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August 7, 2013 | By Edmund Sanders
JERUSALEM -- A once-prominent Orthodox rabbi accused of molesting male students was convicted Wednesday by a Jerusalem court of performing indecent acts against a minor. Mordechai Elon, former dean of a prestigious Old City religious school, faces up to seven years in prison when sentencing is handed down later this year. Elon was indicted in 2011 after former students came forward with allegations of kissing, fondling and touching. Graver allegations of sexual misconduct were not prosecuted because the statute of limitations had run out or victims refused to testify, Israeli media reported.
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February 27, 2014 | By Joseph Tanfani
TRENTON, N.J. -- In the mysterious political grudge-fest that spawned the George Washington Bridge traffic pileup, a new object of ire has emerged: a New Jersey rabbi. A newly released version of a text exchange between David Wildstein and Bridget Anne Kelly, two key figures in the bridge scandal, shows them exchanging barbed jokes about Rabbi Mendy Carlebach of the Chabad of North and South Brunswick - and chaplain to the Police Department at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which controls the bridges.
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March 21, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
After more than two decades in prison, David Ranta walked out of a Brooklyn courtroom a free man Thursday, no longer charged with murdering a rabbi in one of the city's more well-known homicides.  “To say I'm sorry for what you've endured would be an understatement.… But I say it anyway,” Judge Miriam Cyrulnik said before releasing Ranta. “I'm overwhelmed. I feel like I'm underwater, swimming. Like I said from the beginning, I had nothing to do with this case,” Ranta told reporters after leaving state court.
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December 3, 2013 | By David G. Savage
WASHINGTON - Rabbi S. Binyomin Ginsberg of Minneapolis admits being both a frequent flier and a frequent complainer. He flew on Northwest Airlines about 75 times a year, domestically and internationally, earning enough miles to qualify for "Platinum Elite" status. But he also complained a lot - about two dozen times in seven months, the airline says - demanding compensation for delays, lost bags and losing seats on overbooked flights that Northwest said the rabbi had reserved "with the purpose of being bumped.
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May 9, 2010 | By Mitchell Landsberg, Los Angeles Times
Even now, 41 years later, the photograph of Seth Cohen's bar mitzvah carries an element of surprise, even shock. There is the bar mitzvah boy reading from the Torah. There, behind him and to his right, is the rabbi, who is also Seth's father. And there, to Seth's left, are … well, it doesn't seem possible, but they certainly appear to be … they're definitely dressed like … could they be? Yes, those are nuns behind Seth, an entire choir of them, dressed in habits, preparing to sing in Hebrew.
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December 14, 1986
Funeral services for Martha Beerman will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in Leo Baeck Temple with burial at Hillside Memorial Park. Mrs. Beerman, 63, wife of Leonard Beerman, who recently retired after 37 years as the temple's rabbi, died Friday at her West Los Angeles home of cardiac arrest. Survivors include her husband; three daughters, Judith O'Hanlon and Eve and Elizabeth Beerman; two grandchildren; a brother, and two sisters. Mrs.
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May 3, 2009 | Yuras Karmanau, Karmanau writes for the Associated Press.
The roof has been removed and the windows stripped of their frames and glass. Piece by piece, workers are tearing down the former synagogue where a renowned rabbi served before fleeing the Soviet Union for New York in 1936. Moshe Feinstein, considered one of the most influential Orthodox rabbis in the United States until his death in 1986, was the final rabbi to serve at the synagogue in this once predominantly Jewish town. After his departure, the synagogue in Luban was taken over by Young Pioneers for the training of future communists.
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January 23, 2008 | James Ricci, Times Staff Writer
Moshe Cotel thought he was leaving music behind when he forsook a successful career as a composer and high-ranking conservatory professor in order, in his mid-50s, to become a rabbi. Fate, however, turned out to be not entirely on board with the plan. As he finished his studies, Cotel proposed, out of laziness, to perform a rabbinical thesis rather than write one. So he was permitted to give a piano recital in which he paired traditional rabbinical monologues with pieces of classical music.
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May 21, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
A 23-year-old German Muslim was convicted in Frankfurt, Germany, and sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison for stabbing a rabbi in the stomach last year. Sajed Aziz was convicted of serious bodily injury in the September attack on Orthodox Jewish Rabbi Zalman Gurevitch on a Frankfurt street. But Judge Klaus Drescher said there was not enough evidence to support the original charge of attempted manslaughter. Aziz admitted he stabbed Gurevitch but called it self-defense, saying the rabbi had grabbed him by the collar.
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April 26, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Tenants let three apartments in the predominantly ultra-Orthodox Tel Aviv suburb of Bnei Brak burn while they asked a rabbi whether a call to the fire department on the Sabbath would violate Jewish tenets. Observant Jews are forbidden to use telephones on the Sabbath because to do so would involve breaking an electric current, which is considered a form of work. They are, however, permitted to break the Sabbath in case of an emergency.
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November 18, 2013 | By Batsheva Sobelman
JERUSALEM -- Israel's former chief rabbi was arrested Monday on suspicion of taking bribes, defrauding charities and obstructing an investigation, police said.  A gag order in connection with the arrest was lifted later in the day when the rabbi, Yona Metzger, was brought before a judge and remanded to police custody for an additional nine days.   According to police, Metzger, who recently ended a 10-year term as the country's chief Ashkenazi rabbi, is suspected of diverting donations made to nonprofit organizations in return for bribes and benefits.
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October 30, 2013 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A rabbi working at a community center in Beverly Hills was arrested this week on suspicion of child sex abuse on a warrant from New York City. The 30-year-old rabbi who reportedly goes by Menachem "Mendel" Tevel was arrested Tuesday about 1:30 p.m. in the 9900 block of South Santa Monica Boulevard. He was booked under the name Menachem Tewel, Beverly Hills police Sgt. Max Subin said. Subin said the rabbi was taken into custody at the request of the New York Police Department, which advised Beverly Hills about an outstanding warrant for his arrest.  The warrant, Subin said, was for charges of criminal sex acts in the first and third degree, as well as sexual abuse in the first degree.
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October 8, 2013 | By Edmund Sanders
Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, one of Israel's most influential ultra-Orthodox spiritual leaders who presided over the Shas political party, has died. He was 93. Yosef died Monday at Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem. He had been treated in recent weeks for a series of medical conditions, including problems with his back, heart, kidneys and lungs. Strict but pragmatic, the authoritative rabbi held sway over several hundred thousand observant Sephardic Jews, who adhered to his rulings and teachings on marriage, politics and other topics.
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August 16, 2013 | By Matt Hamilton
When Joseph Harounian came out of the closet to his Persian Jewish family, relatives told him to march right back in. Some worried he'd turn his cousins gay. Others feared for the family's reputation. They began excluding him from family events. It was only after his grandmother intervened that he was gradually welcomed back into the fold. Now, years later, Harounian says his family has come to terms with who he is. But he knows that the fear of ostracism still keeps other gay Persian Jews from coming out. Support for gay rights and same-sex unions has never been higher, according to numerous polls.
WORLD
August 7, 2013 | By Edmund Sanders
JERUSALEM -- A once-prominent Orthodox rabbi accused of molesting male students was convicted Wednesday by a Jerusalem court of performing indecent acts against a minor. Mordechai Elon, former dean of a prestigious Old City religious school, faces up to seven years in prison when sentencing is handed down later this year. Elon was indicted in 2011 after former students came forward with allegations of kissing, fondling and touching. Graver allegations of sexual misconduct were not prosecuted because the statute of limitations had run out or victims refused to testify, Israeli media reported.
WORLD
July 24, 2013 | By Edmund Sanders
JERUSALEM -- Candidates backed by Israel's ultra-Orthodox community won a hotly contested election Monday to decide who will serve as the nation's next chief rabbis. Rabbi David Lau of Modiin will serve as chief rabbi for the Ashkenazi community and Rabbi Yizthak Yosef, son of prominent Israeli Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, will represent Sephardic Jews. In keeping with custom, each will represent the two main communities of Judaism in Israel. The 10-year term puts each man at the helm of a vast system of state-run religious institutions, responsible for thousands of appointments and jobs.
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May 27, 1989
A juror in the Nancy Hoover Hunter fraud trial disclosed Friday in court that her rabbi had told her Hunter was guilty. The disclosure came after attorneys for Hunter, 50, asked U. S. District Judge Earl B. Gilliam to ask each juror and alternate whether they had read anything about the case or had spoken to anyone about it. The unidentified juror told Gilliam that her rabbi asked her what she had been doing lately, and she replied that...
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March 10, 2013 | By Ann M. Simmons, Los Angeles Times
Fran Miller was in her 50s when she became a yoga teacher. That was four decades ago. Miller, who turns 91 this week, is still at it - teaching three classes a week in the San Fernando Valley for the city's Department of Recreation and Parks. She is so lithe and energetic that her students say they hardly notice her age. "I didn't even know she was that old," said Maureen Hanrahan. For much of the 10 years she's been taking Miller's classes, Hanrahan thought the instructor was in her 70s, she said.
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June 23, 2013 | By Batsheva Sobelman
JERUSALEM-- Israel's Ashkenazi chief rabbi  suspended himself from part of his duties Sunday amid an investigation into allegations of corruption. Rabbi Yona Metzger's attorneys informed the state ministers of Justice and Religious Services that he would step down from his posts of rabbinical high-court judge and president of the Chief Rabbinate council. He is not, however, stepping down as Ashkenazi chief rabbi, a post he has held for 10 years and which is coming to an end in several weeks.
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