FIRST ON PIX: Bleach thrown in face of rabbi who writes about sex abuse in Williamsburg’s Orthodox Jewish community

(Brooklyn, New York) – A Brooklyn rabbi who writes a blog about sex abuse within the insular, Orthodox Jewish community of Williamsburg told PIX 11 he had bleach thrown in his face by another Hasidic man Tuesday.

Rabbi Nachum Rosenberg told PIX11 he was walking down Roebling Street, when a man with a beard and black coat ran across from a fish store and confronted him.

“He takes a full cup of bleach and he spilled it onto me. Half of my face is burned, and my left eye, I can’t see right out of it. I see everything very faded.”

The attack happened one day after a jury convicted a prominent Satmar Hasidic man, Nechemya Weberman, of repeatedly molesting a student in the community, starting when she was just 12 years old. Weberman, an unlicensed counselor, faces up to 117 years in prison, when he’s sentenced next month.  Many Hasidic men in the community raised money for his defense.

The trial exposed secrets about the alleged Satmar Hasidic “modesty squads” that allegedly raid the homes of girls and families that don’t follow the strict rules of the Hasidic community.

Rosenberg told detectives from Brooklyn’s 90th Precinct he was attacked by a relative of the fish store owner on Roebling Street.  After the conviction of Nechemya Weberman, Rosenberg wrote on his blog the fish store owner would be the next man arrested by police, writing cheekily the man should get his bags packed.  When PIX 11 went inside the store Tuesday afternoon, no owner was present, just several workers who said they didn’t speak English.

Detectives took Rosenberg’s black jacket and pants—typical of those worn by Satmar Hasidic men—as forensic evidence in the case.  The rabbi left the hospital wearing scrubs, because his clothing was taken by the police.  Rosenberg’s son dropped him off at the 90th Precinct, where he was expected to view line-ups of potential suspects.

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Rabbi Nachum Rosenberg during a 2010 interview with PIX11 News. (January 20, 2010)

95 comments

  • LEITNER

    WEBERMAN WILL ANYWAY BE FREE BECAUSE HE WAS SCREAMING EVERY SHABOS ON LADIES AND GIRLS SCARING THEM WITH HIS POWER IN SATMAR
    AND THIS TO SCREAM ON LADIES AND GIRLS SHABBOS IS THE BIGGEST GOOD DEED IN SATMAR

    EVERY WEEK IT HANGS A SIGN IN SATMAR LEE GARDEN SYN WHERE WEBERMAN USED TO PRAY
    THAT ALL BOYS SHOULD GO OUT SATURDAY AFTERNOON ON THE STREETS TO SCREAM AND AGGREGATES THE WOMEN

    LIKE RABBI ZIMMERMAN IS MOLESTING CHILDREN IN PAYE MIKVAH
    AND SCREAMS A WHOLE SHABOS ONLY ON GIRLS AND LADY'S
    AND GETS PAID FOR THIS FROM THE CHARITY OF SATMAR

  • bp boy

    They don't agree with someone so they throw bleach or burn down their homes or put them in cherem. Trouble is these victims are trying to fix things not make things worse.

  • fishy

    he should get 24/7 around the clock protection. u have no idea to what extent people will go to blame him and torture his family.
    people have misplaced rachmanus. they should be there for the true victims who are ruined for life. many commiting suicide, drugs….(i dont know for sure but i have strong suspician to believe my father was a victim….his anger and uncontrollable temper has affected each of my many siblings and myself….scars we bare everyday…when someone gets abused- the victim, family, future spouse, children, grandchildren all suffer the reverbrating aftershocks.)
    May Hashem protect the rightous- not the self proclaimed rightous kanaim who act with ulterior motives…and im not referring to Nachum Rosenberg.
    DA Hynes- should assign him a security group that is armed.
    bleach is one step short of arson…he should get into witness protection, no jokes.

  • estee

    There was another case like this recently in Monsey where a follower of a certain rebbe nearly burned to death a dissenting member of the tzibur. I hope the same is not true here in Satmar-velt and whoever committed this horrible assault has no connection with the rebbe.

  • tob

    Whether you like him or not is not even the issue, but to do something like this is an outrage. Everyone has a right for his opinion and of course you have the right to not follow him.

  • satmer rabbi

    The Chassidic world is starting to sound and look like Taliban: clan on clan turf fighting, intolerance of dissent, intimidation of clan members that cooperate with outside authorities, attack on members that speak out against abusers, activists that stand up for justice and equality are ostracized and are victims of acid and firebombing attacks. Rosenberg sounds like that Pakistani girl that was shot by members of Taliban because she spoke up loudly for what was right. When a person is labeled "controversial" for speaking out against child abusers, you know something is wrong with that small world of people who believe they are living a more moral life than the rest of the world around them.

  • zalmen tietlbaum

    Mr, Shnitzler's lawyer called the 90th precint at approx 6 PM today and told them their client will surrender at the 90th tomorrow.

  • LEITNER

    EVERYTHING STARTS WITH THE LOGO
    THAT THE OTHER FELLOWS JEWS BLOOD IS NOTHING
    I SATMAR HAVE PERMISSION TO INSULT HIM. OR SLAP HUM SPIT ON HIM SCREAM ON HIM
    I AM ALOUD TO DO THIS FOR EVERYBODY WHO DOESN'T OBEY SATMAR
    EVEN THE BELZER REBBE
    WHO DON'T REMEMBER WHAT WAR WAS GOING ON IN WILLY AGAINST BERELE BELZER (I AM SORRY FOR THE SATMAR LANGUAGE)
    HE IS NOT ALOUD TO LIVE HE MUST LIVE LIKE A SLAVE UNDER THE FURERS RESHOEIM FROM SATMAR

    THIS IS THE SAME THING ABOUT THE EIRUV
    THEN IT GOES FURTHER
    I AM ALOUD TO MAKE A PROTEST AGAINST A GODEL BYISROEL LIKE RABBI STEINMAN WHAT THE PROTEST TOOK PLACE IN FRONT OF THE SATMERAR RABBI ZALMEN LEIBB FULOP

    THEN COMES NEXT STEP THAT I MAY RAPE THE NOT IMPORTANT JEWISH GIRLS AND BOYS
    YOU DON'T HAVE THE RIGHT TO GIVE ME OVER TO THE POLIC

    THEN NEXT STEP I HAVE RIGHT TO POUR BLEACH
    LIKE THE TALIBAN'S OF MEAH SHARIM

    THEN NEXT STEP IF NOT THE US GOVERNMENT
    THEY WOUKD KILL ALSO RACMONO LITZLON
    EVEN THE HATZHALO DID THE WORSE-ST THING NOT TO COME WHEN A JEW IS IN TROUBLE
    SHAME ON THEM
    RACHMONO LITZLON

    • yosel

      yes LITNER YOU ARE RIGHT ITS SHAMMING THAT THIS ARE DOING JEWS AN CHASIDIM
      IT STARTET WITH BELZ AND LOOK HOW ITS GOING NEBCH NEBCH

  • Larry

    As a Jew, I am horrified that a Jew would harm another Jew. When I clicked on the headline to read the complete article I couldnt believe what I was reading. I thought only Arabs behaved like this. I hope that this is not printed in the national press and that this type of behavior is left to other groups. We, as a people have suffered so much at the hands of others it is NOT right to physically fight amongst ourselves.

  • truth

    I always thought the hasidic community were nice people.
    I'm way off, these people rather keep their problems to themselves and not share any information as to what's going on within their own group to the outside world.
    When you hear a hasidic man talking or writing the truth, he's in danger from his own people.
    What kind of people are we living with?
    All those hasid's that wanted to help the man who molested the little girl are just as guilty.
    I hope the family of the little girl moves out of that corrupt community.
    They should convert because it's obvious this religion like any other is bull shit.

  • thoroughly disgusted

    Happy Hannakah!!! You people have a bizzare way (bleach throwing) of celebrating the holiday in Williamsburg. And, to think the hateful things you put into print during this special time….. Do you not know the difference between right and wrong?

    It is just another misuse of religious doctrines. I agree with the previous posts comparing this particular hasidic group (the williamsburg cult that the whole nation has been reading about) to both the taliban and other muslim extremist groups. For Shame!! What an embarrassment you are to those who practice the religion in an ethical way!!

  • leitner

    תליין הרעשי היינס. היהדות החרדית הנאמנה מזהירה אותך ! הנח את ידך ממקדשי שם שמים!
    קאדילק. 22:41 12/12/2012

    אל תתערב בקרב תהלוכות קהילותינו הקדושה, הנח נא לצזיכי הרבים וועדי משמרת הקודש מה ואיך להתעסק עם כל מיני שמוץ וזנות של מחרפינו הלוא הם השבבניקים המעללים על עסקנים חשובים מיראי השם.
    אנו מזהרים אותך בזאת, כי כל דריסת רגל שלך בתוככי הקהילה הקדושה, תביא תגובת מחץ, וכל הגולה תבער במדורת אש
    THEY THINK THAT HERE IS ISRAEL
    THAT THE WHOLE LAND WILL BE A FIRE
    THEY WILL BURN GARBAGE AND SPIT ON PEOPLE
    AND MAKE PROTEST
    AMERICA HAS ANUFF PLACE IN JAIL
    AND CHAS VSHOLOM THEY WILL STOP ALL MONEY FOR YESHIVAS AND PRIVTE
    BECAUSE THIS ANIMALS NOVEL BRSHIS HATORAH

    HAMEITZER MIter lemosro lakim

    who warns heins
    a and a menuval like menuval like weberman

    and a menuval like zimmerman after he finishes his timah in mikvah paye
    he goes out on the street and screams on ladys and girls
    for the money which satmar gives him

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