Lakewood

Body of Missing Yeshiva Student Found

The body of Aharon Sofer, 23-year-old yeshiva student from Lakewood, N.J., found in Jerusalem near the West Bank.

08/28/2014
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Volunteer searchers have found the body of Aharon Sofer, the 23-year-old yeshiva student from Lakewood, N.J., who disappeared last Friday while hiking through the West Bank with a friend, according to WABC television.

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Rabbi David Wax Pleads Guilty To Kidnapping in Agunah Case

05/08/2014
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New Jersey Rabbi David Wax pleaded guilty to kidnapping charges as part of a scheme to force an Israeli man to give his wife a get.

Yosef Kolko, Former Camp Counselor, Admits Sex Abuse

Lakewood teacher is nephew of Brooklyn rabbi accused of similar crimes.

05/13/2013

A former counselor at a summer camp run by a yeshiva in Lakewood, N.J., admitted three days into his trial to sexually abusing a boy.

Yosef Kolko, 39, made the admission on Monday after two more victims, a male and a female, came forward, the Asbury Park Press reported.

Kolko pleaded guilty to aggravated sexual assault, attempted aggravated sexual assault, sexual assault and child endangerment. His bail was revoked.

He admitted to committing the sexual assaults on the boy while he was a counselor at a camp run by the Yeshiva Bais Hatorah School.

A Job For Chris Christie

New Jersey's Gov. Chris Christie is a tough guy.

The former federal prosecutor is known for blunt talk and quick rejoinders to critics. The other day, up in New Hampshire, Christie had the back of the guy he probably hopes will tap him as vice presidential nominee. When hecklers shouted that Mitt Romney "kills jobs," the former Massachusetts governor politely said that view was unfortunate.

In Lakewood Abuse Cases, A ‘Parallel Justice System’

Court testimony offers rare public glimpse into religious tribunals’ handling of child sex abuse allegations; no reporting to police.

12/06/2011
Special To The Jewish Week

Last spring in a New Jersey courtroom, a prosecutor and defense attorney battled it out in a series of seemingly routine pre-trial hearings. At issue was a narrow point of law: whether or not a social worker who had evaluated an alleged child molester would be allowed to testify at his trial.

Lakewood, in Ocean County, N.J., is home to some 40,000 Orthodox Jews.
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