East Brunswick rabbi paid for sex with teen, prosecutor says

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Rabbi Aryeh Goodman, 35, has been charged with one count of engaging in prostitution with a child and one count of endangering the welfare of a child, according to Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey. According to Carey police determined that Goodman had sex with a 17-year-old girl at a hotel in town on February 1.

Also arrested were Gabriella Colon, 18, and Richard Ortiz, 23, of the Bronx, Carey said. The New York pair are facing several charges including human trafficking, conspiracy to commit human trafficking, promoting prostitution of a child, conspiracy to promote prostitution of a child, endangering the welfare of a child, and criminal restraint. The prosecutor said they are also facing charges for manufacturing, distributing, and possessing child pornography.

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MyCentralJersey.com Feb. 19, 2018

Goodman runs a Chabad, a religious learning center, out of his East Brunswick home. Officials said Goodman may have affiliation with another location on Lexington Avenue in East Brunswick. Accompanied by his attorney, Goodman turned himself in to authorities at the East Brunswick Police Department on Feb. 6

Chabad is a large missionary Hasidic movement in Orthodox Judaism, known for its hospitality, technological expertise, optimism and emphasis on religious study. It is one of the world’s larger and best-known Hasidic movements, with headquarters in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn.

Below is some history on Chabad Rabbi Aryeh Goodman.

Five Fast Facts:

  1. 2013 arrested on child molestation charges that allegedly occurred almost 12 years earlier while he was counselor at a Chabad camp in Pennsylvania; 12 counts of  indecent assault against a child. He was convicted on only two counts of indecent assault of a child under the age of 13 in October 2015 and was sentenced to 11 to 23 months in jail
  2. The alleged assault took place at Camp Menachem  Pennsylvania in 2001
  3. He was required to complete sex offender training and was barred from having any contact with the victim or his family. Goodman was also required to register as a Tier 3 sex offender, and barred from working with or being in places where children under the age of 18 are known to congregate.
  4. In 2018 he was charged with one count of engaging in prostitution with a child and one count of endangering the welfare of a child.
  5.  Aryeh Goodman is the son of Rabbi Boruch and Sarah Goodman. The elder Goodman is the campus director at Chabad House at Rutgers University.

Jewish Community Watch:

New Jersey Rabbi Now Behind Bars for Child Sexual Abuse

Rabbi Aryeh Goodman, former director of Chai Central Hebrew School in East Brunswick, New Jeresey, was sent to serve his sentence for indecent assault today at the Pike County Correctional Facility in Lords Valley, Pennsylvania.

Goodman, 33, was convicted in October 2015 on two counts of indecent assault of a child under the age of 13 while he was a counselor at Camp Menachem in Lackawaxen Township, P.A. in 2001. The criminal division of the Pike County Court of Common Pleas sentenced Goodman to eleven to twenty-three months in jail for the two first degree misdemeanors.

The Awareness Center

Tuesday, January 08, 2013
Case of Rabbi Aryeh Goodman

Director, Chabad House of East Brunswick – East Brunswick,NJ
Chai Central Hebrew School – East Brunswick, NJ
Kabbalah of Life – East Brunswick, NJ
Camp Menachem – Milford, PA (Laxawaxen Township)
Yeshivah Gedolah – Sydney, Australia
Toronto, Canada
Highland Park, NJ

Aryeh Goodman was arrested and charged with 12 counts of  indecent assault against a child. The alleged assault took place at Camp Menachem  Pennsylvania in 2001.  The boy came forward with the allegations during the summer of 2012.  Goodman is currently awaiting extradition in NJ.

According to New Jersey Jewish News, Goodman grew up in Highland Park, the son of Rabbi Boruch and Sarah Goodman. The elder Goodman is the campus director at Chabad House at Rutgers University.

There is  currently an open investigation on this case. If you or someone you know was abused by Aryeh Goodman please contact your local rape crisis center or local police department for help.


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Table of Contents:

Machne Menachem – Camp Web Page  (05/08/2012)
Rabbi Aryeh Goodman (09/11/2012)
Chabad of Cenral New Jersey (12/30/2012)

Chabad House of East Brunswick Bio (01/04/2013)
Aryeh Goodman Arrested (01/04/2013)
Camp counselor facing assault charges (01/06/2013)
New Jersey Chabad rabbi arrested for child sexual assault (01/06/2013)
Former camp counselor in Pike County, Pa., accused of groping young boy (01/08/2013)
E.B. rabbi arrested following accusation  (01/08/2013)
Chabad of East Brunswick rabbi faces sex charges (01/08/2013)
Man accused of assaulting boy in 2001 (01/09/2013)
East Brunswick Chabad rabbi arrested, charged with assault of minor (01/09/2013)
Rabbi Goodman Arrested by Sheriff’s Office (01/09/2013)
UPDATED: East Brunswick Chabad rabbi arrested, charged with assault of minor
Religious leader awaits extradition (01/10/2013)

FailedMessiah       (see also: archive link)

January 10, 2013
Child Sex Abuse: What Rabbi Aryeh Goodman Allegedly Did
The Pike County sheriff released the Affidavit of Probable cause against Rabbi Aryeh Goodman of Chabad of East Brunswick, New Jersey. It explains what Goodman allegedly did to a young camper in 2001, and it also tells some of the story of how police got the goods on him.


Rabbi Aryeh Goodman

Originally published at 9:21 pm CST 1-9-2013

Rabbi Aryeh Goodman, the rabbi of Chabad of East New Brunswick, New Jersey, was arrested on child sexual abuse charges late last week.

This is what the Affidavit of Probable Cause alleges Goodman, now 30-years-old, did to a student in Camp Menachem, a Chabad (messianist) sleepover camp, in 2001:

• The alleged victim says that while he was in school in the spring of 2001, Goodman approached him and asked if he would like to attend camp at Camp Menachem that summer. Goodman said that he was a counselor there and promised that if the victim agreed to attend, Goodman would be his counselor.

• The alleged victim attended the camp and Goodman was indeed his counselor. Approximately 15 boys were in his group. They all shared a bunk area with bunk beds.

• The alleged victim said Goodman slept in the same area as the campers.

• The alleged victim said he woke up more than 10 times to find Goodman in bed with him. Touching occurred on at least 10 occasions and the alleged victim was positive that it was Goodman who was touching him.

• More inappropriate touching allegedly occurred during an overnight trip. Goodman zipped his sleeping bag and the boy’s sleeping bag together and fondled the boy during the night.

• On Oct. 19, 2012, Detective Jeannette Sbordone from the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office assisted with the recording of a 24-minute conversation between the alleged victim and Goodman. Goodman told the victim that he frequently thinks about the incidents and is embarrassed by what happened. Goodman also told the victim that apologizing to him was not enough, and asked if there is anything he (Goodman) could offer to the alleged victim to make the situation better. Goodman also repeatedly apologized. He said that he was sorry for hurting the alleged victim and admitted doing things to the alleged victim that should have never have been done to someone of that age, admitting that he touched the alleged victim inappropriately.

• In that same recording, when Goodman was asked repeatedly by the alleged victim to explain why he had sexually abused him, Goodman responded by saying that he did not know why he did it.

FailedMessiah (see also: archive link)

January 06, 2013

Chabad Rabbi Busted For Alleged Child Sex Abuse
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com

Rabbi Aryeh Goodman, 30, a former counselor at Chabad’s Camp Menachem in Lackawaxen County, Pennsylvania and the current director of Chabad of East Brunswick, New Jersey – was reportedly arrested by New Jersey State Police Friday and is incarcerated in the Middlesex County Prison awaiting extradition to Pennsylvania on charges related to an alleged child sexual assault just over a decade ago.

During the summer 2012, a now-teenage boy told police that he was sexually assaulted Goodman while he was a camper at Camp Menachem and Goodman was counselor there in 2001,
the Times-Tribune reported.

According to a brief biography on the Chabad of Central Jersey website, Goodman was born in Highland Park New Jersey. He studied in Chabad yeshivas Brooklyn, Toronto, and Morristown, New Jersey, completing his rabbinic studies and at Chabad’s Sydney, Australia, yeshiva.

The biography says that Goodman and his wife Ora Malka are “currently on Shlichus [i.e. serving as official Chabad representatives] in Central Jersey and are the directors of Chabad of East Brunswick which is host to Chai Central Hebrew school with over 40 children, as well as the Kabbalah of Life organization, Shabbat Minyanim, Bar Mitzvah Lessons online, Holiday celebrations and much more.”

Although some of the rabbis listed on the Chabad of Central Jersey website come from prominent Chabad families, none – including Goodman – are listed on Chabad’s international website.

Camp Menachem is affiliated with the so-called messianist wing of Chabad.


Though the official Chabad-Lubavitch organization attempts to dissociate itself with its ‘unofficial’ offshoots, there are enough similarities to recognize this as the same product.  They all profess loyalty to their Rebbe (Grand Rabbi) Menachem Mendel Schneerson and consider themselves his emissaries (called shluchim).  They all subscribe to the same brand of Chabad Chassidus (Hasidism).  And they all offer the same lines of products/services while engaging in their missionary activities (preschools, Hebrew schools, children’s camps, bar and bat mitzva instruction, synagogue services) all under the mission of “the inculcation of Jewish values and ethics”.

Some cite a difference in messianic beliefs within the Chabad power structure for this split.  However, their major difference may not be their belief in the Chabad messianic position that their Rebbe is the messiah, but rather how openly vocal they are about it in a Jewish climate that may reject something that resembles Christianity.  It’s well known that the belief is a turn-off to potential donors, and it is something that the official branch of Chabad prefers to downplay.  (Buying underage hookers with donated “charity” dollars could be a potential donor turn-off as well.)

Also noteworthy in the quote below is the amount of trust these unregulated outreach professionals calling themselves “Chabad rabbis” actually inspire from their missionary targets (the average Jew on the street not familiar with extremist ultra-Orthodox Hasidic culture).  Even in the face of child molestation allegations in 2013, one customer declared his unreserved trust for this rabbi, Aryeh Goodman, who would be arrested for allegedly hiring a child prostitute only five years later.  He describes Goodman as “one of the most decent and spiritual people I have ever met.”  It is common for the uninformed outreach target to take similar positions about their rabbi.  Their facade of righteousness projected by a costume of a long beard, black coat, black hat, while speaking ‘words of Torah’ and making cheerful calls to say “l’chaim” makes it very easy to believe that a Chabad emissary has far more integrity than is actually the case.

New Jersey Jewish News January 8, 2013

Chabad of East Brunswick is affiliated with Chabad House-Lubavitch Inc. at Rutgers University; it is not part of the Lubavitch World Headquarters in Brooklyn that is represented in New Jersey by the Rabbinical College of America in Morristown and its affiliates.

Goodman and his wife, Ora Malka, took over Chabad of East Brunswick in 2006, focusing on educating children. It operates the Chai Central Hebrew School for children ages six-14, stressing “the inculcation of Jewish values and ethics” and “mutual tolerance and respect for fellow human beings as basic principles of the Jewish faith” It also offers bar and bat mitzva instruction and operates the Chai Early Childhood Center.

It also ran a Friendship Club, providing support for special-needs children, their parents, and siblings that was disbanded last year.

News of the arrest spread quickly via social media, producing shock. Michael Goldstein of East Brunswick, whose 12-year-old son and seven-year-old daughter attend school at the Chabad’s Hebrew school, doesn’t believe the charges. He said others who know Goodman share his sentiments.

“My children love him,” said Goldstein. “I completely trust him with my kids. I think he is a warm, honest, good man and one of the most decent and spiritual people I have ever met. I don’t understand how such horrible charges can be brought against such a wonderful person.”

Added Goldstein: “I truly love him and consider him and the whole Goodman family part of my family. He is my rabbi, and my heart is breaking. I just hope he’s able to clear himself and move on with his life. I still hope he will do my son’s bar mitzva in November.”