NYC: 99 sex abuse cases in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community since 2009

Like fundamentalist Islam, Ultra-Orthodox Judaism is extremely misogynistic and sexually repressive. One of my best friends was raised in this very community in New York, and the horror stories she told me are truly disturbing. Wherever you have sexual repression like that of the fundamentalist religious systems, including and especially Ultra-Orthodox Judaism (and Islam), you will have sexual abuse, particularly of children. That’s a fact. These fanatical, sexually repressive cults are therefore unhealthy and clearly NOT “ordained from God,” unless God is deranged.

As we have seen in the case of Islam, Ultra-Orthodox Jews have been receiving special treatment and exemption from the law, for a variety of reasons, not the least of which are money, corruption and intimidation. The New York Times seems complicit in this corruption, as it often defends the fanatical Jewish and Muslim religious sects in New York, no matter how seedy or criminal the behavior. It is quite possible that these public officials have behaved in this corrupt manner in order to avoid being raked across the coals by the “Gray Lady,” as the NYT has been deemed. Note how the newspaper tries to make this issue appear not as bad as it by claiming that “at least one quarter” of these sex abuse cases “had little to do with child sex abuse.” That fact means, of course, that some 75% did have to do with child sex abuse.

As I have remarked in previous posts about Orthodox Jewish sexual abuse (see below), I spent some years in New York City, where I observed these folks on a regular basis, not only in the streets but also in photography shops in different parts of the city. I also worked for several Orthodox and Conservative Jewish individuals, companies and organizations, and when I later moved to Los Angeles, I lived next to an Orthodox Jewish neighborhood. What I observed is that the community in general is quite inbred, cultish, antisocial and highly sexually repressed, based on its archaic and sexist belief system. The Orthodox Jewish community in general is also very wealthy, so it has the means to intimidate others into silence.

Police vs. Prosecutor in ’94 Brooklyn Kidnapping Case Against a Rabbi

Charles J. Hynes, having once embraced silence on the question of his vigor in prosecuting sex abuse in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community, cannot stop talking now.

In columns, in interviews, and even in an exchange with former Mayor Edward I. Koch, Mr. Hynes, the veteran district attorney in Brooklyn, has insisted that he is one tough prosecutor. He will handcuff and arrest anyone who tries to intimidate an ultra-Orthodox family into silence.

“I will not put victims at risk,” he told The Forward.

If he allows ultra-Orthodox rabbis to act as gatekeepers, determining which child was and was not molested before turning to prosecutors, and if he agrees to keep secret the names of the molesters, who could argue with the results? Since 2009, he says, his office has prosecuted 99 sex abuse cases in the ultra-Orthodox community. (When my colleagues Sharon Otterman and Ray Rivera diced Mr. Hynes’s numbers in a series of articles, they found at least one quarter of his prosecutions had little to do with child sex abuse.)

But let’s forget the numbers.

Mr. Hynes contrasts his prosecutorial vigor with the bad old days, when his prosecutors could not persuade the insular community to speak up.

The problem, though, is that sometimes, in dealing with the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community, it was Mr. Hynes himself who seemed to want these cases to go away.

In 1994, William Plackenmeyer was a New York Police Department division commander in Borough Park, home to one of the city’s fastest growing ultra-Orthodox communities, and a key voting bloc for Mr. Hynes.

A few years earlier, a charismatic ultra-Orthodox rabbi, Shlomo Helbrans, had agreed to tutor an Israeli couple’s 13-year-old boy, Shai Fhima Reuven, in preparation for his bar mitzvah.

Instead, the rabbi kidnapped the boy and persuaded him to reject his family and embrace a zealous form of Hasidism. The police had the rabbi cornered. But the Brooklyn district attorney’s office did not want a confrontation; they argued that Shai was just a runaway.

“I listened to my detective’s account and I said, ‘No, no, this is a kidnapping,’ ” Mr. Plackenmeyer recalled. “Of course, this was Borough Park, so I’m talking lose-lose.”

By which Mr. Plackenmeyer meant that the local rabbis made splendid political bosses. Republican, Democrat, they can direct the votes of their adherents with striking ease.

Mr. Plackenmeyer ordered his men to make the arrest.

Two former law enforcement officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity confirmed key aspects of Mr. Plackenmeyer’s account.

Within 24 hours of the arrest, the captain said, two assistant district attorneys paid him a visit. They were apologetically emphatic: Your case might be strong, they told him, but our boss, Mr. Hynes, wants you to void the arrest.

Are you saying, Mr. Plackenmeyer asked, that I don’t have probable cause?

We’re not saying that, they replied.

The prosecutors soon released the rabbi. Mr. Plackenmeyer and the boy’s mother, Hana Fhima, drove down to the district attorney’s office, seeking a meeting. They sat there for hours but never got past reception.

“I was a division commander,” he recalled. “I’m there with a woman willing to testify about this rabbi who kidnapped her son, and no one wants to speak to me.”

Soon enough, the F.B.I. took a look at it, along with federal prosecutors. They had a meeting, there was a fair amount of yelling, and, with help from federal officials, the district attorney felt the urge to prosecute.

That was not the end of it. In March 1994, Mr. Hynes’s office agreed to let Rabbi Helbrans plead guilty to kidnapping in exchange for five years of community service. Mrs. Fhima was furious, and complained bitterly to the judge of swinging-door justice.

A State Supreme Court justice, in an unusual move, agreed with her. He overturned the plea bargain. The family, he said, had given him the sense “that this is a political ploy, because Joe Hynes is running for” state attorney general, according to newspaper accounts.

Michael Vecchione, the prosecutor on that case, got on the phone on Monday, for an interview at high volume. To suggest Mr. Hynes’s office was less than vigorous is a calumny, he suggested. “There’s no way,” he says, “based on how I practice law, that I’d agree” to probation.

Told that contemporaneous accounts in The New York Times state otherwise (“The plea was part of an intricate arrangement with the Brooklyn district attorney,” the newspaper’s March 8, 1994, account states), Mr. Vecchione amended his statement.

“I don’t recall, honestly,” he said.

In the end, Mr. Helbrans was convicted of kidnapping and shipped off to prison. He was eventually deported to Israel, and made his way to a hamlet in Quebec, where his black-clad female followers are known by some other Hasidim as the Jewish Taliban.

Mr. Plackenmeyer is content to have seen justice done. “None of the rest makes sense unless you take politics into account,” he says.

“Then it all makes sense.”

Further Reading

Orthodox Jewish sexual abuse
More Orthodox Jewish sexual shenaningans
Orthodox Jewish sex abuse victims face intimidation
Osho: Sex is sacred


  1. What?!
    Obsessive behavior is incessant and pervasive. Too complex of an explanation. Sexual predators are sexual predators and denial is denial. This is nothing “special” or unusual and does not deserve a “special” explanation or “special” consideration. They’re just like any/every other inbred, closed off community of warped minds and sexual perverts. Yes, it is a parallel with the Catholics (and every other similar cult). The Catholics are an inbred, closed off community of warped minds and sexual perverts. Perverts are perverts, silence and denial are silence and denial. Their faces should be slammed into the concrete just like any other sexual predator. Screw their religion, it’s denial, it’s threats and it’s imagined entitlement to special consideration. Join the g-damned 21st century and keep your f*cking hands off of the genitals of children!

    1. PrayHard-on
      Inbred, Warped Minds and Sexual Perverts … all of them, huh ? You have no idea what you’re talking about DilDo !

      1. Bigbadwolf, it takes one to know one.

    2. What an ignorant cretin you are. I’ve never known an athiest with 2 brain cells to rub together 😆

      1. Louise, it’s spelled “atheist” – if you’re going to insult people like that then, at least have the brain power to be able to spell.

        I’m reminded of the old Abraham Lincoln quote:

        “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.”

      2. I suppose you’ve never made a typo in your life. You are an idiot if you think Catholics are an homogeneous group. There are Catholics of every race under the sun. In no way can they be compared with ultra othodox Jews. Catholics are no way ‘inbred’. I thought ATHEISTS (happy?) were too rational to make sweeping generalizations about an entire group that numbers some 1 billion people.
        Funny, the Lincoln quote occurred to me when I read your nonsense.

    3. U Need Real Christianity….
      You have to realize what is called the “Catholic Church” today is a giant satanic deception to make the one truly historic Christian church which everyone needs to belong to and hold all of its dogmas to be saved look bad. It is not Catholic because starting with the Vatican 2 council all of the dogmas and beliefs that have been held in the truly Catholic faith for 1950 years were overturned. It was prophecied that this would happen. This phony “catholic” church with its leader who all true Catholics call an antipope is the what the Book of Matthew called the Abomination of Desolation and what the book of Rev. called the Whore of Babylon that would come in the last days to deceive almost everyone. Real Catholics are the most sexually healthy because they believe in only having relations between a couple (man and woman) who are validly married for the sole purpose of creating children. So when true Catholics make love they have the gentleness in their hearts of hoping that their sanctioned act will create a child instead of bringing the violence of lust into the act to just fulfill there guttural urges which is the cause of all perversions, (Homosexuality, pedophilia, bestiality, rape,etc.). If you knew any of the real history of Christendom you’d realize that no other church has produced thousands of the greatest men and women that have ever existed and because you respect intellectual prowess so much some of them weren’t just some of the most morally perfect but also some of the smartest and most learned men that ever lived, (St. Augustine and St. Thomas Aquinas,etc.) You got to realize there are so many lies out there especially against Christ’s one true church. If you really want to know the truth about Christianity and also all the most important secular issues of our time (9/11,federal reserve, military- industrial-prison-banking complex,etc.) go to http://WWW.VATICANCATHOLIC.COM.

  2. The worst thing of all is , that all kinds of fanatical religions like orthodox jews and muslims or amish folk and blinded evangelical christians are outbreeding the rest of the world in a couple of centuries . So many secular fertile white women who stay barren and don’t produce any children at all .
    And then ? Yeah then it is all over and out , and back to the darkness of the middle ages .

  3. I find it strange …
    that so much power rests in the hands of and there is so much pandering to adult perverts who can’t keep their filthy little hands off of the genitals of children. And, I don’t mean “strange”, I mean “STRANGE”, David Lynch strange, Quentin Tarantino strange, Stanley Kubrick strange, common ancestor/millions of years ago strange … and the more sanctimonious the religious, the more perversion is seething under the surface of the faux smiles and seemingly normal outward behavior …

  4. can you explain how Islam is sexually repressive? repressive is restraining freedom. it doesn’t have the asceticism Christianity has thus causing rapist priests. Nor does it have the draconian rules which Judaism has which results in such perversion.

    Islam is the neutral ground which is most consistent with human nature.

    1. Thank you.

      One is tempted to ask if you have been asleep all this time?

      Islam is AS repressive if not MORE repressive than Judaism, Christianity and any other religion, sect or cult on the planet. Have you even looked at the Muslim world, where women are stuck in garbage bags and where men have sex with each other because of that extreme and unhealthy gender apartheid?

      Saudi Arabia is a whole country of sexually repressed Muslims. You didn’t notice that men and women are kept apart and that sex is utterly repressed in that country, as well as in every other Muslim-dominant land?

      Where’s the enlightened sexuality in the Muslim world? There is none – on the contrary, everyone is TERRIFIED of sex, women are considered sexual demons from hell, and they are completely oppressed in order to prevent their sexuality from being expressed.

      This repression is expressed in its greatest pathology of female genital mutilation, in which the female’s genitals are hacked off with sharp objects, frequently without anesthetic. This deranged mutilation removes the sexual desire and feeling of the women and girls. You seriously can’t understand how FGM would be considered sexual repressive?

      Time to wake up now.

      The Kingdom in the Closet ([url][/url])

      [quote]Sodomy is punishable by death in Saudi Arabia, but gay life flourishes there. Why it is “easier to be gay than straight” in a society where everyone, homosexual and otherwise, lives in the closet[/quote]
      Afghanistan’s box sex slaves ([url][/url])

      [quote]Farhad,19, and Jamel, 20, are two grown dancers who were forced into “bacha bazi” about five years ago.

      Farhad was 13 when his older neighbor tricked him into coming to his home. He was made to watch a sex tape and then raped. After the brutal assault, he was taken to another location where he was locked up and used as a sex slave for five months.

      “I got used to him,” Farhad said, trying to explain why he stayed with his neighbor after the traumatizing experience.

      “He would sometimes take me to parties, and sometimes other places. I was with him all the time,” he said.[/quote]
      The Dark Side of Dubai ([url][/url])

      [quote]There is one group in Dubai for whom the rhetoric of sudden freedom and liberation rings true – but it is the very group the government wanted to liberate least: gays.

      Beneath a famous international hotel, I clamber down into possibly the only gay club on the Saudi Arabian peninsula. I find a United Nations of tank-tops and bulging biceps, dancing to Kylie, dropping ecstasy, and partying like it’s Soho. “Dubai is the best place in the Muslim world for gays!” a 25-year old Emirati with spiked hair says, his arms wrapped around his 31-year old “husband”. “We are alive. We can meet. That is more than most Arab gays.”

      It is illegal to be gay in Dubai, and punishable by 10 years in prison. But the locations of the latest unofficial gay clubs circulate online, and men flock there, seemingly unafraid of the police. “They might bust the club, but they will just disperse us,” one of them says. “The police have other things to do.”

      In every large city, gay people find a way to find each other – but Dubai has become the clearing-house for the region’s homosexuals, a place where they can live in relative safety. Saleh, a lean private in the Saudi Arabian army, has come here for the Coldplay concert, and tells me Dubai is “great” for gays: “In Saudi, it’s hard to be straight when you’re young. [b]The women are shut away so everyone has gay sex.[/b] But they only want to have sex with boys – 15- to 21-year-olds. I’m 27, so I’m too old now. I need to find real gays, so this is the best place. All Arab gays want to live in Dubai.”

      With that, Saleh dances off across the dancefloor, towards a Dutch guy with big biceps and a big smile.[/quote]

    2. At least I’m right about one thing …
      You’re obviously a Muslim troll. Islam is the lowest common denominator psychopathology existing on the planet currently. No matter what your retort about the wonderfulness of Islam, the evidence is to the contrary.

  5. Just more proof that man’s reasoning is flawed,,, and religion is conceived through man’s reason., where is the religion that lives towards realizing their weakness of mind instead of moving towards realizing the power and influence over the hungry and meek? Gather unto yourselves! Not others! Is what I say . There is such a religion , that teaches and proves that somthing is hidden and that it has been used like sideshow for profit! Learn the truth, all religion has nothing to prove ultimately , the very top of all religion chokes on the stumbling block of arrogance and pride; they know nothing is truly known beyond what is already known( there is nothing new under the sun) and mans physical senses are perfect to exception. Mans mind is also perfect ,,, both perfectly limited! We need a proper crutch ,a “tool”, for reaching for that which is hidden, fair and equatable for all , not fanatical fascist regimes! Please just act right and have the humility to be corrected. -Love and peace!

  6. Seriously?
    What planet are you from? Oh, you’re apparently either a teenage or Muslim troll.

  7. Nobody …
    said “all of them”, moron. Just much of the Catholic clergy AND the millions of Catholics who support and make excuses for them. If they’re not stopping it, they’re complicit.

  8. The Problem wrong with this article is that you claimed that Islam is a represive religion but didn’t cite on instance where this is so.. Look Islam is the fastest growing religion on earth . And there is no sword spreading it. And the incredible thing here is Its the fastest growing religion amongst woman.There are family members of people who died in The 2001 WTC attacks who have reverted(converted) to Islam.And If it is found that any such child molestation or rape has gone on in a muslim which is very rare. Even the family will be the first to crush the perpetrator..Islam is the only religion where in The Quran God says that “Woman mature much fast than men. In behavior. Woman have rights over their husband. Muhammed said” The best of the muslim men are those who are just(kind) with their wife”In france 25 thousand people a year come to Islam in some countries its more than that. No citation of an issue is usually proof of corruption

    1. Thank you. I have provided HUNDREDS of examples of how Islam is repressive, oppressive, suppressive and depressive. If you do not know about these countless and neverending examples, then you have not studied the subject in any depth whatsoever and do not know what you are talking about.

      Spare us the mindnumbing Muslim apologetics. IF Islam is the “fastest-growing religion” it is mostly because Muslims are reproducing out of control, without any concern for the future and with the intent of dominating the globe. Such behavior is hardly laudable or something to be proud of.

      The women who are converting to Islam are either ignorant or mentally ill, period. HERE is what the Koran really says about women (you castigate me, but of course you yourself then do not provide citation for your claims about the Koran):


      “They ask you about menstruation. Say: ‘It is an indisposition. Keep aloof from women during their menstrual periods and do not approach them until they are clean again; when they are clean, have intercourse with them whence God enjoined you….'” Quran 2:222

      “Women are your fields: go, then, into your fields whence you please.” Quran 2:223

      “Men have authority over women because God has made the one superior to the other, and because they spend their wealth to maintain them. Good women are obedient. They guard their unseen parts because God has guarded them. As for those from whom you fear disobedience, admonish them and forsake them in beds apart, and beat them.” Quran 4:34

      “A male shall inherit twice as much as a female.” Quran 4:11

      “Call in two male witnesses from among you, but if two men cannot be found, then one man and two women whom you judge fit to act as witnesses…” Quran 2:282

      “[Forbidden to you are] married women, except those whom you own as slaves.” Quran 4:24


      Menstruating women are unclean, and men must stay away from them. Women are men’s “fields,” and men can have sex with them whenever they want. Men are superior to women and have authority over them, while women must obey men or risk being beaten. A woman is worth one-half of a man. Muslim men can own sex slaves.

      Here is the link – the original Arabic can be found cited here as well:

      Quotes from the Quran ([url][/url])

      Moreover, child rape is RAMPANT in the Muslim world – who are you kidding? In Afghanistan alone, boys are raped constantly ([url][/url])in a huge part of the country. In Saudi Arabia, men dance and have sex with young males ([url][/url]) because they have no access to women – that’s precisely how oppressive Islam is. Have you been living on the same planet?

      Saudis also marry child brides all the time ([url][/url]), as do many other Muslim areas such as Yemen, et al. The authentic hadiths claim that Mohammed himself married a 6-year-old and began having sex with her when she was nine.

      You are not really interested in the tiresome heap of examples demonstrating the utterly oppressive, repressive, suppressive and depressive nature of Islam, but follow the links at this search result:

      Islam on Freethought Nation ([url][/url])

      Here is one example:

      Islam’s disturbing legacy of slavery ([url][/url])

      Here’s another one:

      Women’s rights in Islam ([url][/url])

      And another:

      What the Koran says about women ([url][/url])

      Like I say, there are countless examples of Islam’s inhumanity. It would be best for everyone involved if people were honest about the religion, faith, sect or cult they follow. However and unfortunately, the vast majority of devout believers in the Abrahamic cultus of Judaism, Christianity and Islam are not well educated as to the true nature of “their religion” and are stunningly oblivious to the history and effect of these various faiths/cults globally.

      We need to wake up and stop defending and adhering to these manmade cults that are causing a huge portion of humanity to behave abysmally.

  9. Our inheritance ..
    If you want all the credit, you must take all the responsibility, good or bad. Therefore let us be careful whom/where credit is given. Surely wisdom has been in the world and summarily executed for giving life to the masses. But surely wisdom still lives in the world?, but where’s the proof? Mabye in the hearts and minds of those who accept it? But who would dare deprive the world of what had been brought into life by creation? Who seeks to destroy the child of God? This child who dares open the eyes of man. Surely those who mock are fools?, if wisdom had been given a name, would it be written falsely to conceal it from thieves ?, or would it be falsely be written by theives to conceal it from those who would accept it? Does a rose by any other name smell at all different to the wise?(dogbuttcatpoo flowers smell nice!) are people really ready to eat a foreign delicacy as long as the don’t know what’s in it, and do they go back for more after learning the meal was toxic waste? Isn’t hunger still going to lead them towards looking to being properly feed? Yes even a single loaf of wisdom can feed many( not apologetic just pun, get over it) for surely a single loaf will open their eyes and see the toxic waste the have been consuming. Or is for those who have eyes of wise perception to see only? The wise surely must have difficulty describing what they see. ” I see dead people everywhere “. There, insane rant of the day, or was it? Peace!

  10. Dr.Jane A.Urquhart

    Only in America. God help you all! Anti-semitic, anti-intellectual and anti-anti.
    It’s so funny it hurts.
    Keep raving. Keep it up! It’s fantastical.

    Fantastically bloody funny.

    1. Who are you talking to? It’s “anti-Semitic” and “anti-intellectual” to report the child-abuse sex crimes of Jews now?

      Are you trying to help them sweep these crimes under the rug? I’m sure the children who were abused will appreciate that.

      Are you anti-children? Anti-justice in attempting to keep such crimes under wraps?

      And you find reporting on child sex abuse to be funny?

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