For those who have not been involved yet, please see below for background story.
With tremendous thanks to all the hundreds of people who pitched in thus far, our friend and his family are in a significantly better place than when we first began a couple months ago. With his wife expecting any day now, she knows that there is no imminent threat of getting thrown out of their apartment. The father has started a new job and together with his wife's income they can make ends meet.
That being said, we are gearing up for the big trial. Besides for stealing $300,000 from our friend, the crooked contractor is falsely claiming that our friend owes a $130,000 tax. He has additionally placed a false lean on their apartment claiming they owe him $72,000. If these phony charges cannot be successfully removed, our friend will end up in prison, their apartment taken for debt repayment and irate investors will continue to hound them.
Therefore, a top Israeli lawyer is needed to defend our friend and protect his family. Please stand by their side as they struggle for their future and donate generously for these urgent costs. Every dollar we contribute will go directly toward assuring their continued successful trek towards stability and independence.
These efforts are being orchestrated by experienced Rabbanim and Askanim who are overseeing all aspects of this family’s recovery. Please see below for details.
Our dear friend and his family need our help!
The father of the family, a native of Baltimore now living in Eretz Yisroel, was victim of a terrible fraud by people he had good reason to trust. As a result, he is now facing terrible consequences including possible prison time and an unbearable amount of outstanding debts, which, if not paid immediately will cause the situation to become even more dire.
The need for financial help is urgent: large sums are needed to settle bank loans, pay back debts owed to the government and to suppliers, and to stop creditors from seizing his assets. Additionally, payments must be made to the legal teams who are handling the various aspects of his situation.
His wife, who is expecting, and his 3 children are in danger of losing their home and their father/husband is in danger of being sentenced to prison. Your tax-deductible donation today will go directly and in its entirety towards stopping these terrible outcomes and getting the father back on his feet so that he can continue to support his family, b’ezras Hashem.
Local Rabbanim in Baltimore signed letters urging the community to support this cause, including HaRav Aharon Feldman Rosh Yeshiva, Ner Yisroel, Rav Moshe Heinemann Rav, Agudas Yisroel Baltimore and Rav Mordechai Shuchatowitz Rav, Av”b, Baltimore.
Here is an excerpt from a letter signed by Rabbi Uri Zohar describing the background of what happened to the father:
“...After setting up a successful real estate brokerage business, he started a small development project, building two villas in Ramat Beit Shemesh. Tragically, the contractors that he had good reason to believe were reliable, robbed him and not only destroyed his business, but also wreaked havoc on his personal life.
In the end, he lost his business and the 2 buildings. He also has to deal with the lawyers of irate investors, the repossession of his personal property, the loss of his apartment, and is in danger of a prison sentence for not paying VAT on the sale of one of the villas. The situation has put the whole family under tremendous pressure.
Recently, experienced individuals and friends have gotten involved, trying to put an end to this unbearable situation. They have developed a complete and comprehensive plan to save the family, which includes careful overseeing of all family financial matters.
May all those who help be blessed with all the Torah’s blessings.
Rabbi Uri Zohar”
The following is an addendum to the letter with further testimony to the worthiness of this cause:
“We also join in the urgent plea to come to the aid of (this individual), who has been an enormous supporter of Torah and Torah families.
Rav Simcha Scheinberg, Rosh Yeshivas Torah Ore
Rav Yisroel Gans, Rav, Mattersdorf
Rav Yitzchak Ezrachi, Mei’Roshei Yeshivas Mir
Rav Tzvi Sharlin, Rav, Ramat Eshkol”