Brooklyn rabbi arrested for ‘attempted rape’ in police sting

By Anna Sheinman, February 18, 2013

A 59-year-old Brooklyn rabbi has been arrested in a police sting operation in which he allegedly attempted to meet a 14-year-old girl who he had been exchanging sexually explicit messages with.


American-Israeli rabbi dies in Jerusalem

By Sandy Rashty, February 12, 2013

Rabbi David Hartman, known as Israel’s “avant-garde thinker”, died last Sunday at his home in Jerusalem.

The Brooklyn-born philosopher, 81, lived in Israel for more than 40 years and founded the Shalom Hartman Institute research centre in Jerusalem. The institute, founded in 1976, promotes diverse voices in the Jewish tradition.


Lord Sacks relishing his final chapters

By Simon Rocker, February 11, 2013

Barnet Council this week approved a £2.1 million expansion to the Menorah Foundation School in Edgware after a lengthy consultation process.

It will enable the primary to increase its capacity over time from the current 280 pupils to 480.


Beth Din for Chaim Halpern due to convene

By Simon Rocker, January 24, 2013

A man from Hackney was arrested last Thursday over allegations of harassing one of the rabbis who has opposed Golders Green rabbi, Chaim Halpern.

Barnet police said that the 28-year-old has been bailed to return to a north London police station in March.


Conduct of Rabbi Chaim Halpern affair is ‘a farce’

By Simon Rocker, January 10, 2013

Doubts have been cast on the credibility of the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregation’s latest attempt to deal with allegations of sex abuse against one of its senior rabbis.


School told to admit sons of Neturei rabbi

By Toby Axelrod, January 3, 2013

A Belgian court has sided with Neturei Karta Rabbi Moshe Aryeh Friedman in ordering an all-girls Jewish school, Benoth Jeruzalem, to admit his sons. If not, the school must pay a fine of 1,000 euros a day, the court said in its ruling on December 21.

The school’s director has told reporters that a decision would be made soon on how to respond.


Police called over rabbi row

By Simon Rocker, December 24, 2012

Police were called on Monday night to the home of a Golders Green rabbi in the latest twist to the controversy that has engulfed the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations in recent weeks.

Earlier that day the Union had appeared to have taken action to expel the synagogue whose rabbi, Chaim Halpern, has been accused of inappropriate conduct with women.


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.


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.


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.