Woodmere Synagogue Treasurer Accused Of Stealing Funds From Congregation

WOODMERE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A respected treasurer of an historic Long Island synagogue was charged with stealing more than half a million dollars from his congregation.

The accusations of embezzlement have left a community wounded, and members of the beloved Woodmere synagogue feeling betrayed, reports CBS 2’s Jennifer McLogan.

The elected treasurer of Congregation Aish Kodesh, 47-year-old Isaac Zucker, was arrested at 2 a.m. Wednesday inside a hotel room near Long Island MacArthur Airport and charged with grand larceny.

Investigators said Zucker had been tipped that police were onto him. His wife reported him missing on Friday, when Zucker’s alleged scheme began to unravel.

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“From 2008 to 2011, Mr. Zucker stole – embezzled – more than $600,000 of the congregation’s funds,” Nassau County police Det. Lt. Kevin Smith said.

Smith said the congregation became suspicious when their checks started to bounce.

“Funds were diverted from the operating account, and then swept out, so that’s why there was no inkling – plus you had a person who you would never have suspected,” congregation chairman Azriel Ganz said.

The orthodox synagogue is a fixture in Woodmere. Its passionate members said the news – more than half a million dollars gone with the wind – hit them like a sucker punch.

“I think it really shocks the community when people steal, whether it’s $600,000 from a synagogue or loose change in dollar bills from a poor box in a church,” Smith said.

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Authorities told WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall that Zucker allegedly stole the money over a three-year period.

Zucker pleaded not guilty and was being held on $300,000 bond. The special prosecutor called him a flight risk, and his passport was confiscated.

Zucker’s wife and daughter were at the courthouse Wednesday, as were his parents and siblings, in a show of support.

Zucker is also a local securities attorney, with his office next to the Roosevelt Field Mall.

Ganz said the allegations are heartbreaking, and that the stolen money was needed for operating expenses.

“We did an emergency fundraiser and we raised a significant amount of money over the weekend,” Ganz said.

Prosecutors said it is not yet clear where the missing cash went, or whether it can be returned to the congregation.

Nassau County police are asking any current or former law clients of Isaac Zucker to contact them if they suspect any misappropriation of their money.

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  1. chae s. sone says:

    Temple looting
    The Treasurer of a long island synagogue Aish Kodesh in Woodmere made a mistake in looting $600,000 of the temple treasury alone as he did not do it as the wise guys in the Korean United Methodist church did.

    According to the court papers, they did wisely succeed a team looting of the church trust fund
    under the leadership of Rev. Won Tae Cha, fake MD, CUNY faculty young so Kim, MIT trained Sei Chun
    Fake Columbia MBA and a Columbia faculty Dr. Kwang Taeg Rim, etc., armed with the perjured collective fake affidavits.

    The looting of the church money was covered up by filing three fake lawsuits against one family in the church as scapegoat, demanding $8,000,000 damages.

    For one case they charged the father and son as attempted mass murders,

    Their politically powerful attorney went through more than 10 judges by so called judge shopping tactics to harass the victims while gaining their looting. They used the stolen church money to pay lawyers, court fees and other expenses. Thus, they succeeded in torturing the innocent family while the dum church members failed weathering the ugly Dollar polluted climate -The Power of unification in bad faith.

    Newsday 2 29 2011

    Eventually the wise church leaders, Rev, Won Tae Cha, Super Rev. Noel N. Chin, Rev. Chul Woo Chang, even Bishop Jeremiah J. Park seemed to have involved in deceiving the trial judge to get the judge’s mercy that the mass murder case was church related although the church had nothing to do with the fake cruel Korean mob lawsuits,
    The Bishop refused to reveal who cheated the judge at the demand.

    But she is the victim too just being looted by the wise guys for almost a quarter century.

    Thus the wise guys’ looting of the church well done so far although their cases were lost, sanctioned or fined.

    On July 15, 2007, the church group passed a resolution to do audit the church finance from 2000 to recover the looted money.

    The NYS Attorney General’s investigation discovered partly about $170,000 and advised the trustees to recover the unknown amount of the abused fund.

    But Rev. Chul Woo Chang and other officer-offenders are blocking the audit to date. They are happy to tortured their scapegoats for many years, without any cost and the wiseguys used the stolen church money pay for lawyers and others. Thus everything is Amen for the wiseguys in the name of Judah.

    The dummy church people cannot do anything over the majority offenders in the small immigrant congregation.

    For they are trying to strengthen their position by taking the sacraments and other prayers as usual.

    If the treasurer of the temple had a team project as these Koreans; he could have succeeded without going to jail only if his congregation was Dum enough as the Koreans.

    Anyway they violated the God’s commandment, “Thou shalt not steal” in temptations. Honorably one day they could repent the sins before God and restitute the stolen money to God.

    There is a pressing need of a stronger law for the church to be protected from the wiseguys’ tricks.
    Please email wake up the sleepy bishop who doesn’t seem to see any worldly scene of Korean Mafia dancers.

    Is there a Good Samaritan for the Korean church?
    Jesus said, “‘My house will be called a house of prayer,’ but you are making it a ‘den of robbers.'” Mt. 21:13


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