Chabad Lubavitch and Drug Money – Cash for Jews Fearing Holocaust -“Shoah Gelt”

The Recent Connection Between Drug Money and the Chabad-Lubavitch

Dear Readers:

For the past couple of years we have been given reports by insiders from within the Lubavitch community that the organization is receiving at least some portion of its funding from drug money. In other words, from couriers who are involved in the drug trade. We have never been provided any real details and have not wanted to address these contentions as a result.

The following article would lead one to believe that the reports we have received may not be far from the truth. Obviously, however, this is speculation. We leave you to your own devices in reading and interpreting the article from the Toronto Sun. We find the whole thing, in light of the reports we have received and some recent articles, somewhat perplexing.

LM

 

MANDEL: Drug money courier claimed cash was for Jews fearing Holocaust

You have to give him credit for a novel — if unsuccessful — defence.

Mark Zirkind isn’t your regular sort of criminal — he’s an ultra Orthodox Jew of the Hasidic Lubavitch movement, someone you’d expect to see in a yeshiva, and not under arrest after police seized $1,136,555 from his rental car.

On Feb. 23, 2014, Zirkind flew from Montreal to Toronto on a one-way ticket and rented a car. Police watched him meet up with a drug trafficking suspect they had under surveillance in the Yorkdale mall parking lot and receive a red-and-white duffle bag.

Later that night, as Zirkind was travelling east along Hwy. 401 back toward Montreal, he was stopped by the OPP for speeding. Following a search of his car, he was arrested for possession of property obtained by crime.

Police found over $1 million in cash in a number of bags, including $250,170 in the red-and-white duffle. The bags, the money, and several surfaces in the car, including the glove compartment, driver’s control surfaces, back seat and trunk, tested positive for cocaine.

According to the agreed statement of facts, the money in the Yorkdale duffle bag did come from cocaine trafficking. But Zirkind insisted he didn’t know at the time that he was transporting proceeds of crime.

Here’s where the novel defence comes in: He claimed he was a courier of “Shoah Gelt” — Shoah is the Hebrew word for the Holocaust and gelt is the Yiddish term for money. At his trial, Zirkind testified that he’d been approached by a stranger named “Avrum Reish” to move money to safekeeping in Montreal for Jews in Europe or Asia worried about a second Holocaust.

He told the court he was honoured to do so, “describing the task as a great ‘mitzvah’ or commandment from God.”

Zirkind testified that he drove the money from Toronto to Montreal on three or four prior occasions and never flew because he feared the cash would be discovered or lost. He said the people who handed over the money didn’t appear to be Jewish while those who received it in Montreal seemed to be orthodox Jews.

There were a number of reasons to be skeptical about his fanciful story.

The agreed statement of facts said Zirkind’s average declared annual income was $34,912. But between 2009 and February 2014, he’d made over $2 million in payments to his various credit cards.

Under cross-examination, Zirkind admitted he’d never asked how the money he was transporting came into Canada or where it ended up. He also claimed not to have a way of contacting Avrum and hadn’t heard from him since his arrest.

Superior Court Justice Todd Ducharme didn’t believe a word of it.

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Lubavitcher Chassidic Dr. Conversion Therapy Lawsuit – Is He Treating to Heal or Shaming Into Trauma- The Nature of His Practice and Religion

 

Lubavitcher Chassid Sues New York Over Conversion Therapy Ban

In a society where privacy is at a premium, unpopular views are shouted down in public venues, and the most personal facts of people’s lives are casually revealed on social media, the therapist’s office has been one of the last bastions of safe speech. Psychotherapy patients can converse with their chosen counselors without fear of exposure, shaming, or outside interference.

That has been changing, and a recent New York City law currently being challenged in federal court goes further than ever in dictating the parameters of private therapy sessions. The unsubtly titled “Counseling Censorship Law” prohibits mental health counselors from helping individuals with homosexual feelings or gender identity issues work to overcome them.

Unlike so-called “conversion therapy” bans in other jurisdictions – to date, 18 states and more than 50 cities and counties have enacted them – New York’s law applies not only to minors but to patients of all ages. It also carries stiff financial penalties for practitioners.

One of those practitioners, Brooklyn psychotherapist Dr. Dovid Schwartz, an Orthodox Jew and a member of the Crown Heights Lubavitch community, has filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, alleging that the law violates his and his patients’ rights to free speech and free exercise of religion under the First Amendment. The plaintiff also assails the law’s vagueness in failing to define subjective terms like “identity exploration and development” and “change,” which makes him vulnerable to prosecution.

The city’s ban, says Roger Brooks, senior counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) which is litigating the action, “intrudes into the privacy of a counselor’s office to censor an entirely voluntary and very personal conversation between an adult and the counselor or psychotherapist he has chosen.”

The lawsuit – like the plaintiff, his patients, and the therapy they pursue – is animated by principles of faith, specifically Torah laws and values. “[T]his case is not just about whether a menorah can go up in a public square,” says lead local counsel Barry Black, of Nelson Madden Black LLP, who is working together with ADF. “It involves the essence and core of religious practice.”

Virtually all of Schwartz’s patients are Orthodox, including many fellow Chabad adherents. A small subset of them seek his help, either initially or in the course of ongoing psychotherapeutic treatment, to deal with unwanted feelings of “same-sex attraction.” (That is the term of choice favored by Schwartz and many in the religious world, revealing a far less rigid view of human sexuality than the terminology used by the defendant and the culture at large.)

In his affidavit, Schwartz asserts that he “does not attempt to increase opposite-sex attraction or change same-sex attraction in patients who do not desire his assistance in that direction,” and “never promises that these goals will be achieved.” He further notes that some of his patients have succeeded in reducing or eliminating their unwanted attractions, while some have not or have chosen not to continue the process.

Moreover, the lawsuit stresses that the plaintiff’s counseling sessions with his patients consist solely of talking and no other interventions. This is significant because reports from New York City’s Commission on Civil Rights relied on by the City Council and cited by the defendant refer repeatedly to the fact that conversion therapy, known by its critics as SOCE (sexual orientation change efforts), has in the past been associated with electro-shock treatment, castration, and other painful practices designed to dissociate individuals from their impulses. One of the key questions the court must decide is whether talk therapy alone is a form of speech – and thus constitutionally protected – or commercial conduct, which is subject to regulation.

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The Satmar’s Uncharitable Wars of Attrition, Satmar v. Chabad – The Attack on a Chabad Synagogue, Not a Very Jewish Thing to do

Youtube screenshot of Satmar yeshiva in Chabad shul in Seagate, NY

SATMAR YESHIVA ATTACKING NY CHABAD SYNAGOGUE IN FIERCE LEGAL BATTLE

A Chabad synagogue in Seagate, New York is under attack by a yeshiva connected to the Satmar Hassidic group, which was renting a space in the synagogue, according to CrownHeights.info.

Rabbi Chaim and Rivky Brikman, two Chabad shluchim (emissaries), were hired as the rabbi and rebbetzin (Rabbi’s wife) of Congregation Kneses Israel of Seagate 28 years ago. The Brikmans founded a Hebrew school, adult education classes and programs for youths, teens and seniors.

Eleven years ago, they were approached by the United Talmudical Academy (UTA), a Satmar Yeshiva from Borough Park that wanted to rent space in the building next to the main synagogue.

Hurricane Sandy destroyed the lower level of the synagogue, and then an electrical fire caused even more damage and left the community without a building or a place to pray.

The Chabad congregation decided not to renew their tenant’s lease since their building had been destroyed. The Satmar Yeshiva verbally agreed to vacate the building at the end of the school year, but then reneged on the agreement and fabricated a lawsuit against the synagogue. This was only the first step in an alleged series of deceit trying to bankrupt the synagogue and to initiate a hostile takeover of the synagogue’s property.

“We have no space in our shul [synagogue]. We’re physically locked out of our building.” Rebbetzin Brikman said in a video published to collect donations for the synagogue. “We have a tenant there who is just playing the system and refuses to leave.”

The yeshiva allegedly fabricated serious accusations against the shluchim and local community members, according to CrownHeights.info. UTA hired armed guards to stand in front of the synagogue to prevent community members from entering.

The group even insisted that the judge order the arrest of Rabbi Chaim Brikman because he hosted a Shabbat Kiddush in the building.

The yeshiva is allegedly attempting to draw out the proceedings in order to exhaust the community’s resources.

 

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If You are Travelling to Japan, Chabad and Two New Centers – a Recognition of Judaism

Two New Centers Open in Japan in Time for Passover

Takayama opens at behest of city council

 

Two New Centers Open in Japan in Time for Passover

by Mussi Sharfstein – Japan

APRIL 4, 2019

Two new Chabad centers opened in Japan, just in time for Passover this year, bringing the total in the country up to four. Rabbi Shalom Duber and Rachel Vaisfiche moved to Takayama from Israel, and Rabbi Dovid and Chaya Mushka Posner with their toddler, Mendel, moved to Kyoto from the U.S. Both centers, like many others in Asia, will be dedicated to serving Japan’s Jewish travelers, mostly young Israeli backpackers.

“The number of visitors to Japan has been increasing dramatically,” says Chabad’s regional director, Rabbi Mendi Sudakevitch of Tokyo. Last year, the country attracted 30 million visitors “and we’re excited to reach more of them.” He and his wife, Chana, assisted the couples in finding spaces to host the upcoming Seders, which are each expected to attract around 150 participants.

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Leviev, Gutnick, Chabad Donors; The Good and the Bad of Chabad’s Non-Discerning Donor Pool…

Ronald Perelman, Lev Leviev and Tevfik Arif Among Wealthy Donors to the Chabad Movement

(Newswire.net — March 1, 2019) — Chabad-Lubavitch, also known simply as Chabad, is one of the most well-known and fastest growing Hasidic movements and the closest approximation to evangelism in Judaism. Their primary mission is to promote and revive the Jewish faith, while supporting Jewish communities around the globe. Their most visible presence are Chabad houses that can be found in cities of all sizes around the world.

What is Chabad?

Chabad local organizations provide for Jewish communities through outreach activities serving the needs of the community and advancing the renewal of the Jewish faith. Chabad centers often provide religious services, child care, education and organized activities for all ages.

While Chabad is an Orthodox Hasidic movement its practice blends traditional values with modern day techniques. Chabad advocate a policy of openness, accepting Jews from all levels of religious commitment and practice. They promote cooperation and non-judgment, while maintaining a positive outlook on life and helping those in need. Chabad supports the integration of the Jewish faith in all aspects of life, family and community.

Philanthropy and service are part of the Chabad movement’s commitment to the Jewish Community. They pride themselves on providing a home away from home for Jews anywhere in the world. The doors of Chabad Houses are open and accepting to every single Jew regardless of affiliation, background or religious commitment.

Today there are over 4,000 official Chabad emissary families operating 3,500 institutions in 81 countries with additional affiliated activities occurring in many more. The Chabad network also includes a group of rabbis and Jewish educators prominently featured on college campuses worldwide.

The Wealthy Donors of Chabad

Chabad relies heavily on donors to effectively carry out their activities. The organization has become an attractive pursuit to donors big and small. Most of the donations made to Chabad Houses and institutions across the world are made in small sums by private individuals, but there are an increasing number of notorious high-profile donors who give large donations to the movement.

Many of the world’s most successful businessmen and industry leaders have identified ties to the Chabad organization. Chabad has attracted top Israeli business leaders including Nochi Dankner, Israel’s richest woman Shari Arison through the Ted Arison Foundation, and venture capitalist Shlomo Kalish. Lev Leviev known as the “King of Diamonds” has been a major patron to the Chabad movement in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe.

Chabad is hugely popular In Russia and across Eastern Europe. One of the most sacred sites of the movement, the graves of spiritual leaders Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson and Shmuel Schneersohn, is in Lyubavichi, Russia. Chabad Rabbi Berel Lazar has been recognized by the Russian government as the Chief Rabbi of Russia.

Many former Soviet oligarchs, some who have been drawn back to Judaism through Chabad, have become supporters and donors including Mikhail Mirilashvili of Georgia, Ukrainian billionaire Gennadiy Bogolyubov, Alexander Granovsky from Ukraine and Alexander Mashkevich. Although he is not Jewish, Tevfik Arif, a Kazak-Turkish real estate investor and partner in Doyen Group, has become one of the largest single donors to the Chabad Center of Port Washington in Long Island, the community where he owns a residence. 

The religious movement has also found supporters among the most successful American business leaders. Ronald Perelman, American billionaire and philanthropist of Revlon fame, has become a close friend and follower of Rabbi Avrohom Shemtov, the director of the Philadelphia Lubavitcher Center. Perelman has made numerous donations to Chabad and has a building dedicated in his name at the University of Pennsylvania, the Ronald O. Perelman Center for Jewish Life-Lubavitch House. Other prominent American Chabad donors include: American investor and billionaire Michael Steinhardt, heir to Estee Lauder Companies Ronald Lauder and Shaya Boymelgreen.

Globally, Australian tycoon Joseph Gutnick, South African billionaire Nathan Kirsh, and Eduardo Elsztain, Argentina’s largest real-estate developer, are all well-known supporters of Chabad.

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Video: Guard Shoots Person Outside Chabad Jewish School in Fairfax Area — Chafraud-Depravitch

A security guard at a Los Angeles Chabad school shot a person on a public sidewalk who was taking video of the school. The guard shot from behind the school gate hitting his victim in the leg and declared it a “warning shot.”. From Patch.com The Chabad Ohel Chana High School was placed on lockdown. […]

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Rabbi Howard Katz Left Bloody and the Alleged Perpetrators Still at Large and What is with the Pell Grant Office?

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Rabbi Howard Katz says he was left bloody and battered after two men unjustifiably attacked him in a friend’s Crown Heights office on Feb. 2, 2016 (Noah Goldberg / New York Daily News)

Rowdy rabbi rumble still resonates with victim after years without arrest

https://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/ny-pol-lubavitcher-assault-rabbi-brooklyn-district-attorney-20190201-story.html

A rowdy rabbi rumble that erupted in a Brooklyn yeshiva office has yet to be properly investigated years after the fact, according to the victim of the fracas, who claims cops refuse to make an arrest because of politics.

Rabbi Howard Katz says he was left bloody and battered after two men unjustifiably attacked him in a friend’s Crown Heights office on Feb. 2, 2016, l because they took umbrage at his impertinence and his use of the word “freaking.”

“It was an obvious assault,” Katz said. “They (the NYPD) played around for months and then did not arrest the perps.”

The kosher chaos unfolded at 760 Eastern Parkway, right next door to Lubavitcher headquarters, where the rabbi says he went to fetch some paperwork.

Katz admits he may have been a bit of nudnik — persistently ringing the doorbell, frustrated that he couldn’t get in.

After his first several attempts failed, he found his friend Moshe Glukowsky, who runs the Pell Grant program at the United Lubavitcher Yeshiva out of that office, to let him in.

Surveillance video recorded in the office shows the smackdown unfolding.

The two men accused in the attack — Elozor and Yosef Raichik, a father and son — can be seen watching as Glukowsky and Katz enter.

There’s no audio on the video, but Katz says he came in, took a sweet from the candy dish on a desk, and confronted the Raichiks about their hospitality.

“Why didn’t you open the freaking door?” Katz says he demanded of the two.

Yosef Raichik, 32, took issue with that and went meshuga.

“He said ‘freaking!’ He was shaking,” Katz said. “His right hand hits me and then he bumps me. Then he yells at me, ‘Don’t push me.’ ”

The recording shows the men nose-to-nose arguing.

Elozor Raichik, 64, belly-bumped Katz, prompting the rabbi to shove him back several feet.

That’s when the son came in like a Hebrew Hulk Hogan. Yosef Raichik grabbed Katz and slammed his face into the wall. Then he continued the attack, throwing Katz into a headlock and taking him down to the floor. Father and son tag-teamed the rabbi on the ground. Elozor held him down while Yosef appeared in the video to be trying to bend Katz’s fingers back.

“He (the son) grabs me and smashes me into a wall. I was stunned. I thought I was going to die. I didn’t know what hit me. There was such a bang. They jumped on me. They put me down on the floor,” Katz said. “They’re bending my thumbs. They’re banging me in the back. The father was screaming to his son, ‘Bend his thumbs!’ ”

Katz’s nose was bloody and his glasses mangled. He called the police, who reviewed the video. But by then the Raichiks had scrammed.

The squabble only lasted a few seconds, but Katz says he hasn’t been able to get past it in the last three years.

Police investigation reports Katz obtained through the Freedom of Information Law show the cops made regular visits to the Raichiks’ Union St. home for about four months, but never found them.

When reached at their home, the Raichiks slammed the door in a Daily News reporter’s face.

Investigators brought the office video to the attention of the Brooklyn district attorney’s office, and together they concluded that no crime had been committed, the records show.

“After viewing video of the incident and after conferral with the district attorney’s office it was determined that no crime was committed and the case was closed,” an NYPD spokesman said.

Katz persisted, asking the Brooklyn DA to investigate the police handling of the case. But the DA’s office also decided that it was not its problem.

“We reviewed the incident and determined the police acted appropriately,” a spokesman for the DA said.

Katz said he believes authorities don’t want to make an arrest because it would alienate an important Brooklyn voting bloc.

Glukowsky was less emphatic.

“It did happen in my office. I was here. After the incident two officers from the 71st Precinct came to my office and viewed the entire incident on video. They came to their conclusions,” Glukowsky said. “I haven’t had any personal issue with them.”

He refused to take sides.

“I would tell you to look at the video carefully again and again and see who moved into other people’s space,” he said.

The grant administrator said his friend was exhaustive in his attempt to bring attention to the case.

“Let me tell you something, (Katz) went to the police,” Glukowsky said. “The police came in here. He subsequently went to police and he spoke to them more than once. He went through all the channels he could. I rely on the police for 40 years. Sometimes I’m happy with their decisions, sometimes I’m not that happy. Overall I would give them a passing grade in how they handle our community.”

Katz reported his case to the NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau, as well as the FBI, to no avail.

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