Arson Suspect May Have Been Abused Which May Have Been Impetus for Fire

Midwood arson suspect had tattoo reminder to kill rabbi

 

A Pennsylvania man with a vendetta against a Midwood rabbi was accused in court Sunday night of setting fire to the man’s home in order to kill him — and burning down two other houses in the process.

Matthew Karelefsky was charged with arson and attempted murder for starting the fire on Rabbi Jonathan Max’s porch on Thursday around 4 a.m. The raging fire sent 13 people to Maimonides Medical Center and New York Community Hospital, including one who was critically injured.

Karelefsky has a tattoo on his arm that reads, “Never let go of the HATRED — KILL Rabbi Max YEMACH SHMO,” according to a criminal complaint filed in Brooklyn Criminal Court. Yemach shmo means “may his name be erased,” in Hebrew.

Karelefsky hated the rabbi, and posted about it on social media, according to prosecutors. In court Sunday night, the defendant smiled widely as a judge ordered him held without bail, according to the New York Post.

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SHOCKING: The suspect that authorities are looking at in regards to the home set ablaze in this morning, allegedly has this tattooed on his arm

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The fire started at 1492 E. 17th St. between Avenue N and Avenue O, and quickly moved to the houses on either side, according to FDNY. Firefighters worked for three hours to put out the three-alarm blaze.

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As Brooklyn Rabbi’s House Burns and a Potential Arsonist May Also Be a Victim

To the Community Looking for the Alleged Arson Suspect

We are asking, imploring upon you the readers and the law enforcement community, to please treat the suspect with care, kindness and compassion. If, with emphasis added, he was the victim of some wrongdoing, and that drove him to a breaking point, he has lived a lifetime of trauma.

There is little justification for committing crimes, but there may be mitigating circumstances.

There would be no justice for anyone if he is not given the opportunity to defend any actions he may or may not have taken in the fire as suspected.

LM

Brooklyn Rabbi’s House Burns Down in Suspected Arson, 13 Injured

Photo from Wikimedia Commons.

 

The home of a Brooklyn rabbi erupted in fire early Friday in what investigators suspect was an arson attack by a man who accused the rabbi of being a pedophile.

Thirteen people, including a 6-week-old baby, were injured. None of the injuries were life-threatening, although 12 people were sent to the hospital, including nine civilians, two firefighters and an EMS medic.

The blaze erupted in a car outside a home in the Midwood neighborhood and spread to three others, including that of Rabbi Jonathan Max, the New York Daily News reported. 

Investigators are looking into Menachem Karelefsky as a suspect, according to the Daily News. The Pittsburgh resident, who also goes by Matthew, on his LinkedIn profile accused Max, a teacher at the Chaim Berlin Yeshiva, of being a pedophile.

A phone number listed on Karelefsky’s LinkedIn profile leads to a voicemail message in Hebrew that says “May the name and memory of Rabbi Max be erased, simply, really, forever.”

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Credit Card Swiping Schemes – The Trade for Points, Is this Points Laundering?

Collecting Points for Charges Without Providing any Services or Items for those Charges

NATURE OF ACTION (Directly From the Complaint)

1. This action arises from certain of the defendants (hereinafter the “Merchant
Defendants”) fraudulent charging of the American Express, Visa, MasterCard and Discover branded credit and charge cards previously issued to the Plaintiffs (hereinafter the “Cards”) by American Express, Chase and certain other defendants (the “Card Issuer Defendants”), which  fraudulent payment card transactions (the “Card Transactions”) were electronically processed by other defendants (the “Card Processor Defendants”). The Merchant Defendants provided no goods, services or anything of value to the Plaintiffs with respect to the Card Transactions. Instead, the  Merchant Defendants fraudulently induced the Plaintiffs to allow the Merchant Defendants to utilize the Plaintiffs’ Cards to ostensibly purchase goods that the Merchant Defendants were planning to re-sell, with the promise that the Merchant Defendants were then going to use the proceeds from the sale of the goods to pay the full amount of the balances due to the Card Issuer Defendants for those Card Transactions prior to the payment due date.

2. The Plaintiffs understood the Card Transactions to be a proper use of their Cards
for the purchase of cash or cash equivalents from the Merchant Defendants, consistent with the  manner that the Merchant Defendants had been utilizing other cardholders’ cards for many years  (which prior transactions had significantly benefited the Card Issuer Defendants and the Card  Processor Defendants, who received substantial revenue in the form of processing fees for the prior
transactions). Indeed, virtually all of the Plaintiffs had previously engaged in virtually identical payment card transactions with the Merchant Defendants, for which previous card transactions the  Merchant Defendants had in fact paid cash or cash equivalents to the Plaintiffs themselves or on  behalf of the Plaintiffs to the Card Issuer Defendants.

3. Despite due demand therefor, the Merchant Defendants have failed and refused to provide the Plaintiffs with cash or cash equivalents for the Card Transactions. The Merchant  Defendants have also failed and refused to provide the Plaintiffs with the goods ostensibly bought for resale by the Merchant Defendants via the Card Transactions. Many of the Plaintiffs were assured by the Merchant Defendants that the use of their Cards for the Card Transactions by the Merchant Defendants were secured by those goods, which would be the property of the Plaintiffs
until resale and could be claimed (and resold for more than the amount of the Transactions) by the  Plaintiffs in the event that the Merchant Defendants failed to timely provide to Plaintiffs the cash or cash equivalents for the Card Transactions.

4. Accordingly, having not received anything of value from the Merchant Defendants  in connection with the Card Transactions, the Plaintiffs attempted to utilize the protections afforded them by and through the payment card networks and to dispute the charges for the Card  Transactions with the Card Issuer Defendants, protections extended to the Plaintiffs through their
agreements with the Card Issuer Defendants. The Plaintiffs expected that this chargeback process  would result in the Merchant Defendants – and/or those who aided or abetted the Merchant defendants’ fraud and/or guaranteed the Merchant Defendants’ compliance with the Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover rules, being held responsible for the Card  Transactions. The Merchant Defendants have instead resisted the Plaintiffs’ attempts to dispute the charges, at times misrepresenting to the payment card networks the nature of the relationship
between the Plaintiffs and the Merchant Defendants and at other times misrepresenting the nature of the Card Transactions. Even when accurate information regarding the Plaintiffs and the Card Transactions have been conveyed to the Card Issuer Defendants, the chargebacks have usually been reversed, and the charges to the Plaintiffs for the Card Transactions have been reinstated on
the Plaintiffs’ account statements for the Cards.

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Yeshiva an Mesifta Chaim Berlin – RFI Posted on Tues., 1.30.18 – comments re: Fire in Midwood

The Midwood Fire

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The following  is being reprinted with the permission of its author.

The intent in reposting  is related to comments made under the Request for Information below and a possible connection to this morning’s fire in Midwood.

We have no way to know if the allegations in the comments section are correct and have therefore done our best to redact unverified allegations or responses to them. We are not posting with intent to harm, defame, injure, slander, hurt, abuse or otherwise; but rather to assist law enforcement in ascertaining what happened. 

If the allegations are correct, we sincerely hope that the victim is handled with extreme care. It is our belief that the Yeshiva community he attended would have reason for him to be permanently unable to tell his story. If he is actually an arsonist, he still may have a story to tell.

If the allegations are deemed incorrect, we will gladly post an apology, correction, redaction or whatever is required and will do so publicly. We do not take matters of this sort lightly.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Yeshiva & Mesifta Chaim Berlin

If there is anyone that would care to share their stories with me dating back some 30-35 years to the present time, please contact me:a_unorthodoxjew@yahoo.com

Your confidentiality is guaranteed!

 

Anonymous said…
What type of stories ?

Fred E. said…
The joint sure looks different from when I was there! Check your E-mail…

sambo said…
samuel boland is who you are looking for. preys on mostly high school boys and beth medrash. been doing it for years. he is not a member of the hanhala. he was kicked out of the dormitory, kicked out of the gym, kicked out of camp morris, but for some reason they honor him with blowing shofar the month of elul. please uoj, put an end to his honor and make his name known to stay away from. he invites boys to his house neaer the yeshiva and offers them to watch ball games, offers them a “shower”. please get rid of him.

Anonymous said…
I was sexually molested by rabbi [REDACTED] the rebbi and dorm counsler

sdff said…
that is bullshit about [REDACTED]. i’ve been in cb for over 40 years, and while sambo is an open secret, there is no way in the world that fruchthandler would keep a [REDACTED] as a dorm supervisor. [REDACTED] never laid a finger on me or any of my pals, but sambo was notorious for shaking hands for uncomfortably long times and not letting go. cb also has a way of ridding themselves of problem rebeim, but [REDACTED] is not one of them. someone obviously has a gripe about how he treated them.

mendel said…
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Matthew Karelefsky said…
I was in an Ohel group home years ago ( I was in foster care too)…..Ohel put me in Yeshiva Chaim Berlin … I became frum in Chaim Berlin and stayed frum for 20 years…I just want to let all frum jews know….The reason why I left Yiddishkite and converted to Christianity is because for years I was sexually molested by [REDACTED] YEMACH SHMO FOREVER in the Yeshhiva Chaim Berlin dormitory …The pain was just too much to handle… Now I am healing in church almost every Sunday….Real sad story…Keep minor children away from [REDACTED]!!
יִמַח שׁמוֹ וְזִכְרוֹ שֶׁל [REDACTED] מַמָשׁ לְעוֹלָם וָעד

Matthew (Menachem) said…
if you want to know more of my story, just CALL me [REDACTED] I do NOT live in silence anymore!!

Anonymous said…
I question your story Menachem… On Facebook, a while back you left a rambling post (which I think you since deleted), about blaming [REDACTED] for messing up your marriage. If I recall in your message you said you liked him till then (not really consistent with him being your molester). I don’t recall the exact gist of the message you posted (several years ago), but I recall something about you saying you will f… your wife up the a… I am sure you remember this gem of a message even if you did actually delete it. It makes me wonder that you are spreading this story and it is not true. If anyone does not believe me about this, please post on the OTD FB group to see if anyone else recalls this message… It was a real gem.

I myself went to Chaim Berlin and while not in the dorm had [REDACTED] as a Rebbi. I would classify myself as atheist so not trying to save the faith here. While in CB while we heard stories such as what went on in Torah Temimah, there was never any indication ever from anyone that this took place in CB. Further, I actually remember you quite well from back in CB and was in Camp Morris same time as you. If I said my name you would know exactly who I am. In any case, while I don’t claim to know the signs of molestation, I would think that as a teen if you were molested by a Rebbi in CB you would have exhibited some sign that something was off. Rather, as far as I can tell, this tirade of yours against [REDACTED] started when your marriage went South… If you recall when you posted on FB, people told you to get some mental health counseling based on what you wrote.

Look, not saying that this did not happen, but based on what I know I am hesitant to believe your story now.

Anonymous said…
Uh, oh… I think police are looking for Karelefsky in connection with the fire this morning in Midwood by [REDACTED] house… Really hope he did not do it… I just tried posting a prior comment… In light of the seriousness of what is going on I would ask that this and that prior comment both do not get posted. At this point the police will be going through his backstory and there is no need to add my speculation to this.

Anonymous said…
I also heard he is connected to that fire. Wishing all those affected a speedy recovery/refuah shleima BezH. This sicko has a tattoo on his arm saying kill [REDACTED]. Very very sad.

The Allure of Displacing Nursing Home Patients for Big Development and the Alluring Strategy Behind It

Former Nursing Home in Bed Stuy Is Being Razed for Controversial New Development

by Craig Hubert

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Space is being cleared for a large new development—almost an entire block long—in Bed Stuy.

Located at 270 Nostrand Avenue, it fronts Nostrand, Dekalb, and Koscuiszko Street. The property was the former home of CABS Nursing Home Company, which was established in 1973. Beginning in 2009, the facility began operating at a loss, according to the owner in a court filing, and began to look for a buyer who would keep the nursing home open.

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City records show that NNRC Properties LLC, which is part of the Allure group, bought the property from CABS for $15.6 million in June 2015.

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But their plans, unbeknownst to CABS, included building apartments on the property. In October 2015, they filed permits for a seven-story development, which was approved later that same year. Current renderings show a plain facade, one side colored white and the other a lighter shade of brown.

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CABS sued the developer in 2016, claiming “they lied about plans to keep the home operational and instead moved patients out with the intention of turning the building into apartments,” according to a story in DNAinfo. They sought to rescind the sale while asking for “more than $30 million in damages.” In 2017, the fraud claims were dismissed.

Allure Group is also behind the controversial Rivington House nursing home sale in Manhattan, where they were accused of similar actions.

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Judge Elena Baron – The Unencumbered Candidate – Surrogate’s Court in Brooklyn

Judge Elena Baron, Running For Surrogate’s Court

Judge Elena Baron, running for Surrogate’s Court in Brooklyn, has garnered a reputation among members of the Jewish community, of genuinely caring about matters that affect it, such as closures of yeshivas and synagogues, handling matters before her with sensitivity and compassion.

“I make sure that every case, no matter how big or small, gets the same attention and care and that expected work gets done properly,” she told The Jewish Press. “I enjoy my work that consists of helping people resolve their problems that bring them to court.”

Baron has worked in five New York City courthouses for over a decade, handling guardianship proceedings, fiduciary appointments, receiverships, refereeships, credit card debt, small business corporate matters, personal injury matters, labor law disputes, landlord-tenant issues, and residential and commercial property cases, including foreclosures, as well as small claims.

“Judge Baron’s independence and her well-diversified experience working in New York City courts for over a decade will make her a very effective surrogate, able to create personalized solutions to many individual family situations that come before the Surrogate’s Court,” said Yana Feldman, an attorney who practices before the Surrogate’s Court.

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