Teacher 'annoyed at being caught' when sex abuse allegations made, court hears

May 5, 2015

A leading rabbi has told a court that a Jewish teacher was “annoyed at being caught” when confronted with allegations of serious sexual abuse in front of his wife as part of a secret meeting.

Rabbi Shraga Feivel Zimmerman was giving evidence on Tuesday in the trial of 50-year-old Todros Grynhaus, a prominent member of the Charedi community in Salford.


Fury grows as Janner avoids trial

By Marcus Dysch, April 23, 2015

Lord Janner will not face charges after the Crown Prosecution Service concluded an investigation into "extremely serious" allegations of historic child abuse.

Alison Saunders, the director of public prosecutions, said the 86-year-old was not well enough to stand trial as he is suffering from severe dementia.


Lord Janner ‘unfit’ to stand trial over child abuse allegations

By Marcus Dysch, April 16, 2015

Lord Janner will not face charges after an investigation into “extremely serious” allegations of historic child abuse, the Crown Prosecution Service has said.

Alison Saunders, the director of public prosecutions, said the Jewish peer was not well enough to stand trial.


Polish court dismisses Sikorski web abuse case

By Nissan Tzur, April 2, 2015

A lawsuit launched by former Polish foreign minister Radosław Sikorski against a German-owned website that hosted antisemitic abuse directed at him has been thrown out by a Warsaw court.

Comments such as "Sikorski, the husband of an Orthodox Jewish woman, is the enemy of the Polish nation and a puppet in the hands of his father -in-law.


Mirvis must tackle this disgrace

By Geoffrey Alderman, February 26, 2015

Ephraim Mirvis is not merely chief rabbi of the UK's United Synagogue.


Community 'father-figure' in court over sexual abuse charges

February 26, 2015

A father-of-ten hid behind a "respectable surface" as a pillar of the Jewish community to sexually abuse two underage girls, a court heard this week.

Todros Grynhaus, 48, a teacher at Jewish schools, assaulted the girls then relied on the community's "resentment" of anybody who goes to the police to evade punishment, it was alleged.


Report child sex abuse, Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis tells community

By Charlotte Oliver, February 19, 2015

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has warned communities of the danger of sheltering Jewish child abusers.

Acknowledging the "shockwaves" caused by the sex abuse scandal engulfing two Chabad institutions in Australia, he said paedophiles must be brought to justice "however embarrassing for our communities".


Australia opens special inquiry into sex abuse

By Dan Goldberg, February 5, 2015

The Chabad-Lubavitch movement in Melbourne and Sydney was thrown under the spotlight this week as a Royal Commission into the child sexual abuse scandal inside the fervently Orthodox Jewish community got under way.

The government-sponsored inquiry into institutional responses to child sexual abuse, which began in 2013, has two weeks to interrogate victims and officials of the Yeshivah Centre in


Prize for Chabad abuse exposé

December 18, 2014

The JC's Australian correspondent has won a prestigious journalism prize for a documentary on child sexual abuse inside the Chabad headquarters in Melbourne.

Dan Goldberg produced Code of Silence, which last week won the Walkley Award for Best Documentary in 2014.


Child sex predator who left a trail of heartache

By Naomi Firsht, November 13, 2014

When divorcee Suzanne Robert met company director Simeon Osen on J-Date she thought she had a second chance of happiness.

He moved into her home in Stanmore and they had a traditional Jewish wedding in East London.

But two years later, her life felt apart when Osen, 53, was arrested for sexually abusing a young girl.

He went to live with his parents and Suzanne filed for divorce.