130 posts categorized "Poverty & Homelessness"

July 26, 2015: Video: Poor Kids
Comments: 22 | Categories: Poverty & Homelessness
What's it like to be a poor kid in America? What's it like to go hungry every day? To live in substandard housing? To be 8-years-old and homeless? Last week, PBS Frontline ran its documentary Poor Kids, first aired three...

June 17, 2015: Crown Heights Landlord Busted For Illegally Forcing Out Rent Controlled Tenants, Endangering Welfare Of A Child
Comments: 10 | Categories: Chabad , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Poverty & Homelessness
Daniel Melamed alleged used construction and demolition to force out the rent controlled tenants. A criminal indictment against him issued today charges Melamed with unlawfully evicting tenants from rent-regulated apartments, endangering the welfare of a child and filing a false...

June 16, 2015: Neighbors Angered As Loud, "Very Disrespectful" Hasidim Wait In Line Overnight For Low Income Housing
Comments: 55 | Categories: Haredim , Poverty & Homelessness
The hasidic crowd, many who came from outside the county to try to get one of the very limited number of low income housing vouchers, woke up several residents in the apartment complex the housing authority's office is located in....

June 15, 2015: Video: Hundreds Wait Outside Overnight For Chance At Low Income Housing
Comments: 72 | Categories: Haredim , Poverty & Homelessness
400 Section 8 low income housing slots opened today in Monticello, New York, and hundreds of people – most hasidim – waited in line overnight for a chance to get one. Here’s video: According to the website of the federal...

May 27, 2015: Top Haredi Rabbi Orders Charities To Trash Food Meant For The Poor
Comments: 47 | Categories: Halakha , Haredim , Israel , Poverty & Homelessness , Religion, Religion & State
The top non-hasidic haredi rabbinic leader worldwide, 102-year-old Rabbi Aharon Leib Steinman, was asked in the past few days if heter mechira vegetables can be given by a haredi charity to the poor. Above: Rabbi Aharon Leib Steinman Top Haredi...

May 11, 2015: Rabbi David Cohen Sentenced To One Year In Jail – Kind Of – And $650,000 In Restitution In Met Council Fraud
Comments: 17 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , MO & Chardal , Poverty & Homelessness
Haredi Rabbi David Cohen, former executive director of the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty (Met Council), has been sentenced to one year in jail. He also paid $650,000 in restitution to Met Council. Cohen, together with former Met Council CEO...

April 11, 2015: Gerrer Hasidim Allegedly Loot Lower East Side Orthodox Synagogue
Comments: 30 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Poverty & Homelessness
Instead, $10 million from the sale will go to Ger, a right wing Hasidic sect, to build a synagogue in Israel, and the other $3 million will go to the synagogue’s president, Rabbi Samuel Aschkenazi, who calls himself a leader...

April 1, 2015: Did Modern Orthodox Man Who Stole Millions From The Jewish Poor And Homeless Get Kid Glove Treatment From NY State's AG?
Comments: 9 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Jewish Leadership , MO & Chardal , Poverty & Homelessness
William E. Rapfogel stole at least $9 million from poor and homeless Jews, and destroyed the New York City Jewish Community's anti-poverty arm in the process. But did New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman give Rapfogel a much better...

March 29, 2015: Dozens Of Jewish Leaders, Including At least 19 Rabbis, Pleaded To Get William E. Rapfogel A Sweetheart Deal In $9 Million Theft From Jewish Poor
Comments: 42 | Categories: Chabad , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , MO & Chardal , Poverty & Homelessness
Who sent letters to New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman asking him to go easy on William E. Rapfogel, the Modern Orthodox former head of the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty who stole at least $9 million from the...

March 29, 2015: NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio's Policy Makes Some Abused Youths' Lives Worse, Advocates Charge
Comments: 7 | Categories: Poverty & Homelessness , Skepticism & Former Haredim
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is an atheist who has been pandering to religious groups – especially to Satmar hasidim – in likely preparation for a gubernatorial run or an appointment to national office by Hillary Clinton if...

March 19, 2015: New York City Jewish Federation's Primary Social Services Agency Declares Bankruptcy After Flagrant Mismanagement
Comments: 4 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , MO & Chardal , Poverty & Homelessness
The Federation Employment and Guidance Service's (FEGS) salaries for its top executives increased even as program revenue declined. It's financial management system was 'outdated," and its administrative cost structure was "overly prohibitive" was "significantly more than target industry standards." The...

March 9, 2015: Joseph "Yossi" Ross Sentenced To 18 Months In Metropolitan Council On Jewish Poverty Fraud
Comments: 15 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Poverty & Homelessness
Joseph "Yossi" Ross – a top Breslov hasidic lay leader – helped William E. Rapfogel and others steal at least $9 million from the NYC Jewish Federation's anti-poverty arm. A.G Schneiderman & Comptroller DiNapoli Announce Sentencing Of Former Met Council...

March 9, 2015: As Her Husband Sits In Prison, Judy Rapfogel Makes More Money Than The Governor, Despite The Fact That Her Disgraced Boss Is No Longer Speaker Of The NYS Assembly
Comments: 11 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , MO & Chardal , Poverty & Homelessness
A month after disgraced Assemblyman Sheldon Silver resigned from his post as the New York State Assembly’s speaker, his top aide Judy Rapfogel remains employed – and makes more money than the governor. Above: Judy Rapfogel As Her Husband Sits...

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 5, 2015: Sefardi Haredi Kabbalist’s Plea Deal Allowed To Stand
Comments: 3 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Israel , Poverty & Homelessness , Sefardim
Israel’s High Court Of Justice rejected a petition challenging the plea bargain agreement given to Sefardi haredi ‘kabbalist’ Rabbi Yoshiyahu Yosef Pinto – meaning Pinto will turn state's witness and admit to bribing senior police officers in a bid to...

February 5, 2015: Met Council Hasidic Embezzler Gets Better Plea Deal Terms
Comments: 11 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , MO & Chardal , Poverty & Homelessness
Joseph “Yossi” Ross, the first person to plead guilty in the long-running Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty embezzlement scam, has renegotiated his plea deal in a bid to keep him out of state prison. Met Council Hasidic Embezzler Gets Better...

January 22, 2015: Metropolitan Council On Jewish Poverty To Go Out Of Business
Comments: 21 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , MO & Chardal , Poverty & Homelessness
Met Council officials reportedly met with other Jewish nonprofit leaders about the closure today – the same day the met Council’s chief legislative patron, New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, was arrested by the FBI for allegedly taking millions...

January 13, 2015: Children Eligible For Expanded Medicaid Contribute More In Taxes As Adults, New Study Finds
Comments: 5 | Categories: Med-Ethics, Public Health , Poverty & Homelessness , Science
A new study has found that children who received expanded Medicaid benefits in the 1980s and 1990s contributed more to the U.S. tax system as adults. They also were more likely to attend college and less likely to die prematurely...

January 4, 2015: Haredi Children Sue Parents Over Financial Support
Comments: 43 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Poverty & Homelessness
Haredi children are suing their parents at an alarming rate over wedding gifts that don't match up to what they were promised by the parents. For example, a father promises his prospective son-in-law's family that he will buy the couple...

December 22, 2014: Haredim: Poor By Choice, Not By Fate
Comments: 57 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Poverty & Homelessness
“[Haredim] are to a significant degree making a conscious choice to be poor…If you have seven children on average [and refuse to have them educated in math, science and other secular subjects], you are choosing to be poor [and choosing...

November 30, 2014: Rabbi Steven Pruzansky: Media "Liars;" I Never Called For Collective Punishment Of Arabs
Comments: 27 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Israel , Media & Media Criticism , MO & Chardal , Poverty & Homelessness
In a bizarre radio interview, Rabbi Steven Pruzansky claims the media are "liars," that "the Geneva Convention doesn't apply anymore," that his call for collective punishment against Israeli Arabs and Palestinians was not collective punishment but instead prevention of terrorism,...

October 30, 2014: OU Israel Job Fair Allegedly Charged Unemployed Job Seekers An Entry Fee
Comments: 2 | Categories: Israel , MO & Chardal , Poverty & Homelessness
The Orthodox Union's Israel branch allegedly charged unemployed job seekers 50 shekels to enter its Jerusalem job fair this past spring. OU Israel Job Fair Allegedly Charged Unemployed Job Seekers An Entry Fee Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com The Orthodox Union...

October 29, 2014: Dov Hikind And OU Sponsor Job Fair – Charge Unemployed $20 Each To Enter
Comments: 22 | Categories: Haredim , MO & Chardal , Poverty & Homelessness
Orthodox New York State Assemblyman Dov Hikind and the Orthodox Union (OU) sponsored a job fair last week at the Young Israel of Midwood synagogue in the heavily haredi neighborhood of Midwood, Brooklyn and charged unemployed people $20 each to...

October 29, 2014: UNICEF: Israel Has 4th Highest Child Poverty Rate In The Developed World
Comments: 19 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Haredim , Israel , Poverty & Homelessness , Religion, Religion & State
“This report is a warning light to Israel. We must make children our focus to prevent further deterioration and bring about long-term change,” Jonny Cline, UNICEF’s Israel office executive director, reportedly said. A large number of the poor children, however,...

October 27, 2014: More Arrests Possible In Rapfogel Scandal, Former Board Members May Be Targets, AG Says
Comments: 4 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Jewish Leadership , MO & Chardal , Poverty & Homelessness
New York State’s Attorney General Eric Schneiderman appears to be targeting former Met Council board members who may have turned a blind eye to or participated in the embezzlement of at least $9 million from the Met Council. More Arrests...

October 22, 2014: University Opens Investigation Into Alleged Voyeur Rabbi Barry Freundel
Comments: 8 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , MO & Chardal , Poverty & Homelessness , Women & Judaism
A university spokesman reportedly said the university is investigating whether it violated provisions of Title IX, the federal law which prohibits various types of gender and sex discrimination on college and university campuses. Above: Rabbi Barry Freundel University Opens Investigation...

October 18, 2014: The Beggars Of Lakewood
Comments: 56 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Poverty & Homelessness
Lakewood, New Jersey, the home of the famous Lakewood Yeshiva, is inundated with haredi beggars. So Lakewood's haredi community regulates them. Here's how it does it, courtesy of the New York Times. The New York Times Magazine has a long...

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...

October 12, 2014: NYC's Worst Slumlord Lives In $1.2 Million Mansion In Monsey
Comments: 17 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Poverty & Homelessness
NYC's worst landlord lives in a $1.2 million suburban mansion with an in-ground pool, a sweeping front lawn and a circular driveway — about 30 miles north and a world away from a rat-infested building she owns in the Bronx....

October 8, 2014: Haredi Landlord Settles With NYC Over Harassment Of Poor Tenants
Comments: 1 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Poverty & Homelessness
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the State’s Tenant Protection Unit has signed an agreement that will end the reported harassment and intimidation of long-term tenants at several rent-regulated buildings in the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Flatbush and Crown Heights....

September 23, 2014: Will Teshuva, Tefillah And Tzedaka Rip Up The Evil Decree?
Comments: 17 | Categories: Poverty & Homelessness
As Rosh Hashana fast approaches, a question is begged – but will your answer cut it? Tomorrow night is Rosh Hashana, and one of the major components of Rosh Hashana is to give tzedaka (charity) to poor people just before...

September 18, 2014: Zionist Orthodox Lay Leader Resigns Over Money "Tainted" By – Christians
Comments: 12 | Categories: Bigotry & Racism , Haredim , Israel , MO & Chardal , Poverty & Homelessness , Religion, Religion & State
It’s a canard that refuses to die, a canard illustrates the high level of anti-Christian prejudice still common in the haredi and the right-wing Israeli Zionist Orthodox communities, despite the fact that believing Christians are some of the closest allies...

August 28, 2014: Haredim Move To Take Over Secular Anti-Poverty Agency
Comments: 13 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , MO & Chardal , Poverty & Homelessness
Met Council board member Abraham Biderman, who is a top haredi lay leader in Agudath Israel of America, is likely to be the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty's new board chairman and his candidate to replace David Frankel the CEO...

August 27, 2014: Jewish Anti-Poverty Agency CEO Forced Out Because Haredi-Controlled Agencies Did Not Like Increased Oversight
Comments: 6 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , MO & Chardal , Poverty & Homelessness
A major sticking point came over increased oversight. For years, the Met Council has served as a “fiscal conduit” for seven of the smaller JCCs and community organizations, meaning that the Council handled financial operations such as payroll and bill...

August 22, 2014: Top Candidate For CEO Of Scandal-Plagued Anti-Poverty Charity Said To Be Chabad Rabbi
Comments: 7 | Categories: Chabad , Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , MO & Chardal , Poverty & Homelessness
The Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, the New York City Jewish community’s scandal-plagued anti-poverty arm, is reportedly considering hiring a Chabad rabbi to replace outgoing CEO David Frankel, who was brought in to clean up the organization last year but...

August 21, 2014: New CEO Of Scandal-Plagued Jewish Community Anti-Poverty Arm ‘Resigns’
Comments: 2 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , MO & Chardal , Poverty & Homelessness
The scandal-plagued Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, the New York City-area’s Jewish community’s scandal-plagued anti-poverty arm, is losing its new CEO – likely due to conflicts with organization’s board and with local Jewish Community Councils, which are largely haredi or...

August 11, 2014: Another Haredi Synagogue Bans Beggars
Comments: 36 | Categories: Haredim , MO & Chardal , Poverty & Homelessness , Sefardim
Another haredi synagogue – this one Sefardi – bans beggars, a haredi Jewish family with children from outside New York City is homeless, and a homeless Jewish woman in her 50s wanders the streets of Brooklyn. A quick Jewish poverty...

August 1, 2014: What It Really Means To be Poor
Comments: 59 | Categories: Haredim , Poverty & Homelessness
After your housing costs and cost of medical insurance, can you and your wife live on less than $700 total for food, transportation, clothing, non-covered medical, dental and eyecare expenses and OTC medicine like Tylenol, especially in New York City...

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 23, 2014: Rapfogel Sentenced To Up To 10 Years In Prison
Comments: 9 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , MO & Chardal , Poverty & Homelessness
William E. Rapfogel, the former executive director and CEO of the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, was sentenced to 3 1/3 to 10 years in prison for leading a scheme that embezzled at least $9 million from the New York...

July 10, 2014: Hasidic Synagogue Bans All Beggars – Except For Hasidim
Comments: 25 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , Poverty & Homelessness
The prominent hasidic synagogue known as Landau's in Brooklyn, New York has banned all beggars from standing outside the shul and refuses to allow them to enter – unless they are hasidim known to the synagoge's rabbi and administrator. This...

June 17, 2014: Former Met Council CFO Pleads Guilty, Sentenced In Multimillion Dollar Embezzlement Scheme That Hurt Jewish Poor
Comments: 13 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , MO & Chardal , Poverty & Homelessness
80-Year-old Herbert Friedman Sentenced To 4 Months In Jail And Will Pay $775,000 In Restitution. AG's press release: A.G. Schneiderman And Comptroller DiNapoli Announce Sentence Of Former Met Council Chief Financial Officer For Role In Stealing $9m In Kickback Scheme...

May 6, 2014: Metropolitan Council On Jewish Poverty's Former CFO Pleads Guilty To Role In Multimillion Dollar Theft
Comments: 1 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Poverty & Homelessness
Herbert Friedman, 80, pleaded guilty today before the Honorable Michael Obus in New York County Supreme Court to Grand Larceny in the Third Degree (a class D felony) and Conspiracy in the Fourth Degree (a class E felony). In exchange...

April 26, 2014: Food Shelves Now Mandated By Law To Stock Kosher And Halal Foods
Comments: 21 | Categories: Poverty & Homelessness
Food shelves are now mandated to stock emergency supplies of kosher and halal food, as long as it doesn't cost more than its non-kosher counterparts. The AP has an insipid article on a new federal law that requires the USDA...

April 23, 2014: William E. Rapfogel, Rabbi David Cohen Plead Guilty In Thefts From The Metropolitan Council On Jewish Poverty
Comments: 15 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , MO & Chardal , Poverty & Homelessness
William E. Rapfogel, the Modern Orthodox former CEO of the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, the New York City Jewish community’s anti-poverty arm, pleaded guilty this morning to grand larceny, money laundering, tax fraud and offering a false instrument for...

April 22, 2014: Report: Modern Orthodox Embezzler To Plead Guilty Tomorrow
Comments: 0 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Haredim , MO & Chardal , Poverty & Homelessness
William E. Rapfogel – the Modern Orthodox former CEO of the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, the New York City Jewish community’s anti-poverty arm – is expected to plead guilty tomorrow in a Manhattan state court. William E. Rapfogel, left,...

April 17, 2014: Did A Leading Conservative Rabbi And Ethics Expert Shill For A Large Corporation To Hurt America's Poor?
Comments: 5 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , Poverty & Homelessness
Rabbi Elliot Dorff wrote an op-ed for the LA Jewish Journal against a form of tax filing that would see the government give each taxpayer a completely filled out basic return (either on paper or online) and give taxpayers the...

April 16, 2014: Government Slow To Respond As Israel Has Highest Rate Of OECD Poverty And Number Of Working Poor Surges
Comments: 7 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Poverty & Homelessness
“It’s embarrassing that foreign donors need to replace the government to feed Israel’s needy,” said Gidi Kroch, the chief executive officer of Leket, Israel’s largest food bank, which gets most of its support from Jewish organizations abroad. “It is becoming...

April 14, 2014: Former Modern Orthodox Met Council Head: Help Me Raise Money So I Can Stay Out Of Prison
Comments: 14 | Categories: Crime, Litigation, etc. , MO & Chardal , Poverty & Homelessness
"…Last night, as I hugged one of my grand kids who turns 7 in April, I wondered how many birthdays of hers and my six other grandkids that I would miss. My youngest son is 22 and "in the parsha"...

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