Iowa

Rubashkin: I Should Not Have Entered The Family Business

05/04/2010

(JTA) — With a federal judge expected to issue a sentence in his case later this month, former kosher meatpacking executive Sholom Rubashkin expressed regret for his actions last week in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. U.S. District Court Chief Judge Linda Reade reportedly indicated that she will issue her ruling May 27.

At least 10 witnesses spoke on Rubashkin’s behalf, including a psychiatrist who interviewed him in jail. The psychiatrist said Rubashkin expressed regret for the harm he had caused himself and others, the Des Moines Register reported.

Rubashkin Denies Bribing Postville’s Mayor

04/28/2010

(JTA) -- On the eve of the sentencing hearing for Sholom Rubashkin, his lawyers are denying prosecutors' claims that the former kosher meatpacking executive bribed the mayor of Postville, Iowa.

Accusations that Rubashkin, the ex-Agriprocessors official, bribed Robert Penrod, Postville's mayor from 2006 to 2009, are included in sentencing memos filed by prosecutors in Rubashkin's financial fraud case, according to the Des Moines Register. The Agriprocessors plant in the Iowa town was the site of a federal raid in May 2008.

Justice Dept. again won’t intervene in Rubashkin case

04/21/2010

NEW YORK (JTA) -- The U.S. Department of Justice again has declined to intervene in the sentencing of a convicted kosher meat executive.

Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer wrote in a letter Monday that concerns about the sentencing of former Agriprocessors executive Sholom Rubashkin were best raised with the presiding judge in northern Iowa, Linda Reade, or with local federal prosecutors.

Life Sentence For Rubashkin Would Be Unfair

04/20/2010
Special To The Jewish Week

People who do bad things should be punished. It is something we learn in our schools and teach in our synagogues.

But as Jews, we are often conflicted when one of our own commits a crime. While a sense of community may give some the urge to protect a community member, we are embarrassed that the crime has come from someone who carries a Jewish identity. And we are steadfast that those responsible must face the same punishment as everyone else. Advocating for or even anticipating anything less would send the wrong message about our community.

Orthodox Scandals Could Harm Power Base, Experts Warn

Rash of recent prosecutions may leave community open to political backlash.

02/25/2010
Assistant Managing Editor

In the wake of recent scandals involving local Orthodox Jews, some sociologists think there could soon be a backlash against the political power of what has long been one of the most sought-after voting blocs.

“Situations like this have a cumulative effect,” said William Helmreich, a professor of sociology at City College and director of the Center for Jewish Studies at Queens College.

Rabbi Milton Balkany: Brooklyn power broker charged with extortion in hedge fund case.

Orthodox Group Pushing Ethical Kosher Guidelines

In wake of Agriprocessors, RCA targets ‘wrongdoing.’

01/28/2010
Associate Editor

A few months after the Conservative movement unveiled a first draft of its “Magen Tzedek” standards for evaluating whether kosher food companies comply with Jewish ethical teachings, a centrist Orthodox group has issued its own “principles and ethical guidelines” for the kosher food industry.

You Are What You Eat

06/08/2008
Special to the Jewish Week

The recent federal raid at the Agriprocessors kosher meat plant in Postville, Iowa, and the accompanying allegations brought against the Rubashkin family and brand, represent a particularly sorry and damaging episode in the cause of religious Judaism in this country.

Stories For A Depression

Sunday, October 12th, 2008 If this a depression, let’s take a trip to a rooming house porch, 1938.   Indians pitcher Bob Feller recently spoke to Terry Pluto, the Cleveland Plain Dealer sportswriter (and religion writer) about the time, in 1938, when the future Hall of Famer lived modestly, in a rooming house.   He was 19, son of an Iowa farmer.  

From Brooklyn To Big Sky

11/12/2008
Editorial Intern
Stocked full of kosher meat products from Iowa, an 18-wheeler lumbers across South Dakota en route to Seattle, lurching to a brief stop along Interstate 90 in central Montana. Under snow-capped mountains in Bozeman, a lone, sheitel-wearing redhead drives to a rest area on the highway, waiting for the semi to appear. When it does, she unloads what in Big Sky country is precious cargo — the kosher-certified meat and chicken that helps sustain the handful of observant Jews in this picturesque college town.
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