Michael Orbach


Sex Abuse Witness May Have Been Paid To Testify

By Michael Orbach

A landmark conviction of a prominent member of Brooklyn’s ultra-Orthodox community for sexual abuse faces possible reversal following the indictment of man charged with having bribed a witness to testify against the abuser.Read More


Cuba’s Remnant Rediscovers Religion

By Michael Orbach

Cuba’s Remnant Rediscovers Religion
The hubbub surrounding Cuba’s small Jewish community these days does not faze Yakob Berezniak Hernandez. Sitting behind a desk crowded with a typewriter, several cans of Lieber’s tomato paste and piles of loose foreign change, Hernandez, of Havana’s Adath Israel synagogue, waved away inquiries about Alan Gross, the 61-year-old American Jewish contractor sentenced to 15 years in prison March 15. Gross was found guilty of seeking to clandestinely distribute Internet satellite communications equipment to Cuba’s Jewish community on behalf of United States Agency for International Development.Read More


Questions for Hikind at Rally for Victims

By Michael Orbach

Questions for Hikind at Rally for Victims
It was at the very end of his solidarity rally for Orthodox victims of sexual abuse that the tensions beneath the surface of Assembly member Dov Hikind’s approach to the problem boiled up.Read More


Social Activism, Modern Orthodox-Style

By Michael Orbach

It was a typical crowd for a Yeshiva University student event: long skirts and long sleeves for the girls, yarmulkes and tzitzis for the boys.Read More


Reclusive Syrian Jews Denounce Hebron Eviction

By Michael Orbach

The recent eviction of Israeli Jewish settlers from a contested building in Hebron has provoked a loud and angry retort from the usually publicity-shy Syrian Jewish community of Brooklyn.Read More






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