Friday, July 31, 2009


Rabbi Bess is the spiritual leader of Kehilas Yaakov in L.A as well as the spiritual leader of the RCC (Rabbinical Council of California). It's been known for a long time that the RCC conducts itself in a corruptive manner in regards to matters of Hashgocho, covering up for sex offenders and their Bais Din rulings. Many people have been hurt by Rabbi Bess and the other RCC rabbis. You can do an internet search and find many examples of corrupted ruling by the RCC. Some web articles have covered these stories. here are some examples:,
2 letters have gone out to the LA community suggesting that Rabbi Bess should resign as leader of Kehilas Yaakov since that shul has suffered more than 5 tragedies in 2 year for unexplained reasons! We as frum Jews are not supposed to believe in coincidence and therefore read these letters and judge for yourself! here is the latest letter:
BS"D 10th Teves 5770 (12/27/2009)
Dear Fellow Mispallelim
Once again we find ourselves writing this letter reluctantly because the pain is too much to bear as well as our CHIYUV to awaken you from the slumber that has overtaken you. Recently, our community was dealt a fatal blow by the untimely passing of the beloved tzadik in our midst DR CHARLIE ABBOTT ZT"L. Many of us attended the Levaya and heard wonderful and heartful Hespeidim from various individuals. Rabbi Bess had mentioned how he had visited a Mekubal in Israel asking for a brocho on behalf of Dr Abbott and how the Mekubal initially refrained from giving a brocho but instead said
" HE IS A GIZBOR NEEMON". We then heard Rabbi Bess cry and look towards shomayim and utter: "WHEN WILL THESE TZOROS STOP". Rabbi Bess was right! When will these tzoros stop and what will it take from us! Kehilas Yaakov has been singled out to be dealt blow after blow of young, ehrlich individuals passing away in an untimely manner. Why has this trend been continuing despite our Tehillim groups etc.? Has Rabbi Bess offered you a concrete and reasonable explanation to why Kehilas Yaakov has been singled out? Of course not! All that he suggested was Tehillim, Tehillim , and more Tehillim! Tehillim is nothing to laugh about, but still just a "bandaid" in solving the real problem. Did you ever see in TENACH that Tehillim stopped plagues? What stopped the plagues was concrete steps taken by Bnei Yisroel in stopping certain "trends of sin" such as Sinas Chinom or Avoida zoro etc…
Many of you might of forgotten the last letter we sent on 5th Av 5769(7/26/2009) right after the Petira of another great member of Kehilas Yaakov, Dr Joel Schwartz ZT"L. You can refer to this letter below which was also posted on 7/2009.
It is obvious that these unusual happenings are some sort of message that Hashem is directing towards Kehilas Yaakov, and up to us to wake up, analyze and initiate change.
We believe that the previous letter has sufficient merit to better understand the root to these tragedies. Are we up to the task to make the necessary changes, or are we going to continue our Tehillim groups and wait to see who is next?



BS”D 5th Av 5769 (7/26/2009)

Dear Fellow Mispallelim

It brings us great pain and sorrow to have to write this letter on a day where this shul has seen its fifth young victim to pass away in 1 year. Our sages taught us not to believe in coincidence, but rather that everything is from Heaven. How many more “Korbonos “ must we sacrifice till we awaken from our slumber!!! While other shuls are burying their octogenarian members, we are burying our young members?! What is it about Kehilas Yaakov that Hashem is singling us out? We have shiurim B’H, We have tehillim groups B’H, We are considered Baalei Batim who are Kovea Itim B’H, and we’re known as a shul whose members don’t talk during davening! So we ask , what then is Hashem seeking from us??? We have heard countless droshos about doing teshuva etc… but Raboisai we all missed the boat! Apparently our rov has failed to bring up a Gemoro that explains it all! Please open up a Gemoro Shabbos daf 139 and read it carefully! Here is the English version: (a) (Beraisa - R. Yosi bar Elisha): If you see many afflictions coming on the generation, check the judges - every punishment that comes to the world is on account of judges of Yisrael . etc…(b) Hashem will not rest His Shechinah on Yisrael until evil judges and enforcers cease. This is because evil Rabbis who are taking the role as judges in a Bais –Din, and render corrupt rulings, are causing innocent people to be shamed in public, suffer great financial loss, and mar their reputations. In the story of Kamtza, bar-Kamtza, our sages tell us that the humiliation of a “lowly jew” coupled with the utter silence of the Rabbonim present who did not protest this public humiliation of their fellow jew, brought out the fury of Hashems wrath (Chas Vesholom) and we lost our Bais Hamikdosh. (see attached torah tavlin –Parshas Devorim).

Rabbi Bess and others don’t mention this Gemoro because it pertains to them!!! Lets not kid ourselves! We must face the truth now before our final Yom Hadin!!!
Rabbi Bess and the RCC have hurt many people in this town with their corruptive logic and corruptive decisions. Do we need to list examples of whom they destroyed their reputation in Hashgocho matters, like Rabbi Bukspan who suffered great financial loss because of false rumors ! The list goes on and on…… Most recently,Rabbi Bess and the RCC members announced in shul to ‘protest in front of a man’s parent’s home relating to a Get issue. Where do you Rabbi Bess and the RCC find a heter to a) humiliate in public a third party not involved!!! B) where do you Rabbi Bess and the RCC find a heter to humiliate a man who has already deposited a Get in a Chareidi Bais Din, and had already agreed to appear in front of Rabbi Teichmans Bais Din all the while his wife feigns to be an Agunah, and yet you publicly denounce his GET and mock his choice of Bais Din . See:   Do you thing Hashem will stand by when these people are humiliated in vain while you and the RCC go on promoting a political agenda?!

Raboisai, you will not see such a letter again, nor will you hear any droshos in a shul about corrupt Batei Dinim because no Rabbonim want to face the truth and commit to change, and therefore history will repeat itself over and over. Just as in Kamtza Bar Kamtza the Chachomim remained silent, so will people today continue to ignore the raw facts that stare them in the face and say “don’t rock the boat “. The solution is what the Torah states : ” UBIARTA HORA MIKIRBECHO” (Devorim 13, Posuk 6). We must remove the evil amongst us , lest we be held accountable for their sins as Chazal state that those who stand idly by and don’t protest will be swallowed in with the sinners. Such as we see that Korach’s followers were punished too.

Therefore, we will not be “politically correct” but say it straight: Rabbi Bess must be removed as the Rov immediately and we must disassociate ourselves from the RCC. We must demonstrate to Hashem that we will no longer tolerate a leader nor his corrupted organization (RCC) who are destroyers of harmony in our community. We must find a new ROV who can unite the community and work on projects that help build and not destroy. It is our sincere wish that you will heed these words and help bring to our shul and community sholom, besurot tovot, and happiness.



shmuel said...

THIS BLOG HAS BEEN LONG DUE. Rabbi Bess and Rabbi Union,rabbi Sauer, Rabbi May,Rabbi Goldenberg have all been implicated in corruption. One can see from the news that Rabbis from shuls are not exempt from corruption. so I fully support the call to remove rabbi Bess from the pulpit and dismantle the RCC!!!

stuart said...

I know of a case called Sylmark vs C-cubed where Rabbi Bess own son Mark Bess was a litigant, and yet Rabbi Bess did not recuse himself from the Bais Din. This created a contention for the Civil Courts to remove the RCC arbitration decision based on the flawed and corruptive methods that the RCC employed to reach their decision.

Anonymous said...

I am not qualified to criticize chachamim or big authorities because is suicide.
But forget about this public demostrations, what about flies and treif in markets( specific the Glatt in Pico and the Cambridge in the Valley) that sponsor them and they never return calls for complaints because they are a source of parnosso, this is a big city, is about the money not Hashem and look how many people starving is living here , then see what are the real priorities. Kissing the tuchas of wealthy people or really helping all the kehilla.
I think this is not loshon hara but a major call to awake from slumber each one of us and behave like real jews not like goyim from Esatern Europe in the the 40's

Anonymous said...

Stuar. Mr. Haberman, who was a friend of Mark Bess' at the time swore in court that he did not know that Mark and Rabbi were related. It is like saying that you didnt know that Obama was or president. This was total wrong and he was lucky not to be prosecuted criminally.

Eliyahoo William Dwek said...

When ‘dayanim’ and ‘rabbis’ use the Torah for their own power and commercial profit, this behaviour is utterly abhorrent.

No other ‘rabbi’ will ever act against another ‘rabbi’ - even when he knows his colleague is clearly desecrating the Torah. Each rabbi is only worried about losing his own position.

Therefore, the ‘rabbi’ and ‘dayan’ will never effect justice. And he will never truly stand for the Torah or the Honour of Hashem. His pocket will always prevail.

The Torah must never be used for commercial gain and profit. Am Yisrael can only be lead by those who have the necessary love and respect of Hashem and the Torah.