(AKA: Mendy Levy, Menachem Levy, Menachem M. Levy)
|Mendy Levy - Alleged Sex Offender|
Mr. Levy was arrested and charged with eight counts of sexual assault of a young woman. Three of the of which occurred while she was a minor. The survivor was between the ages of 14 and 21 when the alleged sexual offenses occurred.
Considering the political and rabbinate connection Mr. Levy has, there is concern about the fairness of the upcoming trial.
According to reports Mendy Mendel Levy had several businesses including Optima Construction Company and Everlasting Edifice, LTD, which is an event planning agency.
Back in 2007, Mr. Levy designed the Hanukkah menorah which was placed in Trafalgar Square. This was the first time, a massive 9.5 metre menorah was erected which was lit by London former Mayor, Ken Livingstone and Chabad House Hendon director Rabbi Gershon Overlander.
The Awareness Center was also informed that he used to write a column for "the Jewish News", which is one of the UK Jewish newspapers. It's worth noting that the Jewish News has not published anything regarding the court case against Mendy Levy.
Table of Contents
- Rape accuser: rabbis would not help me (10/25/2012)
- Haredi Man On Trial For Child Sex Abuse, Rape, Sexual Assault (10/26/2012)
- Rumors of rabbi’s sexual misconduct raise tensions among UK Haredim (10/31/2012)
- Charedi rape trial collapses (11/01/2012)
- Optima Construction Company
- The Law Pages
- MENACHEM MENDEL LEVY - All registered records for MENACHEM MENDEL LEVY
- Chanukah at City Hall (12/30/2005)
- Menorah at Trafalgar Square in London (12/07/2007)
- Menorah lighting ceremony on Trafalgar Square to celebrate Chanukah
- Chanukah on the Square (12/12/2007)
Rape accuser: rabbis would not help me
By Simon Rocker and Anna Sheinman,
JC - October 25, 2012
http://www.thejc.com/news/uk-news/88061/rape-accuser-rabbis-would-not-help-meA trial opened this week to allegations of rape inside the strictly Orthodox Jewish community.
|Mendy Levy - Alleged Sex Offender|
The woman suffered a “course of sexual abuse” between the ages of 14 and 21, “beginning when she was a child in the eyes of the law”, prosecutor David Markham told Wood Green Crown Court. After Mr Levy had first touched her sexually when she was 14, the abuse had escalated over years as he “forced himself on her for sexual intercourse”.
The woman — who cannot legally be identified — “did not complain during that period, because in essence she thought she was to blame,” Mr Markham said.
“This was a belief and conviction rooted in her upbringing in north London and the Orthodox Jewish community.”
Mr Levy had exploited her naivety and fears, he said, by telling the woman that she would be the one in trouble if she raised the alarm.
Mr Markham said that it would be suggested on Mr Levy’s behalf that, after the woman had turned 16, and following his marriage to someone else, “he had consensual sexual intercourse with her on a number of occasions. He will deny any sexual contact with her before she was 16, but will say that he and she had an affair after she turned 16.”
The woman, the barrister said, had resisted his sexual overtures on some occasions and on others had submitted “with a sense of powerlessness” but in neither situation had she consented.
It was only later when she was abroad and saw a TV programme about sexual abuse that she grasped the magnitude of what had happened to her, he said. When she returned home, in 2006, she told her parents and later spoke to rabbis in her community.
Two years ago, she sent a letter to Mr Levy, detailing the pain his actions had caused her. It said: “You smouldered and suffocated my soul… stole my education… and virginity. You now question what you can do to make it go away… It will never go away. I cannot buy the things you stole from me.”
The letter went on to suggest that he should apologise to her and reimburse her parents for the counselling and therapy she had undergone.
“If an apology had been forthcoming and resolution possible within the community, she would not have gone to the police,” Mr Markham said.
In a video interview with police played to the jury, the woman said she had felt she had been used “like a utensil” by Mr Levy and had hated what went on.
At one stage, she had taken to cutting herself with a razor — “the only way I could get rid of the pain building up inside me”.
Explaining why she taken time to go to police, she said that “in the religious Jewish world, you don’t call the police for anything unless someone is murdering someone or stealing”.
When she had consulted rabbis, “they basically told me there was nothing they could do; they didn’t know what to do. They all started coming up with their bull**** excuses.”
Repeatedly questioned by the defence barrister as to why she had not told someone, the woman described herself as having been “very naive” and said: “In hindsight if I had known how wrong what he was doing really was, I would have said something.”
During cross-examination, she was repeatedly accused of lying, of destroying evidence and of fabricating the story. To this the woman’s most frequent response was “No.”
The trial continues.
Haredi Man On Trial For Child Sex Abuse, Rape, Sexual Assault
By Shmarya Rosenberg
Failed Messiah - October 26, 2012
|Menachem Mendel Levy - Alleged Sex Offender|
The abuse allegedly started when the girl was 14 and continued until she was 21. The abuse allegedly started with touching and fondling and escalated until it involved rape.
The victim “did not complain during that period, because in essence she thought she was to blame. This was a belief and conviction rooted in her upbringing in north London and the Orthodox Jewish community,” the prosecutor reportedly said. Levy exploited her naivety and fears, he said, telling the woman that she would be the one in trouble if she told anyone in the community or called police.
The prosecutor noted that Levy’s defense would claim that after the girl turned 16, and following Levy’s marriage to someone else, Levy “had consensual sexual intercourse with her on a number of occasions. He will deny any sexual contact with her before she was 16, but will say that he and she had an affair after she turned 16.”
But, the prosecutor said, the truth is far different than that.
The victim resisted his sexual overtures on some occasions. But on other occasions she submitted “with a sense of powerlessness.” But she never consented.
|Mendy Levy's construction company created the menorah used in London,|
Two years ago, the alleged victim sent a letter to Levy that detailed the pain his actions had caused her. In part, it reportedly reads,
“You smouldered and suffocated my soul… stole my education… and virginity. You now question what you can do to make it go away… It will never go away. I cannot buy the things you stole from me.”
The letter went on to suggest that he should apologize to her and reimburse her parents for the counseling and therapy she had undergone.
“If an apology had been forthcoming and resolution possible within the community, she would not have gone to the police,” the prosecutor said.
During videotaped questioning by police that was played to the jury, she said she had been used “like a utensil” by Levy and hated what happened.
At one point during the abuse, the alleged victim started cutting herself with a razor.
“[It was] the only way I could get rid of the pain building up inside me,” she said.
When asked why she had taken so long to call police, she replied that “in the religious Jewish world, you don’t call the police for anything unless someone is murdering someone or stealing.”
When she consulted haredi rabbis, “they basically told me there was nothing they could do; they didn’t know what to do. They all started coming up with their bull**** excuses.”
When repeatedly questioned by Levy’s attorney about why she had not told anyone about the abuse, the victim described herself as having been “very naive” in those days and said that “in hindsight, if I had known how wrong what he was doing really was, I would have said something.”
During cross-examination, she was repeatedly accused of lying, of destroying evidence and of fabricating the story by Levy’s attorney. To Jewish Chronicle reports that the woman’s most frequent response to those allegations was “No.”
The trial continues.
Rumors of rabbi’s sexual misconduct raise tensions among UK Haredim
By Miriam Shaviv
Times of Israel - October 31, 2012
|Menorah designed by Mendel Levy / Optima Construction|
Another rabbi said the fallout “would be like a mini Shabtai Tzvi,” a reference to the 17th century false messiah who, before his eventual conversion to Islam, legitimized sexual excess as part of religious ritual among his followers. The story is regarded as one of the most disruptive incidents in early modern Jewish history.
|Menachem Mendel Levy's Menorah|
The latest scandal burst into the public domain over Sukkot, when a London rabbi reportedly confronted his colleague and demanded that he leave the city
Charedi rape trial collapses
By Simon Rocker
Optima Construction Company
|Menachem Mendel Levy - Optima|
The Law Pages
Crown Court Archives - October 26, 2012
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MENACHEM MENDEL LEVY - All registered records for MENACHEM MENDEL LEVY
October 27, 2012
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|117 SUNNY GARDENS ROAD|
|117 Sunny Gardens Rd., London, England|
by: SJ reporter - Last updated: 2005-12-30
London Mayor Ken Livingstone has pledged to make celebrating Chanukah an annual event at City Hall.
The announcement comes following the lighting of the menorah in a ceremony overseen by Chabad of Hendon.
|Mayor Livingstone of London on left, Mendy Levy 2nd from right|
"In recognition of this, I intend this to be an annual event at City Hall. I would like to wish London’s Jewish communities a very happy Chanukah," he added.
Rabbi Gershon Overlander of Chabad said:
"It is very gratifying and highly appropriate that the capital of this great country which vigorously protects the religious freedom of all its citizens has chosen to erect a Menorah here in London City Hall."
Jewish deputy mayor Nicky Gavron added: "In lighting the Menorah at City Hall, we recognise the value of this freedom and we also acknowledge and celebrate the remarkable contribution that the Jewish community has made to London's culture, economy and history. I hope that the City Hall Menorah will become part of the London landscape every Chanukah for years to come.
Chabad.org - December 7, 2007
|Menorah Designed by Menachem Mendel Levy|
Menorah lighting ceremony on Trafalgar Square to celebrate Chanukah
Londoners are invited to join members of the capital's Jewish community to celebrate Chanukah on Tuesday 11 December, at a Menorah lighting ceremony in central London. The 9.5 metre Menorah, an eight stemmed candelabrum, has been specially designed for the first ever celebration of the Jewish festival of lights on Trafalgar Square.
|Mendy Levy's Menorah in Trafalgar Square|
The Menorah lighting ceremony will start at 5pm and audiences are invited to gather from 4.15pm.
Media wishing to attend the event please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Mayor works with a number of organisations throughout the year as part of an ongoing programme of engagement with London's Jewish community. As well as the Menorah lighting ceremony, this includes: Simcha on the Square, a celebration of Jewish culture on Trafalgar Square; publication of the Jewish cultural guide and the Jewish community in London report; work with the London Jewish Forum and the Jewish Museum; and the annual Holocaust Memorial Day event at City Hall.
The Menorah has been constructed for Trafalgar Square by Metallico and Ellis & Moore and designed by Mendy Levy.
The Menorah uses low carbon LED light bulbs. LEDs or Light Emitting Diodes are 90% more efficient than normal lighting and offer the maximum CO2 reduction over any other light. Currently a proven prototype they will soon be available to everyone.
The LEDs provided for London’s first Menorah were commissioned by the London Climate Change Agency (LCCA) from Lemnis lighting. Lemnis lighting was founded by the great grandsons of the founder of Philips.
The Menorah lighting is the first of a number of projects led by the LCCA to demonstrate the positive potential of LED's for significant carbon reductions to tackle climate change. One of the LCCA's roles is to bring forward carbon-reducing technologies into the market place.
The London Climate Change Agency Ltd (LCCA) is a company wholly owned and controlled by the London Development Agency (LDA) and led by the Mayor as chairman of the LCCA Board. In addition to the LDA, the LCCA is also supported by its founding supporters that include: BP, Lafarge, Legal & General, Sir Robert McAlpine, Johnson Matthey and the Corporation of London.
The Menorah was installed on Trafalgar Square on Monday 3 December and the first light was lit on Tuesday 4 December.
Chanukah on the Square
|Menorah designed by Mendy Levy|
For the first time ever, a massive 9.5 metre menorah was erected which was lit by London Mayor Ken Livingstone and Chabad House Hendon director Rabbi Gershon Overlander.
From One Chabad to Another
COL LIVE - July 10, 2012
|Mendy Levy and his wife donated a new Torah|
The Torah, written in Israel, was sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Mendy Levy of the London suburb of Hendon, in memory of their grandparents Reb Shaul Elisha and Mrs. Malka Baum obm.
At the suggestion of their son, Shaully Levy - the Baums' great-grandson - the Sefer Torah will be used in the Chabad House of Mariupol, Ukraine, directed by the Shluchim Rabbi and Mrs. Mendy Cohen.
On Sunday, 11 Tammuz 5752, the last letters were completed at the home of Rabbi and Mrs. Moshe Levy, just a stone’s throw away from the famous Beis Lubavitch, one of the world's oldest Chabad institutions.
The last letters were written by Rabbi Nachman Sudak, head Shliach of the UK and Rabbi Yitzchok Meir Hertz, Rov of Anash in NW London, amongst others.
After Hagba by Rabbi Mendy Cohen, the completed Torah was brought into the street by Rabbi Moshe Levy.
The streets outside Beis Lubavitch have not seen such happy scenes for a while. Joyous dancing, backed up by live music, took the Torah on its journey to Beis Lubavitch.
Efficiently directed by the gabbai, Reb Yerucham Raskin, the hundreds assembled received turns to hold the new Torah, as bochurim from the Yeshiva Gedola and Yeshiva Ketana danced and celebrated.
It was "Simchas Torah in Tammuz," as the Main Shul in Beis Lubavitch greeted the new Torah with the traditional Hakofos. The building shook as the hundreds of men and boys danced to the Rebbe’s Hakofos Niggun. The chayus of the bochurim was incredible. one non-Lubavitcher who watched said in awe, "If I stay longer, this scene will turn me into a Lubavitcher."
As the sun descended into the Chag Hageulah of Yud Beis Tammuz, hundreds of Anash, Tmimim and family members sat down to a festive meal and Farbrengen, honoring the new Torah and the special Chasidishe Yom Tov.
|Celebrating the completion of the New Torah at Beis Chabad|
Rabbi Dovid Katz, Shliach in West Hampstead, explained the chiyuv of writing a personal sefer torah, with the Rebbe’s explanation, while Rabbi Chaim Rapaport explained the importance of a Mechitza according to the Rebbe’s opinion, stressing the use of one during any event.
Rabbi Mordechai Nissim, who travelled with the Torah from Eretz Yisroel, told over the amazing journey they had when they had to make an emergency landing in Greece. When they stayed overnight, they they were told the uncompleted Torah could be used without a brocho, which they did and enjoyed a kosher breakfast delivered by Chabad of Athens.
Reb Sheale Baum recounted memories of his grandparents Reb Shaul Elisha and Mrs. Malka Baum A”H and of how their Torah will be going to a Chabad House so close to Kobilari, her birthplace. Rabbi Mendy Cohen of Mariupol, thanked the Levy family for this Torah, which came to him at a time he needed it most.
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