After Ultra Orthodox Counselor Is Convicted, A Man Who Left the Faith Tells of Abuse

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

A Hasidic man pushes a stroller near the residence of Leibby Kletzky, a murdered eight-year-old boy who went missing from the Hasidic neighborhood of Borough Park, Brooklyn. Many members of the ultra-Orthodox community in Borough Park, Brooklyn, choose not to vaccinate their children. (Photo by Ramin Talaie/Getty Images/Getty)

A religious counselor in Brooklyn's ultra-orthodox Jewish community was convicted of sexually abusing a girl who came to him for help on Monday.

Nechemya Weberman, 54, a prominent religious counselor in the Brooklyn community, was convicted of repeatedly sexually abusing a young girl who had come to him for help. The accuser, who's now 18, told authorities he abused her repeatedly from the time she was 12 until she was 15.

The trial put the insular ultra Orthodox Jewish community in the spotlight.

We talked with Luzer Twersky, who was raised in the Hasidic community in Borough Park section of Brooklyn. He left the Orthodox community a few years ago. Listen to his interview in the audio above.

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warning Krypniks family sick man like Evgeniy Sadomskiy are tretened his own family and Alex Krypnik they ware at the restaraunt they planed to kill Alex and his wife Lenna over some money Evgeniny seys Krypniks are millioneres Krypnik watch the Sadomskiys family they are in troble they fighting every day!!!!!!!!!!!!

Feb. 25 2013 02:59 PM

In response to Sylvia Mendel: none of that even begins to justify protecting a serial child molester from facing justice, or harassing the innocent victims and their families.

Nechemya Weberman is a sexual predator, and the community chose to shield him while he raped children.

HE IS NOT THE VICTIM. And neither are the people who tried to intimidate those poor girls.

Fear of possible anti-Semitism is not an excuse for condoning rape. You disgrace your community by implying it is.

Dec. 12 2012 07:47 PM
Sylvia Mendel from Manhattan, nyc

I heard the interview 12/12/12 with Luzer Twersk. He noted the fear in the Orthodox community re using outside law-enforcers because after a long history of others killing Jews, (goes back at least to the 15th century) they still have this fear. I believe this is not unreasonable. The English in particular still make anti-Semitic references in their literature without censure from critics. Allan Hollinghurst, Iris Murdoch, Jean Rhys (in the U.S. Willa Cather, Hemingway, Fitzgerald) It's alarming that readers including readers seem not to notice this. Yet, it's this pattern that can still create a climate and justification for killing Jews. The middle east is only the most glaring example.
I grew up in England and most every day there was a least one reference to my being a Jew beginning childhood.
I could write many pages about the English brand of anti-Semitism - suffice to say that it's not violent as in the Middle East but establishes a climate for anti-Semitism to flourish. Back to the Orthodox community - they have no reason to trust outsiders - many of them being descendants of immigrants who fled anti-Semitism in many European countries. I believe a holocaust can happen again and have given my late life (I am 82) to writing about the dangers of being Jewish and struggling with how to most effectively to accomplish that message

Dec. 12 2012 11:27 AM

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