108 posts categorized "Poverty & Homelessness"

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
“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, 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, 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, etc. , Haredim , Hessed , Pedophilia & Related Crimes , Poverty & Homelessness , Religion , 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, 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, 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
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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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...

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