91 posts categorized "Poverty & Homelessness"

July 23, 2014: Haredi Rabbi Guilty Of Tax Evasion, Charities Fraud
Comments: 9 | Categories: Crime, 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: 8 | Categories: Crime, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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: 13 | Categories: Crime, 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"...

April 14, 2014: Jewish Community Quietly Rallying Around Man Who Allegedly Stole Millions Of Dollars From Poor Jews
Comments: 16 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , MO & Chardal , Poverty & Homelessness
Members of New York City’s Jewish community are raising millions of dollars to help former Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty CEO William E. Rapfogel. William E. Rapfogel Jewish Community Quietly Rallying Around Man Who Allegedly Stole Millions Of Dollars From...

April 11, 2014: Let The Poor Go Hungry?
Comments: 8 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Poverty & Homelessness
As the scandal surrounding the Metropolitan Council on Jewish , the new York City Jewish community's anti-poverty arm, continues, poor Jews suffer. As FailedMessiah.com reported April 1, ten days ago: …I spoke with a Met Council client who told me...

April 9, 2014: Scandal-Plagued Metropolitan Council On Jewish Poverty Permanently Lays Off 5 Key Staff
Comments: 7 | Categories: Poverty & Homelessness
The Metropolitan Council On Jewish Poverty, the New York City Jewish community's scandal-plagued anti-poverty arm, has permenently and abruptly laid off five key staffers, including its head of social services. Metropolitan Council On Jewish Poverty Permanently Lays Off 5 Key...

April 9, 2014: Almost 1 Million Israelis Hungry Due To Government Neglect, State Comptroller Finds
Comments: 9 | Categories: Israel , Poverty & Homelessness
894,000 Israelis go an entire day without food, eat smaller meals or skip meals because they cannot afford to buy food, Israel’s state comptroller has found. 306,000 of those people are children. Almost 1 Million Israelis Hungry Due To Government...

April 7, 2014: The Metropolitan Council On Jewish Poverty Gives Away Tens Of Thousands Of Pounds Of Food – To Hasidim
Comments: 66 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Poverty & Homelessness
The Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, the New York City Jewish community's scandal-plagued anti-poverty arm, distributed tens of thousands of pounds of Kosher-for-Passover food to primarily Satmar hasidim in Brooklyn yesterday even as its Passover food card program for needy...

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...

April 1, 2014: Let The Poor Go Hungry? Updates On The Scandal-Plagued Metropolitan Council On Jewish Poverty's Passover Food Card Program
Comments: 10 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , MO & Chardal , Poverty & Homelessness
More than two decades of embezzlement. Millions of dollars still missing. Allegations – backed by credible reporting from the New York Times – that it's now former CEO worked for decades to block affordable housing from being built on the...

March 26, 2014: Scandal-Ridden Jewish Anti-Poverty Charity Halts Passover Food Program
Comments: 9 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , MO & Chardal , Poverty & Homelessness
Without explanation, the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, the New York City Jewish community's anti-poverty arm, has closed its Passover food card program, leaving many of the city's Jewish poor without adequate food for the Passover holiday. William E. Rapfogel,...

March 23, 2014: Sheldon Silver And William E. Rapfogel Allegedly Blocked Low Income Housing In Order To Keep Lower East Side "Jewish"
Comments: 12 | Categories: Crime, etc. , MO & Chardal , Poverty & Homelessness
William E. Rapfogel, the disgraced former head of the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, the Jewish community's anti-poverty arm, and New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver – both Orthodox Jews with roots on the Lower East Side – allegedly...

February 17, 2014: If Haredim Continue To Refuse To Work, Israel’s Economy Will Take A Major Hit, New Bank Of Israel Governor Says
Comments: 15 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Poverty & Homelessness
"Not only will we not advance, we will go backwards. We must improve their human capital. Even if they join the workforce, unless the human capital gap is closed, we are talking about low-paid employment.…The challenge to growth in the...

February 13, 2014: The Face Of Poverty In Israel
Comments: 16 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Poverty & Homelessness
Yelena Elimelech, a 73-year-old woman who immigrated to Israel in the early 1990s has become the symbol of Israeli poverty after opposition leader and Labor party head Isaac Herzog spoke about her on the floor of the Knesset yesterday. But...

January 31, 2014: Living In A Parking Lot – The Haredi Housing Crisis Revealed
Comments: 16 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Poverty & Homelessness
A tiny structure – a shed, really – located in a single parking spot underneath an apartment building in the haredi city of Bnei Brak is the home of a young haredi couple and their infant son. It has one...

January 25, 2014: Rapfogel Reportedly On Verge Of Pleading Guilty
Comments: 11 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , MO & Chardal , Poverty & Homelessness
William E. Rapfogel, the former head of the New York City Jewish community’s anti-poverty arm, the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, is reportedly on the verge of pleading guilty to his role in running a $7 million dollar embezzlement scheme....

January 23, 2014: When Israeli Haredim Want To Leave, They Often Find They Have Nowhere To Go
Comments: 47 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Poverty & Homelessness , Religion , Skepticism & Former Haredim
"Although the government is now offering a growing range of vocational training programs and grants for ultra-Orthodox men and women interested in joining the workforce, only those who remain Haredi are eligible. What choice is there but to remain inside...

January 7, 2014: 2 More Arrested In Metropolitan Council On Jewish Poverty Scandal
Comments: 5 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , MO & Chardal , Poverty & Homelessness
David Cohen and Herbert Friedman – two former senior staffers at the beleaguered Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, the New York City Jewish Community’s anti-poverty arm – were arrested and arraigned today in Manhattan on fraud and theft charges in...

December 27, 2013: Israelis Don't Help The Poor Because Of Haredim, Columnist Argues In NY Times
Comments: 20 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Poverty & Homelessness
“For middle-class Israelis to care, the message from the state should be quite different — one that could be called compassionate cruelty. The state should be telling its citizens: We don’t much care if the poor-by-choice get even poorer and...

December 20, 2013: NY State AG & Comptroller Allow Scandal-Plagued Metropolitan Council On Jewish Poverty To Resume Receiving Public Funding – With Many Strings Attached
Comments: 1 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , MO & Chardal , Poverty & Homelessness
The Met Council was compelled to agree to a long series reforms including instituting a code of ethics, along with whistleblower, conflict of interest, and anti-nepotism policies. It will also hire a general counsel and chief compliance officer, create a...

December 11, 2013: Breslov Hasid In Metropolitan Council On Jewish Poverty Thefts Pleads Guilty
Comments: 7 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , MO & Chardal , Poverty & Homelessness
Joseph “Yossi” Ross, the prominent Breslov hasid who is an owner of Century Coverage Corporation in Valley Stream, Long Island, pleaded guilty this morning to first-degree grand larceny, first-degree money laundering and third-degree criminal tax fraud. Terms of the plea...

November 27, 2013: Poverty, Income Gaps Largest In Developed World – Even Without Counting Haredim, Arabs, Report Finds
Comments: 7 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Poverty & Homelessness
The prestigious Taub Center for Social Policy Studies in Israel released a new report today that reportedly finds that Israel has the widest income gaps in the Western world. Israel also has high poverty rates, and many people who are...

November 18, 2013: Haredi Anti-Poverty Video Blames Israeli Government For Self-Inflicted Haredi Poverty
Comments: 13 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Poverty & Homelessness
This video – shown at the recent convention of Agudath Israel of America, made by the haredi newspaper Hamodia and produced by Ruth Lichtenstein – the owner of Hamodia and the wife and mother of slumlords – blames the Israeli...

November 15, 2013: Breslov Hasid Indicted In Met Council Scandal, Total Lost To Anti-Poverty Charity Now $7 Million
Comments: 4 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , MO & Chardal , Poverty & Homelessness
Joseph “Yossi” Ross, the CEO of Century Coverage Corp. who allegedly conspired with former Metropolitan Council On Jewish Poverty CEO William E. Rapfogel to steal millions of dollars from the anti-poverty nonprofit, has been charged with multiple counts of money...

October 29, 2013: Metropolitan Council On Jewish Poverty Paid Alleged Embezzler’s Children’s Private Orthodox Day School Tuition
Comments: 5 | Categories: Crime, etc. , MO & Chardal , Poverty & Homelessness
Not only did alleged Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty embezzler William E. Rapfogel draw a nearly $500,000 per year salary from the anti-poverty nonprofit, his employment contract had at least one unusual perk – free education for Rapfogel's children. William...

October 21, 2013: New Evidence Discovered That May Link Disgraced Jewish Charity Head’s Wife To Embezzlement-Kickback Scheme
Comments: 8 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , MO & Chardal , Poverty & Homelessness
Judy Rapfogel is the wife of disgraced former Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty CEO William E. Rapfogel. She is also the longtime chief of staff for the speaker of the New York State Assembly, Sheldon Silver. Her husband was indicted...

October 11, 2013: Exclusive: Dead Beggar May Have Tried To Extort Rabbi Mendel Epstein
Comments: 20 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Poverty & Homelessness
Howard Frank, who was (almost certainly) murdered in the summer of 2012, allegedly tried to extort and blackmail haredi rabbis after they allegedly broke their promises to help him out of a financial crisis. One of those rabbis is the...

October 10, 2013: NY Governor Alleges Haredi Landlord Abused Tenants
Comments: 3 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Poverty & Homelessness
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced today that the State’s Tenant Protection Unit (TPU) had served a subpoena on a landlord who is alleged to be violating the rights of tenants in the Flatbush/Crown Heights neighborhoods of Brooklyn. The subpoena demands...

September 30, 2013: Rabbi Dovid Cohen Resigns From Chevra Hatzolah Under Cloud Of Suspicion
Comments: 5 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , MO & Chardal , Poverty & Homelessness
Chevra Hatzolah's CEO, Rabbi Dovid Cohen, has resigned under a cloud of suspicion. Cohen is (apparently) one of the co-conspirators in the looting of the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty by it's CEO, William E. Rapfogel, and he was fired...

September 25, 2013: Rapfogel's Haredi Co-Conspirator
Comments: 5 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , MO & Chardal , Poverty & Homelessness
This morning, I wrote that disgraced former Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty CEO William E. Rapfogel had a haredi co-conspirator inside the Met Council who had initiated the fraud that eventually stole at least $5 million from the Met Council...

September 25, 2013: Met Council Fraud Started Before Rapfogel, Prosecution Claims
Comments: 4 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , MO & Chardal , Poverty & Homelessness
The stealing from the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, the New York City Jewish community's anti-poverty arm, began months before fired CEO William E. Rapfogel was hired 21 years ago and continued until Rapfogel was fired last month, the criminal...

September 24, 2013: Rapfogel Charged With Grand Larceny, Money Laundering And Criminal Tax Evasion
Comments: 3 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , MO & Chardal , Poverty & Homelessness
William E. Rapfogel, the former CEO of the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, surrendered to authorities today and was charged with grand larceny, money laundering and criminal tax evasion for allegedly stealing at least $5 million from the Jewish anti-poverty...

September 16, 2013: Insurance Company Whistleblower – Not Government Regulators Or Law Enforcement – Allegedly Exposed Modern Orthodox Jew's Alleged Theft Of Millions Of Dollars From Jewish Anti-Povery Charity
Comments: 1 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , MO & Chardal , Poverty & Homelessness
The hasidic-owned Century Coverage reportedly has fewer than 30 employees. Even so, Century’s employees and their families have given more than $220,000 in political contributions to state and city candidates or committees since 2000 – and much of that money...

September 4, 2013: Homeless In New York On Rosh Hashana
Comments: 1 | Categories: Crime, etc. , MO & Chardal , Poverty & Homelessness
William Rapfogel is an accused thief who stole what could be millions of dollars from the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty. Even so, Rapfogel is well liked in his Lower East Side Orthodox community and may even receive an aliyah...

August 15, 2013: NYC Cuts Off Millions Of Dollars In Funding To Metropolitan Council On Jewish Poverty In Wake Of Rapfogel Embezzlement Scandal
Comments: 4 | Categories: Crime, etc. , MO & Chardal , Poverty & Homelessness
[A] council insider said Rapfogel “personally benefitted” -- in essence stole or misused agency money — and that’s why he was ousted. NYC's Department of Investigation is conducting its own probe to determine if city funds provided to Met Council...

August 13, 2013: What Did Disgraced Former Met Council On Jewish Poverty Head Actually Do Wrong?
Comments: 5 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , MO & Chardal , Poverty & Homelessness
William Rapfogel made almost $500,000 per year as head of the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty. He was summarily fired last week after the Met Council board found out Rapfogel was under criminal investigation. What did Rapfogel allegedly do? This…...

May 19, 2013: Israeli Poverty Deepens As Haredim Refuse To Work Or Serve
Comments: 23 | Categories: Haredim , Israel , Poverty & Homelessness
“These worrying findings underline the need to protect the most vulnerable in society, especially as governments pursue the necessary task of bringing public spending under control.” Is Israel’s Fiscal Hole Deepening? Yeshiva World According to a Yediot Achronot report, no...

April 30, 2013: Jewish Federation Lies
Comments: 28 | Categories: Poverty & Homelessness
What happens when a telemarketing call from your local Jewish Federation makes claims that are false? I received a telemarketing call last Wednesday from the St. Paul Jewish Federation. Times are tough, the caller, Nicole, said, clearly reading off a...

April 21, 2013: Haredi Slumlords And The Rise Of Antisemitism In NYC
Comments: 78 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Poverty & Homelessness
"I hear a lot of anti-Semitic comments from tenants based on their experiences with landlords, the only visibly Jewish people with whom they have contact. (I was raised in the Reconstructionist movement, and I’m not visibly Jewish.) Sometimes I get...

April 21, 2013: Who Wrote This And Why Do So Many Orthodox And Haredi Jews Disagree With It?
Comments: 14 | Categories: Haredim , MO & Chardal , Poverty & Homelessness
"…The alleviation of poverty has been a preoccupation of Judaism since its earliest days. The Hebrew Bible contains extensive welfare provisions based on an agrarian society. Parts of the harvest -- the corners of fields, forgotten sheaves and so on...

March 19, 2013: Monsey Hasid Who Repeatedly Raped 14-Year-Old Boy Is Sentenced To – Probation
Comments: 23 | Categories: Crime, etc. , Haredim , Poverty & Homelessness
Even though a Monsey hasid refused to take full responsibility for sexually abusing a young teenage boy, a New York State Supreme Court judge sentenced the sex offender to a probation-only sentence. A 59-year-old Moishe Turner told probation officials in...

March 18, 2013: Jews Without Shelter
Comments: 69 | Categories: Poverty & Homelessness
The American Jewish community continues to fail to provide adequate aid and housing for Jews who have become homeless. Last week I spoke with a homeless Jew in New York City whose story epitomizes the problems caused when the Jewish...

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