Satmar And The ‘Last Lion’

The chasidic group’s longtime rebbe recalled, in memoir of aide who is both insider and outsider.

01/12/2016 - 18:57
Associate Editor

In the Carpathian Mountains, in early 1944, the Satmar rebbe was emperor of a Hungarian chasidic kingdom; in Brooklyn 1946, he was almost alone. Reb Yoilish (Joel) Teitelbaum couldn’t get 10 men for a minyan. In the Brooklyn dusk, his gabbai (assistant) asked passersby if they davened; the passersby kept walking.

Rabbi Hertz Frankel, “the English Principal,” at his Bais Rochel school. Michael Datikash/JW

In Charedi Classroom, Cheating Caught On Camera

Spokesman says teacher was telling students how to take an exam.

10/25/2015 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Some elementary school students at a major Orthodox yeshiva in Brooklyn apparently received some unorthodox assistance from a teacher in an English assessment test, according to the New York Daily News.

Yaffed’s first billboard, erected in 2013 next to the Prospect Expressway in Brooklyn. Courtesy of Yaffed

Satmar Custody Case Hinges On Value Of Religious Community

As ex-chasidic mom fights for her kids, Rockland judge’s ruling favors husband amid abuse allegations.

06/04/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

When a chasidic husband and wife in the midst of a bitter custody battle want to go their own very separate ways, what’s in the “best interest” of their three young children who have only known the religious and cultural cocoon of upstate Monsey?

Kelly Myzner: “I’m not against anyone. … I just want my children back.” Photos By Getty Images

Alleged Driver In Chasidic Hit-Run Charged With Manslaughter, Criminal Negligence

03/12/2013 - 20:00
Assistant Managing Editor

Julio Acevedo, the suspected driver of the car that struck a livery cab and killed a Williamsburg chasidic couple and their premature baby on March 3 has been indicted for second-degree manslaughter and second degree criminally negligent homicide, Brooklyn District Attorney Charles J. Hynes announched Tuesday.

Julio Acevedo: Claims he sped to avoid gunshots.

UPDATE-Man Charged In Attack On Rabbi Who Speaks Against Molesters

12/11/2012 - 19:00

 A Brooklyn fishmonger was arrested for throwing a cup of bleach in the face of a Chasidic rabbi who advocates for victims of sexual abuse in the haredi Orthodox community.

Meilech Schnitzler, 36, of Williamsburg, turned himself in to police on Wednesday afternoon, The New York Times reported. He was charged with felony assault, misdemeanor assault, menacing, criminal mischief and criminal possession of a weapon.

Weberman Convicted On All Counts

Jury finds unlicensed therapist abused girl who 'didn't fit in' at her school.
12/09/2012 - 19:00

Nechemya Weberman, the unlicensed therapist charged with sexually abusing a young Satmar chasidic girl he was counseling, faces 117 years in jail after being convcited of 59 counts in the case. A jury delivered the verdict   Monday afternoon in state Supreme Court, the first full day after deliberations began on Friday.

Weberman faced a total of 88 counts brought by prosecutors, all related to the same victim, but the charges were consolidated to 59 when the case went to the jury.

Nechemya Weberman: Faces more than a century of jail.

Trial Exposes Shadowy Chasidic 'Modesty Committees'

Young woman's testimony reveals tactics of freelance ‘purity’ guardians in Satmar community.
12/05/2012 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

For more than a week, spectators and members of the press have been packing the Brooklyn courtroom where a prominent chasidic man is on trial for sexually abusing a girl from the Satmar community who was sent to him for counseling. The case is noteworthy for a number of reasons, chief among them the fact that the young woman pressed charges in the first place.

Rabbi Weberman is on trial for sexually abusing a girl from the Satmar community.

MPB Fight Unites Ultra-Orthodox And Ultra-Ultra-Orthodox

10/24/2012 - 20:00

Buoyed by the city Board of Health's agreement to delay implementing its consent decree on metitza b'peh (MBP) while a lawsuit is pending, a group of plaintiffs held a press conference earlier this week to galvanize support. (Our invitation must have been caught in the Spam folder.)

FDNY Distributes Fire Safety Tips For Yom Kippur

09/24/2012 - 20:00


Don’t leave cooking food unattended. Wear tighter or snug-fitting sleeves when cooking. Use sturdy candleholders and keep candles at least four feet away from curtains or cabinets.

Those are some of the safety tips distributed by the Fire Department of New York in Williamsburg and other heavily Jewish areas as Jews prepare for Yom Kippur with large meals before and after the day of fasting, prayer and reflection.

‘Unorthodox’ With The Facts?

03/05/2012 - 19:00
Associate Editor

Is Deborah Feldman’s “Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots” the publishing world’s latest fraudulent memoir, on par with James Frey’s “A Million Little Pieces?”

Or has the 25-year-old Williamsburg native simply exercised a little poetic license in crafting her tale of growing up Satmar?

Deborah Feldman: Credibility questioned, Satmar memoir still selling well.
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