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.


Former Carmel College teacher accused of sexual abuse

By Simon Rocker, July 24, 2014

A former teacher at Carmel College has been charged with sexual abuse while working at the now closed public school.

Trevor Bolton, 77, of Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, was arrested in June last year on suspicion of four counts of indecency with a child and five counts of indecent assault on a male.

He was charged last Thursday and released on bail to appear at Oxford Crown Court next week.


Leon Brittan defends role over Westminster sex abuse claims

By Marcus Dysch, July 2, 2014

Former Home Secretary Leon Brittan has responded to calls for him to explain what he knew about allegations of paedophilia in Westminster in the 1980s.

Lord Brittan issued a statement after Labour MP Simon Danczuk said there should be a national inquiry into allegations of historic sex abuse.


Police action on alleged Janner sex abuse is 'not imminent'

By Marcus Dysch, June 27, 2014

A decision over whether to prosecute Lord Janner over allegations of historic child sex abuse is no closer this week, despite new revelations about the investigation.

Action against the 85-year-old peer is "not imminent", according to police.

A file was sent by officers to the Crown Prosecution Service in April for consideration. A property owned by Lord Janner was searched in December.