Opening statements began Wednesday in the trial of a New Jersey rabbi who prosecutors say employed a kidnap team to force unwilling Jewish husbands to divorce their wives.
Gabriel Bodenheimer, 71, faces sex abuse and criminal sexual act charges.
Northeast Miami-Dade County is home to a vibrant Orthodox Jewish community. That community was shattered Saturday after Joseph Raksin was gunned down while on his morning walk to temple.
Police and Jewish community leaders say an Orthodox rabbi from New York was fatally shot as he walked to a Miami temple.
A Brooklyn rabbi and teacher at a girls’ seminary was arrested by federal agents Wednesday, on charges that he was downloading and distributing child pornography.
Menachem Tewel, 30, who also goes by Mendel Tevel, is accused of abusing a young man for several months six years ago in Crown Heights.
Menachem Tewel, who goes by Mendel Tevel, was arrested Tuesday at a Jewish center on Santa Monica Boulevard, police said.
Gary Lieberman, 56, of Far Rockaway is expected to be arraigned on two counts of first-degree sexual abuse in First District Court in Hempstead on Friday.
Rabbi Alfredo Borodowski, 49, has been charged with criminal impersonation for an incident on the Sprain Brook Parkway in May.
Rabbi Alfredo Borodowski was arrested in connection with an incident on Interstate 87 in Yonkers in April, state police said.
Attorney Andrew Rubin issued a statement Monday, including an apology, on behalf of Rabbi Alfredo Borodowski.
A third victim has come forward with a claim that a Westchester County rabbi impersonated a police officer during a traffic dispute.
“I’m overwhelmed. I feel like I’m under water, swimming. Like I said from the beginning, I had nothing to do with this case,” 58-year-old David Ranta said after leaving state court in Brooklyn.
Nathan David Rabinowich was arrested Wednesday after he showed up at a pre-arranged meeting in Queens, prosecutors said.
The trial was set to continue Monday for a prominent Brooklyn Orthodox Jewish leader accused of sexually abusing a now-17-year-old girl.