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Beverly Hills Rabbi Arrested for Molesting A Minor

Rabbi Mendel Tevel is facing extradition after he was arrested Tuesday, charged with performing criminal sexual acts

By: Daniel Koren
Published: October 31st, 2013 in News » World
30-year-old Rabbi Mendel Tevel

There’s been a lot of weird, and unfortunate, news regarding rabbis this week.

First, a UK comic faces a scandal for creating rabbi-shaped sex toys that were far too similar to rabbit-shaped sex toys. Then, an ultra-orthodox rabbi claimed that eating soy, or soy based products, would make you gay.

And now, 30-year-old Rabbi Mendel Tevel, who works in a Beverly Hills Jewish Community Center, has been arrested for criminal sexual acts, according to a report by the New York Post.

The report claims that the incident occurred when Tevel (who was 22 at the time) was a youth worker in Brooklyn, and had allegedly molested a 14-year-old, who has now gone forward to the police.

Since the incident, Mendel had moved to Los Angeles to work at the JEM Center, a Jewish youth community center based in Beverly Hills, which was run by his father-in-law Rabbi Hertzel Illulian.

“No child, no parent, no one has alleged anything against the JEM Center,” Dana Cole, an attorney for the center, said to Los Angeles reporters. “This involves activities that occurred several years ago in New York City.”

Tevel, who also goes by the name Menachem Tewel, is currently in police custody.

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