266 posts categorized "Hessed"

August 15, 2015: Despite Large Need, Israeli Nonprofit That Helps Ex-Haredim Gets Zero State Funding Because Right-Wing And Centrist Lawmakers Do Not Want To Anger Haredi Rabbis And Politicians
Comments: 7 | Categories: Haredim , Hessed , Israel , Religion, Religion & State , Skepticism & Former Haredim
According to a 2014 study, Israelis who were once religiously observant are at a high risk of committing suicide. The study was carried out by Bishvil Hahayim (Path to Life), a nonprofit organization that helps the families of people who...

April 28, 2015: Haredi Org That Helps Cancer-Stricken Kids Gives Away Cancer-Causing Cigars As Fundraising Prizes
Comments: 48 | Categories: Haredim , Hessed , Med-Ethics, Public Health
Chai Lifeline says it helps kids with cancer. But one of its major prizes – a box of premium Cuban cigars – to be given away at its next fundraising event cause cancer. Please click to enlarge: The entire Chai...

March 27, 2015: Don't Give Charity To Haredim Who Did Not Vote For An Approved Haredi Political Party, Haredi Newspaper Editor Says
Comments: 18 | Categories: Haredim , Hessed , Israel
Regarding his call not to give them any help, even though among them there are needy families, Greenbaum justified his position by saying: "There is no need to say a lot regarding the fact that they are not justified in...

March 25, 2015: Video: Interview With Conservative Jewish Couple Who Called 911 To Report Horrific Brooklyn House Fire That Killed 7 Haredi Children
Comments: 46 | Categories: Child Safety , Haredim , Hessed
Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Rosenblatt talk about calling 911 to report the horrific Brooklyn house fire that killed seven haredi children early Saturday morning and their attempts after the fire to get and distribute fire safety information to their neighbors....

March 7, 2015: Top Haredi Rabbi Hospitalized In Serious Condition
Comments: 42 | Categories: Haredim , Hessed , Israel
The 101-year-old top posek (decisor of halakha, Orthodox Jewish law) for hasidic communities worldwide is hospitalized in serious condition on respirator. Above: Rabbi Shmuel HaLevi Wosner. Below: a pashkvil (wall poster) calling on the public to pray for him Top...

March 5, 2015: Purim – Chabad Syle
Comments: 26 | Categories: Chabad , Haredim , Hessed , Poverty & Homelessness
Halakha (Orthodox Jewish law) puts great emphasis on giving tzedaka (loosely translated as "charity"), and on no day is giving charity more important than Purim. Halakha commands all Jews to give charity to poor people on this day and mandates...

February 27, 2015: Failing UJA-Federation's Major Social Service Agency Hit With Massive NLRB Complaint
Comments: 1 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Hessed , Poverty & Homelessness
The complaint, filed Tuesday with the National Labor Relations Board, alleges that since Jan. 29 FEGS “has failed and refused to collectively bargain in good faith.” It said FEGS has repudiated various sections of the collective bargaining agreement, including those...

February 10, 2015: Rabbi Benny Elon In Critical Condition
Comments: 10 | Categories: Hessed , Israel , MO & Chardal
Former Israel Cabinet Minister Rabbi Benny Elon is reportedly in critical condition in an Israeli hospital. The 61-year-old Elon has been fighting an undisclosed illness for a long period of time. Above: Rabbi Benny Elon Rabbi Benny Elon In Critical...

February 8, 2015: Senior Orthodox Rabbi Calls For Chabad Resignations Over Abuse Coverups
Comments: 33 | Categories: Chabad , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Hessed , MO & Chardal , Pedophilia & Related Crimes , Religion, Religion & State
Rabbi James Kennard, a former executive member of the Rabbinical Council of Victoria (RCV) and the principal of the largest Jewish school in Melbourne, Australia, issued a public call for top Chabad leadership to resign over their conduct in the...

February 6, 2015: London Haredi Group Raises Money To Provide Armed Security Guards For Haredi Synagogues – In Israel
Comments: 4 | Categories: Haredim , Hessed , Israel , Terrorism
Along with the armed guards, some Israeli hareidim are also receiving firearms training paid for by the London group. While almost all other Jewish Israelis have served or are currently serving in the IDF and have firearms and basic self...

February 1, 2015: Did Chai Lifeline Misuse Almost $1 Million?
Comments: 35 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Hessed , MO & Chardal
Did Chai Lifeline, the haredi charity that provides summer camps and outings for (primarily) haredi and Orthodox kids sick with cancer and other life-threatening diseases, essentially steal almost $1 million from a donor? Did Chai Lifeline Misuse Almost $1 Million?...

January 16, 2015: Money Needed For Ill Chabad Rabbi And Disability Activist
Comments: 52 | Categories: Chabad , Hessed
63-year-old Rabbi Ben-Tzion Welton, the founder and CEO of Vaad Hakashrus of Northern California (a small regional kosher certification agency), reportedly began experiencing extreme nausea this summer. His digestive system eventually stopped functioning properly. Welton recently was hospitalized for a...

January 10, 2015: Muslim Employee Likely Saved 15 Hostages’ Lives In Paris Kosher Supermarket Terror Attack
Comments: 58 | Categories: Antisemitism , Hessed , Religion, Religion & State , Terrorism
Lassana Bathily, a 24-year-old Muslim employee of the Hyper Cacher kosher supermarket in Paris, likely saved the lives of as many as 15 customers during Friday’s terror attack. Above: Lassana Bathily Muslim Employee Likely Saved 15 Hostages’ Lives In Paris...

December 29, 2014: Israel Gives Largest Per-Capita UNICEF Ebola Donation
Comments: 6 | Categories: Hessed , Israel
“We thank Israel for their generous contribution to help stop Ebola and for recognizing that children are especially vulnerable during emergencies. Although progress has been made in controlling Ebola, much remains to be done to fully stamp out the disease...

November 9, 2014: How A 4-Year-Old Auschwitz Survivor Finally Found His Family, But Is Still Searching For His Twin Brother
Comments: 5 | Categories: Antisemitism , Hessed , History
Auschwitz prisoner No. A7733 has finally found family. Elias Gottesman (now Menachem Bodner), a survivor of the Mengele twin experiments, was only three years old when he, his twin brother Jeno (Yoilly) and his family were taken to Auschwitz. Last...

October 19, 2014: Daughter Of Hamas Leader Treated In Israeli Hospital
Comments: 10 | Categories: Hessed , Israel
A daughter of Ismail Haniyeh was hospitalized at Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv for "a number of days" in October, Avi Shushan, a spokesman for for the hospital said. Daughter Of Hamas Leader Treated In Israeli Hospital Shmarya Rosenberg •...

October 12, 2014: Woman Allegedly Made Homeless By Chabad Charity Allegedly Sexually Assaulted In Chabad’s Main Synagogue – Where She Was Sleeping
Comments: 36 | Categories: Chabad , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Hessed , Pedophilia & Related Crimes , Poverty & Homelessness , Religion, Religion & State , Women & Judaism
A Chabad-Lubavitch organization meant to house and feed hasidim, primarily from Israel and France, who come to Crown Heights, Brooklyn for the month of Tishrei to spend the High Holidays, Sukkot and Shemini Atzeret “with” Chabad’s long-dead rebbe, Rabbi Menachem...

August 19, 2014: Video: Brooklyn DA Visits Masbia
Comments: 27 | Categories: Hessed
In an almost never-ending attempt to appease haredim, Brooklyn DA Ken Thompson has given haredi criminals easy (and often no-jail) plea deals, denigrated an anti-abuse activist and made far too many photo op visits to haredi rabbis, store and organizations....

August 17, 2014: Haredi Quasi-Life Insurance Policies Come Under Scrutiny – Sort Of
Comments: 12 | Categories: Haredim , Hessed
Areivim insists it isn't a true life insurance company and therefore should not be regulated by the State of New York, and it even commissioned a report from a white shoe law firm to back up that contention. But is...

August 14, 2014: Finally, Haredim Have Done Something Useful
Comments: 14 | Categories: Haredim , Hessed
I just hope none of us will need to make use of this new haredi service for anything serious.

July 25, 2014: Haredi War News: Haredi Faction Bans Haredim From Attending Home Front Command's Missile Defense Instruction Sessions
Comments: 6 | Categories: Haredim , Hessed , Israel , Religion, Religion & State
HaPeles, the mouthpiece newspaper of the non-hasidic Ashkenazi haredi rebel faction led by Rabbi Shmuel Auerbach, ordered haredim not to attend the Home Front Command's war education sessions held specifically for haredim in haredi neighborhoods of Jerusalem. Why? The sessions...

July 23, 2014: Haredi Rabbi Guilty Of Tax Evasion, Charities Fraud
Comments: 9 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Hessed , Poverty & Homelessness
Rabbi Yaakov Weingarten convicted of felony tax fraud, required to make restitution to New York State and to charitable causes, permanently barred from charitable fundraising. Above: Rabbi Yaakov Weingarten The AG's press release: A.G. Schneiderman Announces Criminal Conviction And $500k...

July 21, 2014: Haredi Day Camp Delays Opening, Refuses To Refund Parents’ Money
Comments: 20 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Hessed
A haredi day camp, My Yellow Bus run by a Rebbitzen Liefer, moved from its old facilites to new facilities almost two weeks ago. But it lacked proper permits and a certificate of occupancy and could not open for almost...

July 17, 2014: Hasidic Shul Warns Congregants Not To Give Charity To Many "Russian" And Other Beggars Who Are "Fakes"
Comments: 39 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Ethics , Haredim , Hessed , Religion, Religion & State
A sign posted by the synagogue with the rabbi's explicit permission argues that giving beggars money does not fulfill the mitzvah of tzedaka (giving charity) and claims that helping them is perpetuating their frauds. It says some of these beggars...

June 26, 2014: Haredi Charity To Issue Free Smartphone App To Help Prevent Caregivers From Accidentally Leaving Children In Parked Cars
Comments: 20 | Categories: Haredim , Hessed , Oorah Kars4Kids
National nonprofit Kars4Kids today announced the upcoming release of a free app to prevent parents and caregivers from forgetting their young children in the car. With the summer only just begun and news headlines already reporting several heatstroke deaths of...

June 19, 2014: New Hatzalah Smartphone App May Help Thwart Some Terrorist Kidnappings
Comments: 5 | Categories: Haredim , Hessed , Israel
United Hatzalah has debuted a new emergency smartphone and tablet computer app called "SOS” that allows users to send out a distress call to United Hatzalah and police with one swipe that includes their exact location. New Hatzalah Smartphone App...

April 13, 2014: Passover Charity From A Well Known Haredi Rabbi
Comments: 28 | Categories: Haredim , Hessed
A homeless woman approched the rabbi of the synagogue, Rabbi L, showed him a letter vouching for her from the Va'ad of Queens, and asked Rabbi L. for maos chitim (Passover charity) money. The rabbi allegedly yelled at woman in...

April 10, 2014: Police Ask For Help In Finding Missing Haredi Woman
Comments: 12 | Categories: Hessed
The NYPD is urgently asking for your help in locating a missing young haredi woman, Reizel Berkowitz. Police Ask For Help In Finding Missing Haredi Woman Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com The NYPD is urgently asking for your help in locating...

April 1, 2014: Alternate Source Of Passover Food For Needy Jews
Comments: 6 | Categories: Hessed , Poverty & Homelessness
If the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty left you high and dry this year, or if their crisis hotline can't help you with food for Passover, here is an alternate source of Passover food for needy Jews. The haredi soup...

February 5, 2014: High Court Rejects Haredi Mayor’s Appeal, Orders New Elections
Comments: 1 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Hessed , Israel , Sefardim
Israel’s High Court of Justice has rejected an appeal filed by the haredi Mayor of Beit Shemesh Rabbi Moshe Abutbol. Abutbol wanted to block the new elections ordered after widespread haredi pro-Abutbol voter fraud was discovered on election day by...

May 23, 2013: Agri Star Donates More Than $50,000 Worth Of Meat Products To Oklahoma Tornado Relief
Comments: 11 | Categories: Agri-Star , Chabad , Haredim , Hessed , MO & Chardal
Agri Star, the successor company to Agriprocessors, has donated 20,000 pounds of meat products to Oklahoma tornado relief in partnership with the haredi chain of soup kitchens Masbia. The meat and poultry products, which Agri Star says have a wholesale...

March 12, 2013: All-Female Version Of Hazolah Gets NY State Approval
Comments: 36 | Categories: Haredim , Hessed , Women & Judaism
Ezras Nashim, the women-only haredi EMT group, recently received the okay from New York State to open their service to the public. Ezras Nashim will compete with Hatzolah – the male-only haredi EMT service – in heavily Jewish neighborhoods. Hatzolah...

February 1, 2013: Baltimore Shomrim Member Gets Award From San Francisco Cops
Comments: 4 | Categories: Haredim , Hessed
A member of Shomrim of Baltimore, Maryland received a certificate of appreciation for helping free a woman trapped with her children in a storage locker – in San Francisco, California. The San Francisco Police Department awarded the certificate to Yitzy...

January 29, 2013: Mordechai Ben David, Choir, Visit Rubashkin In Prison, Sing For Him In Honor Of Daughter's Wedding
Comments: 49 | Categories: Chabad , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Hessed , Kosher Business? , Kosher Scandal
Hasidic singer Mordechai Ben David and members of the Shira Choir visited former Agriprocessors VP Sholom Rubashkin in federal prison this week to help Rubashkin celebrate his daughter's wedding. Rubashkin is serving a 27-year sentence for bank fraud and related...

January 24, 2013: Video: 6-Year-Old Writes Book To Raise Money To Find A Cure For Friend's Genetic Disorder
Comments: 6 | Categories: Hessed
“Chocolate bar” means “awesome” to Dylan Siegel, a 6-year-old 1st grader who wrote a book called Chocolate Bar to raise money to find a cure for his 7-year-old best friend's rare liver condition. Link.

December 16, 2012: New Jersey Pilot Program Allows Inmates To Participate In Lighting Of Menorah
Comments: 10 | Categories: Chabad , Hanukkah , Hessed
It took about a year to iron out the details of the department's new menorah policy, which allows each state prison to designate a room where one menorah will be lit by a staff member or a volunteer religious group...

December 13, 2012: Flatbush Shomrim Honored For "Lumberjacking"
Comments: 20 | Categories: Haredim , Hessed
“This guy, Chaim Deutsch, blows me away,” Manhattan Beach Community Group President Ira Zalcman said of the Flatbush Shomrim founder, who lead a team of urban lumberjacks who cut up and carted off more than 70 trees that fell across...

December 12, 2012: Baltimore Shomrim Saved Trapped Woman And Kids – In San Francisco
Comments: 7 | Categories: Haredim , Hessed
Baltimore Shomrim received a hotline call just after midnight Tuesday from a woman who was trapped with her children in a locked in a storage rental facility in San Francisco. The email reportedly sent by Shomrim said the woman was...

November 16, 2012: Is This Any Way To Treat The Poor?
Comments: 56 | Categories: Halakha , Hessed , MO & Chardal , Poverty & Homelessness
"…Jews believe in charity, but primarily as a private endeavor. The tithing obligation, or the dispensing of gifts to the poor in Biblical times (maasrot, leket, shikcha, pe’ah – known collectively as matnot aniyim, gifts to the poor), are all...

November 7, 2012: A Lesson From The Storm
Comments: 26 | Categories: Hessed , Poverty & Homelessness
What can we learn from the massive natural disaster that ravaged New York City and New Jersey along with many other East Coast locations after Hurricane Sandy struck? One of the new facts of life in the aftermath of Hurricane...

November 5, 2012: Jewish Federation Releases $10 Million For Hurricane Relief
Comments: 12 | Categories: Hessed , Jewish Leadership
The UJA-Federation of Greater New York released $10 million to its member agencies and synagogues to use for emergency hurricane relief. The decision to release the funds was made last night by the UJA-Federation’s board of directors, which met in...

November 4, 2012: Jewish Community Locations Providing Hurricane Relief
Comments: 7 | Categories: Hessed
A list of NYC locations where Jewish community members can find kosher food and other forms of assistance. The Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty's head, Willian Rapfogel, sent me the following list of locations you can go to for help....

November 4, 2012: Lower East Side's Rabbis AWOL In Face Of Hurricane, Some Residents Say
Comments: 99 | Categories: Haredim , Hessed , MO & Chardal
Lower East Side residents stuck without food (and sometimes without water) in the neighborhood's high rise buildings complain that the area's haredi and Orthodox rabbis left the area without helping the elderly, disabled and poorer residents they left behind. Lower...

November 2, 2012: More Hurricane Sandy Recovery, Clean Up, And Public Aid Information
Comments: 3 | Categories: Hessed , Poverty & Homelessness
"As our City begins to recover from Hurricane Sandy, I wanted to share information about relief groups and other charitable organizations to which you can donate, if it’s difficult for you to personally offer supplies and shelter to people in...

July 17, 2012: Haredim Drain Welfare Benefits Away From The Truly Poor
Comments: 52 | Categories: Haredim , Hessed , Israel , Religion, Religion & State
Israel’s poor receive far less welfare than the poor of other first world countries and suffer because of it. Elderly, poor and homeless in Israel Haredim Drain Welfare Benefits Away From The Truly Poor Israel’s poor receive far less welfare...

July 8, 2012: Exclusive: Police Say $1 Million Beggar’s Death Suicide, Despite Conflicting Evidence And Lack Of An Autopsy
Comments: 58 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Hessed
Police tell Howard Frank's brother that the investigation into his brother's suspicious death is now being closed, and that Howard Frank's death is being ruled a suicide – even though Frank told people in the hours before he died that...

July 8, 2012: Video: The Apparent Murder Of Howard Frank
Comments: 36 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Hessed
As first reported on FailedMessiah.com, a mentally ill beggar was found dead in the Gowanus Canal in Red Hook, Brooklyn, 9 days ago. Evidence collected by FailedMessiah.com points to murder as the cause of death. But the haredi organization Misaskim...

July 6, 2012: Exclusive: The Life And Suspicious Death Of Howard Frank
Comments: 98 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Hessed
Author, photo collector and Jewish beggar Howard Frank dies a suspicious death in murky water off Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Howard Frank at the main Chabad synagogue, 770 Eastern Parkway, Crown Heights, Brooklyn, New York Originally published at 9:31 pm CDT...

April 29, 2012: Haredi Man Helps Save Boy From Burning House
Comments: 58 | Categories: Haredim , Hessed
He ran to the house and called 911, and a dispatcher told him to make sure no one was trapped inside. A Spring Valley Department of Public Works employee, was driving by about the same time and stopped to help....

April 20, 2012: Shame
Comments: 14 | Categories: Hessed , Israel , Poverty & Homelessness
10,000 destitute survivors have discovered that the $400 quarterly stipend they receive from the Company for Location and Restitution of Holocaust Victims' Assets has been cut down to $320. The destitute survivors were not informed of the cut. Instead, they...



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