Chabad Rabbi Busted For Alleged Child Sex Abuse

By Shmarya Rosenberg (
January 6, 2012

Rabbi Aryeh Goodman, 30, a former counselor at Chabad’s Camp Menachem in Lackawaxen County, Pennsylvania and the current director of Chabad of East Brunswick, New Jersey – was reportedly arrested by New Jersey State Police Friday and is incarcerated in the Middlesex County Prison awaiting extradition to Pennsylvania on charges related to an alleged child sexual assault just over a decade ago.

During the summer 2012, a now-teenage boy told police that he was sexually assaulted Goodman while he was a camper at Camp Menachem and Goodman was counselor there in 2001,
the Times-Tribune reported.

According to a brief biography on the Chabad of Central Jersey website, Goodman was born in Highland Park New Jersey. He studied in Chabad yeshivas Brooklyn, Toronto, and Morristown, New Jersey, completing his rabbinic studies and at Chabad’s Sydney, Australia, yeshiva.

The biography says that Goodman and his wife Ora Malka are "currently on Shlichus [i.e. serving as official Chabad representatives] in Central Jersey and are the directors of Chabad of East Brunswick which is host to Chai Central Hebrew school with over 40 children, as well as the Kabbalah of Life organization, Shabbat Minyanim, Bar Mitzvah Lessons online, Holiday celebrations and much more.”

Although some of the rabbis listed on the Chabad of Central Jersey website come from prominent Chabad families, none – including Goodman – are listed on Chabad's international website.

Camp Menachem is affiliated with the so-called messianist wing of Chabad.