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Off-Beat Family: Nechemya Weberman’s extended family include this anti-Zionist who attended a conference in Iran.

By Jon Kalish

Published December 28, 2012, issue of December 28, 2012.
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Just before the verdict came down in the explosive two-week trial of Nechemya Weberman, A.J. Weberman purchased the Internet domain name nechemyaweberman.com and put up a website that bashes the convicted child abuser and the Satmar Hasidim as a group in graphic terms.

Nechemya Weberman, 54, an unlicensed “therapist” was convicted on 59 counts of sexually abusing a young female Satmar client starting when she was 12. He faces up to 117 years in prison at his sentencing hearing, scheduled for January 9.

Mere incarceration is insufficient as far as A.J. Weberman is concerned. The convicted sex abuser “should be suspended by his testicles,” he writes on the website. Visitors to nechemyaweberman.com are treated to an image of Nechemya Weberman’s face Photoshopped onto a pig’s body.

Other digital media on the website include a TV news report on a Satmar-supported fundraiser for Nechemya Weberman’s defense fund, held last May; an embedded video of District Attorney Charles Hynes’s press conference following the conviction, and a link to an MP3 file of a Yiddish speech given by the Satmar leader Aaron Teitelbaum in which he appears to disparage the young victim as a “zona,” or whore.

The website, like other online efforts of A.J. Weberman, has an amateur quality to it. It nevertheless provides a peek into the history of the Weberman family in America.

According to nechemyaweberman.com, the family patriarch, Moshe Weberman, came to the United States in 1880 and ran a delicatessen on Rivington Street, on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. His son, Herman — A.J. Weberman’s grandfather — was a furrier and fought in the Spanish American War. Another son, Ben Zion or Benjamin Weberman, was an immigration attorney. He is credited with getting Satmar Rebbe Joel Teitelbaum into the United States from Mandatory Palestine after World War II. Teitelbaum traveled there after having escaped Hungary during the Holocaust. Benjamin Weberman is the grandfather of Nechemya Weberman.

Another grandson of Benjamin Weberman is William Mordechai Weberman, a member of a delegation of anti-Zionist, ultra-Orthodox Jews that attended a 2006 Holocaust denial conference in Tehran. There they met with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.


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