

The teen told investigators in October that Samet molested him inside the Y three times, between December 2001 and March 2002. At least one instance occurred while they both sat inside the Y’s Jacuzzi, sources said. Samet refused to comment at a December court appearance. His lawyer, Richard Finkel, said Samet is a “family man.”

The issue of molestation has become more visible in the insular Borough Park community in recent months because of several arrests. Samet is the third man charged with sexually or physically abusing a child.

With Alison Gendar

Sex Crime from the Rubaskin Family…The family that brought you your kosher meat
December 17, 2008, 7:10 pm
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October 1 2008

Rubashkin Son-In-Law Arrested For Child Sexual Molestation – Chabad Rabbi Allegedly Molested Boy At School, JCC

Rabbi Yaakov Weiss, 28, is rabbi of Chabad of Colonie near Albany, New York. His wife is…

…Rosa Rubashkin, Sholom M. Rubashkin’s daughter.

Rabbi Yaaakov Weiss Large

Weiss moved from Postville to the Albany area in 2004:

Loudonville rabbi accused of sex abuse
Man charged in alleged incidents involving 13-year-old boy
By BRENDAN LYONS, Senior writer

ALBANY — An Albany area rabbi has been arrested on sex abuse charges stemming from alleged incidents involving a 13-year-old boy.

Albany police detectives arrested Yaakov Weiss, 28, of Loudonville Monday and charged him with two counts of third-degree sex abuse and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, all misdemeanors.

Details pertaining to the case were not immediately available, but Albany police spokesman Det. James Miller said the charges have to do with Weiss’ alleged involvement with the boy on at least two occasions — one in November 2007 and the other earlier this year.

The arrest was part of an ongoing investigation that’s continuing and comes on the first day of the Jewish High Holy Days on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

Weiss was arraigned in Albany City Court and released but it was unclear if bail was set.

His attorney Arnold Proskin was not immediately available for comment.

Weiss, who adheres to a missionary branch of Judaism know as Chabad-Lubavitch, moved to Colonie from Iowa in 2004 with his wife Rosa and an infant daughter. Soon after arriving in the Capital Region, Weiss founded the Chabad of Colonie and the Chabad Hebrew School. He has been outspoken on the issue of public religious expression.

In 2005, he requested a Hanukkah display at Colonie Center Mall but was denied. The mall displayed a 6-foot menorah the following year after Weiss and his supporters lobbied the mall for representation of the Jewish holiday.

Last year, Weiss was part of a movement to have the state Legislature pass a bill mandating a moment of silence each day at school for students to reflect in their own way on the importance of the spiritual in their lives.

Here is a birth announcement for Weiss’ daughter, published on Shmais, a Chabad website, in 2004. Note his wife is identified as Rosa Rubashkin:

More on the Lubavitch rabbi sexual abuse case in Albany
October 8, 2008, 6:31 pm
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Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Chabad leader’s abuse case widens

The Times Union – New York
October 8, 2008Rabbi’s son among the alleged victims; accused says vendetta is at work

by Marc Parry | Times Union writer

ALBANY � A Loudonville rabbi faced fresh sex-abuse charges on Tuesday � and his lawyer confirmed the father of one of the alleged victims is another local rabbi.


Yaakov Weiss appeared in Albany City Court on the day before the Yom Kippur high holiday to answer charges that he sexually abused a 13-year-old boy.The 28-year-old rabbi, founder of the Chabad of Colonie, e-mailed the Times Union a statement on Tuesday night calling the accusations “100 percent untrue.”

“This has been generated by an individual who has been antagonistic toward Chabad of Colonie from its inception and continues to be envious of continued success,” Weiss wrote. “This is his way of getting rid of us.”

Weiss carried an infant child into the courthouse and prayed in the vestibule. He later appeared in the courtroom in handcuffs, pleading not guilty to misdemeanor charges of sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child.

The charges stem from “inappropriate sexual contact” with the boy in June on Whitehall Road, according to Albany police.

Weiss was released without bail and drove away in a silver SUV.

Weiss adheres to the Chabad-Lubavitch branch of Judaism, known for its outreach work to get Jews more involved in their religion. He moved to Colonie from Iowa in 2004 with his wife Rosa and an infant daughter. He founded the Chabad of Colonie and the Chabad Hebrew School soon after.

Tuesday’s charges come one week after Weiss was arrested for allegedly abusing another 13-year-old boy.

The rabbi’s new accuser is a member of the same religious community as Weiss, said Dave Rossi, chief of the homicide and special victims bureau in the Albany County District Attorney’s Office.

Rossi wouldn’t discuss any other details about their relationship or where the alleged abuse took place. Authorities restricted access to all court papers in the case.

Weiss’s attorney, Arnold Proskin, also declined to reveal more details beyond his claim that the father of one of Weiss’s alleged victims is a rabbi — a claim Rossi would not confirm.

“I think you’re going to find some very strange, strange reasons for these things happening,” he said outside the courtroom.

In his statement, Weiss characterized the accusations as a plot concocted by the unnamed “envious” individual.

“This individual contacted the authorities three months ago together with a close friend,” Weiss claimed. “His new allegations were released today.”

Rossi said the investigation was continuing but he was unaware of any other victims.

Weiss has been suspended, said Rabbi Yehuda Krinsky, chairman of Merkos L’inyonei Chinuch, the educational arm of the Brooklyn-based worldwide Lubavitch organization.

“I would emphasize very unequivocally that the suspension is in no way whatsoever implicating him or an admission or a decision of guilt,” he said.

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