Family of convicted rabbi sues for compensation

Family of Tzfat rabbi convicted of rape, sodomy, considers suing women who complained for loss of home, lower standard of living.

Arutz Sheva Staff,

Ezra Sheinberg, when his arrest was extended
Ezra Sheinberg, when his arrest was extended
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The family of Ezra Sheinberg is considering suing three women for damages and slander after the women complained of rape and sodomy but their complaints were not included in the final indictment, Israel Hayom reported.

Sheinberg was indicted in July 2015 for rape, sodomy, sexual assault, disrupting legal proceedings and obtaining objects through fraud. However, a plea bargain reached later left out both rape and sodomy.

Sheinberg served as a rabbi and is the former Rosh Yeshiva (dean) of the Orot HaAri Yeshiva (Torah academy). He was accused of sexual abuse by no less than thirteen women, and admitted his offenses to Tzfat Chief Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu, as well as to his wife - but he has since then claimed over and over again that the allegations are "nonsense."

Those close to the Sheinberg family told Israel Hayom that just a few months after Sheinberg was arrested, three women filed civil suits against him, claiming he raped them and demanding millions of shekels in compensation.

"The ones who suffered most from this civil suit was the rabbi's family, who did nothing wrong," a relative told Israel Hayom. "Immediately after the suits were filed, a lien was issued against the family's home and every bank account which the rabbi was a signatory for, including the family's bank account. This caused the family to suffer severe financial distress."

"To this day, the family lives in a small rented apartment, and their standard of life has dropped considerably due to the liens on their bank account and home. Today, they manage to survive only thanks to the financial support of their extended family.

"They're not interested in revenge, but the financial damage caused to them is very significant, and they are seriously considering suing those who caused this damage and demanding compensation for the injustice caused them."




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