Herpes cases among babies linked to ultra-Orthodox Jewish circumcision ritual | New York health department alerts doctors to infections linked to ancient ritual in which circumcision wound is cleaned by mouth http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/herpes-babies-jewish-circumcision-ritual-link-rabbis-infants-a7620446.html
Israel becoming a ‘refuge for pedophiles,’ warns advocate for child sex abuse victims
There is an “astonishing” amount of [child] sexual abuse in Jewish circles, Forer said. “We have to stand up and say this is unacceptable.”
Rabbi Nuchem Rosenberg—who is 63 with a long, graying beard—recently sat down with me to explain what he described as a “child-rape assembly line” among sects of fundamentalist Jews.
Amidst a growing conversation about child sexual abuse prevention in the Jewish community, allegations of rape met with community inaction forces reflection. http://jewishweek.timesofisrael.com/did-baltimores-orthodox-community-turn-a-blind-eye-to-child-sexual-abuse/
Brooklyn rabbi charged with teen sex assault gets 60 days in jail; DA ripped for offering light plea deal http://www.nydailynews.com/amp/new-york/nyc-crime/nyc-rabbi-60-days-jail-teen-sex-assault-charges-article-1.2544090
A former Israeli soldier was deported from Colombia for alleged links to a criminal network suspected of drug trafficking and child prostitution that spanned across several countries in Latin America. Colombian news agencies reported that a group of ex-Israeli soldiers had turned a small fishing village into a “sex and drug den” from their base in a luxury resort that was known to locals as “little Israel.”
Rabbi ‘didn’t know’ it’s illegal to abuse kids | “I feel that if we as a Jewish leadership can’t deal with this and other issues bifnim (internally) we are showing ourselves to be impotent.”
[Chabad] Rabbi skips town after charges laid for multiple sex offences: Winnipeg policeA rabbi well known in Winnipeg’s Jewish community has been on the lam since October after being charged with sexual assault, sexual interference and invitation to sexual touching, CBC News has learned.
Police believe that Rabbi Yacov Simmonds, 42, has been hiding out somewhere in the United States after a warrant was issued for his arrest on three counts of sexual assault, three counts of sexual interference and two counts of invitation to sexual touching.
Chabad rabbi shocks with views on abuse, sex with animals | Australian abuse victims consented, says former Sydney rabbi in taped conversation; later retracts https://www.timesofisrael.com/chabad-rabbi-shocks-with-views-on-abuse-sex-with-animals/
Australia Says Jewish Community ‘Discouraged’ Reporting Child Sex Abuse
Somewhere in an ultra-Orthodox enclave of Israel, former Melbourne school principal Malka Leifer continues to evade extradition to face criminal charges in Australia. Now one of her alleged victims speaks out for the first time.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-04-07/malka-leifer-and-melbournes-secretive-adass-community/7306950?pfmredir=sm [Alleged abuse victims angry after photos surface of wanted former principal ‘living free’ in Israel http://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2017-05-19/surfaced-photos-of-malka-leifer-anger-alleged-abuse-victims/8542856?pfmredir=sm]
Names of 46 convicted child sex offenders who terrorized the Orthodox Jewish community from within are released by Brooklyn DA
Berland, 80, fled Israel in 2013 after he was accused of sexually molesting two female followers.
Over the next three years, Rabbi Berland evaded extradition, travelling across Europe and Africa with a coterie of followers.
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/235660 [Hasidic Pilgrims and Ukrainian Sex Workers: Prayer and Pleasure in Uman https://www.haaretz.com/jewish/features/.premium-1.664450?v=8259008E39C8C036A0CDB3F68089F72F]
Wives of jailed polygamous cult leader demand conjugal visits | In 2013 Daniel Ambash was sentenced to 26 years in jail in what has been described as one of the most shocking abuse cases in the country’s history. His six wives and many children were kept by Ambash and his assistants in slavery conditions, forcibly confined and routinely punished with rape, electric shocks and beatings. …
But most of the wives have never renounced Ambash, a Bratslav ultra-Orthodox Jew. …
Following an investigation and a court case, Ambash was convicted on 18 of the 20 charges against him in October 2013, including sexual offenses, abuse of minors, incarceration and sadistic violence.
According to the court ruling, on one occasion, Ambash took one of his wives outside the house, naked, in the middle of the night, and splashed water on her and dragged her by the hair. In another incident, he shoved the head of one of his wives into the toilet and flushed it as she suffocated.
He also raped his daughter on another occasion in front of his whole family, including several children, claiming it was “part of her duty in family life.” https://www.timesofisrael.com/wives-of-jailed-polygamous-cult-leader-demand-conjugal-visits/
How A Respected Jewish Educator Preyed On Children For A Half-Century |By his own admission, Stanley S. Rosenfeld, a Jewish educator who worked primarily in New York City and Rhode Island, sexually abused “hundreds” of children — nearly all middle school-aged boys — during his five-decade career. From a beloved summer camp in New Jersey, to elite Orthodox schools in New York, to a small Conservative synagogue in Rhode Island, Rosenfeld assaulted and molested children with near impunity, charged with a crime exactly once. https://forward.com/news/national/409067/how-a-respected-jewish-educator-preyed-on-children-for-a-half-century/
The ex-aides of a messianic, sex-convict rabbi fight from within to cast him out | Bratslav hasidic leaders have issued a rare ban on Eliezer Berland, a cult leader seen as a modern ‘Sabbatai Tzvi’; the rest of the Haredi world is proving reluctant to follow suit
This is the story of a venerated rabbi who is also a convicted sex offender, of the courageous ex-aides and former students who exposed his crimes at tremendous personal cost, and of the small sector of his ultra-Orthodox community that eventually recognized his guilt and shunned him. It is also the story of the wider community that still won’t openly condemn him, and of victims who’ve escaped his clutches and those who’ve stayed loyal. It is the story of Rabbi Eliezer Berland, a self-styled messiah who, after a year behind bars, is today again a free man. https://www.timesofisrael.com/the-ex-aides-of-a-messianic-sex-convict-rabbi-fight-from-within-to-cast-him-out/