Crime

Philadelphia Synagogue’s Historian Found Dead In Home

08/20/2014
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A Philadelphia man who served as his synagogue’s informal historian was found beaten to death in his home.

Met Council’s William Rapfogel Sentenced

Former charity CEO faces 16 months to 10 years in prison and a $3 million fine.

07/23/2014
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William Rapfogel, the former chief of New York’s Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, was sentenced to 3 1/3 to 10 years in prison for his role in a kickback scheme.

William E. Rapfogel, left, with attorney Paul L. Shechtman when he pleaded guilty in April. Jefferson Siegel Pool Photo

Lincoln Square Still Mourns Slain Congregant

Shele Danishefsky Covlin remembered warmly; family launches fund in her memory.

02/01/2011
Editor And Publisher

Some 400 family, friends and fellow congregants gathered at Lincoln Square Synagogue on a recent Sunday afternoon to memorialize a 47-year-old woman whose mysterious death on New Years’ Eve 13 months ago attracted tabloid headlines at the time, and again several months later when it was determined she had been murdered.

Shele Danishefsky Covlin’s death on Dec. 31, 2009 has deeply affected Lincoln Square Synagogue.

Gabrielle Giffords Critical After Being Shot in the Head

01/09/2011
JTA

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) was in critical condition after being shot in the head.

Giffords was outside one of her signature "Congress at your corner" events outside a Safeway in Tucson, the district she represented, when a gunman approached and shot her in the head.

The gunman, identified by media as Jared Lee Loughner, shot 17 people, killing six of them, including a 9-year old girl and a federal judge, John Roll. The gunman was tackled and arrested.

Former Israeli President Katsav Convicted of Rape

12/30/2010

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Former Israeli president Moshe Katsav has been found guilty of rape and sexual assault, more than four years after he was first accused.

The unanimous verdict of the three-judge panel was announced in Tel Aviv District Court on Thursday.

Checks Stolen From N.J., N.Y. Orthodox Synagogues

12/26/2010

(JTA) -- Checks for donations and membership dues were stolen from several Orthodox synagogues in New Jersey and New York.

The theft has been going on for several months, the New Jersey Record reported last week.

Congregation Beth Abraham in Bergenfield, N.J. and Bnai Yeshurun in Teaneck, N.J., filed police reports with the Bergenfield and Teaneck police departments last week, according to the report.

The checks were endorsed with a fake stamp and deposited in a Missouri-based bank. The money was then withdrawn in cash, according to the newspaper.

NYPD Arrests Teens In W’burg Anti-Semitic Attacks

12/07/2010
Assistant Managing editor

Police in Williamsburg arrested two teens who were apprehended by the volunteer Shomrim Patrol following a violent attack Monday night, the second such attack in two weeks.

Moshe Guttman, 44, was attacked in the same area where Joel Weinberger was brutally assaulted on Thanksgiving Day, near Beer HaTorah yeshiva on Wallabout Street and Harrison Avenue around 11 p.m. as he was leaving a Chanukah party. The attackers fled after Guttman started screaming and the Shomrim caught the suspects as they ran.

Smoking Teen Who Started Fire Is Released

12/07/2010

(JTA)—The teen arrested after admitting to starting the Carmel Forest fire was released from police custody to house arrest.
The teen admitted to smoking a nargila water pipe and dumping its embers into an open area before returning to school last week, the day the blaze erupted, near his Druze village of Ussfiya.

Congresswoman Calls For U.S. Inquiry On Rubashkin Sentence

11/30/2010
Assistant Managing Editor

Saying the fraud sentencing of kosher meat king Shalom Rubashkin was disproportionate compared with sentences meted out to others who committed more serious crimes, Rep. Yvette Clarke of Brooklyn has called on U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder to intervene.

Rep. Yvette Clarke

Hate Crimes Probe In Williamsburg Beating

Assailants said ‘We Hate You,’ chasidic victim reports.

11/30/2010
Assistant Managing Editor

Williamsburg’s chasidic volunteer patrol has increased its presence in an industrial area near the spot where a 26-year-old yeshiva teacher was seriously injured in a Thanksgiving night beating. Police are investigating the attack as a possible bias crime.

Isaac Abraham, above, says the victim is recuperating. Councilman Steve Levin says “people are demanding answers.”
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