Shaya Lichtenstein’s Secret Recordings

Shaya Lichtenstein secretly recorded some 70,000 conversations, including many with cops. Singing like a Chazzan


A crooked gun broker secretly made thousands of recordings of conversations with corrupt NYPD cops, federal prosecutors said Wednesday.
The revelation likely will send shock waves through the department.
In a letter filed in Manhattan Federal Court, prosecutors said Alex (Shaya) Lichtenstein secretly recorded some 70,000 conversations, including many with cops.
In November, Lichtenstein pleaded guilty to bribing NYPD officers to obtain pistol licenses.
Lichtenstein saved the conversations to an e-mail account, “many of them contemporaneous memorialization of dealings of questionable legality with members of the NYPD,” according to the letter written by Assistant U.S. Attorney Martin Bell.
“During our initial review of those recordings, we learned that some of these calls implicated at least one of the defendants in this case.”
The feds said they also got “material” from the phones of Jeremy Reichberg, a Brooklyn businessman who is accused of doling out gifts to senior cops, including trips to the Super Bowl, Brazil and China, sources said.
That material was not described in any more specifics.
Lichtenstein pleaded guilty on Nov. 10 to offering a cop $6,000 in exchange for an expedited gun permit.
“I had a good and friendly relationship with New York City police officers. During these years, I gave police officers in the Licensing Division things of value, including money, knowing that by giving them those things, the officers would do me favors, including expediting gun license applications,” Lichtenstein, 45, said.
Sgt. David Villanueva is accused of accepting gifts in exchange for helping speed up weapons permits.
Police Officer Richard Ochetal, formerly of the gun licensing unit, pleaded guilty to charges relating to the probe — and is cooperating with cops, the feds said in June.
Deputy Chief Michael Harrington and Deputy Inspector James Grant were also arrested for allegedly acting as “cops on call” for Reichberg and another wealthy de Blasio donor, Jona Rechnitz.

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Brooklyn gun broker secretly recorded conversations with corrupt NYPD cops


Future Top Cop – In Bed with the Borough Park Corrupt – Community Board 12

Ringel and Community Board 12

Community Board 12, Yidel Perlstein… Bringing our Old Friends Back to the Forefront…


Community leader boasted about snagging favor from future top cop

A Borough Park community leader bragged on a taped phone call how he pulled some strings to get future top cop James O’Neill to transfer a friendly lieutenant back to the neighborhood, The Post has learned.

Community Board 12 Chairman Yidel Perlstein wanted Michael Andreano returned to Borough Park’s 66th Precinct from the 60th in Brighton Beach, where the cop had been shipped following his promotion.

Perlstein, speaking in Yiddish, describes in the secretly recorded conversation how he approached NYPD Assistant Chief Steven Powers at a September 2015 breakfast meeting in Williamsburg and asked that Andreano be moved.

Perlstein claims that he offered Powers dinner at a local kosher steakhouse to grease the wheels for the personnel move, with Powers then talking to O’Neill, who was the NYPD’s chief of department at the time and happened to be at the meeting.

“I told Powers, ‘I will take you out to The Loft for supper,’ ” Perlstein says on the recording.

“So I told Powers, go over to O’Neill, to tell him to make an exception, to have Andreano back. So Powers and others went over to O’Neill and made the request to O’Neill and O’Neill said, ‘No problem, permission granted,’ with a big smile on his face.

“And [Andreano] was already the next day at work,” he adds.

The phone call was taped by a community activist who shared an excerpt with The Post. New York law permits people to secretly record conversations in which they take part.

Captains-union President Roy Richter said the commanding officer of the 66th put in a request to retain Andreano as soon as he was promoted — though he did not return until after the September meeting.

On Monday, The Post exclusively reported that Andreano had been stripped of his badge and gun over his ties to Alex “Shaya” Lichtenstein, a leader of Borough Park’s “Shomrim” safety patrol.

Lichtenstein was busted by the feds in April on charges he offered nearly $1 million in bribes to score pistol permits from the NYPD’s License Division for clients who paid him up to $18,000 a pop.

Andreano’s transfer back to the 66th was highly unusual, because protocol dictates that cops get moved following a promotion to avoid animosity from former colleagues and to prevent corruption, a high-ranking NYPD official said.

To read the NYPost article in its entirety click here.

Hikind, Greenfield – Boro Park… Lesser of Two Evils


David Greenfield: Insights

City Councilman Greenfield is the powerful Land Use Chairman with significant control over zoning and zoning restrictions in New York. In our opinion, he already parlays the Mayor’s disingenuous ‘Manditory Inclusionary Housing’ aka MIH- for his developer pals with dire rezoning freedoms.

Greenfield was appointed by deBlasio’s City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, the Mayor’s right-hand-person with regard to real estate and enabling real estate developers to circumvent zoning restrictions.

In our view, Greenfield  has helped to leverage the phony justifications  in MIH to up-zone heretofore protected neighborhoods into monster buildings with non-contextual height intruding on many communities and certainly not providing for equally distributed low-income housing.   

These tear-downs of smaller homes and human-scaled properties are the biggest impetus for so-called gentrification but in reality the wholesale displacement of entire neighborhoods, stores closing, national chains wiping out Mom and Pop stores and destruction of services (like Rivington).

Now Greenfield wants more…a spin-off Kiryas Joel in Brooklyn’s future? 

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Hikind, Greenfield Battle For Political Control Of Boro Park

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Victims…old people and children-sponsored and abetted by NY State agencies and Cuomo-failures to step up




What Defines “Imminent Danger” Where Children are Concerned?

Lost Messiah Contributor, July 20, 2016

A recent study by uncovered abuses, the likes of which parallel the abject failure of New York State governance of Nursing Homes to sufficiently protect the frail and aged.

In this case, it’s all about the subsidies going to poorly or completely un-monitored day care facilities for children which are given vouchers funded by the Administration of Children’s Services-ACS. The funding is provided but that is where ACS begins and ends in the process.

The optics of citizen money being generously given to under served communities to pay for child care services may seem on its face to be for the greater good; but the troubling data and disproportionate numbers in Borough Park would suggest something else is going on.

The investigation by is troubling because “legally exempt” childcare facilities are also exempt from reporting.  Their “informal” nature provides a window for subsidies but no parameters for care.


Cuomo’s Day Care Regs Omit Thousands of Informal Providers report:

After a legislative committee failed to approve a law to give the state significantly more power over certain city-registered daycare programs, Gov. Cuomo recently unveiled a set of “emergency regulations.” The amended rulesgive the Office of Children and Family Services, at least temporarily, more leeway to act in cases of “egregious violations”—or health and safety issues—at state-licensed daycare facilities. And a new state law passed last month will require the 2,300 daycares registered with the city’s health department to post “performance summary cards” at their entrances.

What these reforms do not address, however, are the approximately 24,000 providers in the city “legally exempt” from both city and state licensing, but “enrolled” with the state to receive day care subsidies awarded to parents, according to 2015 statistics. They account for about half of the providers enrolled in New York City last year. Yet almost no information about legally-exempt providers is made public. Neither the performance summary card law nor the Cuomo regulations will apply to this category of care.

The state’s Office of Children and Family Services  (OCFS) says it is working to implement new federally mandated regulations statewide, including “extended background checks” for legally exempt providers. And some safeguards, it says, are already in place.

“Legally-exempt providers enrolled in the child care subsidy program are exempt from the regulations under which licensed and registered child care providers operate, but they are not exempt from all oversight,” according to Janice Molnar, OCFS Deputy Commissioner for Child Care Services.

Oftentimes they are family child care providers—friends, family and neighbors providing “informal care in their homes to no more than two unrelated children.” And they already are screened to see that they meet “basic health and safety” standards, she says.

But John Pinkos, director of the childcare division of the Day Care Council of New York, contends that those standards are so minimal, it hardly matters. “There’s no expertise, there’s basically no monitoring,” Pinkos says.

Even at licensed facilities which are given initial and annual inspections, violations—including public health hazards—are common.

At legally exempt programs, parents are responsible for making sure their children are in good hands.

A City Limits investigation found that:

  • Complaints and violations lodged against the majority of legally-exempt providers are not available in the state’s online database for licensed daycares, and are also not listed on the city’s website. Only parents whose children are already enrolled with a provider get mailed notification of infractions at a site, according to a spokesperson for The Women’s Housing and Economic Development Corporation (WHEDco), the non-profit which employs the 23 inspectors to investigate all complaints lodged against legally exempt providers and to conduct other screenings.
  • Whedco is under a more than $6 million annual contract with the state to determine which providers may be considered legally exempt from licensing but still receive payments from a variety of child-care subsidies awarded to families (other informal arrangements would be seen simply as babysitting). The organization conducts random inspections of 20 percent of legally exempt providers annually, as required by the state.
  • In addition to home-based care, there are 167 legally exempt “center-based” daycare providers not listed anywhere publicly. Only the directors of these programs are given background checks in order to become enrolled providers, according to WHEDco, though some fall under the purview of the city’s health department or under that of the Department of Education.
  • The vast majority of the city’s 167 legally-exempt center-based programs—144 of them—are located in Brooklyn. A single ZIP code in Borough Park is home to 35 legally exempt centers, according to information released after a recent FOIL request to the Administration of Children’s Services, which assists with the initial screening of providers for benefits eligibility.

Little oversight

In 2015, 30 percent of children using day-care subsidies were taken care of by “legally exempt” providers, who compete with licensed providers like the ones Pinkos’ organization represents for per-seat funding.

According to a report by the Committee For Hispanic Children and Families, Inc., an education and advocacy organization with the stated goal of expanding opportunities for Latino families, subsidies come from ACS’s Division of Early Care and Education, which administers publicly-funded childcare for children aged six weeks to four years of age in group centers and family child care settings; the Human Resources Administration voucher program for child care services, serving primarily children whose parents participate in welfare-to-work or transitioning off public assistance; and the Department of Education (DOE).

But while legally exempt facilities must enroll with the state in order to receive subsidy checks distributed by the Administration of Children’s Services (ACS), that is where contact with providers begins and ends, according to the agency.

“ACS funds child care vouchers that are accept by a number of privately run child care organizations. Legally-exempt child care programs are one type of program that accepts vouchers,” read a statement by the agency.

Parents who opt for legally-exempt caregivers are responsible for paying and monitoring them as they would employees, and are reminded in writing that they are responsible for checking up on their kids.

In New York City, WHEDco provides what little oversight there is, enrolling providers on a rolling basis from four locations located throughout the boroughs.

WHEDco’s sign-up package for new legally-exempt providers encourages them to go through 10 hours of training for “enhanced” subsidies on things like “shaken baby syndrome.” But no such training is required.

To read the article in its entirety click here.



If the Borough Park Shomrim are volunteers ‘deputized’ to keep the City safer, where did all of the money come from [diamonds…]? Are they keeping the City safer or making it more dangerous [more dangerous…]? Should we be asking about closing the tunnel now  [diamonds…]?


Man Attacked By Hasidic Mob Sues Over City & NYPD’s ‘Deep And Questionable’ Ties To Jewish Safety Patrol


There were a number of witnesses when Taj Patterson was attacked by a group of ultra-Orthodox men who yelled homophobic slurs and left him blind in one eye, but it was months until any arrests were made. Police appeared to bury the case until Patterson’s mother took it to the media, after which they arrested five alleged members of the Williamsburg Safety Patrol [WSP], the controversial ultra-Orthodox neighborhood patrol group that’s recently gotten wrapped up in the FBI’s investigation into NYPD corruption.

Patterson is already suing the WSP for the attack, and two of the five arrested pleaded guilty to lesser charges last month, but now a federal complaint is explicitly calling out the city and the NYPD’s “deep and questionable ties” to the neighborhood patrols, also known as Shomrim, alleging that their knotty relationships and patterns of favoritism were direct factors in the assault on Patterson and the subsequent investigation.

Patterson is suing the WSP under a federal statute that people typically invoke when suing the police, his lawyer pointed out—but that’s intentional, as the suit is arguing that the Shomrim have been improperly acting as an extension of the NYPD, all the while acting outside the city’s authority with little to no formal training.

“They’re all but a deputized private police force,” said Andrew Stoll, one of Patterson’s attorneys. “The city essentially has a policy—though not an explicit policy, a deeply embedded enough policy of granting the Shomrim leave to kind of run the streets and the precincts in the neighborhoods where they operate.”

Accordingly, the suit takes great care to detail the close ties between the Shomrim, the city, and the NYPD, to make the case that the alleged Shomrim members were acting under color of law when they attacked Patterson. For example, it notes that the city has funded two mobile command centers for the Shomrim, each worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, which bear NYPD insignia and are, at first glance, indistinguishable from official police vehicles. The police also provide Shomrim volunteers with police scanners, emergency lights, and the personal phone numbers of high-ranking NYPD officials, privileges that aren’t extended to most members of the public, the suit argues.

A Shomrim vehicle pictured in the lawsuit.

The suit also lays out the long history of alleged favoritism and preferential treatment of the city’s Orthodox Jewish communities by the NYPD, referencing the 1991 Crown Heights riots and alleging that “fixers” and “liaisons” to the NYPD routinely help void charges against Jewish crime suspects or otherwise give them special treatment. It quotes retired police captain William Plackenmeyer, who in 2003 told Newsday that “in Brooklyn, it almost seemed like there were two penal codes, one for the Hasidic community and one for everyone else.”

Had the Shomrim’s influence not been so powerful, the suit argues, the police would not have tried to memory-hole the assault on Patterson, only reopening the case when it came under public scrutiny. Because it took so long for the case to be forwarded to the 90th Precinct’s Detective Squad, evidence disappeared and witnesses close to the Shomrim recanted their statements, the suit alleges, which led in part to the dismissal of criminal cases against two of the men arrested—Joseph Fried and Aharon Hollender. Abraham Winkler and Pinchas Braver pleaded guilty to lesser charges last month, and Mayer Herskovic, who didn’t take that plea deal, will go to trial this August.

While Braver’s criminal case was still pending last spring, the suit alleges that he got more special treatment in the form of a special tour of the NYPD’s 19th precinct stationhouse in Manhattan—a precinct that was, at the time, commanded by Deputy Inspector James Grant, who was arrested last week for accepting bribes to keep officers “on call” to perform favors for members of the Borough Park Orthodox community.

Grant’s arrest came just over a month after three NYPD officers were demoted for allegedly accepting gun license bribes from Alex “Shaya” Lichtenstein, a member of the Boro Park Shomrim. Following those arrests, the city froze funding to that specific patrol, though more funds have since been allocated.

“If I had brought this case two years ago I would have been laughed out of court,” Stoll said. “Now everything I say is documented. Everybody knew. Within these neighborhoods and within these precincts, everybody knew exactly what was going on.”

Because of the inappropriately inextricable relationships between the Shomrim, the NYPD, and the city, the suit alleges, all three are liable for the violation of Patterson’s constitutional rights; his physical and emotional trauma; and his loss of liberty. Currently, the suit is only seeking monetary damages, but Stoll said that they also plan to seek injunctive relief—i.e., mandated policy changes.

Keep reading, here.

SHOMRIM CB – 12, Yidel & Perlstein and Lies…



Lost Messiah, June 20, 2016

We have previously covered in detail the allegations regarding the corruption and fraud by the coordinators of the Boro Park Shomrim. We have named the Players, 1-9, and their relevance. We have preempted news reports involving many of those names well in advance of arrests, indictments and other scandals. So far, we have been on target with our analysis.

We have received countless emails stating that there is no patrol; that the scooters are used by coordinators as their private vehicles. We have wanted to post those article but were waiting on conclusive pictures, evidence, something to substantiate the claims that the vehicles, paid for by taxpayers at huge sums of money, are actually used for private use; and that the entire “Shomrim” network is one of corruption and scandal.

What follows are a series of articles, references to a New York Times article that came out on Friday and others, subtantiating our allegations that the Borough Park Shomrim are nothing more than a Simon Wiesenthal Center in disguise, less legitimate, less untarnished, less corrupt and less a measure of dirty politics at its best. What the two organizations now share, however, is a connection to the NYPD, political favors, pay-for-pay schemes, protectionism, lies, fraud and a conduit for the movement of huge amounts of money and political capital.

Pictures paint a thousand of words. Articles to follow.

See the Boro Park Shomrim scooter in these pictures. Are these buildings in Boro Park? We think not.

Hats off for the person who sent these.


Strange Bedfellows: 8 Must-Read Articles On The NYPD-Shomrim Corruption Scandal

A recent bribery scandal involving the NYPD and members of the Shomrim, an all-volunteer Jewish security patrol, has drawn a glaring media spotlight on how the two organizations function together—and occasionally clash—while enforcing neighborhood justice.

Today’s New York Times article recapped the Shomrim’s civilian and police clashes over the past 10 years, but the nuanced relationship between the civilian patrol and the local 66th precinct deserves a closer look. The Shomrim receives thousands of dollars in funding from city council annually, and often works side-by-side with the NYPD. They serve as patrol squads and unofficial liaisons between police and the Orthodox Jewish communities in Borough Park, Flatbush, Crown Heights, and Williamsburg, according to the Daily Beast. But Shomrim members have also been involved in assaults, and have been caught withholding critical information from police, reports the Times. And in the face of bribery scandals and power struggles, both organizations are under renewed public scrutiny.

For those interested in learning more about the history between the NYPD and civilian security patrols, we’ve collected eight articles to inform the ongoing debate over the question—when it comes to the relationship between local police and the Jewish security patrols, how close is too close for comfort?

If you have more to add to this list, please add them in the comments section below.


Board 12’s diversity is striking, according to Spitzer and Chairperson Yidel Perlstein, who noted that in addition to Orthodox Jews and Muslims, the neighborhoods in the board’s territory include Chinese, Pakistanis and residents from Bangladesh. Kensington, particularly the area around Ocean Parkway, is home to many Russians

The members of the board are…… Sandy Aboulafia,Yakov Abramov, Gabriella Amari, Abe Berkovic, Anna Cali, Jacob Daskal, Hersh Deutsch, Alan J. Dubrow, Joel Eisdorfer, Simcha Eichenstein,Israel Eisdorfer, Roberta Feinstein, Gittel Fekete, Annie Ferdous, Vincent Fiordimondo, Jules Fleischer, Rabbi Bernard Freilich, Jacque Friedman, Sharon Fuchs, Joseph Gross, Jacob Haas, P.E., Edward Handler, Mamnunul Haq, Michael Hidary, Douglas Jablon, Larry Jayson, Mordechai Katz, Akiva Kizelnik, Aaron Kohn, Yee Leung, Joseph Levy, Lily Marinelli, Aaron Minz, Yidel Perlstein, Morty Pupko, Peter Rebenwurzel, Mendel Reiner, Morris Senderovic, David Shlomovich, Yeruchim Silber, Schlome Steinmetz, Samuel Stober, Akiva Tauber, Margaret Tobin, David Vogel, Sol Wahba, Mayer Weber, Ruben Werczberger, Moshe H. Wieder, Rochelle Zami.

The Chairperson and district manager are hasidic jews.
45 of the board’s 50 members are hasidics. why havent pakistanis bangladeshans russians and secular jews been appointed to the board.

Answer CB 12 is CORRUPT.



Chaim Weiss Murder Update – A Must Read…



Chaim Weiss murder update

by Eric Aiken, June 7, 2016 –

I decided to investigate some of the rabbis who worked at the Mesivta of Long Beach. (It was also called Torah High School. After Chaim Weiss’ murder, the name appears to have been changed to Mercaz Hatorah.)


The first name that got my attention was Rabbi Samuel Waldman. In 2014, he was arrested on Federal distribution of child pornography charges by the Department of Homeland Security. At the time Waldman was arrested, he was a teacher at the Bais Yaakov of Boro Park.

Waldman wrote the book “Beyond a Reasonable Doubt” published in 2002. In it, he thanks 2 Mesivta rabbis (Levi Dickstein the rosh yeshiva and Chaim Zelikovitz, a teacher) for hiring him as the yeshiva’s mashgiach. The mashgiach is the equivalent of the dorm counselor, confidant and mentor to the yeshiva boys. It appears that Waldman was the mashgiach for 8 years, all of them when Rabbi Shlomo Lesin was the school administrator. I’ll get to Lesin shortly.

In his book, Rabbi Waldman also acknowledges his former rabbi and Torah teacher, Rabbi Gabriel Bodenheimer. Bodeheimer was convicted of child endangerment when he was principal of a yeshiva in Monsey, NY. Rabbi Waldman also acknowledges Rabbi Yisroel Belsky who reviewed his book. Belsky is notorious for publicly accusing the father of a boy who was molested in Lakewood, NJ of molesting his own son. Belsky also publicly exonerated Rabbi Yosef Kolko who was arrested for the crime.

Even after Kolko admitted in court that he molested the boy and was sentenced to nearly 13 years in prison, Belsky refused to retract his disgraceful accusation against the boy’s father or admit that he was wrong in exonerating Kolko. Partly due to Belsky’s accusations, the Lakewood Orthodox community made life so unbearable for the boy and his family, that they had to leave the state for their own safety.

The Rabbinical Council of America, the largest Orthodox rabbinical organization in the world, called Belsky “a distinguished scholar”. I’m not making this up.

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The second rabbi’s name associated with the Mesivta that got my attention was Rabbi Shlomo Lesin. He described himself as the executive director at the time of Chaim Weiss’ murder. He was employed by the Mesivta from 1969 until 2004. During his tenure, not only was Chaim Weiss murdered with no one cooperating with the police, but several years earlier another boy committed suicide by hanging himself in his dorm room shower. The police investigating Weiss’ murder publicly complained about the lack of cooperation they received.

In 1999, the Mesivta and Rabbi Lesin asked for a zoning variance so they could build a dorm for 186 students including guest accommodations in their Long Beach neighborhood. It faced fierce opposition from some of the neighbors. Some of them were opposed to having a very large dorm put in the middle of a residential neighborhood. Others resented that the Mesivta owned 16 properties in Long Beach and didn’t pay any taxes or municipal fees on any of them, saddling everyone else with the expenses of running their community.

The Mesivta responded to the opposition by taking out ads in a local paper accusing them of anti-semitism. The leader of the neighborhood opposition was Jewish.

In 2014, Rabbi Lesin was involved in a nearly identical zoning case, this time as vice president of Yeshiva Gedolah Na’os Yaakov in Lakewood, NJ. The yeshiva asked for a zoning variance to allow for a dorm for 96 students in a residential neighborhood. Rabbi Lesin claimed to the zoning board that it was necessary to locate the yeshiva in a residential neighborhood to avoid anti-semitism.

He referenced the murder of Chaim Weiss nearly 30 years earlier and said that it is his belief “that the crime was an attack fueled by hatred of their community and way of life.” (Asbury Park Press – February 25, 2015).

The police publicly debunked that anti-semitism myth 2 days after Chaim Weiss was murdered. “Police said the killing did not appear to be motivated by anti-semitism” (Lodi News-Sentinel, November 3, 1986).

Rabbi Lesin himself publicly asserted at the time of Weiss’ murder that there was no anti-semitism in Long Beach. “Lesin told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency that he has been there 17 years and has felt no anti-Semitism during that time.” (Jewish Telegraphic Agency 11/13/1986)

Even the Mesivta’s principal didn’t believe anti-semitism was involved. “School Principal Avram Cooper, who was also the victim’s 11th-grade teacher, told police that the murder appeared to have no anti-Semitic overtones.” (New York Daily News 11/2/1986)

Rabbi Lesin’s assertions to the zoning board that Chaim was murdered due to anti-semitism are shameful and inexcusable. All the evidence so far points to the murderer being someone affiliated with the Mesivta, not anti-semites.

“Detectives now believe the murderer was a student or a faculty member, multiple sources said. “How could this happen and nobody hear or say anything? Somebody’s got a secret,” said Nassau County Police Capt. John Azzata.” (New York Daily News 10/30 2015)

Anti-semites rarely murder a yeshiva boy in his bed, leave his dorm room, return later, move his body, open his window on a frigid November night to let his soul escape (in accordance with Orthodox tradition) and then light a yahrzeit candle in his memory. It seems that perhaps Rabbi Lesin is trying to use Chaim Weiss’ brutal murder to advance his zoning variance goals.

The zoning variance was eventually denied. The yeshiva responded by suing the zoning board and Ocean Township, NJ in Federal court. The lawsuit complained of the zoning hearings being “packed” with opponents, as if the right to public assembly and free speech is something nefarious. The lawsuit also alleged that the zoning variance was denied partly because of “unsubstantiated fears”, “hostility” and “prejudice against Orthodox Jewish men”. Sounds like Rabbi Lesin is claiming anti-semitism again.

Even the neighborhood residents don’t believe the yeshiva’s anti-semitism claim.

“The legal firm representing the applicant always claimed anti-Semitism,” said Paul Meyerowitz. He said the township has about 10 Jewish institutions and schools “from Orthodox to Conservative to Reform” and two mikvas.

“My parents helped build that building and I attended school there,” when it was the site of Hillel Yeshiva, said Meyerowitz. “Believe me, that building cannot accommodate 96 men.”

“The charge of anti-Semitism is absurd,” said Meyerowitz. “I was even accused of being anti-Semitic and I’ve been on the boards of five synagogues and have been president of one.”

“Resident David Nussbaum said he worried the implication that anti-Semitism played a role in the denial would drive a wedge between Jewish and non-Jewish residents.

“I’ve always felt this is a zoning issue and the choice made to turn it into a social issue was ill-advised,” he said. “I hope hard feelings are not exacerbated by outside forces for those of us who live here and all get along pretty well.”

(New Jersey Jewish News – 5/2/2016)

The Zoning Board hearings

“Rabbi Lesin described the Yeshiva and the students that study there to gain leadership skills and character development. He described the students to be an elite group, comparing the Yeshiva to Harvard University.”

Zoning Board minutes 10/23/14

“Ed Horn, 1901 Logan Road, asked if the school will follow the laws set forth by the Constitution, the State, the County and the Township or if they follow religious laws. Rabbi Lesin said that they follow all the laws of the United States.

“Cindy White, 240 Woodcrest Road, asked the Rabbi how long it was before he called the police after the body of the student was found. Rabbi Lesin said that he called the police immediately when they found out and that he spoke to the police and investigators immediately.

Zoning Board minutes 2/25/15

Rabbi Lesin makes 4 claims at the zoning board hearings:

  • The yeshiva exists to teach the students leadership skills and character development.
  • The yeshiva is on a par with Harvard University.
  • The yeshiva abides by all governmental laws.
  • That when Chaim Weiss was murdered, he spoke to the police and investigators immediately.

As to Rabbi Lesin’s last claim implying immediate cooperation with the police, this is what the police said:

“Police said their initial investigation was hampered because yesterday was the Jewish Sabbath. Officials of the yeshiva would not agree to discuss the case extensively until sundown, when the Sabbath ended.”(New York Daily News 11/2/86)

“Edwards said some 140 students were initially interviewed when the crime was first committed, but they all “lawyered  up” and claimed they didn’t know what happened. “We got nothing,” Edwards recalled.

(New York Daily News 10/30 2015)

No one assisted the police until 10 hours had passed from the time detectives arrived at the crime scene. Ten hours is an eternity in a murder investigation. It gives the murderer ample time to hide the murder weapon, conceal evidence and it allows witnesses to coordinate their stories if they want to protect the murderer.

The failure of Mesivta officials and students to cooperate in a murder investigation is a brazen violation of Jewish law. Using the Sabbath as an excuse not to cooperate immediately shows that the rabbis and Torah scholars at the Mesivta are either completely ignorant of basic Jewish law or are hiding something.

House-fire-yeshiva-dorm-150x83Shortly after Rabbi Lesin’s yeshiva filed the Federal lawsuit, there was a fire in a single-family house a few minutes from the yeshiva. The house burned down to the ground. Fire marshals discovered that approximately 2 dozen of Rabbi Lesin’s yeshiva students were living in the house illegally. The fire marshals discovered 27 beds in the house.

So much for Rabbi Lesin’s promise to the zoning board that the yeshiva follows “all the laws of the United States”.