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Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Todros Grynhaus found guilty of sexual assault

Todros Grynhaus was convicted on all seven charges

 Jewish teacher turned businessman is facing a ''substantial'' jail sentence after being found guilty of seven sex abuse charges on Tuesday.

Todros Grynhaus, 50, was convicted of five counts of indecent assault and two counts of sexual assault against the girls when they were aged around 14 and 15.

Grynhaus, a prominent member of the Charedi community in Salford, was accused of a course of conduct against the two alleged victims over a number of years which involved touching them inappropriately and forcing himself on them.

He denied the allegations, saying he was the victim of a “revenge plot” and that the girls, now adult women, were lying.

But he was convicted after a two-week trial at Manchester Crown Court.
Wearing glasses and dressed in a black suit with open-collar white shirt, Grynhaus showed no emotion as he was unanimously found guilty of three charges of indecent assault, and of the four other charges by a majority verdict of 10-2.

The verdicts were returned after 10 hours deliberation.

They came after a previous trial in February ended with the jury failing to come to a decision and a retrail ordered.

The judge Mr Justice Timothy Holroyde told Grynhause: “The nature of the offences involved a high degree of manipulative behaviour coupled with a refusal to acknowledge any wrongdoing whatsoever. While I appreciate many years have passed I am not minded to say here and now that no finding of dangerousness should be made.

”You have been convicted of these serious offences. A substantial prison sentence is inevitable but before deciding the appropriate sentence I will welcome the assistance of a probation report.”
The judge thanked the jury. “It has, I am sure, been a difficult exercise for you. I must find out if he is a danger to the public in the future even though we have learnt a great deal about him in the course of this trial.”

Sentencing is expected in four weeks.

Friday, 27 February 2015

Is it the end of Golders Green Charedi giants?


Is it the end of Golders Green Charedi giants?

By Simon Rocker, February 26, 2015
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Elchonon Halpern
Elchonon Halpern
The death last week of the nonagenarian president of the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations, Rabbi Elchonon Halpern, not only deprived Golders Green of one of its most influential post-war Jewish figures, it marked the passing of the area's Charedi old guard.
Last month, Rabbi Pinchas Roberts, the presiding rabbi of another of the original strictly Orthodox settlements in north-west London, the Hendon Adath Yisroel, retired without fanfare after close to half-a-century in charge. So far, no successor is in sight.
"It's left a leadership vacuum," said one younger member of the shtibl belt. "No one has stepped up to the plate, although people are trying. But there's not a dominant figure."
Rabbis Halpern and Roberts had zealously protected the Union's north-west borders. When the London Beth Din established the North-West London Eruv in 2003, the Union conservatives declared the innovation invalid and told their flock to avoid using it.
Rabbi Halpern has been succeeded in his own synagogue by his son, Moshe. But it was another son, Chaim, who was long seen as the heir apparent and regarded as the most charismatic Charedi leader in town. He might even have emerged with greater kudos than his father, had not scandal engulfed him in 2012 over allegations about his counselling sessions for married women. Though protesting his innocence, he resigned his position on the Union rabbinate. A police investigation resulted in no charges.
The episode wounded him and the spell of the Halpern clan was broken. Moreover, the Union's position is felt to be generally on the wane in Golders Green, while the Federation, keen to reassert its presence, would be only too happy to welcome new recruits.
So who could be the top tallit in future? The recent launch of a rabbinical helpline by Rabbi Yisroel Meir Greenberg, head of the Golders Green Beth Hamedrash has been seen as a sign of broader ambitions. Meanwhile, new shtibls pop up every so often. Individual rabbis may be happy to operate as masters of their houses without any alpha-rabbis blowing a louder shofar. It is possible we may not see the like of Reb Elchonon again.

Borough Park Orthodox Jewish Man Moses Braunstein Accused of Endangerment, Child Luring

BROOKLYN - A Borough Park man is accused of luring young men with inappropriate intentions. 

According to police sources, 28-year-old Moses Braunstein was approaching teenage boys in the community and telling them he could help enlarge their private parts. 

Sources say Braunstein was setting up appointments for the men he spoke with. 

Braunstein faces a number of charges, including attempted luring of a child, acting in a manner injurious to a child under 17 and disseminating indecent material to a minor. He has been released from custody. 

Authorities say the investigation is ongoing.

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Saturday, 10 January 2015

Our friend Charlie is being Mesader Kedushin at a Chasuna this week in GG

Yitzchok Kaufman has decided to have Chaim Halpern be mesader kiddushin at his daughter's upcoming wedding. By doing so, he is playing a critical role in rehabilitating a man who has destroyed the moral fabric of Golders Green and brought about the greatest Chillul Hashem and Bizoyon Harabonus our city has experienced in recent decades.

Thursday, 13 November 2014

15 Hasidic Jews From One Family Indicted on Federal Fraud Charges

The FBI made numerous arrests in New York City, Orange County and Monsey Thursday involving an apparent long-term mortgage and welfare fraud case.

An extended family and several business associates were indicted on federal charges Thursday in a rich man, poor man mortgage and welfare fraud scheme that authorities say netted more than $20 million.

Federal agents arrested 13 people in pre-dawn raids in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, Kiryas Joel and Monroe in Orange County, and Manhattan. Those charged include a Monsey resident who allegedly provided faulty real estate appraisals as part of the fraud. Two more people indicted are expected to surrender Thursday, authorities said.

"The defendants involved alternately played the parts of prince and pauper depending on which scam was being perpetrated," U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said at a news conference in White Plains. "There's a lot of fraud here and shell games... The fraud was complex and they were fairly organized."
He said the investigation is continuing.

Using falsified documents and concealed identities, the group obtained $20 million in mortgages and other loans from banks and financial institutions, according to the 21-count federal indictment unsealed Thursday morning.

Bharara said some of the defendants doubled dipped, claiming to be rich while obtaining million dollar loans and mortgages and then pleading poverty – even homelessness – to get welfare payments and social services.

They used the money to pay credit card debts, mortgages, an on other real estate projects, and to enrich themselves and their families, authorities said. They also provided charity to residents of Brooklyn, Monroe and Kiryas Joel.

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Rabbi Accused of Secretly Recording Women Showering at Synagogue

A rabbi at a prominent D.C. synagogue is accused of secretly recording women in showers.

A witness said Freundel installed a hidden camera inside the women’s showers at Georgetown’s Kesher Israel Orthodox synagogue, according to the police report. A camera and recorder were disguised as a clock radio.

The showers are used for ritual cleansing.

"Upon receiving information regarding potentially inappropriate activity, the board of directors quickly alerted the appropriate officials," the synagogue's board said in a statement. "Throughout the investigation, we cooperated fully with law enforcement and will continue to do so."

Police arrested 62-year-old Dr. Barry Freundel at his home Tuesday morning after raiding it and seizing computer equipment. He is charged with voyeurism.

The synagogue's board of directors suspended him without pay after his arrest.

Freundel has been the spiritual leader of the synagogue for 25 years. He is also an adjunct instructor at the University of Maryland and an adjunct professor at Georgetown Law School. He is also teaching as an associate professor in the philosophy and religious studies department at Towson University this semester.

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

ליצן ליצנות - Man hits back at Jewish gender-segregating posters in Stamford Hill with video campaign


Finsbury Park resident Sam Aldersly has hit back after reading about the controversy surrounding posters in Stamford Hill, telling women which side of the road to walk on during a Jewish religious parade, in a unique way.
The 26-year-old filmmaker printed his own posters with the words “Women please feel free to walk wherever you want…it’s 2014” and pinned them around the Stamford Hill area.
He then filmed a video, shared on Youtube, detailing the reactions of several orthodox Jewish men and children, looking around and then taking the posters down.
Sam said: “It was quite interesting as they were taking them down pretty quickly. They were mainly men but there was a woman who took one down that I wasn’t quick enough to capture on camera.
“I think they were taking them down definitely for other reasons rather than litter. They were reading and looked angry afterwards while walking down the street.”
Sam said he put the posters up mainly to send a message.
He said: “I’m not a massive fan of religion in the first place because it has topics that class woman as second class citizens. I think even separating genders is a bad thing.”
Sam added that it took “literally minutes” for 30 of his posters to be taken down.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

UPDATE: Man arrested over alleged Stamford Hill child rape

UPDATE  -  17/09/2014   From:

Two men have now been arrested in Stamford Hill following allegations that a child was raped on Sunday morning.
The victim, believed to be an 11-year old boy, was attacked in Old Hill Street.

Later that day, police officers from Sexual Offences Exploitation and Child Abuse Command arrested a 42-year old man on suspicion of rape. He was bailed to return in mid-October.

On Tuesday, a 22 year old man was also arrested, also on suspicion of rape, and by Wednesday afternoon he was still in custody.

Supt. Andy Walker of Hackney Police said: “These sorts of offences are thankfully very rare in this area, but they are particularly upsetting incidents and I understand the effect this may have on the people of Stamford Hill.”

He added: “Detectives from our specialist crime teams are investigating and you will see extra police patrols in the area over the next few days.”

A spokesman for community patrol group Shomrim reminded parents to advise their children never to accept food or gifts from a stranger, even if they are friendly and do not look suspicious.

Hackney Police are investigating an allegation of sexual assault against a child on Sunday in Oldhill Street, Stamford Hill.

A 42-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of rape yesterday and remains in custody at an east London police station.

Detectives from the Met’s sexual offences, exploitation and child abuse command (SOECA) are involved in the investigation.


They are still keeping it on the down low. So far they have managed to keep it out of the press, even the Jewish Chronicle. 

The only places to report the assault that occurred on Sunday morning, on a street in Stamford Hill, is a Jewish web site which is all in Hebrew and a blog by a Brooklyn (New York) based progressive Rabbi named Nuchem Rosenberg.   More.........