Archive for the ‘Shomrim’ Category

Didan Notzach: $144M Suit Against Shomrim Tossed

August 3, 2012

CROWN HEIGHTS [CHI] – Three and a half years later, the Crown Heights Shomrim Volunteers who were brutally persecuted in one of Crown Heights’ most ugly Mesiras to date have scored a final and definite victory, when a New York State court tossed out a $144 million lawsuit which has been hanging over their heads since December 2008.

Shomrim is an all-volunteer anti-crime and assistance group, which patrols the streets of Crown Heights in the hopes of deterring crime; they also offer non-emergency assistance when possible. But on a Motzai Shabbos in December of ’07 the tables were turned. During a routine call involving a dispute between two roommates, the volunteers were attacked by a mob and became those who needed the community’s help.



The Crown Heights Affair

December 14, 2011 – By Joe Winkler

I meet Mattew Shaer at Pete’s Candy Store in Williamsburg; Of course, this being Williamsburg, the bar serves no candy. Shaer walks in from the cold looking a little different than his picture. He offers to buy me a beer, which at first I deny, and we begin talking about his excellent new book Among Righteous Men.


Hypocrisy: Prison Good For Shomrim Six But Not For Shuchat?

November 24, 2011

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In a letter trying to convince you to help the Mosser Yitzchok Shuchat, dated  November 20, 2011. Barry Sugar makes the following argument (amongst many to be discussed in future post).

“…Further, we have learned from statistics and documented cases that should Yitzchok be tried in New York, he would be subject to anti-Semitic, brutal and vicious assaults in prison.”


Great Book: Among Righteous Men

November 16, 2011

Inside the hidden world of Hasidic Jews in Brooklyn’s Crown Heights–a close-knit but divided community.

On a cold night in December, the members of a Hasidic anti-crime patrol called the Shomrim are summoned to a yeshiva dormitory in Crown Heights. There to break up a brawl, the Shomrim instead find themselves embroiled in a religious schism which has split the community and turned roommate against roommate, neighbor against neighbor.

Revealed: Part Of District Attorneys Opening For Shuchat Trial

November 10, 2011

The following transcripts are from the Districts Attorneys opening statement in the Shomrim Six trial, which took place only a short two years ago, during the months of November and December of 2009.

Most likely we will the privilege of  hearing these same lines being used at the trial of Shmira member Yitzchok Shuchat.


Two Years Ago Today: Jury Selection for the Shomrim Six Trial

October 28, 2011

[10/28/2009] A grueling full day of jury selection took place in the New York State Supreme Court today, where six community members are facing serious criminal charges and can face a possible lengthy prison sentence.

The prosecution and the defense polled prospective jurors as to their work and interests in order to determine if they each can function as a fair and impartial judge based on the facts that will be presented during the course of the trial.


Shomrim Six: No Plea Deal!

October 6, 2011

Sent in by one of the Shomrim Six

Two years ago on October 5, 2009  (Tishrei 17, 5770 which was in middle of Sukkot ) the Shomrim Six started to receive notices from their attorneys about possibly taking a plea deal.

The following demonstrates the seriousness of what the Shomrim Six were about to face.

Names were redacted to protect the senders identity.

from:        [Attorneys email address]
to:              [One of the Shomrim Six]
date:         Tue, Oct 6, 2009 at 12:06 PM
subject:   Plea offer



Council Members Defend Shomrim

August 11, 2011

 The Jewish Week

A Crown Heights Shomrim volunteer giving a stalled NYPD Vehicle a boost.

Several City Council members who bankroll volunteer patrol groups in Orthodox Brooklyn neighborhoods with their discretionary funds say they will continue to do so amid some recent criticism of how such groups operate.

Following the shocking murder of a lost chasidic boy in Borough Park last month, police sources familiar with the Shomrim groups told The Jewish Week they were concerned about the extent of their accountability and whether they used discretion in reporting some crimes, particularly allegations of sexual abuse, to the police.

The groups are loosely affiliated, but they each operate and are funded separately.


When The Protecters [Shomrim] Need Protection

August 1, 2011

A Crown Heights Shomrim volunteer giving a stalled NYPD Vehicle a boost.

Regarding the Seething Hatred and Vitriol against Shomrim by NY Post Columnist

[CHI] Michael Lesher, a Jewish attorney from Passaic New Jersey, took to the pages of the New York Post to publish a column of unabashed hate and seething venom against Brooklyn’s Shomrim patrols. In his column he refers many times to Shomrim as “unskilled and ill-equipped” and “vigilantes”, asking if ‘anyone’ thinks the Shomrim’s “do the city a better service?”

This piece of garbage written by Michael Lesher is not an investigative report, all it is is an op-ed/rant/Opinion. This op-ed/rant/Opinion lacks many true facts or rather twisted facts making a not so tasteful Cholent, mixing various issues one with the other.

Issues WIS will address:
1) Blaming Shomrim
2) Government/Tax payers funds
3) Shomrim, Commmutiy, Police (A message to Shomrim)


Dispute Over Messiah Goes to Court

June 12, 2011

WIS was doing some digging and found the following article which was  never before posted  on WIS.

By Alessia Pirolo – The Brooklyn Ink

A prayer in the Court of Justice during a break of the trial against six members of the Jewish Patrol Shomrim. Photo: Pirolo/BrooklynInk

Six members of the Orthodox Jewish patrol Shomrim were back in the Brooklyn Supreme Court yesterday, on trial for allegedly attacking yeshiva students in Crown Heights two years ago.

But among the spectators were those from the ultra-Orthodox community who believed that it was one of their victims who instead should have been on trial – for making his accusation public.

Joshua Gur, known as Shuki, had a long black beard that made him look like older than his 23 years. He wore a skullcap emblazoned, in Hebrew, with the words — “Long life to Rebbe Messiah, he never left the world.” Gur is among those Lubavitcher Hasidim – which is based in Crown Heights – who believe that their late Rebbe, or spiritual leader, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Scheneerson, who died in 1994, was, in fact, the Messiah. Believers keep an eternal vigil at his grave.