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On Stand, Greer Invokes 5th On Sex Abuse

by Christopher Peak | May 12, 2017 4:50 pm | Comments (5)

YouTube/Larry Dressler Hartford — Speaking publicly for the first time about sexual abuse allegations that have ripped apart the Orthodox Jewish community he built in New Haven, Rabbi Daniel Greer denied under oath ever having counseled a teenaged yeshiva student named Eliyahu Mirlis about spiritual matters.

Then, under further questioning, Greer refused to say whether he took Mirlis to motels overnight, showed him porn, plied him with alcohol, molested him in the bedroom where he sleeps with his wife and fondled him at several other rental properties he controls throughout the Edgewood neighborhood.

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Rabbi Sexual Abuse Jury Picked

by Christopher Peak | May 11, 2017 12:02 pm

Paul Bass File PhotoHartford — A bespectacled, ponytailed man reading the true-crime thriller In Cold Blood in the front row of a federal courtroom here was selected as the eighth and final juror who will decide if prominent New Haven Rabbi Daniel Greer repeatedly sexually abused yeshiva students and if the school shirked its duty to intervene.

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Holocaust Remembrance Message: “I’m Alive”

by Allan Appel | Apr 24, 2017 7:26 am | Comments (2)

Allan Appel Photo As the Jews of Warsaw struggled to stay alive during the early years of World War II, 15-year-old Helene Rosenberg was used to her older brother bringing her back a tchothke — Yiddish for a toy or some small token of normal life — whenever he was able to sneak out and back into the ghetto.

One day the tchotke the older brother gave Helene was an official-looking piece of paper. As he handed the document to her, he said, “This is going to save your life.”

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2nd Rabbi Accuser Details Alleged Abuse

by Paul Bass | Apr 16, 2017 3:00 pm | Comments (16)

Paul Bass Photo Their families had built a school together, a house of prayer, an entire neighborhood. The rabbi was his mentor, his “religious guidepost.” The rabbi’s son was his best friend.

So when the rabbi allegedly started sexually abusing him, he felt both scared and “special.” For more than a decade he told no one — lest he “destroy” the two families’ dream.

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