November 18, 2013 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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.
August 7, 2013 |
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.
July 24, 2013 |
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.