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  • Rabbi’s convicted killer goes free after new probe casts doubt on evidence

    March 21, 2013 | 3:00 pm

    Relatives of a murdered Brooklyn rabbi reportedly are shocked after the convicted killer was freed following a new probe of the case cast doubt on the evidence.

    David Ranta, 58, was freed Thursday by a New York State court judge in Brooklyn. Ranta, who had been in imprisoned in...

  • Brooklyn prosecutor to seek freedom for man convicted in 1990 killing of rabbi

    March 20, 2013 | 9:56 am

    In the wintry darkness 23 years ago on a back street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, a jewelry thief fleeing a botched robbery panicked and shot a Chasidic rabbi in the head.

    Four days later, the rabbi, Chaskel Werzberger, an Auschwitz survivor, died of his wounds. Even in the New...

  • Driver in accident that killed Chasidic couple charged with manslaughter

    March 19, 2013 | 3:58 pm

    Julio Acevedo, the driver of car in an accident that killed a young Chasidic couple in Brooklyn, was charged with manslaughter.

    Brooklyn prosecutors announced a second-degree manslaughter charge against Acevedo, 44, on Tuesday. If convicted, he faces life imprisonment.

    Acevedo...

  • This week in power: Obama plans, Egypt movie ban, Brooks column, SXSW

    By Danny Groner

    March 14, 2013 | 3:36 am

    A roundup of the most talked about political and global stories in the Jewish world this week:

    Obama's coming
    "What should Barack Obama, who is to visit Israel next Wednesday for the first time in his presidency, do about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?" asked Rashid Khalidi...

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  • U.S. judge rejects request to exclude Jews from jury

    March 13, 2013 | 3:47 am

    A federal court judge rejected a Jewish attorney's request to exclude Jews from a jury involving a client facing charges of lying about joining the Taliban.

    Judge Eric Vitaliano of U.S. District Court in Brooklyn ruled Monday that it would be unconstitutional to bar a prospective...

  • Alleged driver of car that killed pregnant hasidic couple arrested

    March 7, 2013 | 9:28 am

    The man identified as the driver of the car that killed a young hasidic couple in New York surrendered to police.

    Julio Acevedo, 44, of Brooklyn was arrested in the parking lot of a convenience store in Bethlehem, Pa. on Wednesday afternoon. Acevedo told police where to find him...

  • Newborn son of car crash victims dies

    March 4, 2013 | 7:18 am

    The baby boy born to a New York Satmar hasidic couple killed in a car crash on the way to the hospital has died.

    The baby was delivered by Caesarean section at the hospital but died Monday morning.

    His parents, Nachman and Raizi Glauber, 21-year-olds from Brooklyn, were killed...

  • Expectant couple killed on way to hospital; baby survives

    March 3, 2013 | 9:02 am

    A New York Jewish couple was killed in a hit-and-run accident on the way to the hospital to have their first baby, who survived.

    Nachman and Raizi Glauber, 21-year-old Satmar hasidim from Brooklyn, were killed late Saturday night while riding in a cab to Bellevue Hospital in...

  • Brooklyn man sues police for beating at Chabad center

    January 23, 2013 | 10:52 am

    A Brooklyn man who alleges that he was beaten by New York police officers at a Chabad youth center in Brooklyn filed a civil rights lawsuit.

    Ehud Halevy, 21, filed the suit Jan. 22 in Brooklyn federal court over the incident last October at the ALIYA Institute.

    Halevy was...

  • Haredi Orthodox account for bulk of Jewish population growth in New York City

    January 22, 2013 | 9:33 am

    Most of the growth of the Jewish community of New York over the past decade took place in two neighborhoods of Brooklyn, according to new data from a survey first published last year.

    UJA-Federation of New York last week released more details from its 2012 demographic study to...

  • Chabad of the Conejo celebrates new Torah

    January 15, 2013 | 9:55 am

    Despite early predictions of rain, the weather cooperated in full. The Jan. 13 festivities and ceremony at the Chabad of the Conejo (COTC) took place on a brisk, chilly day with a cloudless and pristine sky over Agoura Hills — the kind of day that the late Rabbi Mordechai Bryski,...

  • Training for a trade

    December 12, 2012 | 1:55 pm

    For the first time in his life, Reuven Zulauf is making lists — the type of lists that can never truly be completely checked off. 

    “Every morning, I go outside and I play an inspirational song — we call it a nigun — a song that touches your soul, inspirational music,” said...

  • Nechemya Weberman convicted on 59 counts of sexual abuse

    December 10, 2012 | 4:01 pm

    Nechemya Weberman, a member of the Satmar Chasidic community in Brooklyn who practiced therapy without a license, was found guilty on 59 counts of sexual abuse.

    Weberman, 54, was convicted Monday by a New York State Supreme Court jury for encounters he had with a female patient...

  • Salesman indicted in shooting of Brooklyn store owners

    November 28, 2012 | 9:20 am

     A New York clothing salesman was indicted on murder charges in the shooting deaths of three Brooklyn store owners, two of them Orthodox Jews.

    Salvatore Perrone, 63, was indicted Tuesday by a Brooklyn grand jury after being arrested last week by New York Police on suspicion of...

  • Brooklyn toy store brings Chanukah early to children affected by Sandy

    November 21, 2012 | 1:26 pm

    Chanukah came early for children in Brooklyn after a toy store in Borough Park handed out more than $10,000 worth of toys to those affected by superstorm Sandy.

    Yonasan Schwartz, the owner of Toys to Discover on 18th Avenue in the heavily Jewish area of the New York borough, gave...

  • Orthodox Jewish Brooklyn store owner latest serial murder victim

    November 19, 2012 | 10:28 am

    Three Brooklyn store owners, two of them Orthodox Jews, have been murdered at work by the same gunman, according to New York police.

    The latest murder was on Nov. 16 in the Flatbush store of Rahmatolla Vahidipour, 78, of Great Neck, N.Y., in suburban Long Island. Vahidipour was...

  • Jewish friends killed during Sandy remembered for selflessness, activism

    November 6, 2012 | 2:56 pm

    Jessie Streich-Kest and Jacob Vogelman, two Brooklyn Jews and friends from childhood who were killed during the height of Hurricane Sandy, both came from families deeply involved in social and humanitarian causes. Their death, according to Vogelman’s father, also involved an...

  • Deluged day school, ruined Torahs and devastated communities left in Sandy’s wake

    November 1, 2012 | 2:51 pm

    When Rabbi Avremel Okonov arrived Tuesday morning at the school he co-founded 10 years ago in the Brighton Beach section of Brooklyn, the water in the basement had already receded from the high water mark. It only came up to his knees.

    Everywhere he looked around his school,...

  • Tree felled by Sandy kills Jewish teacher, college student

    October 31, 2012 | 8:34 am

    Two young Jews were killed in Brooklyn by a falling tree during superstorm Sandy.

    The pair were out walking a dog Monday night in the storm's high winds.

    The dead were identified by The New York Observer as Jessie Streich-Kest, 24, who worked as a high school teacher in the...

  • Victim of police beating on video at N.Y. Chabad center has charges dropped

    October 23, 2012 | 11:19 am

    All charges have been dropped against a homeless man shown on a video being beaten by New York police officers at a Chabad youth center in Brooklyn.

    The Brooklyn District Attorney's Office said Monday afternoon that it would drop the charges against Ehud Halevy, 21, who was...

  • Jay-Z’s Brooklyn menorah

    October 16, 2012 | 12:27 pm

    Jay-Z lit up the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn not only with his performance but a menorah. The rapper, a part owner of the arena and its main tenants, the NBA's Brooklyn Nets, put in a special request for his debut performance, wanting to light a candle for each of the eight...

  • Video shows N.Y. police officers beating man at Chabad center

    October 15, 2012 | 3:15 pm

    Two New York police officers were shown on a video beating a man at a Chabad youth center in Brooklyn.

    Video of the Oct. 8 incident, as captured by surveillance cameras at the center in the Crown Heights section, was posted Sunday to the Lubavitch news site CrownHeights.info and...

  • Leiby Kletzky’s killer sentenced to 40 years to life

    August 29, 2012 | 3:13 pm

    Levi Aron, the Brooklyn store clerk who pleaded guilty to killing 8-year-old Leiby Kletzky, was sentenced to 40 years to life in prison.

    Aron, 37, was sentenced Wednesday in Brooklyn Supreme Court. He did not address the court.

    He pleaded guilty earlier this month to kidnapping,...

  • Prosecutors drop charges in Brooklyn sex abuse case

    June 27, 2012 | 10:48 am

    Prosecutors dropped all charges against a group of men who were accused of sexually abusing a young Brooklyn haredi Orthodox woman for eight years.

    The Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office dropped the charges on Tuesday against four Crown Heights men accused of raping and forcing...

  • Orthodox Jewish woman who claims abuse ostracized by own community

    By JewishJournal

    June 11, 2012 | 10:57 am

    Orthodox counselor to Hasidic community in Nechemya Weberman, is in trial for a sexual abuse case in which the accuser has been ostracized and threatened by her Brooklyn community, according to HuffingtonPost.com.

    The abuse went on for nearly three years before the schoolgirl told...

  • Hynes singles out haredi community as harassers of sexual assault victims

    May 24, 2012 | 10:44 am

    Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes reportedly said that the haredi Orthodox community is the only one in his jurisdiction in which sexual assault victims are harassed and intimidated.

    Hynes has been under attack for refusing to release the names of accused molesters from...

  • Brooklyn man sentenced for sexually abusing haredi Orthodox children

    May 22, 2012 | 3:13 pm

    A Brooklyn man was sentenced to 20 years to life for sexually abusing children in his Orthodox Jewish community.

    Michael Sabo, a 38-year-old father of four, confessed to sexually abusing two children. He was sentenced Monday after agreeing to a plea bargain. 

    The district...

  • Brooklyn rabbi’s sexual abuse conviction overturned on appeal

    May 2, 2012 | 10:31 am

    A New York appeals court overturned the conviction of a Brooklyn rabbi on charges of molesting a teenage boy over the withholding of evidence.

    Rabbi Baruch Lebovits had served one year of his prison sentence before being released to house arrest pending the outcome of his appeal,...

  • Brooklyn food co-op rejects Israel boycott

    March 28, 2012 | 10:18 am

    A well-known cooperative grocery store in Brooklyn voted to reject a boycott of Israeli goods.

    At a special meeting Tuesday night, members of the Park Slope Food Coop rejected by a vote of 1,005 to 653 a proposal to hold a mail ballot referendum for all members on whether to stop...

  • Brooklyn DA claims record number of child sex-abuse charges vs. haredim

    November 28, 2011 | 3:14 pm

    The Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office says it has charged 89 men in the borough’s haredi Orthodox communities with child sex abuse—a threefold increase over a two-year span.

    However, the Forward reported that Brooklyn DA Charles Hynes declined to provide any details about the...

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