|Rabbi Sholom Doyber Levitansky, Douber Levitansky, arrested, sexual abuse, minor los angeles santa monica california|
December 6, 2016 08:30 AM Airport Courthouse W31 PROGRESS REPORT
October 27, 2017 08:30 AM Airport Courthouse W31 PROBATION AND SENTENCE HEARING
Rabbi Levitansky checked himself into a Jewish rehab center. He will stay there for a year getting counseling. He will be sentenced formally after his year at the center. He won't serve any prison time. He will have to register as a sex offender for life. The other victims did not want to press charges. Most likely because they saw how the victim Sima and her family were attacked, fired and ostracized. This next quote is the saddest part of all of this. Thank you, JCW for helping her.
“It was literally me versus him,” she said. “There was zero, zero community support, aside from JCW [Jewish Community Watch] holding my hand and, of course, my family,” she said.
If you want to follow the docket, go to http://www.lacourt.org/criminalcasesummary/ui/ and type in this case number SA091306. The full case number is LAXSA091306-01. That generally means that is the first defendant. Was there more than one defendant? More of the criminal docket below.
I just heard about this case today. A Rabbi sexually abused a minor for two years in chabad. The minor waited years to tell her parents. Her father who is also a Rabbi reported it to what I assume would be the main Rabbi group the Rabbinical Council of California. That group told her never to speak the man's name. They promised to take care of the situation. They moved the molester Rabbi to another temple. Sounds like what the Catholic church did with their molesting priests. The four people assigned the case were Rabbi Avraham Union, Rabbi Gershon Bess, R. Berish Goldenberg (all of the RCC), and R. Yosef Shusterman from Chabad of Beverly Hills. They were responsible for hiding the abuse. Rabbi Berish Goldenberg actually said years ago that other Jewish Rabbis try to sweep the assaults under the rug. And then he tries to sweep this case under the rug.
What happened next was even worse. Some Rabbis, members of the temple Living Torah Center in Santa Monica told the parents they were liars, their daughter is a liar. This was after Rabbi Levitansky admitted to what he'd done to the father of the victim. The victim and her family were attacked by their Jewish community. Later the temple fired the father of the victim as a Rabbi! That's worse than what the Catholic Church did!
Finally the crime was reported to the police. I assume the victim and their family reported the crime and not the Rabbis. The Rabbi was investigated, arrested then charged with 11 counts of sexual abuse of a minor. The exact counts are below.
It looks like the offending Rabbi entered a plea deal. Sentencing is October 27, 2016. I don't know why it says he was "exonerated." I think that was just to release the bail funds. Other victims did come forward. Here is the plea deal.
"Last week, Rabbi Shalom Dovber Levitansky acknowledged the long-pending child molestation against him, admitting two felony child sex abuse charges. Levitansky, accompanied in court by wife and brothers, Rabbi Eli Levitansky of Chabad of SMC and Rabbi Menachem Levitansky of C-Teen, Santa Monica, pled no contest to the two charges, bringing the 2-year ordeal since first exposed by JCW to a conclusion.
The plea deal requires Shalom Levitansky to "complete a one-year sex offender rehabilitation live-in program, 5 years of felony probation and to register as a sex offender for life, aside from the already served custody time and other standard terms and conditions."
I pulled up the documents. Los Angeles Court system has the name in two different spellings, Sholom Doyber/Douber Levitansky. There is a sentencing hearing October 27, 2016. Here is the case information.
Los Angeles County Sheriff booking information. He was in jail less than a day. How is that "time served?" He was booked 09/30/2015 at 9:45 then released same day 14:38 (2:38 pm). He was in there five hours, just long enough to make bond. The Jewish websites have his birth date wrong. Below is the correct birth date. They should also include his physical description.
Booking No.: 4447067 Last Name: LEVITANSKY First Name: SHOLOM Middle Name: DOYBER
Sex: M Race: W Date Of Birth: 03/26/1976 Age: 39 Hair: BLK Eyes: BRO Height: 506 Weight: 135
Charge Level: F (Felony)
Arrest Date: 09/30/2015 Arrest Time: 0945 Arrest Agency: 1965 Agency Description: SANTA MONICA PD
Date Booked: 09/30/2015 Time Booked: 1004 Booking Location: 1965 Location Description: PD - SANTA MONICA
Total Bail Amount: 370,000.00 Total Hold Bail Amount: 0.00 Grand Total: 370,000.00
Housing Location: -
Permanent Housing Assigned Date: 09/30/2015 Assigned Time: 1004 Visitor Status: N
Public Visiting Guidelines
For County facility visiting hours, Please call (213) 473-6080 at Inmate Information Center.
Next Court Code: W81 Next Court Date: 10/01/2015 Next Court Time: 0830 Next Court Case: SA09130601
Court Name: LAX SUPERIOR COURT DEPT W81
Court Address: 11701 S. LA CIENEGA BLVD. Court City: LOS ANGELESUPT
Actual Release Date: 09/30/2015 Release Time: 1438
Case No. Court Name Court Address Court City Bail Amt. Fine Amt. Court Date Sent. Date Sent. Day(s) Disp Code
SA******** 370,000.00 .00 10/01/2015 0
Defendant Name: LEVITANSKY, SHOLOM DOUBER
September 30, 2002
September 23, 2015
01 288(C)(1) Penal Code Not Guilty Case Pending Case Pending
02 288A(B)(1) Penal Code Not Guilty Case Pending Case Pending
03 289(H) Penal Code Nolo Contendere Case Pending Case Pending
04 288A(B)(1) Penal Code Not Guilty Case Pending Case Pending
05 288A(B)(1) Penal Code Not Guilty Case Pending Case Pending
06 288A(B)(1) Penal Code Not Guilty Case Pending Case Pending
07 288A(B)(1) Penal Code Not Guilty Case Pending Case Pending
08 289(H) Penal Code Not Guilty Case Pending Case Pending
09 289(H) Penal Code Nolo Contendere Case Pending Case Pending
10 289(H) Penal Code Not Guilty Case Pending Case Pending
11 289(H) Penal Code Not Guilty Case Pending Case Pending
"Nolo Contendere" is a "plea by which a defendant in a criminal prosecution accepts conviction as though a guilty plea had been entered but does not admit guilt."
DATE POSTED: October 15, 2015
RECEIPT/BOND NUMBER: 5200140436
SURETY COMPANY: BANKERS INSURANCE CO
BOND AGENT: MORRIS DEMAYO B/B
AMOUNT OF BAIL: 370000.00
APPEARANCE DATE: October 21, 2015
October 21, 2015 Bail To Stand
November 10, 2015 Bail To Stand
December 16, 2015 Bail To Stand
February 1, 2016 Bail To Stand
March 10, 2016 Bail To Stand
April 6, 2016 Bail To Stand
May 9, 2016 Bail To Stand
May 9, 2016 Bail To Stand
June 14, 2016 Bail To Stand
July 13, 2016 Bail To Stand
August 4, 2016 Bail To Stand
September 15, 2016 Bail To Stand
September 26, 2016 Exonerated
October 27, 2016 08:30 AM Airport Courthouse W31 PROBATION AND SENTENCE HEARING
Date Time Location Dept/Room Number Event
October 16, 2015 09:00 AM Airport Courthouse CLK DOCKET LINE ENTRY
October 21, 2015 08:30 AM Airport Courthouse W30 ARRAIGNMENT
November 10, 2015 08:30 AM Airport Courthouse W30 ARRAIGNMENT
December 16, 2015 08:30 AM Airport Courthouse W31 PRELIM SETTING/RESETTING
February 1, 2016 08:30 AM Airport Courthouse W31 PRELIM SETTING/RESETTING
March 10, 2016 08:30 AM Airport Courthouse W31 PRELIM SETTING/RESETTING
April 6, 2016 08:30 AM Airport Courthouse W31 PRELIM SETTING/RESETTING
May 9, 2016 08:30 AM Airport Courthouse W31 PRELIM SETTING/RESETTING
May 9, 2016 09:00 AM Airport Courthouse W31 FURTHER PROCEEDINGS
June 14, 2016 08:30 AM Airport Courthouse W31 PRELIMINARY HEARING
July 13, 2016 08:30 AM Airport Courthouse W31 PRELIM SETTING/RESETTING
August 4, 2016 08:30 AM Airport Courthouse W31 PRELIMINARY HEARING
September 15, 2016 08:30 AM Airport Courthouse W31 PRELIMINARY HEARING
September 26, 2016 08:30 AM Airport Courthouse W31 PRELIMINARY HEARING
SANTA MONICA—Eight months after a survivor spoke publicly about years of sexual abuse from her Rabbi, on Wednesday, September 30, the Santa Monica Police Department arrested and booked Rabbi Sholom Dovber Levitansky on felony charges for sexual abuse of a child.
Levitansky, 38, was charged by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office with five counts of oral copulation of a person under 18 years of age, five counts of sexual penetration by a foreign object, and one count of lewd acts upon a child.
On February 28, 2015, Jewish Community Watch (JCW), added Levitansky to their Wall of Shame. “Multiple victims came forward and revealed to JCW that they had been abused by Levitansky,” the online posting reads. “After an investigation by JCW’s investigative team that spanned 18 months and following a review by JCW’s board, it was determined that public exposure was warranted and necessary.”
The original posting from Jewish Community Watch's website.
The original posting from Jewish Community Watch’s website.
JCW is a grassroots organization that supports victims of sexual abuse and conducts comprehensive investigations aimed at “combatting child sexual abuse (CSA) in the Jewish Community.” Since 2011, they have conducted dozens of investigations and have been sought out by hundreds of victims, leading to the arrests of perpetrators. In 2012, Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes awarded the organization for “tireless service and dedication to the community.”
Levitansky, a Sherman Oaks resident, allegedly met his victims, who were 15 and 16 years old at the time, while working at the Living Torah Center/Chabad in Santa Monica, states a press release from the SMPD Chief of Police Jacqueline Seabrooks.
The Living Torah Center/Chabad is located at 1130 Wilshire Blvd in Santa Monica.
The Living Torah Center/Chabad is located at 1130 Wilshire Blvd in Santa Monica.
The center, which has been operating since 1992, is currently one of 2,500 branches of today’s largest international organizations involved with Jewish education and outreach. According to their website, the organization aims “to serve the spiritual and physical needs of each Jew regardless of affiliation, wherever he or she may be, with understanding and with love;” they operate under a mission statement of “Ahavat Yisrael,” meaning “love for a fellow Jew.”
According to JCW, Levitansky previously served as director of Jewish Hospitality/Congregation Bais Avraham. Levitansky is also the son of Rabbi Avrohom Levitansky, founder of the Chabad in Santa Monica. This Levitansky family Chabad is reportedly the site where many of the abuses occurred.
On March 22, JCW hosted a CSA advocacy and awareness event at Congregation Shaarei Tefila on Beverly Boulevard. Sima Yarmush, now 27, spoke in front of 350 members of the Jewish community about the two and a half years of sexual abuse she endured, allegedly perpetrated by Levitansky.
“He would tell me, he would scare me, by telling me that if I told anybody what he does to me, he would take his gun to his head and kill himself,” said Yarmush “And I knew he had a gun.”
At the age of 18, Yarmush told her parents and a social worker and four Los Angeles Rabbis were assigned to her case for a beit din, a rabbinical court hearing. Yarmush says that she did not immediately press charges for many of the same reasons that survivors of sexual assault do not seek help from the police.
“I was 18, unmarried, and terrified of the public finding out I was sexually abused,” said Yarmush. “The idea of fighting a legal battle with a man who repulsed me was terrifying.”
After listening to her relay her experience in detail for four hours, the Rabbis told Yarmush they would “take care of everything.”
“My family got absolutely no backing or support from the Rabbis to show our community that the allegations were true,” asserted Yarmush. “An esteemed Chabadic Rabbi said to my parents that they had absolutely no moral, legal, ethical or halachic reason to say anything about the abuse to anybody.” Levistansky was then quietly sent to therapy, resigned from his position and went on to practice in a different Jewish community.
Canyon News reached out to Meyer Seewald, Founder and Victim Advocate of JCW for a statement regarding his reaction to the news of Levitansky’s arrest:
“Judaism teaches us not to celebrate at another’s downfall so we are certainly not celebrating. That being said, for those who understand the long term negative impact victims of sexual abuse endure, securing justice goes a long way in the healing process. As a child she was less powerful than her abuser and those who could have intervened, did not. Today, as an adult, she has regained her power and brought justice to herself. This is a powerful message to all survivors as well as a warning to offenders and would-be-offenders that their victims may not always be weaker than them.
There is still a long road ahead in this case and a lot of work must still be done until justice is served. JCW will stand in steadfast support of the victims of SBL and those we are fortunate enough to assist.”
The Santa Monica PD has urged anyone with additional information about Levitansky or his victims to contact Detective Roy Brown at 310-458-8960, Sgt. William Heric at 310-458-8453, or the Watch Commander at 310-458-8427."
A Jewish person in the know stated that Rabbi Sholom Levitansky is not really a Rabbi. Supposedly he never did his studies. People just call him a Rabbi out of respect to his family. Sholom's father was Rabbi Avrohom Levitansky 1943-2007. His mother is Chaya Devorah Hendel. His siblings are Isaac, Esther D, Chana F, Rabbi Sholom Dovber Levitansky, Soroh Rashka, Rabbi Eliyohu Moishe, Rivka, Menachem Mendel, Leah Nechama and Chaim Davidelimele.
"At the arraignment, Judge Keith Schwartz issued two oral orders restricting Levitansky’s behavior while he’s out on $370,000 bail. Schwartz told the rabbi that he’s prohibited from having contact with the two alleged female victims in the case, and that he is also forbidden from any contact in general with females younger than 18 years old.
The only condition Levitansky may make contact with female minors is if there’s another adult present who is aware of the charges against Levitansky.
“They’re going to watch you to make sure nothing else allegedly happens,” Schwartz said."
Sholom has daughters. I sure hope his wife Zimra keeps a close eye on things.
It appears that the deceased father Avrohom Levitansky and Santa Monica Chabad owes over $1,000,000. Here's a summary of that case.
Case Number: BS041082
EDWARD E SHELDON VS AVRAHAM LEVITANSKY ET AL
Filing Date: 08/30/1996
Case Type: Civil Petition - Other (General Jurisdiction)
Status: Other Judgment 09/25/1996
Documents Filed | Proceeding Information
BIAS CHABAD OF SIMCHA MONICA - Defendant/Respondent
CHABAD HOUSE OF S. MONICA - Defendant/Respondent's AKA
FRIEDMAN STEVEN R. ESQ. - Attorney for Deft/Respnt
LEVITANSKY AVRAHAM - Defendant/Respondent
LEVITANSKY AVROHOM - Defendant/Respondent's AKA
LOEB & LOEB L.L.P - Former Attorney for Pltf/Petn
SHELDON EDWARD E. - Plaintiff & Plaintiff in Pro Per
Case Information | Party Information | Proceeding Information
Documents Filed (Filing dates listed in descending order)
10/29/2015 Notice (of renewal of judgment: issued )
Filed by Creditor
10/29/2015 Renewal of Judgment (in the amt of $1,040,065.16 FILED )
Filed by Creditor
11/18/2005 Renewal of Judgment (IN THE AMOUNT OF $522,810.68 FILED )
Filed by Creditor
11/18/2005 Notice (OF RENEWAL OF JUDGMENT ISSUED )
Filed by Creditor
10/10/2016: A Jewish person in the know stated that "Rabbi" Sholom Levitansky was not a real rabbi. He did not go through the years of training. He just took the name as his father was a supposed real rabbi. I looked up the training. It's five years at a university with a year in Israel. You must speak Hebrew fluently then go to Israel. It costs $20,000 to $30,000 per year not including the trip to Israel. http://huc.edu/academics/become-rabbi# I don't believe Sholom did that. He deleted his FB profile so I can't tell. His brothers Rabbis Eli, Menachem did go to a Hebrew University. While I'm not religious, I would never be sacrilegious. I believe calling yourself a Rabbi when you are not would be sacrilegious, blasphemous. His wife also calls herself Rebettzin Zimrah which means wife of a Rabbi. Those young girls trusted him because he was supposedly a Rabbi.
Sholom's father stated his father was Yitzchok Isaac Halevi Levitansky and his mother was Rivkah. That doesn't appear to be true. I think maybe they said Yitzchok Isaac Halevi was the father because there is a famous rabbi by that name which is way too old to be his father. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yitzhak_Isaac_Halevy_Rabinowitz Maybe there is a religious reason behind the false father's name. In Catholicism we take on name of Saint at confirmation. Maybe that's what that name is about but I don't think so. His son tried to use those names in his family tree and got stumped.
Based on some genealogy research Rabbi Avrohom Levitansky's father was Isadore Levitansky born and died in Illinois (1903-1967). His mother was Ida Axelrod Levitansky (1905-1979). His brother was Eugene (1927-1979). Here is the real family tree. http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSmcid=48205043&GRid=170976912&df=7&
Isadore was a traveling jewelry salesman like his brothers and father. He went to a public high school not a Jewish one. Most religious people like my family you go to a school of your same religion. You don't go to public school.
Isadore's father was involved in quite a few jewelry thefts. Avrohom's grandfather Aaron Levitansky had many run ins with the law over forged checked, stopped checks, stolen jewelry, being arrested, extradited.... They also had business failures, suspended corporations, debt....not things you would associate with being a Jewish Rabbi. Of course Rabbi Avrohom Levitansky, his Chabad, family have a $1,000,000 plus judgment against him, see below.
I just found out that this Chabad used to do Kapparot with live chickens. I'm very glad they don't do that anymore. I'm sure the main reason they stopped was the negative publicity. I am shocked that they did that ritual. It's not Jewish. It's an 11th century Pagan ritual a few small sects adopted. Being cruel to animals is the opposite of being Jewish. I have seen this cruel ritual myself. I believe the Chabads, Temples that do this do it to make money.
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