Sunday, December 26, 2004

Adam Wexler, Reva L'Sheva's master bassist, demonstrates his Carlebach inspiration, arrested for rape of 8 year-old girl

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At 9:50 AM, Blogger Shmarya said...

Are you sure? I've known Adam for more than 20 years. I've never had any inkling of such behavior. Can you cite sources? Can you send them to me?

Thanks …

 
At 9:50 AM, Blogger jewishwhistleblower said...

see story in Hebrew: http://news.msn.co.il/news/CriminalLawCourt/Law/200412/20041223153200.htm

Background:
1)
Reva L'Sheva's flavor still strong
by Ben Jacobson
March 31, 2004
The Jerusalem Post

Reva L'Sheva
Ten Years

To celebrate 10 years as a band, Reva L'Sheva has released a double live album, almost all recorded in one night in December 2002 at Club Tzora near Beit Shemesh.

Reva L'Sheva is the obvious leading candidate for the title of godfather to the post-Carlebach rock bands, and having lasted 10 years is certainly cause for celebration.

Back in 1994, when Reva L'Sheva first started to gig, it was a tight outfit known for long guitar jams and fierce rhythms. As the years went by, however, the band's sound became significantly lighter and more digestible, but as Ten Years proves, Reva L'Sheva's original flavor is still strong.

Fronted by Shlomo Carlebach disciple Yehudah Katz, Reva L'Sheva has changed lineups a great deal over the years, but the 2002 incarnation is seasoned and tight. Adam Wexler remains one of the most skilled and creative bassists in the genre, and Danny Roth's drumming is as solid as ever. Chanan Elias is most noticeable on this recording in his role as backup vocalist, but the atmosphere and occasional solos we hear from his keyboard contribute as well.

"Mizmor L'David" is given the space-out-jam treatment, complete with atmospheric fiddle effects. Considered by many to be the cornerstone of any Reva L'Sheva show, "M'heirah" here is thumping as ever.

Overall, as with many two-CD sets, it's possible that a one-CD version would have made for a more consistent experience, but there are enough highlights here to keep us interested, and besides, Ten Years deserves to be the document of an entire concert.

THE LECHATCHILA BAND

Hatuna Milechatchila:

Live in Concert

Soulfarm is known in Jewish rock circles for bringing a world beat to Hassidic niggunim.

The Lechatchila Band does the opposite. Hailing from South America, they already reside in the world of multiple percussionists, wall-of-ethnic-sound orchestration and complex rhythm structures. Lechatchila's world beat rock approach to Carlebach and other Hassidic standards has tremendous authenticity lechatchila, to begin with.

A whirlwind journey through all your favorite simcha songs, with some surprises, Hatuna Milechatchila: The Lechatchila Band Live in Concert is the group's only official release. The album is built in three sections: To the Huppa, Medley A and Medley B, sending us on a journey through a full 28 songs in less than an hour. The band wastes no time setting moods, preferring to get down to rocking ethnic niggun business.

As tight as the result is, Lechatchila can't resist indulging every few minutes in a furious percussion jam (courtesy of kit drummer Yaniv Cohen and hand percussionist Eli Tzvik), or in a duel between electric violinist Nir Sarussi and guitarist Chaim Bergil, who trade fiery licks. It is the jamming that lets this recording capture the intoxicatingly upbeat energy of the live performance.

2)
Captivating the Jewish soul
by Yehuda Poch
September 24, 1999
The Jerusalem Post Magazine

As I pulled up to the converted barn in Moshav Beit Meir - overlooking the Jerusalem corridor and the coastal plain - which serves as the practice studio for Reva L'Sheva, lead guitarist David "Harpo" Abramson called out, "You just missed a beautiful sunset." I glanced westward over my shoulder and could see the pink remnants of the day draining from the sky, and agreed that I probably had.

We entered the cozy studio and sat down to talk, and I began to grapple with the definition of the band's sound. Is it rock, soul, or something else? Band leader Yehuda Katz solved the question. "People listen to music's attitude. That is what turns them on. Our attitude is Jewish. That's what we are. That's our music."

But Jewish music has a lot of different elements. There's klezmer, hassidic, cantorial, and others.

"Our music is happy," says Abramson. "That's what we learn, that's what we do."

Reva L'Sheva is made up of five individuals with music as their unifying factor. Band leader Katz is from New York, but spent a lot of time in Los Angeles before coming to Israel six years ago. He describes himself as a "close student" of the late Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, with whom he studied for 23 years. Carlebach "influenced my life in a lot of ways," says Katz.

Bass and guitar player Adam Wexler grew up in Minneapolis and started playing at age five. He immigrated to Israel in 1990, just prior to the Gulf War, and lives in Gush Etzion.

Abramson is a Habadnik who first immigrated to Israel in 1969. Following a stint in the army, he returned to the US for a while, but came back to Israel in 1991 after the Gulf War. "For me that war was a wake-up call. It was like 'What am I doing here?'"

Percussionist Zvi Yechezkeli was born in Jerusalem of Kurdistani immigrant parents. He studied for a while in New York before returning here. He considers himself not religious, but "he is more spiritual than many religious Jews I know," says Katz.

Avi Yishai is the drummer of the band. In June he was hospitalized for brain surgery and is not yet back with the band. The band managed to record its newest album, Etz Haim, beforehand. Yishai believes that "everyone who listens to this album will become happier," according to Katz. He said he "felt honored to be able to do the album."

Danny Roth, who has replaced Yishai on drums for a while, is originally from Los Angeles, and has been in Israel since 1989.

The band comprises people who are religious and some who are not, immigrants and native-born Israelis. The idea is unity.

"This is a society that insists on separation," says Katz. "There is no harmony in separation."

"People separate between Jewish music and Israeli music," says Abramson, "but a lot of Israeli music is Jewish music. Look at the lyrics. Look at the songs."

And indeed, a lot of the more popular songs from the past 30 years or so include references to Psalms or other Jewish texts.

THE band's third album, Etz Haim, was released two weeks before Rosh Hashana. The English title of the album is Secrets.

"The real secrets about life," says Katz, "are in the Etz Haim - the Tree of Life - as opposed to the Tree of Knowledge. In the Jewish schools we've been to, a lot of students are looking for inner meaning as opposed to just the dry knowledge. Kids are turning away from the mainstream, but they want to get high on Judaism.

"If more kids got turned on to who they are, living in the center of the world, there would be no more violence."

Violence is a common topic in Israel today, and it also affects students. Abramson remarked that "today everyone is talking about 'combating violence.' It kinda sounds like 'fighting for peace.' It all sounds so violent. But it's an option to fight violence with something other than violence."

As if to further clarify, Katz added, "Carlos Santana said that he wants to create music with more spirituality. People are ready for music with real meaning. That's what we do."

Katz said that he "would love to play with Santana in Israel. This is where the meaning is."

Katz told the story of his trip to Belgrade this past summer. "I stayed in the house of the rabbi. On Shabbat all the Jews of Belgrade, about 100, came to dance in the shul. They couldn't believe that someone came to visit them. After Shabbat there was a concert for the whole community. One old woman came to me with tears in her eyes to say 'Thank you. You should continue to write and play great music.' It's people like that that keep me going."

THE NEW album is a refreshing production. Much of Jewish music is either cantorial, choral, or in the Mordechai Ben-David mold of single-person acts. Reva L'Sheva combines a number of influences and the result is truly unique. The band members will admit to being heavily influenced by '70s rock 'n' roll groups such as the Grateful Dead, and by Jewish artists such as Carlebach. These influences are very noticeable on Etz Haim in selections such as "Oz Vehadar" and "Hinei Ma Tov," which include some lively and tuneful guitar riffs along the Dead model. In addition, the band covers two well-known Carlebach tunes in "Yah Ribon" and "Simha Le'artzecha."

What they are less prepared to admit to are other influences that are noticeable in their music. The vocals on "Al Naharot Bavel" and "Omdot", both done by Wexler, sound very much like Bob Dylan in some ways, and the bold- voiced "having fun" style of "Horeini" is reminiscent of the Barenaked Ladies, whom most in the band profess never to have heard of.

A standout on the album is "Kol Haneshama," written by Wexler. "I wrote it one way," says Wexler, "then everyone in the band saw it, tore it apart, and put it back together. It's better when everyone has a part in it. Like a community effort."

The song is very upbeat, and very much in the style of good '80s rock 'n' roll. And that's the way the band likes it. "Our music is meant to make people happy," says Katz. "We like to have a feel-good kind of sound."

In this album, Reva L'Sheva hits the mark.

AS I left the studio after our 90-minute interview, I stopped again to gaze westward from the hilltop vantage point of the studio's front steps. By now it had grown dark, and the traffic on the highway was a stream of light as it wound its way up to Jerusalem. Below my feet, the entire coastal plain from Hadera to Ashkelon was laid out before me like a carpet of lights. One cannot help but feel that the entire nation sparkles as the music is written in the heights above them. This is unity. This is harmony. This is Reva L'Sheva.

(Box) Music in the House of the (Rising) Sun

This year marks the beginning of what it is hoped will be an annual event in Beit Shemesh: the Beit Shemesh Jewish Rock Festival. Festival organizer Jonathan Zwebner believes that this has the potential to equal the Safed Klezmer or Eilat Jazz festivals.

The Beit Shemesh festival will include "Jewish rock and soul, geared toward religious and nonreligious people," says Zwebner. "Beit Shemesh will be the first festival of this caliber in the center of the country. This will put Beit Shemesh on the map."

And it does have that potential. The festival is being sponsored by a group of local hi-tech companies including 2AM, C-Safe, and ShoutMail. The idea is to promote the Beit Shemesh area as a modern, up-to-date place where cutting- edge business, hi-tech, and leading cultural events combine to attract the young professional element of society.

To that end, the city of Beit Shemesh is providing funding for the festival. Ilan Geal-Dor works as a volunteer for the city's Department of Jewish Heritage. He says that the Beit Shemesh area is "experiencing remarkable changes. By the end of next year, the population is expected to have doubled from the 28,000 people who lived there in 1990. This presents challenges to the city in terms of adjusting to the new, larger realities. One solution is to increase the number of cultural activities such as this festival, which can incorporate the entire community."

Geal-Dor said that the city's funding for the festival - about 75% of the total cost - comes from specific budget provisions set aside for cultural activities.

The festival will take place at the Beit Shemesh amphitheater at the corner of Rehov Ben-Ze'ev and Sderot Ben-Gurion on Monday evening September 27, beginning at 6:30, and will feature Reva L'Sheva, Benzion Solomon, the Moshav Band, Lenny Solomon of Shlock Rock, Dov Shurin and the Zion Square Band, and Chaim Dovid Seracik.

Reva L'Sheva has just released its third album, a refreshing sound on the Jewish music scene. Yehuda Poch talked to the band members about their influences and their dreams. Box at end of text.

Photo; Caption: Reva LSheva, Adam Wexler, Danny Roth, David Harpo Abramson, and Yehuda Katz. Not pictured: Zvi Yechezkeli.

 
At 9:59 AM, Blogger jewishwhistleblower said...

www.revalsheva.com/bios_new.php

Adam Wexler - Bass & Vocals
Adam grew up in Minnesota. At age nine he formed his first rock band "Adam and the Ants". By age 10 he had already performed with Frank Sinatra, as well as the pop greats "The Four Seasons". Traveling all over the world, Adam suddenly found himself in Israel. One day he passed by Har Tziyon (Mt. Zion) and stuck his head into the court yard of the Diaspora Yeshiva. At that very moment he overheard someone placing an advertisement in Rolling Stone Magazine seeking a bass player in the Diaspora Yeshiva Rock Band. Adam auditioned, got the gig and was the star bass player in the Diaspora Yeshiva Band. Later, he left Israel to pursue a playing career with American rock stars, among them Bobby Rifkin of the Prince Band. Ten years ago he returned to Israel with his family.

 
At 10:02 AM, Blogger jewishwhistleblower said...

>Are you sure? I've known Adam for more than 20 years.
>I've never had any inkling of such behavior. Can you
>cite sources? Can you send them to me?

Cited, your comment came before I could post the material.

Sorry dude, but it goes to show how you can know someone for decades and still not really know them.

 
At 10:12 AM, Blogger jewishwhistleblower said...

MSN News (Hebrew)
Hasidic Musician suspected in the rape of girl age 8
Adam Wexler, a 48 year-old American citizen, from the Moshav Bat Ayin that is in Gush Etzion was indicted on 3 chages of rape...

see full article: http://news.msn.co.il/news/CriminalLawCourt/Law/200412/20041223153200.htm

 
At 10:24 AM, Blogger jewishwhistleblower said...

See news blurb at:
http://64.233.167.104/search?q=cache:ff7x3Xlh7gsJ:www.tapuz.co.il/tapuznews/FlashNews.asp+%D7%90%D7%93%D7%9D+%D7%95%D7%A7%D7%A1%D7%9C%D7%A8&hl=iw
23/12/2004 11:51:00

 
At 10:27 AM, Blogger Shmarya said...

My Hebrew isn't good enough for me to comment on the charges. I have to read through the msn piece a few more times. Please do me a (perhaps unwarranted) favor and e-mail me any information you get on this. Please look on the right sidebar of my blog for the contact info.

Thanks …

 
At 11:04 AM, Blogger jewishwhistleblower said...

>Please do me a (perhaps unwarranted) favor and e-mail me any
>information you get on this.

Currently, my information is that this was a shocking arrest and charge in Israel.

I suspect that the authorities have made this case public as they fear there are other victims.

Given the age of the victim and the nature of the allegations, I have to suspect that there are more victims out there.

You have my sympathy as it is always troubling when such allegations are made about someone you've known for years. It's more troubling as in your case you may have neighbors and friends that have stories to tell.

Hopefully, the Minnesota Jewish community will rise to the challenge of confronting this dark chapter and ensure that resources are available if and when other victims come forward.

 
At 11:11 AM, Blogger Shmarya said...

Can you get a good translation of the article?

 
At 11:25 AM, Blogger jewishwhistleblower said...

Story also available at:
http://nfc.msn.co.il/archive/001-D-60638-00.html?tag=20-28-00

 
At 11:47 AM, Blogger jewishwhistleblower said...

>Can you get a good translation of the article?

Any volunteers? Just post a copy here in the comments.

 
At 3:19 PM, Blogger jewishwhistleblower said...

>Can you get a good translation of the article?

I now have a rough translation to English from my sources of the article at:
http://news.msn.co.il/news/CriminalLawCourt/Law/200412/20041223153200.htm

I just need to check some terms before I post (I want to make sure the translation and usage is correct):
Please post translations of -
1) "ever minah" איבר מינה
2) "Peraklit" פרקליטות
3) the roshai taivot - "ain-vav-daled" עו"ד
4) a translation on the 1st line of the 3rd paragraph with 3) in it
"In the indictment, (???) Tal Wiseman-Ben Shachar (???) attorney from the Jerusalem district..."
בכתב האישום שהגיש עו"ד טל ויסמן-בן שחר מפרקליטות מחוז ירושלים

 
At 3:26 PM, Blogger Reb Yudel said...

According to the MSNIsrael/NewsFirstClass article:

Charges were filed against on Thursday. He is accused of raping an eight-year-old neighbor nine year years ago. The alleged victim, now 17 1/2, reported the crimes recently. According to the article, he once stopped the girl on her way to ballet classes and took her to the apartment basement storeroom, where he sexually assaulted her. Another time, the girl was sent by her mother to Wexler's to ask for a cup of sugar....

More details of what Wexler allegedly did are in the article, but I didn't see any reason to read them closely.

Given Wexler's status as an American citizen who frequently travels back to the US, the prosecutor has asked for him to be imprisoned until trial.

 
At 3:47 PM, Blogger jewishwhistleblower said...

Hebrew version of article:
see: http://news.msn.co.il/news/CriminalLawCourt/Law/200412/20041223153200.htm

מוזיקאי חסידי חשוד באונס בת 8

אדם וקסלר, אזרח אמריקני בן 48 מהמושב בת-עין שבגוש עציון, נאשם ב-3 מעשי אינוס, מעשים מגונים ומעשים מגונים בכוח שביצע לכאורה בשכנתו, לפני כ-9 שנים; הפרקליטות: הוא הודה ברוב המעשים

(המקרה - לפני תשע שנים. (אילוסטרציה)

23/12/04 17:43
מאת: נועם שרביט

לבית המשפט המחוזי בירושלים הוגש (יום ה', 23.12.04) כתב אישום נגד אדם וקסלר, חבר בלהקה החסידית "רבע לשבע", המואשם בשלושה מעשי אינוס, מעשים מגונים ומעשים מגונים בכוח שביצע לכאורה בשכנתו, ילדה כבת 8, לפני כ-9 שנים. בית המשפט ידון היום גם בבקשה הפרקליטות לעצור את וקסלר עד תום ההליכים המשפטיים נגדו

וקסלר, אזרח אמריקני בן 48 מהמושב בת-עין שבגוש עציון, נאשם בביצוע מעשים שאירעו בשנים 94'-95', במתלוננת שהיא כיום בת 17 וחצי.

"גרר אותה למחסן"

בכתב האישום שהגיש עו"ד טל ויסמן-בן שחר מפרקליטות מחוז ירושלים, נטען כי באותה עת נהגה המתלוננת ללכת עם חברתה פעמיים בשבוע לשיעורי בלט. באחת הפעמים, לאחר שנפרדה מחברתה וביקשה לעלות לביתה, חסם וקסלר את דרכה ומנע ממנו לעלות לדירה. הוא תפס אותה במותניה, משך אותה לכיוון המחסן של הבניין ונעל את הדלת

על-פי הנטען, וקסלר השכיב אותה על מזרן במחסן, ליטף את רגליה ואת איבר מינה וביצע בה מין אוראלי ומעשים מגונים נוספים. לאחר כמה דקות, הלביש אותה ונתן לה לצאת מהמחסן. הפרקליטות טוענת, כי המקרה האמור אירע פעמיים-שלוש בשבוע במשך תקופה של כמה חודשים. באחת הפעמים, שאירעה כשנה לאחר מכן, הוא אף החדיר את אצבעו לתוך איבר מינה והכאיב לה

"החדיר אבצע וגרם לשטפי דם"

מעשים אלה, כך נטען בכתב האישום, חזרו על עצמם במשך שנה נוספת, עד לסוף שנת 96', בתדירות שבין פעם בשבוע לפעם בשבועיים, כאשר בשלושה מקרים וקסלר גם החדיר את אצבעו לאיבר מינה, כשהוא גורם לה לשטפי דם

במקרה אחר, כך נטען, אימה של המתלוננת שלחה אותה לביתו של השכן וקסלר כדי להביא דבר מה. וקסלר פתח לה את הדלת, והכניס אותה לאחד החדרים שבדירתו. הילדה הצליחה להימלט, אולם הוא הצליח לגבור עליה בכוחו והחזיר אותה לחדר. כשזו החלה לבכות, הוא התנצל בפניה וליטף את ירכיה, עד שלבית נכנסה בתו של וקסלר, אז הוא שחרר את הילדה

בבקשה למעצר עד תום ההליכים טוענת הפרקליטות, כי וקסלר מודה ברוב המעשים המיוחסים לו. לטענתה, הוא "מסוכן לשלום הציבור - לשלומה של המתלוננת בפרט ולשלומם של קטינים בכלל". מעבר לכך, מאחר שוקסלר מצוי הרבה בחו"ל לצורך פרנסתו, קיים חשש כי החלטה שלא לעצרו עד תום
ההליכים או שלא לשחררו בערבות בתנאים מגבילים מכבידים, יקלו עליו להימלט מן הדין
.

 
At 4:40 PM, Blogger Shmarya said...

#1 appears to be vagina.
#2, advocate (or so I was told).

 
At 4:51 PM, Blogger jewishwhistleblower said...

>#1 appears to be vagina.

That's what I thought. Thanks.

>#2, advocate (or so I was told).

Am I right that it means the prosecuting attorney?

 
At 5:00 PM, Blogger Shmarya said...

I'm not sure. It would make sense, though.

 
At 5:16 PM, Blogger jewishwhistleblower said...

I've forwarded a copy of the translation to be checked. I hope to post the checked version within a short time. Basically, I just want to check a few words/terms (mainly legal and anatomical jargon).

 
At 5:28 PM, Blogger Reb Yudel said...

Shmaryah noted that I forgot to include the following point from the article:

According to the prosecutor, Wexler has admitted to most of the allegations.

 
At 5:30 PM, Blogger Reb Yudel said...

Ayin vav daled = Orech Din = lawyer

higish = present, that is, to present the charges to the judge. The American linguistic and legal equivalent would be to indict.

 
At 5:36 PM, Blogger jewishwhistleblower said...

Thanks.

 
At 5:46 PM, Blogger Shmarya said...

Reb Yudel. I didn't "note" that you left that part out. I asked you if my understanding of that section of the article is correct.(I had hoped that it was not.)

Anyway, who is alleging that in the article? The prosecutor? The police? Wexler's lawyer? Wexler?

 
At 6:13 PM, Blogger jewishwhistleblower said...

>Anyway, who is alleging that in the article? The prosecutor?
>The police? Wexler's lawyer? Wexler?

It seems the answer is the "Peraklit" פרקליטות.

It seems to mean prosecutor. But I am checking to make sure.

 
At 8:28 PM, Blogger Reb Yudel said...

The allegations are in an indictment filed by the prosecutor before the Jerusalem district court. According to the charges, Wexler has admitted to most of the acts.

As is unfortunately typical of Israeli journalism, apparently no effort was made to contact the accused.

 
At 9:06 PM, Blogger Shmarya said...

When is the trial? Is he still free?

 
At 9:12 PM, Blogger jewishwhistleblower said...

>The allegations are in an indictment filed by the prosecutor
>before the Jerusalem district court. According to the charges,
>Wexler has admitted to most of the acts.

Which indicates to me that initially Wexler co-operated with police investigators.

>As is unfortunately typical of Israeli journalism, apparently
>no effort was made to contact the accused.

Likely that is difficult at this point as:
1) Wexler is in police custody.
2) Wexler likely now has legal representation which has told him to stop making statements.
3) Given Wexler's apparent disclosures to the police, his only strong option is a deal at this point (for example pleading to some of the lesser charges). Any further statements about the case would only complicate any such deal.

 
At 9:21 PM, Blogger jewishwhistleblower said...

>When is the trial? Is he still free?

My assuption based on the early reports before the hearing and no reports after is that likely the following has occured:
1) The Judge has either denied bail (I would hope so, based on the fact he has admitted to some most of the allegations) or put him under severe restrictions (house arrest).
2) Likely a publication ban of details of this case was put in place. I assume this is the case as there were no media reports after the Thursday hearing.
3) I suspect there will be a plea bargain and not a trial. If, as reported, Wexler has admitted most of the charges (I assume just not the rape charges), there is a strong likelihood there will be no need for a trial.

 
At 9:41 PM, Blogger Shmarya said...

Okay, if there is a plea bargin, when would it take place?

 
At 9:42 PM, Blogger Shmarya said...

Also, what charges were mentioned in the articles other than rape?

 
At 10:03 PM, Blogger jewishwhistleblower said...

>Okay, if there is a plea bargin, when would it take place?

It would be in Wexler's interest to make a deal as soon as possible. As the longer negotiations go on the greater the danger of more victims coming forward. As this is a first offense, his lawyer is likely trying to get probation.

Given that:
a. Wexler has allegedly confessed to much of the allegations,
b. the seriousness of the charges,
c. the duration of the abuse,
d. the age of the victim and
e. the prominance of Wexler as a musician who performs for a young crowd.
I would expect that the prosecutor wants a serious sentence with some jail time.

Likely, jail time will be the sticking point in any plea deal.

>Also, what charges were mentioned in the articles other than rape?

The easiest answer is to post the rough translation of the article. I note in advance that this is a rough translation and that I'm only posting it at this point to assist people with the article. My familiarity with modern Hebrew jargon for legal and anatomy terms may be in error. Please only use the original Hebrew version posted above as authoritative. I plan to post a revised translation later. Please feel free to post any corrections/clarifivations to this translation.

 
At 10:17 PM, Blogger jewishwhistleblower said...

I note in advance that this is a rough translation and that I'm only posting it at this point to assist people with the article. My familiarity with modern Hebrew jargon for legal and anatomical terms may be in error. Please only use the original Hebrew version posted above as authoritative. I plan to post a revised translation later if necessary. Please feel free to post any corrections/clarifications to this translation.Hasidic Musician suspected in the rape of girl age 8
Adam Wexler, a 48 year-old American citizen, from the Moshav Bat Ayin that is in Gush Etzion was indicted on 3 charges of rape, committing lewd acts and lewd acts with force committed in the past against his neighbor, about 9 years ago.
The prosecutor: He’s admitted to most of the acts.
MSN News (Hebrew) - NFC (News First Class)
December 23, 2004 – 17:43
By Noam Sharbit

An indictment arrived (Thursday, December 23, 2004) at the Jerusalem district court against Adam Wexler, a member of the Hasidic band “Reva l’sheva” (editor: literally means a quarter to seven), he was indicted on 3 charges of rape, committing lewd acts and lewd acts with force committed in the past against his neighbor 9 years ago, an 8 year-old girl at the time. The court will rule today on the request of the prosecutor to hold Wexler until the legal proceedings against him are concluded.

Wexler, a 48 year-old American citizen from the Moshav Bat Ayin that is in Gush Etzion is accused of committing acts that occurred in the years 1994-1995, against the complainant who is today a young woman aged 17 and a half.

“Dragged her into storeroom”
In the indictment presented by lawyer Tal Wiseman-Ben Shachar from the Jerusalem district prosecutor’s office, it was claimed that it happened at the same time the complainant was going with her friends twice a week to ballet classes. One of those times, after she separated from her friends and tried to go up to her home, Wexler blocked her path and prevented her from going up to her apartment. He grabbed her by her waist and pulled her to the storeroom of the building and locked the door.

According to the complainant, Wexsler lay her down on a mattress in the storeroom, he fondled her legs and vagina, had oral sex and committing other lewd acts. After several minutes, he dressed her and let her leave the storeroom. The prosecutor claims this occurred 2-3 times a week over a period of several months. One of those times that happened about a year after this, he also penetrated her vagina with his finger and hurt her.

“Penetrated with his finger and caused bleeding”
These things, as alleged in the indictment, occurred again a year later, near the end of 1996, the frequency went from once a week to once every two weeks, in three occurrences Wexler penetrated her vagina with his finger and caused her to bleed.

In another occurrence, as alleged, the mother of the complainant sent her to the home of the neighbor Wexler in order to get something. Wexler opened the door, and brought her into one of the rooms in his home. The girl managed to escape but he succeeded in grabbing her by force and returning her to the room. At that point, she started crying, he apologized to her and fondled her thigh, until Wexler’s daughter entered the home, at that point he set the girl free.

There is a request by the prosecutor to hold him until legal proceedings are complete, as Wexler has admitted most of the acts he has been accused of. According to the indictment, he is “a danger to the public – specifically to the safety of the complainant and to the safety of children in general”. On the other side of this, it has to be weighed that he has to appear many times outside of Israel to earn his livelihood. There exists suspicion that if there is a decision not to hold him until legal proceedings are complete or if he is set him free without strong and serious conditions, it will be easy for him to escape from justice.

 
At 10:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

praklitut=prosecution i.e what is known here as the d.a's office
ever mina=sexual organ
the hebrew you posted at line four is the attorney from the D.A's name

 
At 10:58 PM, Blogger Shmarya said...

All the acts seem very similar, unless legally oral activity is considered much more severe than genital fondling. Perhaps this is because I'm so close to this – he's been my friend for many years – but it doesn't seem to add up.

 
At 8:18 AM, Blogger jewishwhistleblower said...

Alternate translation of article -
see original (above): http://news.msn.co.il/news/CriminalLawCourt/Law/200412/20041223153200.htm

Law and Justice:
Adam Wexler, a 48-year-old American citizen from Moshav Bat-Ayin in Gush Etzion, was charged with 3 counts of rape, depraved acts and forced depraved acts perpetrated apparently on a female neighbor about 9 years ago.
The prosecution: He has confessed to most of the charges.

MSN News (Hebrew) - NFC (News First Class)
December 23, 2004 – 17:43
By Noam Sharbit

The district court in Jerusalem presented (Thursday, 23 December 04) a written indictment against Adam Wexler, member of the Hasidic band “Quarter to Seven” (Reva l'Sheva), who is accused of 3 counts of rape, depraved acts and forced depraved acts that he apparently committed against his female neighbor, an 8 year old girl, 9 years ago. The court will decide today on the prosecution's request to detain Wexler until the conclusion of the proceedings against him.

Wexler, 48-year-old American citizen from Moshav Bat-Ayin in Gush Etzion, was indicted for acts committed during years 94-95, according to the complainant who is now 17 1/2.

“He dragged her to the storage shed”

In the indictment presented by lawyer Tal Wiseman ben Shachar from the Jerusalem area prosecutors’ office, it is charged that during that time period the complainant used to go with her friend twice a week for ballet lessons. One of these times, after she left her friend and sought to go up to her house, Wexler blocked her way and prevented her from entering her home. He grabbed her by the waist, and dragged her in the direction of the storage shed of the building and locked the door.

According to the complainant, Wexler forced her down onto a mattress in the storage room, fondled her legs and vagina and committed oral sex with her and other depraved acts. After a few minutes, he dressed her and allowed her to leave the storage room. The prosecutor charges that the above-mentioned event occurred 2-3 times a week during a several month period. On one of these occasions, he also inserted his finger into her vagina hurting her.

“He inserted his finger and caused me to bleed”

These acts, according to the indictment, continued for an additional year, until the end of '96, at a frequency of between once a week to once in two weeks, during which on three separate occasions Wexler also penetrated her vagina with his finger, causing her to bleed.

On another occasion, it is charged, the mother of the complainant sent her to Wexler's house to pick something up, Wexler opened the door, put her in one of the rooms of his house, and she managed to escape but he overpowered her and returned her to the room. When she started to cry he apologized to her and started fondling her thighs, until Wexler's daughter entered the home, at which time he released the girl.

In the request of the prosecution for detention until the conclusion of the proceedings the prosecutor maintains that Wexler confessed to most of the acts attributed to him. According to the request, he is a “...danger to public safety - to the safety of the complainant particularly and to the safety of children in general”. On the other hand, since he often has to travel outside the country because of his livelihood, there is a danger that a decision not to detain him until the end of the proceedings or release him without severe restrictions and conditions, will make it easy for him to escape justice.

 
At 11:51 AM, Blogger Reb Yudel said...

Regarding Israeli reporting: I'm sure that the accused has no comment. However, an American article would say "the accused is in custody and we were unable to contact his lawyer by press time", or "no comment at this time, said his recently appointed lawyer".

It doesn't particularly matter in this case, except, really, that it does. There are some basic procedures of American journalism that are noticable in their repeated absence in Israel. It certainly annoyed me when I was reading the Israeli press on a daily basis.

 
At 1:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The charges are horrendous and, if true, deserving of severe punishment.

However, as this is a "Jewish" website, I request that the readers be spared the lurid details as to what specific acts occurred, even if they appear in the sensationalist Israeli press.

So, keep us informed, but spare the details that not even the NY Times would print.

 
At 10:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree.

JWB, you don't have to degrade all of our neshamot with the disgusting details of what this animal is.

There is a line between awareness and sensationalism, and you have crossed it, and you need to take into account the spiritual well being of your readership.

 
At 10:27 AM, Blogger jewishwhistleblower said...

>The charges are horrendous and, if true, deserving of severe
>punishment.

I agree.

>However, as this is a "Jewish" website, I request that the
>readers be spared the lurid details as to what specific acts
>occurred, even if they appear in the sensationalist Israeli
>press.

1) The Israeli press reported what was in the indictment.

2) I was asked specifically what the allegations were.

3) I posted a translation of a newsarticle to that end.

4) I am not comfortable with the terms/words/acts described in the article. I don't enjoy using or reading such things. Now try to understand how difficult it is for a girl abused in this way at age 8. Imagine the courage it takes to come forward. Am I going to "water-down" her story to make it more palatable to you? Am I going to silence her voice or censor her words? Absolutely not.

>So, keep us informed, but spare the details that not even
>the NY Times would print.

My guage is not the NY Times. It is the Tanach, Gemarah etc.
Sometimes things must be discussed.

>I agree.
OK.

>JWB, you don't have to degrade all of our neshamot with the
>disgusting details of what this animal is.
>
>There is a line between awareness and sensationalism,
>and you have crossed it, and you need to take into account
>the spiritual well being of your readership.

I'm more interested in the physical well-being of past, current and future victims. Hashem will watch over the spiritual well-being. I will try to give victims a voice in this blog, a voice my spiritual leaders cannot continue to ignore.

 
At 12:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"I'm more interested in the physical well-being of past, current and future victims. Hashem will watch over the spiritual well-being. I will try to give victims a voice in this blog, a voice my spiritual leaders cannot continue to ignore."

Kudos to you for not watering down and sanitizing the truth which so rightly SHOULD make everyone deeply uncomfortable.
Perhaps if more people took their 'uncomfortable feelings' on these topics and channelled them into productive outrage and intolerance for the protection of these predators, fewer would be able to continue getting away with it.

Keep up the good work.

--a survivor

 
At 7:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This man's actions are so reprehensible as to make me sick. However, please remove the offensive title. Shlomo Carlebach was not a pedophile.

So you want to drag everyone into the mud with you? Shame on you. The title is beyond offensive, it is DISGUSTING, libelous, and demostrates your absolute ignorance, your malice, and your own perversions.

 
At 1:31 PM, Blogger Shmarya said...

I have heard from a source close to the 'abuse community' (for want of a better term) in Israel that the MSN report is in error, and that Wexler has not admitted anything – he is in fact denying the allegations. While I cannot confirm this, it would seem that it would be proper to note only that Wexler has been accused. Time will tell us what the truth is.

 
At 12:04 AM, Blogger jewishwhistleblower said...

>However, please remove the offensive title. Shlomo Carlebach was
>not a pedophile.

Shlomo Carlebach was a rasha, a rapist, an abuser and exploiter of abult women and he was a child molester. Hope that clarifies everything.

Title remains and is accurate.

 
At 12:43 AM, Blogger Shmarya said...

Of course, you will publish a retraction if Wexler is found innocent or if the charges are dropped – won't you?

 
At 12:53 AM, Blogger jewishwhistleblower said...

>Of course, you will publish a retraction if Wexler is found
>innocent or if the charges are dropped – won't you?

I will continue publishing all public information on this case.

 
At 4:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are a sick man, with a sick heart, and a sick soul. Seek treatment. Get help. Were you abused too? Is this part of your invented therapy that every Rabbi with a dick is a pedophile rapist? Is this how you make yourself well again? You can run and you can hide from the pain that you feel, but it will not go away by bringing down the world into your sesspool of vomit and filth. All you do is bring your own soul deeper into sickness, futher from a cure. Is it a wonder that you re not loved, that people dont respect you, that you have to do this day in a day out. My what hatered you must harbor for yourself, your parents, and your people (assuming you are Jewish.) If you are a goy, well, just have a nice day, ASSHOLE!

 
At 6:09 PM, Blogger jewishwhistleblower said...

I'm Jewish, happy, healthly and loved. Thanks.

 
At 9:35 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A friend of Adam Wexler has learned of his denial of the charges against him.

 
At 4:37 PM, Blogger jewishwhistleblower said...

>A friend of Adam Wexler has learned of his denial of the
>charges against him.

This is the address of the reporter who wrote the story
noam@Nfc.co.il .

You can address your concerns to him directly. Feel free to post any response. I suspect as I have found no correction to the story, that his information is more accurate than yours.

It is quite possible that Adam is now denying the charges on advice of council as negotiations with the DA continue. It is unlikely the DA would file papers that erroneously claim Adam admitted to most of the charges. It is unlikely that the media got it wrong in reporting that that the DA's office claimed he admitted to most of the charges.

 
At 6:12 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry, your site seems to be one of PURE MOTZI SHEM RA, LASHON HARA and RECHILUS!!! You are judging someone before he's stood trial, assuming that the charges posed against him are automatically true. I have only found ONE source of this indictment on the Net, that of the MSN site which took it from a writer from the NFC site.

Your allegations against Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach are off the wall. While I wouldn't condone his embracing of women, that's a far cry from the ALTOGETHER UNPROVEN allegations that you espouse. It's no wonder that your own profile is basically empty! Yes, I am posting anonymously for I would never dare to join your website or provide you with any personal info of mine, but why can't YOU identify yourself?

Do you know what the Amshinover Rebbe said about Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach??? How great a person he was, despites his rather obvious faults? Shame on you!!!

For your readers, who hopefully have a bit more sense than you: it is entirely possible & quite plausible that Wexler is being accused, a decade after the supoosed 'events', because he lives on Bat Ayin, and the powers that be in Israel are interested in putting the "settlers" [aren't we all settlers in our Holy Land???] in their place!!! Think about that for a moment. Don't judge a man until he's had a chance to defend himself, and dont' believe everything you read, even on the heilige Internet!

 

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