Synagogues including Bais Bezalel, Bais Menachem, Chabad Israel Center, Chabad SOLA, and Mogen David Young Sephardic stage a simchat beit ha-shoeva celebration in the "merit" of convicted felon "Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin, may G-d free him immediately from incarceration!"
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Sholom Mordechai Rubashkin (pictured above) is a Chabad hasid and the former vice president of Agriprocessors, which was the largest glatt kosher slaughterhouse in the world. He is currently serving a 27-year prison sentence for bank fraud and related crimes and has lost every appeal he has made so far – including one to the US Supreme Court, which refused to hear his case.
Rubashkin is probably best known for having a workforce of about 1000 employees, 750 of whom were undocumented workers he exploited and allegedly stole from.
It also appears that Chabad used B'nai David-Judea's name without permission. Its senior rabbi, Yosef Kanefsky, writes:
Bnai David Judea is not, and never was, a sponsor of the concert. The city of LA asked if was OK with us if Chabad held a concert in the municipal parking lot next to our building, and we said “sure”. (They asked because our Sukkah is in the same lot.) That was it.
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