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Weberman Defense Fund Turns Out to Be Slush Fund

OPINION Remember the fundraising event last month for Nechemiah Weberman whose defense claims that the sexual molestation allegations against him are pure fabrications? Now it turns out that the money wasn’t intended More »


Kosher Delight Self Destructs Leaving Trail of Debt

Kosher Delight, the decades-old popular Kosher eatery in Manhattan (Broadway between 36th and 37th Streets) closed this week for good after 28 years in operation amid suspicious circumstances. Ostensibly they were unable to More »


Carlebach-style Hasidic community Expands into Borough Park

About one year after a Carlebach-style shul was first opened on Penn Street in Williamsburg, the inchoate movement picked up some steam and expanded this week with the opening of an additional synagogue, More »

Computer Stations at Footsteps

Unprecedented Attendance Levels at Annual Footsteps Celebrates Gala Event in Noho

Footsteps, the organization that serves the needs of recent haredi expatriates, is recently seeing explosive growth. An unprecedented crowd showed up for its annual “Footsteps Celebrates” event, whose purpose is to celebrate achievements in More »

Ostreicher and His Family

Ostreicher Arrest Case Draws Attention of Congress

A congressional subcommittee finally took up the plight of Jacob Ostreicher, a Hasidic Jew imprisoned in Bolivia on allegations of complicity in drug activity. The charges are believed to be without substance, More »

Wachsman Speaking at the CitiField Conference

Lithuanians Rankled Over Hasidic Domination of Anti-Internet Conference

The Lithuanians, who were the original conceivers of the “pan-Israelite” conference to highlight the hazards posed by unfettered Internet access, are disillusioned. While trying to coax the Hasidim to get on board they conceded More »


Anti-Internet Rally Yields Cacophony of Voices

Amid the din of choppers circling overhead and the number 7 trains hurtling into the CitiField station, the only voices even more discordant were those of the rally and anti-rally “Internet is More »

Eminent Hasidic Spiritualist, Hershy Schnitzler, Lectures at Thursday Night Chulent

One of the most exciting figures in the Haredi spiritual but non-observant Jewish world is Hershy Schnitzler. With a cult-like persona he attracts gaggles of adulators and devotees. For the May 17 More »

Weberman Sexual Molestation Case Drives Wedge in Community


As the fundraising event gets underway this evening for Nechemiah Weberman’s defense against allegation of sexual misconduct with a minor, deep rifts are laid bare in the Hasidic Community of Williamsburg. There is far from consensus in the street opinion as to whether Mr. Weberman is innocent or guilty. Informal polling of community members regarding

Anti-Internet Rally Floundering Amid Apathy and Counter Rally

Citi Field Stadium: can the haredim fill it up?

The Ultra-Orthodox Anti-Internet rally organized by the “committee for purity in the camp” scheduled to take place in Citi Field on May 20 is floundering amid general apathy by the Hasidic community and an inability to secure high-level endorsements in many Hasidic courts, including Bobov and both Satmars. R. Aaron Teitelbaum, Satmar Rebbe in Kiryas

Footsteps Steps Up Its Pace


Footsteps, the organization famous for its aid to those in haredi communities who seek to migrate to the mainstream, released its annual report last February. Most striking in the report was its astonishing growth over the last two years — especially in the proportion of women– in its intake figures. While overall new membership rolls grew from

Planned Citi Field Anti-Internet Conference Fraught with Internecine Rivalry

Colorful Poster Advertising the "Pan-Israelite Conference"

Major media outlets such as Jewish Daily News, The Jewish Press and The Huffington Post finally picked up the Haredi Anti-Internet Conference story (it may have been picked up from our original report on March 13 in which we initially erroneously named the venue “Shea Stadium” — hence the same error persisted in their original reporting). By now, however, some

Satmar Brothers Dueling Over Summer Camps — 3,500 Zalmanite Kids Hang in the Balance

Satmar-Aaron Bungalow Colony in the Borscht Belt

The Satmar Brothers Aaron and Zalman are once again at each other’s throats, this time over who would get to use the four summer camps in Ulster County, New York. David Rosenburg has administered the camps on behalf of Congregation Yetev Lev (CYL) of Satmar  for many decades. After the Satmar Succession Feud erupted in 1999,

Libby Pollak: A Star is Born — And With It A Revival of Hasidic Yiddish


Libby Pollak is no ordinary woman. Three years ago she was a newly hitched young veibele in Williamsburg, lost in the shuffle of thousands of Ultra-hasidic couples who get married and settle there annually. Now her star is rapidly rising with hordes of followers from the Hasidic community devouring with relish every word she utters

Congressional Redistricting Will Shake Up Jewish Neighborhoods in Brooklyn

Old 10th district of Ed Towns

Since 2010 census data show that the New York State population did not proportionately grow as rapidly as that in other states, it is forced to forfeit two representatives. Accordingly in the new congressional elections to take place this fall everything will be shaken up and congressional lines redrawn. In other news pertaining to the

Polar Reversal of Ultra-orthodoxy in America Well Under Way

Ultra-orthodoxy: an empty shell

The signs are ominous. Decadence is omnipresent. The jadedness irreversible. Ultra-orthodoxy has seen better days. Like the economy, it’s hard to detect its heyday before it’s already over the top and perhaps on a precipitous decline into the abyss. I don’t think that Ultra-orthodoxy in America will plummet as sharply as our economy but we can now see

State Rebuffs FOIL Request on KJ Penisgate


New York State Police issued its final rebuttal on Apr 6 to HN’s request to obtain police reports relating to the Johanan Cohen death case, about which rumors circulated at the time of death in January 2007 that the boy’s body was found with a severed penis by the Hatzalah, the volunteer ambulnace corps in Kiryas

How to Outfrum your Opponent? No Congregational Coffee for Passover!


The Zallies have figured out a way to give — or should I say NOT give– the people what they want and at the same time bolster their ranks and popularity: no coffee in shul for Passover. “Frum” means religious; frumkeit is the noun — the quality of being frum, and the more the merrier.

New TV show on ex-Hasidic Divorcees in the Works


A new reality TV docu-drama show is in the works, this time bringing the obscure Ultra-orthodox culture and lifestyle to the bedrooms of mainstream Americans from the perspective of rebels. The cast is currently led by our very own Perry Reich, who is waging a public battle against her Hasidic husband for custody over her

New Trends: Chametz Truck and Chametz Soup Kitchen


It is reported that Rabbi Mottelle, the Vizhntzer Rebbe in Monsey has launched some cutting-edge new pre-Passover services to his vibrant community in Monsey, New York. For one, women can now completely dedicate themselves to the gargantuan task of cleaning for Passover without worrying about satisfying their men’s growling stomachs. You wanna eat chametz? Go to the