NY Rabbi Battles for Custody from Officials
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RELIGIOUS DISAGREEMENTS ESCALATE INTO KIDNAPPINGS
AND CPS INVOLVEMENT
Chipas Znis through a member of its group, Rabbi Jacob Teitelbaum of
Kiryas Joel, NY has recently filed a complaint with the United States
District Court—Southern District of New York—against a handful of
defendants and co-defendants following false allegations and claims of
child neglect. JOEL, NY
The result of these false claims led to the removal of Rabbi Teitelbaum’s children from his residence where he lives with his wife. The defendants have gone as far as offering to Rabbi Teitelbaum’s wife to return the children to her if she agrees to separate from Rabbi Teitelbaum. Having dealing with these ongoing issues for nearly two years, Teitelbaum is emotionally and mentally drained, and is hoping to get some support for his fight.
This all began almost two years ago when Rabbi Teitelbaum and a friend got involved in a religious campaign against forced divorces that were taking place in the community through the use of illegal kidnapping.
“The cause of the harassment and intimidation we received was based on religious disagreements we had within our community,” said Padwa Chipas Znis. “Those individuals with whom we filed the complaint against weren’t merely satisfied with having Rabbi Teitelbaum’s children taken away, but have continued to harass him an attempt to separate him from his wife and evict him from his wife in an effort to stop our campaign.”
“English is not Rabbi Teitelbaum’s native language, and he doesn’t have the finances to hire a big time lawyer to help make this right,” said Padwa Chipas Znis. “His children and family are his life, and it has been an emotional hell dealing with this for almost two years. All he wants is to get his family and his life back in order.”
For information on how you can get involved in taking action in helping Rabbi Teitelbaum to get relief through this case, email HYPERLINK "mailto:email@example.com" firstname.lastname@example.org. Below you will find a copy of the complaint.