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Five Years Ago Today: Shomrim Six Vindicated from Vicious Messirah and Blood Libel

December 13, 2014


It was Five years ago on this day, the 22nd of Kislev, just a day after the Alter Rebbe celebrated his Didan Notzach, that the Shomrim Six were vindicated from the vicious blood libel and Messirah against them by the Meshichist Mossrim faction.

Shomrim did not celebrate the verdict as a victory, but as a salvation. The motto of cases conclusion rested in the song which is sung at Yud Tes Kislev Farbrengens around the world, “Podo Beshalom Nafshi… Anshei Domim Umirma Lo Yechtzu Yemaihem” ([g-d] has redeemed my soul in peace… men of blood and swindle may their days be halved).



Flashback: Attempted Hijacking of Shomrim Phone Number

October 26, 2014

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Some Background: 1996, before the brake off, on the advice from a Williamsburg Shomrim Coordinator who pointed out that “Shmira’ is for dead people“, the Shmira organization changed it’s name to ‘Shomrim‘.

January 1999, as a result of a robbery on a Gemach in Canada (read all about that by clicking here), a vote was held (amongst all the members) and as a result, a few members involved in the robbery were thrown out of the Shomrim organization.


Shomrim Six: No Plea Deal!

October 7, 2014

Re-post: Sent in by one of the Shomrim Six

Two Three Four  Five years ago on October 5, 2009  (17 Tishrei, 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



Four Years Ago Today: Jury Selection for the Shomrim Blood Libel Trial

October 28, 2013
Shomrim Six Mesirah: A blood libel which will not be forgotten

Shomrim Six Mesirah: A blood libel which will not be forgotten

A grueling full day of jury selection took place in the New York State Supreme Court today, where six community members (all volunteers) are facing serious criminal charges and can face a possible lengthy prison sentence (of 15 plus years in a violent prison if found guilty).

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.


The six defendants are members of Shomrim who responded to an incident in December of 2007, which took place inside of 749 Eastern Parkway, one of the dormitories where Meshichist Bochurim who come from Israel to study in k’vutzeh reside. The incident began Erev Shabbos when a group of Meshichist Bochurim attempted to force another Bochur out of his room. When he showed resistance, the Bochur was attacked.


Four Years Later: Crown Heights Shomrim

September 25, 2013

Crown Heights Shomrim 5774-2013
For Years after the great blood libel of the Shomrim Six,* orchestrated by Menachem Mendel Hendel (Meshichist Movement) , the corrupt cabal of the Crown Heights Jewish Community  and the now deceased ‘Shmira Patrol’, Shomrim has grown stronger and stronger.

* Whose agenda was to jail innocent Jews, causing Shomrim to shut down and stop assisting the residents of Crown Heights.


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.


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.


A Shtetl Divided: Mossrim [Rats] on One Side, Shomrim On The Other

December 19, 2010

Highlights From: A Shtetl Divided By Matthew Shaer


One damp day in November 2009, I took the subway to the Brooklyn Supreme Courthouse, where six members of the Crown Heights Shomrim were on trial for gang assault. Proceedings were scheduled to commence at 10:00 a.m., but by 10:30 the judge had not yet appeared, and I found a seat at the back of the gallery, next to a young Hasidic attorney named Isaac Tamir. Around us, the Lubavitchers in attendance chattered anxiously—the men worrying the fringes of their ritual undergarments and the women clutching Gucci handbags and working the touchscreens of their BlackBerries.

“You know, I’m always looking for reporters to cover my cases,” Tamir whispered to me. “Maybe we can work something out.” He was wearing a stained tie knotted loosely around his neck; his suit looked a size too big. He said he’d once worked as an assistant district attorney in Brooklyn, and I asked him whether he thought the jury would understand the complexities of the Shomrim case.

“They don’t have to understand everything,” he said. “They just have to understand what the whole thing is really about.”

“What is it really about?”

“The feud, of course.” He opened his blue eyes wide. I had shown my ignorance. “Without the feud, there wouldn’t have been the brawl. Without the feud, the Shomrim would never have been charged. The feud is the reason six Jewish boys are on trial.”

Two years earlier, Shomrim dispatch had received a call about a disturbance at the yeshiva dormitory at 749 Eastern Parkway. Witnesses later reported seeing six Shomrim punch, strangle, and kick their way through a crowd of rabbinical students. The Shomrim claimed to have been ambushed. A video recorded by one of the students seemed to back this up: on the tape, the Shomrim are trapped, hemmed in on all sides by a mass of black hats and coats.

Had it not been for the efforts of a Lubavitch lawyer named Levi Huebner, the police probably would have been content to issue a few desk-appearance tickets for misdemeanor assault. But Huebner, who is himself a member of the Crown Heights Shmira, had relentlessly pushed the city to go after the Shomrim; he was also pursuing a multimillion-dollar lawsuit on behalf of the rabbinical students. A source at the D.A.’s office told me that Huebner was providing essential aid to the prosecution—translating for the victims, producing witnesses, identifying Shomrim. Without Huebner, there would be no trial. I asked Tamir whether people were angry with Huebner. “Why?” he said. I suggested that, historically, internal Jewish disputes had been settled by Jewish courts. He shrugged. “It’s not like that anymore. People go to secular courts all the time.”

That was essentially true— Lubavitchers, like all Americans, have become ever more litigious in recent years—but I later learned that many people were furious at Huebner. They believed that because he is aligned with the messianist camp in Crown Heights, Huebner had both religious and political reasons to go after the Shomrim, a group composed mostly of moderate, non-messianist Lubavitchers.

“What will happen to the Shomrim?” I asked Tamir. He didn’t know. “I have to go visit a client.” He pressed a business card emblazoned with his head shot into my hand. “Call me,” he said.