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Monsey man grabbed Nyack waitress, cops say

September 18, 2014, 6:02 pm

A Monsey man has been accused of groping a woman working at a South Broadway restaurant. Avraham Gefner, of Phyllis Terrace, has been charged with forcible touching, a misdemeanor, Orangetown police said. The woman was working as a waitress about 7 p.m. July 30 when Gefner grabbed her thigh and buttocks, police said. Read More »

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‘Rabbi To The Moguls’ Agrees To Plea Bargain, Will Testify Against Police Commander Disciple

Rabbi Yosef Yoshiyahu Pinto, the much heralded dean of “Shuvu Yisrael” Hasidic group, on Wednesday signed a plea bargain agreement admitting bribery, attempted bribery and disruption of a criminal investigation. He is expected to serve one year in prison. Read More »

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Stop Kvetching: Yiddish Isn’t Dying

Enough already with the Yiddish death knell. Yiddish isn’t dead. It’s not even dying, according to Jennifer Young, director of education at YIVO. Read More »

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Inspectors seizing cars misidentified as illegal cabs

Ruthless TLC inspectors under pressure to meet quotas have made airport trips a nightmare — routinely seizing cars from regular drivers, including a wheelchair-bound woman, by claiming they are illegal cabbies, according to sources and a Post review of cases tossed by independent judges. Read More »

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Last-Minute Campaigner Awaits Final Tally in a Close Assembly Race

On Sunday evening, with last week’s primary election receding from memory and the sun nearing the horizon, Aron B. Wieder was still hunting for votes on the streets of this Rockland County village. A 40-year-old Democrat, Mr. Read More »

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Jury selection to begin in sex abuse case against Rabbi Moshe Taubenfeld

Jury selection begins today in the sex abuse case against an internationally known rabbi from New Square. Rabbi Moshe Taubenfeld is accused of sexually molesting a 9-year-old boy over a five-year span after the boy came to him for counseling after the Sept. 11 terror attacks. Read More »

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Death row inmate sues for kosher food

A death row inmate is suing the Connecticut Department of Correction claiming he is an Orthodox Jew and is being denied kosher food. Read More »

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Dutch Police Release Israeli Rabbi Fleeing Sex Crimes Accusations

Dutch police released Eliezer Berland, a rabbi who had been arrested because he is wanted for questioning in Israel in connection with alleged sex crimes. Berland, founder of the Shuvu Bonim religious seminary in Israel and a member of the Breslov Hasidic sect, was released Friday. Read More »

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Hasidic men arrested ‘trying to buy’ 50 pounds of weed

High holy days, indeed! A crew of Hasidic Jews from Crown Heights who dreamed of fancy Hawaiian getaways tried to score 50 pounds of potent pot from an FBI agent posing as a Texas drug dealer, according to court papers. Read More »

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Dutch Jew Plans Shabbat ‘Kippah Walk’ to Protest Growing Muslim Anti-Semitism

After enduring years of growing anti-Semitic hostility and harassment in his neighborhood, one Dutch Jew tells The Algemeiner that he’s had enough, and is planning a peaceful mass walk in protest, this weekend. Read More »

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Bloomingburg development moratorium extended for 90 days

A 90-day extension of the June moratorium on all development in the village was passed unanimously by the Village of Bloomingburg Board of Trustees Wednesday night. The extension was necessary, according to Mayor Frank Gerardi, as an investigation into several complaints related to building, zoning and other violations has not been completed. Read More »

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‘Sex pest’ rabbi smuggled out of SA

The elderly Eliezer Berland of the Breslov Hasidic movement was allegedly smuggled out of the country on Wednesday night. It is believed that his next destination is Ukraine. Read More »

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Kiryas Joel primaries: Light turnout, few challenges

After a storm of recent controversy about election monitoring in Kiryas Joel, voting went smoothly in the village for Tuesday’s primaries, with light turnout and a modest number of signature challenges that caused no friction. Read More »

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Village trying to prevent Hasidic Jews from relocating there: suit

A tiny upstate New York village in the Catskills is waging a rampant anti-Semitic campaign to prevent members of Brooklyn’s Hasidic Jewish community from relocating there — and taking over their quiet, rural hood, a stunning new federal lawsuit charges. Read More »

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The Blame Game

If you get off the train in Spring Valley, N.Y., in Rockland Country, 40 minutes northwest of New York City, you will find yourself in a place that looks like many other charming little villages in New York and New Jersey, with one essential Read More »

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New Service Offers Taxis Exclusively for Women

New Yorkers can already choose from yellow taxis, green cabs or black livery cars. They can tap a smartphone app for a ride, or simply stick out an arm. They can pay with cash or credit. Now there is one more option: a female driver. A new livery service starting Sept. Read More »

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First Hasidic Jewish Officer to Join NYPD Promoted to Sergeant

Joel Witriol had a big smile on his big day. The officer was promoted to the rank of sergeant on Friday. “It’s a good job. Just take it,” Witriol said. That’s what he did back in 2006. At that point, the New York City Police Department says he was the first Hasidic Jewish officer, a trailblazer for his community. Read More »

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Monsey rabbi rejects plea deal in sex abuse case

The lawyer for a Monsey rabbi accused of sexually abusing a 7-year-old boy says two police-controlled telephone calls involving the child will help prove the school administrator never touched the child. Read More »

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Prominent Member of Jewish Community Shot and Killed in Donetsk, Ukraine

Rabbi Pinchas Vishedski and Garik Zylberbord had been close for years. Zylberbord was one of Vishedski’s earliest friends and supporters when the rabbi first arrived in Donetsk, Ukraine, in 1993. Read More »

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Rival Satmar sects agree on Cuomo-Hochul

Brooklyn’s two competing Satmar Hasidic sects are uniting behind Governor Andrew Cuomo and his running mate, Kathy Hochul, according to leaders in both camps. The rival Zaloynim and Aroynem factions each received a visit from Hochul, Cuomo’s pick for lieutenant governor, in recent weeks, leaders of both groups told Capital. Read More »

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