Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation

Man faces jail for taking Jewish daughter to church

Joseph Reyes is accused of violating temporary restraining order which ordered him not to expose his three-year-old daughter Ela to any other faith than Judaism. His wife took out the order when he had his daughter baptised without her consent.

    The Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago where Joseph Reyes took his daughter
    The Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago where Joseph Reyes took his daughter

    A Chicago man could face jail for having his daughter baptised and taking her to a cathedral after promising his ex-wife she would be brought up as Jewish.

    Catholic Joseph Reyes, 35, was charged with violating a temporary restraining order which ordered him not to expose his three-year-old daughter Ela to any other faith than Judaism. He took local television crews with him as he took his daughter to visit a cathedral.

    Mr Reyes converted to Judaism to marry Rebecca, whom he later divorced, in 2004, but claimed that there was no specific agreement to raise their daughter as Jewish.

    He told Chicago television that the couple did not keep kosher, did not observe Shabbat and rarely attended synagogue but said that they had held a baby blessing for Ela at their synagogue shortly after she was born.

    After the couple divorced, Mr Reyes returned to practicing Catholicism and in November 2009 he sent Ms Reyes pictures of their daughter being baptised at Queen of Martyrs Catholic Church.

    In December 2009 Mrs Reyes obtained a restraining order to ban her ex-husband from exposing Ela to any religion other than Judaism.

    But he argued that this contravened the American Constitution, guaranteeing freedom of religion.

    But Mr Reyes took CBS Chicago TV crews along with him when he took Ela to Holy Name Cathedral at the end of January.

    Mr Reyes is now charged with contempt of court at Cook County Circuit Court. If convicted, he could face six months in jail and a $500 fine.

World

Trump to crackdown on Iran and its "terrorist minions", says Pence

JC Reporter

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Trump to crackdown on Iran and its "terrorist minions", says Pence
World

'Jews should pay for their own security' say Swiss

Daniel Sugarman

Sunday, December 4, 2016

'Jews should pay for their own security' say Swiss
World

Will the Austrian election make Norbert Hofer E...

Sonia Zhuravlyova

Will the Austrian election make Norbert Hofer E...
Education news

Immanuel is top Jewish school in league tables

Simon Rocker

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Immanuel is top Jewish school in league tables
World

It's Chanucah Song time!

Michael Moran

Thursday, December 1, 2016

It's Chanucah Song time!
UK News

Praise from Ofsted

Anonymous

Praise from Ofsted
World

Netanyahu invited to meet Abbas in Paris

Rosa Doherty

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Netanyahu invited to meet Abbas in Paris
UK News

Demands on new faith schools opposed

Simon Rocker

Demands on new faith schools opposed
UK News

Sunday Times Schools Guide.: Akiva and JFS on top

Anonymous

Sunday Times Schools Guide.: Akiva and JFS on top