"Kibbutz? I thought you said 'kid butts'."
It might be redundant to call this installment of Swindler's List, "Rabbis from hell!" - are there are any other kind?
Swindler's List will be updated regularly.
A "top Israeli rabbi"(??? his name was never released): Arrested on charges of sexually assaulting his three daughters, starting between the ages of 10 and 14, for more than 10 years. The rabbi is reportedly being charged with multiple accounts of sexual assault and invasion of privacy. Court documents state the rabbi sexually abused one of the elder daughters for two years, despite her pleas. He told the girl they could sleep naked together and also placed a video camera in her room and watched her as she undressed and showered. The suspect's daughters are expected to testify against him in court.
Rabbi David Kaye: Rabbi Kaye's smug smirk dropped from his face faster than you can Say, "I like to suck - and be sucked!" when "To Catch a Predator" host Chris Hansen walked into the room where Kaye was dreaming a 13 year old boy was waiting for him. Kaye served six years in a federal fag farm for his boy lusting ways. When released he tried to join several synagogues but was soon asked to leave. Even the Jews were sickened by the presence of this diseased fruit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RI2lc1LW5G0
Rabbis Mendel Epstein, Jacob Goldstein and Martin Wolmark: Charged with kidnapping and beating Jewish men to get them to consent to religious divorces. They hired their services out to women who wanted a religious divorce according to Orthodox rules - which allow only the man to initiate a divorce. Accordingly, men can demand large sums of money to secure a “get.” The rabbis allegedly demanded tens of thousands of dollars to kidnap and beat husbands to get them to consent to divorces. This included beatings, the use of electric cattle prods, plastic bags over heads and other forms of torture. Epstein is quoted as using a cattle prod, explaining, “It can get a 5 ton bull to move.... You put it in certain parts of his body and in one minute, the guy will know.”
Rabbi Bernard Bergman: Orthodox Rabbi who owned a network of nursing homes. Convicted of Medicaid and tax fraud in 1976. Fined $2,500,000 (in 1976 dollars) and sentenced to a year in a New York State insinerator.
Rabbi Todros Grynhaus: Accused of seven counts of sexual assault against children in Manchester, England. Grynhaus fled the UK on a false passport, escaping to Israel and avoiding trial. However, he was denied Israeli citizenship after Israel’s High Court of Justice ruled that he was too dangerous to be allowed to remain in the country. Grynhaus was supposed to be tried in absentia in Manchester in November, but the trial was delayed after Britain’s Home Office had not asked for his extradition. Israeli court documents reportedly show that no formal extradition request has been made. Grynhaus is reportedly trying to get permission to settle in a third country that has no extradition treaty with the UK. If he succeeds, he will likely never be prosecuted for his crimes.
Rabbi Avraham David, aka Earl Seth David: Masterminded what may have been the largest immigration fraud scheme in US history. David ran an immigration mill out of his Manhattan law office, filing some 25 thousand fraudulent immigration applications and charging fees of as much as $30,000. David created phony sponsors for the illegals, providing phony pay stubs, phony employer tax return information, phony letters of reference from prior employers and phony written offers of employment. He fled to Toronto Canada when he learned the feds were on to him and re-invented himself there as "Rabbi Avraham", even authoring a book: “Code of the Heart,” a treatise on Hebrew numerology that purports to reveal predictions of future events in the Bible based on a hidden code. In spite of this, after four years on the run, David was arrested and exradited back to the US. He pleaded guilty and received only five years in a federal kibbutz. Also ordered to forfeit $2.5 million in proceeds. Twenty-five others were charged with involvement in David’s scheme. Of those, 24 were convicted and 12 were sentenced. Two others fled and remain fugitives.
Rabbi Aryeh Goodman: Arrested and charged with 12 counts of indecent assault against a child that allegedly took place in 2001. The accuser came forward with the allegations during the summer of 2012. Released on $35,000 bail at his preliminary hearing. In a familiar turn of events, the rabbi's subsequent court appearances have dropped off the msm's radar.
Rabbi Elazar Abuchatzeira: Was one of Israel's leading kabbalists, and appeared in a list of the country's wealthiest people, with an estimated worth of $80 million USD (2011). He acquired much of this fortune by charging Jews for "blessings" - few, if any, of which materialized. Abuchatzeira was stabbed to death by another rabbi, and one time follower, who was displeased with the marital advice Abuchatzeira had given him. Under investigation for fraud in the US at the time of his death. Abuchatzeira also settled a tax fraud case in Israel for 20 million shekels (approx. $5,000,000 USD) – even though the true amount owed is said to be much greater.
Rabbi Nechemya Weberman: Sentenced to 103 years in a butt kafferteria for repeatedly raping a girl he was supposed to be counseling.
Rabbi Leib Glanz: One time chaplain for New York City's jails, Glanz arranged a lavish jail house bar mitzvah celebration for a wealthy inmate’s son (convicted swindler Tuvia Stern). Charged, along with his brother, of theft and conspiracy in a $220,000 USD federal rent subsidies scam that went on for over 15 years, a case that city authorities called the largest individual case of tenant fraud they'd ever investigated. Awaiting trial.
Rabbi Israel Weingarten: Convicted on multiple counts of raping - and transporting his minor daughter across international borders to commit incest and rape. The rabbi got 30 years in a federal yeshiva.
Rabbi Eliyahu Bakshi-Doron: Former Sephardi Chief Rabbi of Israel, awaiting indictment for his part in a fraud in which 1,500 members of the IDF and police force received false certificates of rabbinic ordination - entitling them to an extra shekels 2,000 - 4,000 (approx. $500 - $1,000 USD) a month in wages.
Rabbi Meshulam Rothschild: Brooklyn rabbi busted by the ATF for scamming New York out of nearly $200,000 USD a week in unpaid cigarette taxes. Rothschild is accused of purchasing untaxed cigarettes in Virginia, then peddling them in Chinatown and elsewhere in New York City. It's estimated Rothschild moved about 3,600 cartons a week. The state lost about $50 in tax on each contraband carton. Awaiting trial.
Rabbi Marvin Berkowitz: Mastermind of a scheme that used the stolen identities of dead people and federal inmates to file for millions of dollars in phony tax refunds. Prosecutors said Berkowitz directed a ring that fraudulently collected at least $54,000,000 USD in tax refunds from the Internal Revenue Service as well as various states. Berkowitz then transferred the funds to bank accounts in Israel. In a story with a now familiar ring, Berkowitz fled to Israel soon after his indictment. He lived in Jerusalem for six years before Israeli officials finally returned him to the U.S. to face the charges. He plead guilty in federal court to mail fraud and conspiracy charges and was sentenced to 18 years and 4 months in prison. Seven others, including two of Berkowitz's sons and a son-in-law, were also convicted.
Rabbi Benjamin Herbst: Falsified deeds and forged signatures to fraudulently obtain title to properties he didn't own. When a property owner died in NYC, Herbst would spring into action: forging the signature of the deceased onto a phony deed, then placing a lien on the property. Herbst would then take out a loan - using the property as equity. The company making the loan was controlled by Herbst.... He once attempted to steal an entire office building using this formula. Though the title fraud may have been apparent, the rightful property owner quickly discovered that Herbst's encyclopedic knowledge of New York real estate law made it painfully expensive for them to try to get it back: Herbst's lien on the property blighted it in the eyes of any potential buyers; and even if the bona fide owner was able acquire bona fide title they found themselves still obligated for the balance of the loan. As yet uncharged.
Rabbi David Goldhirsh and Rabbi Lavel Schwartz: Arrested for conspiracy to commit money laundering, tied to their dealings with infamous FBI informant and real estate developer, Solomon Dwek. Plead guilty and are awaiting sentencing.
Rabbi Lieb Pinter: Former executive at a NY mortgage lender who defrauded Fannie Mae in a $44,000,000 USD home refinancing scheme. Refinanced Fannie Mae loans but instead of remitting the money to Fannie Mae he deposited it into his own accounts. Pinter has a criminal record that goes back to the late 1970s. Bribed a Congressman... and ran a corrupt poverty program program that fed children rotting, stale food. He sent salami and cheese sandwiches to children requesting kosher meals. Convicted, along with his partner in crime, Barry Goldstein, of conspiracy, wire fraud and bank fraud . Sentenced to more than eight years in federal lockup and ordered to pay back more than $43,000,000 USD in restitution.
Rabbi Levi Deutsch: Arrested in operation BidRig. Deutsch used his connections to help launder $200,000 USD in crooked money through religious charities he controlled. Sentenced to 18 months in federal prison and ordered to forfeit $25,000.
Rabbi Yakov Yitzchak: Served a 16-year sentence in Israel for raping, sodomizing and sexually assaulting a child relative. Arrested in New York and held without bail for hiding his sex crime record in order to get a US visa. Yitzchak had flown to New York from Tel Aviv after swearing in a visa application that he had never been arrested or convicted of a crime. In reality, he'd finished his sixteen year sentence just six months earlier.
Rabbi Moshe Zigelman: Served a 2-year sentence for his role in a tax fraud scheme. Zigelman's Hasidic sect solicited an unknown number of $millions USD in donations, then funneled most of the money back to the wealthy donors - giving them huge tax breaks. In an unusual development, Zigelman refused to testify against other Jews and spent several more years in a federal lockup for contempt of court.
Rabbi Menachem Youlus: "The Indiana Jones of Rabbis". Claimed to have "rescued" more than 1,000 holocaust-era Torah scrolls, some of which he said he'd dug up at sites of mass executions by the Nazis. He also, "miraculously found" a Torah scroll hidden beneath the floorboards of a barracks at Bergen-Belsen. Sold his "finds" to unsuspecting Jews for $5,000 to $20,000 USD apiece. Charged with wire fraud. As part of a plea agreement, Youlus agreed to repay his victims $1,200,000 and was freed on $100,000 bond. Sentencing was postponed while back room deals were being struck. Youlus eventally received 51 months in a federal rabbitentiary.
Rabbi Levy Izhak Rosenbaum: Arrested with five other rabbis as part of a massive FBI sting (Operation BidRig) after being caught on tape offering to sell a kidney for $160,000 USD. "I am what you call a matchmaker," Rosenbaum told an FBI informant trying to broker a deal. Witnesses described Rosenbaum, 58, as a “thug” who pulled a gun on one reluctant seller, telling him, “You’re here. A deal is a deal. Now, you’ll give us a kidney or you’ll never go home.” Federal prosecutors said the investigation initially focused on a money laundering network that operated between Brooklyn, N.Y.; Deal, N.J.; and Israel. The network is alleged to have laundered tens of millions of dollars through Jewish charities controlled by rabbis in New York and New Jersey.
Arrested along with Rosenbaum were:
•Rabbi Eliyahu Ben Haim... a rabbi at a synagogue in Deal, N.J., charged with money laundering. Sentenced to five years in federal prison.
•Rabbi Saul Kassin... the chief rabbi of a synagogue in Brooklyn, charged with money laundering.
•Rabbi Edmund Nahum... the principal rabbi of a synagogue in Deal, charged with money laundering.
•Rabbi Mordechai Fish... a rabbi at a synagogue in Brooklyn, charged with money laundering of proceeds derived from criminal activity.
•Rabbi Albert Schwartz, brother of Rabbi Fish and also a rabbi, was charged as well.
Rabbi Milton Balkany: Orthodox rabbi who tried to shake down a hedge fund company for $4,000,000 USD. Convicted of extortion, blackmail, making false statements and wire fraud. Balkany once lobbied the U.S. Bureau of Prisons to improve conditions for Orthodox Jewish prisoners. Sentenced to four years in a federal kibbutz. In a happy turn of events for this NY Jew, he served his time in Miami.
Rabbi Yitzhok Fischer: Moral swindler. Accused of giving a baby boy, who soon died, herpes during the meziza b'peh circumcision ritual. He is believed to have infected two other infants while serving as a mohel. Under the Orthodox practice followed by Fischer, he used his mouth to suck the blood from the infant’s penis after cutting off the foreskin....
Rabbi Baruch Lanner: Convicted of sexually abusing two teenage girls who attended the religious school where he had been principal. According to a newpspaper article, the rabbi had been fondling girls for decades, with multiple complaints filed,before anything was done about it. Sentenced to seven years but served only five of them in a New Jersey State shtetl.
Rabbi Yonah Metzger: Former Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel. Arrested and charged with receiving bribes and illicit payments adding up to millions of shekels. According to court documents, Metzger received bribes and forbidden payments of an “unprecedented scope."
Rabbi Yoel Malik: The Brooklyn rabbi of an ultra-Orthodox Hasidic sect, Malik was busted for sexually abusing four teenage boys between the ages of 13 and 16 who were students at his yeshiva. When interrogated by police Malik blamed his underage victims for seducing *him*. Indicted on 12 counts of sexual abuse, 11 counts of endangering the welfare of a child, four counts of criminal sexual acts and one count of forcible touching. Ohr Hameir yeshiva made headlines in 2007 when it was revealed that one of its staff was a man man accused of raping a 13-year-old boy. Malik was busted one week after Nechemya Weberman. As is often the case with Jews - and very often with rabbis - the subsequent legal proceedings regarding Malik have become obscure.
Rabbi Avrohom Glick: Melbourne Australia yeshiva principal charged with 53 offences, including rape, against 12 boys. Accused of luring one eight year old boy to the yeshiva worship centre and then raping him "in front of the Sefer Torah". "I have a clear memory of the pain and grunting" said the alleged victim, who claimed he was raped several more times and forced to perform oral sex and that Glick also abused others. Two other yeshivah employees were jailed over separate child sex offences.
Rabbi Baruch Chalomish: Accused of financing one of England’s “most substantial” drug rings. When arrested, Chalomish said he had so much coke in his house because he buys “in bulk... in order to get the good stuff.” Rabbi Chalomish also developed an appetite for young female prostitutes. Authorities say Chalomish often received “sexual favors” from the prostitutes who were sent to him to pick up drugs.
Rabbi Yehuda Kolko: Accused of molesting students at Yeshiva Torah Temimah in Brooklyn, where he was a teacher. Charged, but not convicted, of child sexual abuse in 2006. Kolko plead guilty to the lesser charge of child endangerment. Later arrested for violating an order of protection by stopping and glaring at one of the victims when they crossed paths on the street.
Rabbi Jerrold Levy: Arrested on federal charges of using the Internet to lure a minor into having sex and possessing child pornography. Levy was also accused of having sex with a 14-year-old boy in the backseat of his car, according to a federal affidavit. Attempt suicide while in jail. In 1984 Levy plead guilty to a misdemeanor sexual abuse charge for inappropriately touching an undercover police officer in a park's men's restroom.
Rabbi Barry Kallenberg: Swindled insurance companies in an elaborate scheme. Kallenberg would pick up his luggage after a flight, then come back to the airport and report the luggage as missing, filing fraudulent insurance claims. The arrest report claimed Kallenberg would pick up his luggage after a flight, then come back to the airport and report the luggage as missing. Investigators say he pocketed more than $30,000 since 2006. Charged with 73 counts of grand theft, false insurance claims, and false supporting insurance documents.
Rabbi Yoram Abergel: Arrested and charged with election fraud after he allegedly threatened opponents of a candidate he and an Israeli crime boss (Shalom Domrani - who was also arrested) supported. The rabbi was arrested at Ben Gurion Airport moments before fleeing to China.
Rabbi Nathan David Rabinowich: Charged with sending sexually explicit instant messages to a 14-year old gitl. The girl was really an undercover NYPD vice detective.Arrested when he left his Brooklyn home and showed up in Queens to meet with the would be 14-year old. Rabinowich faces attempted rape, and two other luring related charges. If convicted, the rabbi faces up to four years in prison.
Rabbi Menachem Tewel, also known as Mendel Tevel: Arrested and charged with sexually abusing boys in New York. Accused of sexually abusing four boys between 1995 and 2004 in Brooklyn, NY and at a camp in Pennsylvania. The boys ranged in age from 6 to 14 at the time of the abuse. One of the alleged victims claims that Tewel performed oral sex on him several times in his car when he was 14, while another claims Tevel spanked his naked body with a ping-pong paddle on several occasions. All of the boys are now adults, including one who claims received oral sex from Tewel several times in his car when the rabbi was 22 and the alleged victim was 14, according to the New York Post.
Rabbi Gary Lieberman: Accused of sexually abusing a student who was 10 years old at the time. Charged with two counts of 1st degree sexual abuse.
Rabbi Yitzhak Shapira: Arrested for incitement to commit murder when his book, The King's Torah discussed permissible ways to kill gentiles. According to Shapira, it is permissible to kill any non-Jew who threatens Israel even if the person is classified as a Righteous Gentile. His book says that any gentile who supports war against Israel can also be killed. Killing the children of a leader in order to pressure him, the rabbi continues, is also permissible. In general, according to the book, it is okay to kill children if they "stand in the way - 'children are often doing this'". "They stand in the way of rescue in their presence and they are doing this without wanting to," he writes. "Nonetheless, killing them is allowed because their presence supports murder. There is justification in harming infants if it is clear that they will grow up to harm us. Under such circumstances the blow can be directed at them and not only by targeting adults." After a breif incareceration, Shapira was released and the charges were dropped.
Rabbi Gabriel Toledo: Arrested and charged, along with his roommate, with possession and distribution of child pornography.
Rabbi Alfredo Borodowski: The "road rage rabbi". Arrested and charged with impersonating a police officer after he would turn on a police light and wave a badge at people whose poor driving angered him.
Rabbi Aryeh Leib “Larry” Dodovitz: Messianist Chabad rabbi who was arrested and charged with sexually assaulting a 15 year old boy who was an overnight guest at his home. Charged with criminal sexual assault of a victim between the ages of 13 and 17.
Rabbi Yisroel Miller: Leader of an Orthodox synagogue, who wrote an embarrassing letter to the judge of a case involving a friend of his, Dr. Aubrey Levin. Levin, who had occupied a prominent position in the University of Calgary‘s psychiatry department, was convicted of sexually assaulting male patients who had been referred to him for assessment and treatment by the Province of Calgary's criminal justice system. Calgary Jews were quick to distance themselves from Miller's description of the pervert psychologist as a basically good man whose, “humble manner and complete lack of arrogance endeared him to everyone.... The bad does not erase all the good. I know all the goodness within him still remains. A prison term would be a death sentence for him.” Unfortunately the judge unexpectedly read the letter aloud from the bench and the Calgary Jewish community was immediately forced into full damage control. For his part, Levin was an emigre' from South Africa who rose to notoriety for his work on a medical program at a SA military prison in which he attempted to cure queers and lesbians of their homosexuality using a harsh aversion therapy. Levin was sentenced to five years in prison on some of the charges while a mistrial was declared on others. Released on $15,000 bail. Rabbi Miller has since been keeping a low profile.
Rabbi Yaakov Yitzhak Rata: Served 16 long years for rape, was released from jail and immediately inherited the position of rebbe of an Israeli ultra-Orthodox community from his rebbe father, who had died during his imprisonment.
Rabbi Stanley Levitt: Convicted of sexually assaulting several young boys back in the 1970s. The assaults occurred in a Boston area hospital and during sleepovers at his home. Sentenced to ten years of probation and ordered to stay away from children.
Rabbi Morderchai Elon: An Orthodox yeshiva head rabbi and outspoken opponent of homosexuality - who was convicted in an Israeli court of indecent assault and indecent assault by force, upon a male minor. An audio tape later surfaced in which another rabbi familiar with Elon says that case was mild compared to the other things Elon had done. Elon awaits sentencing.
Rabbi Juda Heschel: Convicted of possession of child pornography on his computer. Was an honored guest at Fort Dicks Federal Correctional Institution for nine months.
Rabbi Baruch Lebovits: Convicted on eight counts of sexual abuse. Lured a sixteen year old boy into his car by offering to let him drive, then proceeded to unzip his fly and perform oral sex on him. The incident occurred on eight separate occasions ccording to prosecutors. Awaits sentencing. Faces a possible 32 years in a NY state bendovertentiary.
Rabbi Sholom Rubashkin... Following an undercover animal cruelty investigation of his kosher slaughterhouse, Agriprocessors, by PETA, Federal prosecutors were contacted and a virtual Pandora's Box of malfeasance was discovered. Rubashkin was convicted of 86 counts of immigration violations, bank fraud, mail fraud, wire fraud and money laundering. Received a 27 year prison sentence. Though presently incarcerated, his case is being appealed.
Rabbi Yaakov Weiss - Sholom Rubashkin's son-in-law: Founder of the Chabad of Colonie and the Chabad Hebrew School. Pleaded guilty to endangering the welfare of a child for cavorting with two naked 13-year-old boys in a yeshiva pool. Weiss, a married father of three, also admitted to telling one boy not to go to the police about what happened. Sentenced to 60 days in homo heaven and three years' probation.
Rabbi Aryeh Blaut (AKA: Louis Blaut, Louis Steven Blaut, Louis A. Blaut, Louis S. Blaut): Convicted of federal charges of possession of child pornography (male?). Spent two years in a federal Holigay Inn.
Rabbi Michael Ezra Ozair: Once known as "the Kabbalah Coach to the stars". In a most unusual turn, Ozair is an Orthodox rabbi who was convicted of sexual shenanigans with *girls* (at least girls who weren't close relatives). Plead no contest to one count of oral copulation with a 14 year old girl. Sentenced to 5 years felony probation and spent just one year in jail bait city. Ozair was ordered to undergo sex offender treatment and to register as a sex offender. However, he realized that if he no longer lived in the United States, the sex offender registry would become a moot point. He then moved to Thailand - where he keeps a Facebook page filled with pictures of himself and adoring young girls.