Friday, August 31, 2007

Unlicensed Jewish Locksmith Enters No Contest Plea

An unlicensed locksmith who's been the subject of a 7 On Your Side investigation has entered a no contest plea to a charge of identity theft. It's a case 7 On Your Side's Michael Finney has been investigating for months.

As part of that plea, Moshe Mizrachi now faces up to 6 months in the county jail. Prosecutors had hoped to get up to one year. However, our sources tells us this investigation remains open.

San Bruno police arrested 29-year-old Moshe Mizrachi in June as part of an undercover sting.

Prosecutors say he bilked this 86-year old woman out of $1,500 dollars to change one lock.

"He was using a deceased locksmith's name and business, because the police made contact with the deceased business man's widow. She said, 'No he's dead. This is all up.' They stole the ID of the business," Steve Wagstaffe from the San Mateo County District Attorney said.

As part of the plea, charges of elderly abuse, grand theft and fraud were dropped. Mizrachi will also be asked to make restitution to his victim.

"Certainly restitution is going to be one of the orders. It's required by law. It will be imposed here," Wagstaffe said.

He remains under investigation in San Francisco, where he's accused of charging this man $5,000 dollars to change his lock.

Mizrachi's boss has been identified in open court as Idan Finkelstein. A woman says Finkelstein charged her $500 dollars to change her lock.

Her son Kevin came home just as Finkelstein was leaving, and he says he's identified Finkelstein in a photo lineup.

"But there was the guy. This was the guy. I said I was 90 percent sure," Kevin Moore, the victim's son said.

Attorney Al Anolik rented this office to Mizrachi and Finkelstein. Phone numbers from around the country lined the wall.



Thursday, August 30, 2007

Construction work slowly progresses at the Skulener Shul


Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Emergency News Alert! - Frum people are immune to most mental illness and are completely insusceptible to suicide

Please read this urgent Emergency News Alert!

New studies now show that Frum people are immune to most mental illness, and in very extreme circumstances only, are susceptible only to a minuscule number of mental illnesses, but will nevertheless never ever become suicidal.

Now that you've read what most of the Frum community believes maybe we can talk about reality.

The fact is; many Frum people suffer from mental illness, some are treated and some are not. The fact is; many Frum people are suicidal and have in fact acted upon it, either successfully or unsuccessfully. The fact is; we are ignoring a reality of tragedy and human suffering that can be dealt with and eased if people would only open their eyes and their minds.

What are we doing?

Do we really think that we are helping anyone by making believe that a known suicide was an accident? What are we accomplishing by telling each other lies and ignoring reality?

The fact is that by denying reality rather than facing it we are doing way more harm than good. What does a depressed suicidal teenager feel when we tell him that he will get over it and feel better tomorrow? For that teenager tomorrow may never come. If we ignore his pleas for help what else can he do to get us to hear him and his pain?

Yes, it is extremely tragic that a Frum person was driven to such deep sorrow that he took his own life. But instead of sweeping it under the rug and making believe it didn't happen, why not use this opportunity to make some change for the better? By bringing an awareness to this issue and professionally monitoring Yeshivah Bocherim for signs of suicidal ideations, we can hopefully prevent further tragedies from occurring. Ironically, by just being aware and being present and keeping an open ear, we can avoid many tragedies from taking place.

Let's not be stupid, we can make change and save many lives and avoid a lot of pain and suffering!

Exclusive story and pictures - Two Yeshivah boys and six-year old girl discover two skeletons in a forest in Fallsburg


Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Crown Heights Bocher jumps in front of train

A twenty-four year old Crown Heights Bocher was killed today when he was struck by a train that, according to inside sources, he had jumped in front of. The tragedy took place at the Kingston Avenue train station in Crown Heights. All the trains were stopped while rescue workers worked at the scene.

Chasidishe child molester looks to sell car

Chasidishe child molester, Yechiel Brauner, is selling his car for $500. I wonder what kind of DNA evidence will be recovered off the seats.


Monday, August 27, 2007

Pet blessing honors all G-d's creatures

The Spitz family considers their dog Toby, a 3-year-old Wheaton terrier, one of their kin.

Owner Sharon Spitz has been known to feed Toby, who eschews most meat, bagels and lox. "He's a very Jewish dog," she said with a laugh.

When a friend from the dog park told Spitz about Congregation Kolot's Celebration of the Animals, she clipped a small yarmulke on Toby's furry head and headed to Irvine's Deerfield Park for Sunday's festivities.

There, about 25 people gathered in a circle, sang, observed a moment of silence for deceased pets and offered their dogs a blessing with the help of Rabbi Rafael Goldstein. Representatives from local pet rescue organizations, including Happy Tails and the Irvine Animal Shelter, were also on hand with several cats in need of a home.

"We definitely have a strong concern for the welfare of all of God's creatures," Goldstein said.

The celebration began two years ago, said co-president Pat Goldman, when several members of the congregation were grieving for their pets.

"We didn't have a context for that," she said. "In Judaism, we say a prayer for the dead called the Kaddish, and people were asking if we could say the Kaddish for their pets, which we can't. So we started the Celebration of the Animals."



Sunday, August 26, 2007

The new Mega 53 gets their sign


Saturday, August 25, 2007

New bungalow colony to be built in small circles for next year

A new large bungalow colony will open next year. The builders say that they will build the units in small circles to help avoid in-politics.


Friday, August 24, 2007

Video of a wild Frum party


Thursday, August 23, 2007

Vizhnitzer camp, among many others, comes home


Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Traffic Cop falsely accuses man of pushing her

A man put a quarter into an expired parking meter on New Utrecht Avenue and 51st Street in Boro-Park. Upon seeing this, an approaching Traffic Cop got very angry and called for backup on her Police radio claiming that the man had pushed her. Within moments four Police cars arrived at the scene. When the Cops approached the man, dozens of witnesses came forward saying that the Traffic Cop had fabricated the whole pushing story and that she had never even been touched. Upon hearing all the testimony the Cops got back into their cars and left without even writing out a report of the incident.

Touro College big says grade-fix scam just 'test'

An ex-Touro College official accused of pocketing bribes in a cash-for-grades scheme says he was "just testing the system" when he allegedly altered computerized student records.

Andrique Baron, who pleaded not guilty yesterday to taking bribes and falsifying business records, told detectives after his arrest that he was merely experimenting on the computer and not altering grades.

"My job doesn't call for changing grades," Baron said. "I would have no reason to change grades."

Baron, who was Touro's admissions director for 13 years, was among 10 people charged last month in a scam that allegedly put everything from grades to diplomas up for sale at the college. His statements to police were made public during his arraignment in Manhattan Criminal Court.

"I made changes to records," Baron told police. "But they were not live, they were tests, to test and research the system."

Three city teachers were also arrested for allegedly buying Touro master's degrees that they thought could secure them permanent jobs as special education teachers.



Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Frum traffic vigilante Jimmy Justice featured in the news

The Frum video camera-toting traffic vigilante Jimmy Justice, that is helping to shed light on corrupt Traffic Cops, is reportedly in middle of talks about getting his own show.

Bigger Yarmulka means better sales but not better grammar

Linguistically challenged insurance guy changes ad model with new, more Chasidic, larger Yarmulka wearing guy in hopes of raising insurance sales. He incidentally also removes some of the text from his ad in a failed attempt to avoid spelling and grammar errors.

Want your ad featured on Chaptzem for free?
Just mess it up and make us laugh!

Moishe Rabbeini was a Satmare and wore a Platchige Biberhat

Pictures of the construction of the new Mega 53 Grocery


Monday, August 20, 2007

Heimishe pervert bocher changes garb

The heimishe pervert bocher that had previously accosted a yingerman and a child among others, has changed his garb from a frumpy short jacket and hat to a long suit jacket and long payes. Why he has decided to put on this new Chasidishe look is unknown, but be aware he is still just as dangerous.


Sunday, August 19, 2007

Mixed Reviews for Neighbors in Arms

Eliezer Greer walked out of the Yeshiva of New Haven at dusk on Tuesday armed with a walkie-talkie in his hand and a loaded pistol at his side. Alfred Brooks Jr., 58, a former marine, was checking the batteries in his flashlight. Mr. Greer, 27, handed him the walkie-talkie.

Good news, Mr. Greer said: Their neighborhood, near Edgewood Park in the city’s western end, was quiet this evening. But he advised Mr. Brooks to keep an eye on the crowd of young people on Hobart Street.

For the past two months, Mr. Greer, Mr. Brooks and fellow volunteers in the Edgewood Park Defense Patrol — half of whom carry guns — have walked and biked through this neighborhood nightly to bring a sense of safety to an area they said had experienced an increase in crime and a decrease in police patrols.

Though Mayor John DeStefano Jr. has called the patrols a “recipe for disaster,” members of the group said that they had not once pulled out a gun, and the authorities acknowledged that violent crime had gone down in Edgewood since the patrols began.


Zivug hogon music video


Saturday, August 18, 2007

Skver posts direction signs to Shtetel on Route 17

Thousands expected Sunday in Skverer Shtetel for the sieda. Signs with directions to the Shtetel have been posted along route 17.


Friday, August 17, 2007

New refrigerator units being hoisted to the roof for the new Mega 53 Grocery


Thursday, August 16, 2007

New Chasidishe music group in Israel releases Chasidishe rap CD

Lipa move over!

NOTICE: This CD was assered by all the Rabbonim in Israel.

If the player doesn't work click here and then press play

Article about the CD and the Issur - Ynet

Sand spill in Boro-Park

Cars are slipping and sliding on 54 Street and 13th Avenue due to a sand spill from a nearby construction site.

Satmar bocherim running around in the country

Satmar Rebbe late to community event due to woman's presence

The Satmar rebbe was supposed to attend the inauguration of his community' new compound in Jerusalem Wednesday evening and address his followers at 7:30 P.M. However, he arrived only at 9:30 P.M., and by the time this was written had not yet begun his speech.

Had this been a secular politician, the delay would have been explained by a desire to coincide with television's prime time news broadcasts. In Satmar's case, the explanation was completely different - it's the women's fault.

Organizers kept asking the women not to stand on Yeshayahu Street, which was intended for men, but only on Pri Hadash Road, which was designated for them. The "sacred event" could not continue unless they followed instructions, they said.



Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Hot dishes are back at Sloatsburg rest area

Over the next couple of months, the men will install Hot Nosh machines at a handful of colleges, malls and hospitals in the tri-state area. They’ll put some at Jewish day schools in Brooklyn and at the Sloatsburg rest area on the New York Thruway, the largest one on the way to the Catskills. Their business plan calls for 2,000 machines in the next two years in ballparks, malls, airports, military bases — pretty much anywhere people might be willing to pop in a few dollars for something hot and kosher.


English lessons

Thanks to the Chaptzem blog someone lerent some English over the last few days.


Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Shomer Shabbos Grocery to reopen as Mega 53 Grocery

Shomer Shabbos Grocery on 13th Avenue and 53rd Street closes down. The store is reopening in a week as Mega 53 Grocery. Sounds a bit like Super 13 Grocery. Did anyone say price war?

Exclusive interview with Alec Sutherland, director of the Yiddishe iPhone ad

Many of you enjoyed watching the independently filmed iPhone ad that featured two real Chasidishe chevrah talking about the mailes of the iPhone. We were very intrigued by the concept of this ad so we contacted the director and procured an interview with him about his experience with casting such a diverse crowd and making the ad.

Here’s how it went;

Two of the big topics that are prevalent in NYC at this time, the iPhone and diversity. Your ad touches on both of them and combines them so beautifully.

I'm interested in the methods that you used to assemble such a diverse group of actors.

Alec Sutherland:
Myself and my producer Todd Dossantos got the actors, or non-actors primarily through two methods.

First, many of the scenes were pulled directly from situations or locations that I experience in everyday living in my Brooklyn neighborhood. For most of those, we primarily asked the people who worked at the bodega or barbershop or whatever, to be in the spot.

For the other roles we posted a few casting calls on several websites asking for actors with specific ethnicities and particular fluencies. We had a legitimate casting call in which we saw about seventy people and I picked the ones that I felt would work best.

For the hearing impaired scene we contacted a high school for the deaf and they helped us out.

How was it for you to work with them all?

As far as working with them, the experience was great. It was very interesting going from a scene with professionally trained actors to a scene with people who had no experience whatsoever. Actually, I think I enjoyed the ‘real’ scenes more because they were much more organic, and I think that translated well in the piece.

Thank you very much for your time.

Thanks again for your interest.


Monday, August 13, 2007

Construction at the Skulener Shul in Boro-Park


Sunday, August 12, 2007

Rescuers search for missing person

Rescuers mount a full search with dogs for a man that got lost while hiking in a preserve in Cragsmoor, near Camp Emunah.

Thank you Nuchem for the pix

You try us den you like us


Saturday, August 11, 2007

Shutting down Woodburne hangout was not a good idea

Chinuch experts lament that shutting down the Woodburne hangout may be the cause of the new drugs and drinks parties in homes. They say that by chasing the kids away from the common public hangout, they caused these kids to seek more hidden venues for hanging out.


Friday, August 10, 2007

Pictures of a movie being filmed in Boro-Park

The movie is being filmed on 14th Avenue and 59th Street.


Thursday, August 09, 2007


Lost in a fog so thick and dark that they might well have been in the belly of Jonah's whale, six Hasidic fishermen drifted off the eastern end of Long Island for 14 hours before they were finally rescued early yesterday.

Throughout the damp night, two of the men, who'd gone on the trip wearing only their bathing suits, kept warm by sharing the traditional Hasidic garb in which their four pals were dressed.

"It was very frightening. We were just afraid of the unknown," said Levi Kirschenbaum, 22, a Brooklyn resident.

Besides Kirschenbaum, the group included Aharon Goodman, 25; Alex Levin, 23; Meni Ben-Shachar, 21, and Mendy Steni, 20, all of Brooklyn, and Motti Chazam, 22, of Italy.


Frum woman beats her child in Boro-Park and has Police called on her

Police and ambulance arrive at the scene after 911 was called for a Frum woman that was seen beating her child on 47th Street between 13th and 14th Avenues.

Pictures of the top of Maimonides Medical Center that was destroyed by the storm


Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Pictures of the carnage in Boro-Park caused by the storm


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