Australia’s Rabbi’s Gone Astray – This time Child Sexual Abuse Aside – Financial Crimes and Greed

Feldman takes Triguboff to court

 

Harry Triguboff and Rabbi Pinchus Feldman in happier times.

RABBI Pinchus Feldman, whose organisations have received millions of dollars from Harry Triguboff over the last few decades, took him to court last week.

Triguboff’s company Meriton, which owns Yeshiva’s Flood Street property, contacted Rabbi Feldman and several members of his family to say that their peppercorn leases for offices and the shul within Yeshiva would end and they needed to leave by April 20.

But on April 19 lawyers representing the shul and the Sydney Talmudical College Association (STCA), of which Rabbi Feldman is a director, filed a motion to prevent the eviction.

Last Thursday, the day of the proposed eviction, the court adjourned the matter which meant that Rabbi Feldman would stay past the April 20 deadline.

Rabbi Feldman’s son Yossi, who was at court for the case, told The AJN, “This is our first victory of many over Harry” only seconds after his father was given a one-week reprieve to stay in Flood Street.

The delay that  Yossi claimed was a victory, however, was actually an offer made by Triguboff.

David Austin, who acted on behalf of the Yeshiva Synagogue and STCA, said that Triguboff offered to let Rabbi Feldman and the shul remain until April 28, when the matter is back in court.

“On 28 April if the Court has time, or soon after, the court will decide whether to grant interim injunctions on the merits of our case.

“All we have to show is an arguable case and a balance of convenience.”

Following the hearing, the Yeshiva Synagogue then sent a letter to its community saying it received legal advice that eviction notices “are invalid” and that they are “entitled to remain in the premises”.

“We have requested from Mr Triguboff both formally and informally to rescind the harsh decree however those efforts have unfortunately been unsuccessful,” the letter said.

“We have weighed very carefully all of our options and sought independent rabbinic advice both locally and overseas.

“The conclusion was reached that we have no choice but to defend ourselves in court, as the eviction was slated for today.

“Baruch HaShem due to the court intervention the eviction was avoided today and we are hopeful that will continue.”

https://www.jewishnews.net.au/feldman-takes-triguboff-court/62905

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Evil in Oz – Rabbi Chaim Tsvi Groner – Chabad Flippant Response

Diamond Joe’s Wife Paid to Work A Few Hours per Day

http://www.theage.com.au/business/diamond-joe-gutnicks-wife-paid-285000-to-work-a-few-hours-a-day-20170424-gvr8vz.html

‘Diamond’ Joe Gutnick’s wife paid $285,000 to work ‘a few hours a day’

A company linked to bankrupt mining magnate “Diamond” Joe Gutnick is paying his wife, Stera Gutnick, $285,000 a year to work “a few hours a day” as a trainee jewellery designer, while her husband earns just $45,000 a year to work full time.

Details of the remarkable pay arrangement came to light during Federal Court examination by Joseph Gutnick’s bankruptcy trustees on Monday.

 

Joe Gutnick's statement of affairs shows he owes his creditors $275 million.Joe Gutnick’s statement of affairs shows he owes his creditors $275 million. Photo: Nicolas Walker

Mr Gutnick was chairman and chief executive of Merlin Diamonds before his bankruptcy.

Mrs Gutnick told the court she reported to her husband, who worked longer hours in the company. She said her primary duties as a $285,000 a year executive were “studying jewellery design” and “accompanying my husband to events”.

 

Stera and Mordecai Gutnik were questioned at the Federal Court on Monday.

Stera and Mordecai Gutnik were questioned at the Federal Court on Monday.

Lawyers for the bankruptcy trustees contended that Joseph Gutnick was deliberately being paid a low salary in order to avoid having money taken from his wage.

Trustees can take money from a bankrupt’s salary once it reaches $65,000 per year.

Mr Gutnick’s son Mordechai Gutnick was also questioned under oath about his mother’s salary, which is exactly the same as he earns as a full-time executive director in the company.

“His income is being kept artificially low so he does not have to make income contributions,” said barrister Carl Moller.

 

Stera Gutnik at the Federal Court.Stera Gutnik at the Federal Court. Photo: Jason South

“I don’t know,” responded Mordi Gutnick.

Asked if his mother’s salary was appropriate for the work she does, Mordy Gutnick said “um”, paused for a lengthy period, and sighed.

“She understands jewellery better than any of us,” he finally said.

Asked if his mother, who worked fewer hours and had no input into “operational matters”, deserved the same salary as him, Mordi Gutnick responded “it is what it is”.

Mr Gutnick’s bankruptcy trustees are chasing an estimated $200 million of assets that are believed to have moved offshore to parties associated with Joseph Gutnick and his family.

Mrs Gutnick told the Federal Court she could not explain how she came to be owed $33.5 million by her husband.

Mrs Gutnick also admitted under oath she signed hundreds of documents for a web of companies and trusts without ever asking her husband or his lawyers what they were for.

“I trust my husband. The finances are up to him,” Mrs Gutnick told the court.

Mrs Gutnick was read a lengthy list of Gutnick family companies and trusts that she is either a company director, guardian or beneficiary of. She repeatedly told the court that she did not know what those companies did, and had little if no familiarity with their daily business.

As revealed by Fairfax Media last year, Mr Gutnick’s statement of affairs shows he owes his creditors $275 million, and has no other assets except for $16,087 in savings and a worthless portfolio of shareholdings.

Mr Gutnick declared himself bankrupt in July last year, ahead of a court hearing to hear a petition by his former business partner Indian Farmers Fertiliser Cooperative (IFFCO), which was seeking to have him declared bankrupt over a $54 million debt.

Lawyers for the bankruptcy trustees challenged Mrs Gutnick, and suggested the shuffling of directorships and her taking on a $33.5 million debt were part of a “broader plan to protect Joseph against bankruptcy”‘.

While the loan to Mrs Gutnick dates back to July 2000, she claimed “I wasn’t aware of it then.”

Asked when she first became aware that her husband owed her $33.5 million, she replied “I first knew of it in 2016”.

Asked who told her of the debt, she replied “Joseph did” and added “he told me it was a loan on paper and it doesn’t mean practically I was going to get it”.

http://www.theage.com.au/business/diamond-joe-gutnicks-wife-paid-285000-to-work-a-few-hours-a-day-20170424-gvr8vz.html

 

Velvel Butman, Shmuel Butman – Father Protecting Son? Defrocked and Deadbeat

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Jewish leader’s son is a ‘deadbeat dad’ who refuses to pay child support

Originally Published in the NYPost April 2, 2010

The son of the head of the city’s powerful Chabad Jewish organization is an unemployed deadbeat dad who refuses to give his wife a divorce or pay child support, court papers reveal.

Velvel Butman — whose father, Shmuel Butman, lights the giant menorah in Manhattan’s Grand Army Plaza, Times Square each year during Hanukkah — has been battling the court, and his own community, since he first refused to give his long-suffering wife a divorce five years ago, documents and sources say.

Velvel, a 49-year-old dad of eight, once worked for his father as an emissary of the Hasidic movement in Westchester County.

But Velvel was booted as a rabbi after a rabbinic court of Chabad Lubavitch ordered him to give his wife a Jewish divorce, called a get, and he refused.

“He strongly believes that a rabbi’s not supposed to get divorced. Yet he’s no longer technically a rabbi because he’s been defrocked,” said a rabbi who feared reprisal if his name were published.

A Brooklyn judge last week held Velvel in contempt for failing since 2013 to pay child support for his children. Six of them still live with his estranged wife, Rachel, who treks from their home in Crown Heights to her job at a day-care facility in Westchester to pay the bills.

Velvel has been on the hook for $2,000 a month in child support for the past four years but has paid only the first two months, court documents show.

Yet instead of working, he has been gallivanting to Israel and Uzbekistan, allegedly telling the court at one point, “I would have needed to get permission from a rabbinic panel if someone of my stature should be seen [working] in a Starbucks.’’

His father, Shmuel Butman, 73, heads New York’s Chabad Lubavitch.

The judge said Velvel has 60 days to pay $78,400 or he’ll be thrown in jail.

His wife is so desperate to be free of him that she even offered to forgive the child-support debt if he would just sign the divorce papers, sources said.

“[Velvel] has publicly stated that he would rather sit in jail than give his wife the money, and would rather sit in jail than give his wife the get,’’ a rabbinical source said.

Velvel lives with his 73-year-old dad.

“[Shmuel] is supporting his son financially, while his son claims that, given his father’s status, it is below his dignity to work here or there,” the source said.

But Rabbi Butman insisted on Sunday that his son has done no wrong.

“I’m his father, and he’s going to pay,” Shmuel Butman said, though he declined to say whether he would be footing the bill.

Velvel did not return a message. His lawyer declined comment.

Rachel Butman’s lawyer, Joel Yacoob, also declined to comment.

For More Information from the NYPost click here.

Yosef Yitzchak Feldman – Litigious – Seeking Profit from the Unspeakable Sins of a Community

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Did the Rebbe Hand Out Compassion for the sexually abused children His own Community Betrayed? PLEASE DO NOT CONTRIBUTE!!!

DO NOT CONTRIBUTE TO CHABAD!

ONE OF OUR CONTRIBUTORS RECEIVED THIS LETTER TODAY, REPRESENTING WHAT WE VIEW AS SHEER AND UTTER HYPOCRISY.

WE ASK, WE PLEAD, THAT YOU PLEASE, PLEASE DO NOT CONTRIBUTE TO CHABAD.

THERE REALLY IS NO TELLING TO WHOM THE MONEY IS BEING DELIVERED AND FOR WHAT PURPOSE THE MONEY IS BEING USED. 2.3M HAS ALREADY BEEN “LOANED” TO PLATINUM PARTNERS AND THE GREAT PHILANTHROPISTS OF THE CHABAD COMMUNITY….

WHERE ELSE ARE YOUR GENEROUS CONTRIBUTIONS GOING? DO YOU REALLY KNOW FOR CERTAIN?

WE BELIEVE THAT YOUR DONATED MONEY IS LINING THE POCKETS OF THE CORRUPT, BEING USED TO COVER UP THE SECRETS OF SEXUAL ABUSE, DRUG ABUSE AND DEPRESSION, EPIDEMICS WITHIN THE CHABAD COMMUNITY.

WE ARE CONVINCED THAT THE MONEY WILL MAKE THE GRAND RABBIS VERY WEALTHY.

WE DO NOT BELIEVE THAT MUCH, IF ANYTHING AT ALL, WILL BE USED TO HELP THE POOR.

 

LM – 10/11/15

By the Grace of G-d

Erev Yom Kippur, 5777 • October 11, 2016

Dear Friend,

A few hours before the onset of Yom Kippur each year, the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory, would enter the synagogue for prayer, holding a bag of coins. The tables were covered with scores, perhaps hundreds, of charity plates, representing an array of causes, from food for the poor and assistance for needy brides, to schools and mitzvah campaigns and more.

Despite his impossibly tight schedule, the Rebbe would deliberately and carefully place coins into every plate, taking great care not to skip a single one. Each represented a community or an individual who needed help, materially or spiritually.

In his urgent desire to help each individual, the Rebbe did not consider even one of them to be insignificant.

•   •   •

Emulating this extraordinary example, when we dig deep into our own resources to fill the plates of others, we encourage G-d to throw open His bank account of abundant blessings to each of us, to be judged with mercy and compassion for a truly happy, healthy and sweet year. And G-d, we know, has plenty to give.

•   •   •

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Year-round our rabbis, editors, programmers and designers work with extraordinary urgency and devotion, motivated by the constant awareness that at the other end of the screen is an individual — millions of individuals! — who seek a lifeline.

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As Yom Kippur quickly nears, please consider:

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Remember: For many who turn to us every day, we — you! — are their only Jewish lifeline.

Would you please open your heart real wide and partner with us to help them?

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May your charitable partnership stand you in good stead as G-d opens His bank account wide, to bestow all of the deepest of His blessings upon you, your family and the entire world, to be inscribed and sealed for a Good and Sweet New Year!

Sincerely,

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Rabbi Leibel Groner – Perhaps You Can Address the Topic of Child Sexual Abuse?

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR:

Dear Rabbi Leibel Groner:

Will you, the keynote speaker, oblige us by telling us why the Rebbe never mentioned the topic of Child Sexual Abuse?

It is the stuff of legend that the Rebbe answered all manner of questions put to him, be they asked when followers went for $’s or when they wrote to him.

Thousands of questions were asked of the Rebbe on a monthly basis, possibly even weekly and who knows, possibly even more frequently.

The Rebbe was revered for his ruach hakodesh (divine inspiration) and his care and love for all Jews be they observant or not yet observant.

Stories aplenty tell of such times when the Rebbe knew through his ruach hakodesh that a Jew who was alone in a far flung place was about to fry out, perhaps even convert.

The Rebbe would send an emissary to save the hapless Jew just in time.

The child sexual abuse that occurred on the Rebbe’s watch, not just in Melbourne Australia but worldwide and very often in the Rebbe’s own institutions cannot be sidestepped and ignored.

Did the Rebbe have ruach hakodesh or did he not?

If he did not, so be it.

If he did, why did he do and say nothing?

Realistically how could the Rebbe not have known about the DESPICABLE GOINGS ON given that he was the recipient of the thousands of requests from his followers on an almost daily basis for decades?

It just does not pass the smell test.

So Rabbi Leibel Groner,will you please explain?

 

 


בס’ד

“The greatest guaranteed assurance for all Jewish parents in need of special help and Deliverance for their children is through their support of those who study Torah.” – The Lubavitcher Rebbe.

Dear ………………..,

Kollel Menachem invites you to Partners in Torah – A Tribute to the Lubavitcher Rebbe and a fundraiser for our Kollel,
on
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The evening will commence at
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We look forward to welcoming Rabbi Leibel Groner, Personal Secretary of the Lubavitcher Rebbe for over forty years, as our distinguished keynote speaker.

Rabbi Groner will share with us first hand stories and insights of the Rebbe, including the Rebbe’s special relationship with Melbourne.

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