Charedi crisis over sex abuse claims

By Simon Rocker, January 3, 2013

Allegations of inappropriate behaviour with women by a senior strictly Orthodox rabbi have this week led to a schism within the Charedi community.

The community has been convulsed for months following complaints made by women about marriage counselling sessions run by Rabbi Chaim Halpern of the Divrei Chaim Synagogue in Golders Green.


Amended Lieberman indictment describes 'grave acts'

By Anna Sheinman, December 28, 2012

The indictment against Israel’s former foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman was revised this week to include stronger wording that may affect his political future.


Shomrim help thwart Golders Green credit card scammer

By Marcus Dysch, December 28, 2012

The community has been warned to be on guard against gangs that target Jewish pensioners and families in a major credit-card scam.

Volunteers from the Shomrim community security group thwarted an attempted fraud in Golders Green last week. They were called as scammers worked to trick a couple into handing over credit cards and PIN details.


Ten years’ jail for rape of two young brothers

By Anna Sheinman, December 27, 2012

A 23-year-old man has been jailed for 10 years for repeatedly raping two young brothers.

Jeremy Roberts, 23, of Borehamwood, north London, pleaded guilty to multiple charges of rape over eight years on the two boys.


Former chief rabbi accused of multi-million fraud

By JC reporter, December 24, 2012

Eliyahu Bakshi-Doron, a former chief rabbi of Israel, has been charged with taking part in a multi-million-shekel fraud.

According to the Times of Israel, the suspected scam involved the issuing of false rabbinic credentials to over 1,000 civil servants, allowing them to collect bonuses of NIS 2,000-4,000 a month.


South African fraudster must pay £250k

By Anna Sheinman, December 21, 2012

A South African convicted of defrauding HM Revenue and Customs has been ordered to pay £249,999 or face 16 months in prison.

Lawrence Goldberg, 48, pleaded guilty last year to a tax scam worth £1.1 million and spent a year behind bars. The Crown Prosecution Service then proceeded to try to recover assets Goldberg claimed he did not have.


Tears flow at funeral of youngest child killed in Connecticut attack

By Anna Sheinman, December 20, 2012

Noah Pozner, the youngest child killed at the Sandy Hook school shooting in Connecticut last week, was the first to be buried at a ceremony on Monday.

At the funeral, conducted by Rabbi Shaul Praver of Temple Adath Israel — of which the Pozner family are members — Noah’s mother, Veronique, said her six-year-old son was “light and love, mischief and pranks”.


Dominique Strauss-Kahn faces pimping inquiry in France

By Sandy Rashty, December 20, 2012

Judges have confirmed that Dominique Strauss-Kahn will face a pimping inquiry, despite an appeal from the former presidential candidate’s legal team on Wednesday morning.

Mr Strauss-Kahn and four other men are accused of knowing fraudulently obtained money was being paid to the vice girls by a prostitution racket based in Lille, northern France, according to the Telegraph.


Bomb threat to LA synagogue

By Sandy Rashty, December 19, 2012

A Los Angeles Reform synagogue has been closed while police investigate a series of bomb threats.

A suspicious package, discovered adjacent to Wilshire Boulevard Temple on Monday, was blown up by the LA Police Department (LAPD). The package was not found to contain any explosives.


Jacob Ostreicher released from Bolivian jail

By Sandy Rashty, December 19, 2012

The Orthodox American businessman who has spent the last 18 months in a Bolivian jail without charge has been released on bail.

Grandfather Jacob Ostreicher, who was accused of allowing his rice farming business to be used as a front for money-laundering for the drugs trade, was ordered to pay more than £8000 in bail money and will remain under house arrest.