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  • Rabbi Neulander’s plea for life

    Rabbi Fred Neulander mounted the dais of a New Jersey courthouse and delivered what may have been the most important sermon of his life. In the penalty phase of his murder trial, Neulander asked the jury to recommend a prison sentence rather than death by

  • Grappling with guilty verdict on a rabbi

    The guilty verdict in the second murder trial of Rabbi Fred Neulander is an opportunity for a bruised community to find closure. After the verdict was issued, members of Neulander’s former synagogue reached out to each other during a prayer service.

  • Disbelief over rabbi’s murder trial

    Since Rabbi Fred Neulander came under suspicion in the days following his wife’s murder, he has steadily maintained his innocence. In the Jewish community, the question his trial raises is inescapable: Can it really be true that a prominent rabbi hi

  • Rabbi again faces death penalty charges

    Once-prominent New Jersey rabbi Fred Neulander faces the possibility of the death penalty if found guilty in the 1994 murder of his wife, Carol. Neulander is accused of hiring two hit men – who have confessed to the murder – to kill her. The i

  • Torricelli’s withdrawal shakes political scene

    Political experts are scrambling to gauge the legal and political impact of staunchly pro-Israel Sen. Robert Torricelli’s announcement that he will no longer seek re-election. His withdrawal may have a major impact on the new face of the Senate.

  • Rabbi charged with wife-murder awaiting trial

    PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 27 (JTA) — Rabbi Fred J. Neulander measures out his days reading and writing in a cramped but clean cell at the Camden County Correctional Facility overlooking the Delaware River in Camden, N.J. “He’s doing all right,” Neulander’s attorney, Jeffrey Zucker, said as he sat outside Courtroom 33 at the Camden County Hall…

  • Rabbi’s murder trial: A first?

    PHILADELPHIA, May 11 (JTA) — One by one, the headlines have screamed the story of murder, marital infidelity, scandal and disgrace: “Rabbi Among Suspects in Wife’s Death.” “Religious Leaders React With Sadness, Shock to Neulander Indictment.” “Suspect: Rabbi Paid to Have Wife Killed.” “Confessions of ‘Hit Men’ Rock the Neulander Case.” In a case that…

  • Rabbi’s murder trial: A first?

    The confessions by two men that a suburban Philadelphia rabbi paid them to kill his wife are just the latest developments in a case that has rocked and riveted the local Jewish community for more than five years. It’s a story that appears to have many ele