Rabbis

The youngest victim of Sandy Hook: Jewish Noah Pozner, 6

By Anna Sheinman, December 17, 2012

The youngest of the 20 children killed in the worst school shooting in US history in Connecticut on Friday was Noah Pozner.

Noah, a pupil at Sandy Hook Elementary School, was shot 11 times. His twin sister also attends the school but survived the attack in which 26 died.

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Beth Din trying Rabbi Chaim Halpern is ‘planning a whitewash’

By Simon Rocker, December 6, 2012

After weeks of silence, the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations has announced that it will convene a special rabbinic court to hear claims against one of its rabbis of inappropriate behaviour with women.

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Brooklyn counsellor accused of sexual assault on a minor

By Anna Sheinman, November 28, 2012

A strictly-Orthodox Brooklyn counsellor is standing trial in the Brooklyn Supreme Court charged with 88 counts of sexual assault on a minor.

Nechemya Weberman, 54, has been accused of forcing a girl of only 12 to perform oral sex on him when she was sent to him for counselling for being rebellious.

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Rabbi Boteach loses out in Congress bid

By Jennifer Lipman, November 15, 2012

Americans will have to wait to see the first Orthodox rabbi in Congress after Republican Rabbi Shmuley Boteach failed to win a New Jersey seat.

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Should Israel take away the vote from women?

By Rabbi Gideon Sylvester, November 8, 2012

"Women are forbidden from holding public office in Israel and ideally should not even vote in the general elections.”

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Jewish Care honours Rabbi Aaronberg

November 8, 2012

A tea was held at Jewish Care’s Ella and Ridley Jacobs House to remember the fundraising contribution of Rabbi Monty Aaronberg.

Rabbi Aaronberg, who died earlier this year, raised £84,000 for the Hendon home through annual opera concerts at Hendon Synagogue. He also volunteered regularly at the home, reading the Torah at services.

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Could New Jersey elect first rabbi to Congress?

By Jennifer Lipman, October 25, 2012

In a little over a week, Shmuley Boteach will find out whether his mission to become the first Orthodox rabbi to serve as a United States Congressman has been successful.

He is vying for a typically Democrat-held seat in New Jersey. His chances are not great; his opponent has been endorsed by former president Bill Clinton and the district does not tend to vote for the Grand Old Party.

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Rape accuser: rabbis would not help me

By Simon Rocker and Anna Sheinman, October 25, 2012

A trial opened this week to allegations of rape inside the strictly Orthodox Jewish community.

Menachem Mendel Levy, 40, denies eight counts of rape or sexual assault of a young Orthodox woman, including three of indecent assault when she was a minor.

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We must stop the rabbinic brain drain

By Dr Ben Elton, October 18, 2012

British Jewry is currently enjoying the race for the chief rabbinate, but it should be more concerned about the foot soldiers of the rabbinate than the field marshal. The mainstream Orthodox community in Britain is haemorrhaging rabbinic talent and unless that trend is stopped, it will sap our religious vitality for decades to come.

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Adelson donates $500,000 to republican candidate Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

By JC Reporter, October 18, 2012

Casino magnate Sheldon Adelson has handed $500,000 to a superPAC in support of Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.

Rabbi Boteach is the Republican candidate in New Jersey’s 9th Congressional District.

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