Monday, January 07, 2008

Cantor Stuart Friedman - Another Case Connected To Rabbi Yaakov Hopfter and the Vaad of Baltimore

From The Awareness Center's Daily Newsletter:

Cantor Stuart Friedman - Convicted Sex Offender

CALL TO ACTION: Demand that Rabbi Yaakov Hopfer Make Public A Safety Plan To Keep Cantor Stuart Friedman Away From Children
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Rabbi Yaakov Hopfer - Shearith Yisrael (Glen Ave. Shul)
Phone: 410-466-3060 Fax: 410-367-9183

Cantor Stuart Friedman regularly prays at the Glenn Avenue Shul. As of today Rabbi Yaakov Hopfer has not warned parents in the community that a convicted sex offender is a regular at his synagogue nor has a safety plan been made public.

The Awareness Center is asking everyone to contact Rabbi Hopfer and demand that he make the following information public. We are also asking that the following be apart of the safety plan.
  • Parents within the Eruv of Baltimore be notified that Cantor Stuart Friedman resides in the community. The notification must include his photograph as a way to keep unsuspecting children safe.
  • A special minyan be created in which no children under the age of 21 are present, so that Stuart Friedman can daven without being tempted.
  • Stuart Friedman be escorted when he is in shul or any other public location in which children can be present. Mr. Friedman especially needs to be escorted when using the bathroom or in hallways.


August, 1994. Cantor Stuart Friedman was hired by Beth Israel Synagogue in Halifax, NS, Canada. His previous positions include synagogues in Cleveland, OH, and Detroit, MD. Friedman holds a music degree from an American university.

July 18, 1996. Cantor Stuart Friedman chatted on line from his home computer in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, with an undercover FBI agent who was located in Long Beach, CA.

September, 1996. Cantor Friedman was arrested after he sent 29 pornographic photos of children over the Internet to an unidentified source in the United States. The photographs included children performing sexual and sadomasochistic acts.

Authorities said Cantor Friedman, was originally arrested after a lengthy Canada-U.S. investigation into a child porn ring on the Internet. The Canadian police seized up to 300 still photos involving nudity and sex acts involving children as young as eight. They also confiscated dozens of computer disks and videotapes containing child porn, as well as magazines with titles such as First Hand and Boys.

January 6, 1997. Cantor Stuart David Friedman pled guilty to possessing child pornography in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He was fined $2,000 and a $200 victim surcharge and was then allowed to leave the country immediately for the United States.

August 13, 1998 Cantor Stuart Friedman was arrested by the FBI in Baltimore, MD and flown to Los Angles, CA. He faced a maximum sentence of a $380,000 fine and 15 years in prison. His attorney, Marcia Brewer, succeeded in reducing the level of punishment to 15 months in prison and three years' probation. She also persuaded the judge to remove the requirement that Friedman must disclose his child-pornography conviction to parents of anyone younger than 18 with whom he has contact. Instead, Friedman is ordered to just notify his employer. Judge Moreno said he took into account the pictures were not of boys younger than 12 and did not depict sadism. Yet sources do not say if any of the boys over 12 depicted sadism.

May 9, 2000. Cantor Stuart Friedman was released from federal prison and relocated to the orthodox community of Baltimore, residing at 3809 Clarks Lane.

2004. Cantor Stuart Friedman was noncompliant with the Maryland Sex Offender Registry for over a year, yet is now compliant.

2008. Stuart Freidman currently lives at 6016 CLOVER RD, Apt# 3, Baltimore, MD. He prays Shearith Yisrael (Glen Ave. Shul), which is ran by Rabbi Yaakov Hopfer. He is listed as living in an apartment owned by one of the daughters of Rabbi Moshe Eisemann. His apartment also is next door to the childhood home of convicted sex offender, Shmuel Zev Juravel.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's a problem with calling Rabbi Hopfer about this case, the Eisemann case or any of the others.

Hopfer's secretary screens all messages before forwarding them to the rabbi.

His secretary just so happens to be Rabbi Moshe Eisemann's daughter.

January 07, 2008 7:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Molesters and perverts posing as Kabbalistic palm readers.

Fortune Telling and Palm Reading are Not Part of Judaism

By Shelomo Alfassa / Revised version: January 5, 2008

The events that take place in the privacy of these sessions between the rabbi and his unsuspecting victim often fall under the rubric of Practical Kabbalah. The people who come to have their fate told and who provide a donation to the rabbi (or his yeshiva, camp or kollel), have no idea that: 1) many times these people are not great Torah scholars or even rabbis; and, 2) they are going against Jewish law by visiting with these men. This paper strives to advise people, male and female, that these charlatans are nothing more than fakes.


"Just wanted to warn other women about the Rabbi xxxx xxxx who just visited New York and Brazil. I understand that this is a second complaint about him. He had promissed a friend of mine that only he can cure her, if she would have sex with him. I understand that he is married and has kids and lives in Israel." --Anonymous

"Please be aware. This just happened. Rabbi xxxx xxxx, from Israel, is in New York and he has a website wehre he claims to be an oracle to tell the past and future. He has just acted inapropriately with a single woman, who trusted him, and has known him for months. He is married and lives in Israel and claims to be a student of Rabbi Kaduri. Rabbi xxxx xxxx told this single woman to go to the mikvah so he could sleep with her over Shabbos! He then went on to hold her hand. She was appalled and shattered over the behavior of a Rabbi coming on to her. Could you check into this guy? Hopefully this is his first misstep and he can do teshuvah." --Anonymous

"I could not beleive that Rabbi xxxx xxxx told me that HE was my husband in a past life. What is this all about." --Anonymous

"It was very odd when the rabbi came to my house to give me a blessing and read my hands. He came in and closed the door behind him, this is against the halacha, he made me feel uncomfortable." --Anonymous

"I'd appreciate a copy of your paper. There is an epidemic of Jewish women visiting psychics in my area." --Anonymous

If you would like to contact me, or share your experiences about anything
in this paper, please email at the following address:

PDF weblink for the paper that brings from Rav Schach ztl and many others the issur of this thing.

January 08, 2008 1:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't believe you would post this. Rav Hopfer has been sick for the last several months.

January 09, 2008 7:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And molestation victims have been sick for several years ...

January 09, 2008 10:24 PM  
Anonymous T said...

Why should he be punished to this degree for possessing PICTURES? Yes, the pictures are bad, but for his life to be ruined over it? It's not like he molested anyone...

January 14, 2008 3:43 PM  
Anonymous said...

What do you think you are accomplishing by talking poorly about Rabbi Hopfer?

Although, I doubt he cares much what a piece of scum like you thinks, I care and I hope you die ASAP.

April 06, 2008 4:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Send all molesters to a desolate island....with no phones or access to computers.They cannot be rehabilitated they are bad seeds!

February 18, 2010 2:03 AM  
Blogger sheldon said...

The lies, libel and defamation about me originates from my discovery of, and documentation of a convert to Judaism who still retained her belief in (prayed to?!) Jesus. The Jerusalem Court was informed. Pure vindictiveness. Feel free to contact me and I will give you additional information and references. I do not hide behind anonymous. Kol Tuv,
Shlomo Grafstein

May 13, 2010 5:33 PM  
Blogger shlomo grafstein said...

It is fair to also post a response to the defamation that has been posted against my brother and me.I do not post anonymously like the defamers who posted libel per se. I am willing to give documentation refuting the terrible lies that were posted. Feel free to contact me for further clarification. Kol Tuv, Sincerely, Shlomo Zalman Elazer Grafstein

September 19, 2011 12:57 PM  

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