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Post  Printessa / Admin on Tue May 12, 2009 8:49 am

Rabbi Israel Weingarten Weingarten-sketch-300x215 This is Rabbi Israel Weingarten. He was supposed to be a man of God - a teacher, spiritual adviser and a leader in the Ultra Orthodox Hassidic community of Sat Mar. Instead, Rabbi Israel Weingarten was a bully, a child abuser, and a pedophile. From this point forward, I’m going to drop the “Rabbi” from his name in my write up, because he has given up his right to wear such an honorable title.

What Weingarten did was travel between England, Belgium, Israel and the United States with his daughter, sexually assaulting her at his leisure, and leaving a community at the first sign that people were becoming suspicious of his relationship with the young girl. For example Weingarten left the Sat Mar community in Belgium in 1997 because he feared that community leaders there suspected him of abusing his daughter and would report him.

The feds say that in 2003, when Weingarten lived in Kiryas Joel, he and some of his friends “forcibly removed the Kiryas Joel public safety director from the Weingarten home when he attempted to investigate a tip that one of Weingarten’s daughters (not the sexual-abuse victim) was screaming in pain.”

Court papers also say that when Weingarten’s sister-in-law filed assault charges against him in 2002, “she received threatening phone calls telling her that she would be arrested unless she dropped the charges.” The papers also say he branded his accuser a “fantasizer,” so that her complaints would be taken as childish fantasies.

The abuse ended in 1999, when the daughter was 18. She had been going to school in London and refused to leave England to return home during the holidays. Weingarten attempted to kidnap her from a family which was trying to protect her. During the attempted kidnapping Weingarten forced his way into the home of the head rabbi of the school and assaulted the rabbi and his wife.

Afterwards the daughter fully broke from her family and from the Sat Mar community. She reported her father’s abuse to the FBI in 2003. It was a long, complicated and difficult investigation, and it was nearly four years before prosecutors were ready to put the hammer down on Izzy Weingarten.

On October 3rd, 2008, FBI agents went to arrest Israel Weingarten, 58, at his Monsey, New York home on a Federal Grand Jury indictment charging him with five federal counts, accusing him of traveling around the world to have sex with the minor and avoid being charged.

The actual arrest turned out to be more difficult than they thought it would be, because Izzy decided to barricade himself inside his house, and refused to come out. FBI agents finally forced their way in, searched the home, and found Weingarten hiding in his bedroom. Since he’s considered a very serious flight risk, he’s being held without bail.

On Monday, March 1st, 2009, Israel Weingarten’s trial began in Brooklyn Federal Court in New York City. After 6 years, his daughter, who had changed her name, finally faced the father who had sexually assaulter her for most of her life. She testified about the first time Weingarten molested her:

“The family was all in the kitchen while my mother was heating up some chicken soup, and my father called me into a bedroom and assaulted me.”

She told the court from that day on, her father abused her in their homes in NY and Belgium. She said she was even abused during a trip to Brooklyn when Weingarten’s father was on his deathbed.

“My father abused me that very night,” she sobbed.

“I asked him, how could he have the heart to do that when his father is passing?”

Weingarten, who is acting as his own attorney, exposed himself as an arrogant, cruel bully during the crossexamination of his daughter. He hollered at her, scolded her, interrupted her in mid question and repeatedly caused her to break into tears, until Judge John Gleason finally exploded in anger.

“Mr. Weingarten, if anybody is going to admonish the witness it’s going to be me,” he thundered. “You have created a fairly untenable, horrific situation by deciding to represent yourself. “Now, I’m not sure where this crossexamination is going, but I know you are not going to lecture this witness.”

Weingarten asked his daughter details of Jewish law, whether a window was open or shut, and the floor plan of a home in Belgium where he is accused of abusing her years ago. “You had me there every day, naked, I did not notice if the window was open or not,” she shot back. “I was kept by you in the bedroom, naked all the time.”

This mental haranguing went on for thee days, but at no point did the victim story waiver one iota.

Izzy’s son also testified for his sister against his father. Yoineson Weingarten testified that his father tried to manipulate him into making false statements that he was having sex with his sister.

“I know about things between you and your sister and I want you to record that for your mom,” Yoineson said his father told him.

Yoineson said his father repeatedly pressured him to help clear his name, even though he suspected that his father was having an improper relationship with his sister.

“It was not clear at the time, with your brainwashing, who to believe, you or my sister. You terrorized my life,” Yoineson said to his father as he was cross-examining him.

Faige Weingarten, testified that she found her ex-husband in her daughter’s bed one night when she was 16.

Faige recalled a Friday night when she had gotten into an argument with her ex-husband while they were living in Belgium, and she had slept in a different room. She said she heard their infant child crying so she went to the bedroom, where she found her then-husband in bed with their then-16-year old daughter.

Faige, who waived her spousal privilege, told the judge yesterday that her then-husband said to her, “look, we are dressed,” but she said the covers were half way down and she saw that the middle of his body was naked.

Faige said a few days later her daughter told her that her father had sodomized her. “She became disgusted for the rest of her life, he made her life disgusting,” she told the judge.

The trial is continuing,, and PYSIH is following the proceedings closely and will update this story as soon the verdict is read.


Israel Weingarten, the Rabbi accused om raping and molesting his daughter over a period of a decade was found guilty of transporting the victim to Belgium, Israel and New York to commit sex crimes against her.

Weingarten showed no emotion and the verdict was read, but did complain to the judge that he did not have time to prepare for the trial.

The jury deliberated for just a day before coming to a decision. Weingarten now faces up to fifty years in Federal prison when sentenced by Judge John Gleeson on April 3rd, 2009.

Rabbi Israel Weingarten Izzy_rabbi UPDATE: Israel Weingarten Sentenced To 30 Years In Federal Prison
By Akiko Matsuda • The Journal News • May 8, 2009
NEW YORK, NY - A Monsey rabbi was sentenced today to 30 years in prison for taking his daughter out of the country to sexually abuse her.

Rabbi Israel Weingarten, 59, represented himself during a weeklong trial in March in federal court in Brooklyn. He cross-examined witnesses, including the victim, now 27, the second-oldest of his eight children with his ex-wife, Feige. The children’s ages range from 13 to 29.

Weingarten yesterday told the court that he really didn’t want to represent himself, but felt he had no choice because the two attorneys supplied to him were not satisfactory.

Federal Judge John Gleeson said the rabbi chose to defend himself in order to cross-examine the victim in an attempt to control her again. “You seemed to enjoy yourself in a perverse sort of way,” Gleeson said. “It’s hard to make a crime like this worse, but you did.”

The jury convicted Weingarten on all five counts of transporting the victim in foreign commerce with intent and for the purpose of sexually abusing her during the spring and summer of 1997.

On each of the five counts, U.S. District Court Judge John Gleeson yesterday sentenced him to 10 years followed by three years of supervised release. The jail time for three counts will run consecutively and two concurrently, resulting in a 30-year imprisonment followed by three years of supervised release.

Prior to the sentencing, the victim and her older brother, 29, read statements detailing the horrors of being physically and mentally abused by their father. They said their father brainwashed his children as well as his wife.

“Your honor, I don’t think I would ever be able to forgive what my father has done to my sister and to my siblings,” the older brother said. “I’m not going to forgive him for causing great pain and suffering to me and my dear sister.”

As she read her statement, the victim was shaking and choked up with tears. She said her emotional trauma because of her abused past still haunted her, sometimes making it difficult for her to control her anger and fear.

When she saw a father with his daughter at a camping site last year, for example, her heart raced because she thought she had to help protect the daughter from Weingarten.

“I felt like you were just right there,” the victim told Weingarten. “I couldn’t see the daughter’s father, I saw your face.”

After the jury’s verdict, later in March, Weingarten hired a new attorney, Demosthenes Lorandos of Ann Arbor, Mich. Lorandos filed a memorandum with Gleeson, seeking a motion to set aside the verdict and to grant a new trial.

Lorandos stated in court papers that Weingarten never waived his right to have an attorney and that he did not have a fair trial without adequate representation.

The motion was denied.

Weingarten’s younger six children are firmly supporting their father.

His daughter Chayeh Weingarten, 23, and her sister Chaneh, 20, testified during the trial that their mother was the one who had molested their older sister.

As Weingarten was making his final statement prior to sentencing yesterday, two of his sons, Yoil, 24 and Yakev, 18, cried out loud and were silenced by the judge.

Half of the courtroom was filled with Weingarten’s supporters from the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community, including several rabbis.

Lorandos told the court that the entire truth did not come out during the trial.

Judge Gleeson said he will never forget the victim, now 27, begging him from the witness stand to order Weingarten never to speak her name again. “If I live to 100, that’s an image I will take to my grave.”

After the sentencing, Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrea Goldbarg, who led the prosecution, gave a long hug to the victim, celebrating the ending.

Weingarten’s supporters were upset with the outcome.

“My father is not guilty, and we are not brainwashed,” Chayeh Weingarten said. “We’re going to appeal.”

Weingarten has 10 days to appeal
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