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December 06, 2012

Williamsburg Hasidic Modesty Squad Exposed

Brass knuckles“Any 4-year-old in that community, a Shabbos goy in that community, knows what the Vaad HaTznuis is. Every chasidic community has [one].”

 

The Jewish Week has piece today about Williamsburg's hasidic modesty squad, the Va'ad HaTznius. It reports the alleged extortion of community members by this shadowy organization and the series of unlicensed hasidic "counselors," like accused child sexual abuser Rabbi Nechemya Weberman, that the Va'ad forces parents to send their children to for 'therapy.'

But Satmar officially denies the existence of the Va'ad HaTznius and goes to great lengths to cover it up:

Many observers believe that the relationship between Weberman, the Vaad and the school is something the leaders of Satmar do not want explored in any depth; they speculate that this likely accounts for UTA’s apparent reluctance this summer to respond to subpoenas for records on Weberman. That reluctance may have prompted Justice Ruth Shillingford to consider slapping the school with contempt charges (no such charges were brought and presumably UTA ultimately responded to the subpoena).

It also may explain why Feuerwerger, when questioned on the stand on Tuesday, denied knowing about the existence of the Vaad HaTznuis, a statement that drew laughter from observers in the courtroom. It also drew incredulous comments from current and former community members.

Ari Mandel, the founder of Zaakah, a grassroots group that has been organizing demonstrations in support of the alleged victim and other abuse survivors, told The Jewish Week he was “stunned” that Feuerwerger would make such a claim under oath. “Any 4-year-old in that community, a Shabbos goy in that community, knows what the Vaad HaTznuis is. Every chasidic community has [one].” (The Jewish Week has a copy of a document written on the letterhead of the Williamsburg Vaad.)

Joel Engleman, and alleged survivor of child sexual abuse at the hands of a teacher in Satmar's United Talmudical Academy yeshiva, reportedly served for a time as a driver for one of these "therapists" and in that position was privy to speakerphone calls between Va'ad members and other contact with these hasidic enforcers.

And The Jewish Week reports this comment by the blogger known as Yerachmiel Lopin:

According to Yerachmiel Lopin, who blogs at FrumFollies and has been reporting on the case for two years, “UTA was in effect, extorting money for Weberman. I strongly suspect they kept some of it. Given widespread rumors about his sexual misconduct, Satmar was in effect pimping its girls to Weberman, adding insult to injury by making the victim pay to be victimized.”

I've known about the existence of Satmar's Va'ad Hatznius since the early 1980s, and as Ari Mandel correctly notes, "any 4-year-old in that community, a Shabbos goy in that community, knows what the Vaad HaTznuis is.…"

But more importantly, so does the NYPD and Brooklyn's D.A. Charles Hynes.

One would think that if law enforcement was serious about stopping the extortion and intimidation of victims and witnesses in Satmar child sexual abuse cases (and in other Williamsburg cases, as well), they would target the Vaad HaTznuis and its known members – some of whom are named by The Jewish Week.

How the NYPD and Charles Hynes handles this – and if they handle it at all – will be the best indication that Hynes has begun to reform and is now trying to crack down on the men who carry out the witness tampering, extortion and bribery that he claims is worse than what he sees in Mafia trials.

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Gary,

Nobody ever said that bad people never do good things. According to your thinking, just because some one does a good thing, we should ignore the bad.

Morris and Gary, why bring up the great work of Chai Lifeline together with this piece of shit Weberman.

Bas Melech and LaC - It's extortion by logical fallacy. "Shut up about Weberman or the kid with cancer dies"

Would it sound better if it were a charity that raised money for Christians with cancer? Only for Japanese children, no round-eyes need apply?

Didn't think so. The casual racism of the frumbags is monstrous.

Deflecting?

Shmarya,

I am typing from my phone so it is harder to go into lengthy details but you fail to mention Lakewood when you discuss these tznious mafias. I have plenty of documented proof that the same modesty mafia exists in Lakewood, they aren't as stringent in going after people like in satmer, by that I mean they don't have the same reach across everyone living here but if you somehow get tangled with the bmg vaad hatznios/mafia/ askanim they are just as bold in their tactics. If they feel you are a bad influence in the community ie. If you have a girlfriend/affair with any adult female in the community and the vaad somehow finds out you will get the same mafia treatment trying to run you out of town. In a way its worse in Lakewood bec they are smoother in their intimidation tactics so less people are aware. Even if you are minding your own business,if they feel you are a threat to their community grasp they will "deal" with you.

I know for a fact. vead hatznios does not exist. vead hapipik does .

Joal engleman is a reject and one question how many did he abuse and still does

Where is the vaad hatznious in boro park? Never heard of one .

Where is the vaad hatznious in boro park? Never heard of one .

Posted by: Yidlle | December 06, 2012 at 12:27 PM

boro park is much more diverse so it would be much harder to set up something like that

seymour -Perfect answer,you cant get away with this nonsence of vadd hatznoius in bp with such diversity only in willi you have the right conditions for it or kiryas yoel.

> told The Jewish Week he was “stunned” that Feuerwerger would make such a claim under oath. “

I wouldn't be. He probably doesn't think that lying to non-Jews is forbidden.

Gary,

Nobody ever said that bad people never do good things. According to your thinking, just because some one does a good thing, we should ignore the bad.

Posted by: Bas Melech | December 06, 2012 at 11:52 AM

This was a cut'n'paste error. Post was meant to be listed at

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Where it now also appears.

Posted by: Gary | December 06, 2012 at 01:52 PM

Please.

You're haredi troll trying to do what you can to cause trouble.

If you post any more comments like these, I'll ban you.

And now, just to cheer you, I'll dig out my files on Chai Lifeline's previous problems – some of which were potentially criminal, I believe.

After all, people should know who and what you're trolling for.

Don Aharon needs to call a meeting of all the five families to straighten this out.

Vaad Hatzeniyos is only the tip of the iceberg in Satmar Corruption. Example in KJ a closed town (Hey, NAACP, try to buy a house there..) and EVERYTHING is controlled by AT, and his goons. From Birthing to Burial in their cememtary. (5 figures if you are dying to get in... cash only ... prepaid before the first shovel..)

Say you want to build a house in Brooklyn... you go through the bureaucratic hassle of the Government etc. but YOU DON'T PAY OFF THE BLOOMBERG.

Not so in KJ... Tens of thouands of dollars must be paid 'to the mosdos' as an illegal tax which gets passed along...

The layers of 'protection' they have until it reaches the top is nothing short of amazing; no FBI or IRS would ever get past one of two then they would be shut out. But the sheeple take it for a simple reason: They are stuck. They don't know English, their children are hostage many ways, and very few have the courage of a Nuchem Rosenberg who threw caution to the wind... and was ostracized.

Very sad situation and they call it Torah and Chassidus. The Baal Shem Tov would cry....

Torah never Forces. The Vaad is likely a culprit of the evil it seems to "hate".

western Jew wrote: " Torah never forces

Torah compels

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