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June 24, 2013
Rabbi Moshe Greenberg, 84, a religious educator who survived a brutal gulag in Siberia and secretly taught Judaism under an oppressive Soviet regime, has died in Israel. The Hasidic Chabad Lubavitch movement, of which Mr. Greenberg was a member, said he died Tuesday. Mr. Greenberg was born to a Hassidic family in Moldavia at a time when Jews were oppressed and Jewish practices were forbidden by the Soviets, Chabad said Thursday. At 14, he went to Tashkent in Uzbekistan to study Judaism at a secret Chabad seminary.
NEWS
June 23, 2013 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Catherine Schaible was freed on bail Friday to await trial in the faith healing death of her infant son. Common Pleas Court Judge Benjamin Lerner's ruling came with restrictions: Schaible must pay $250,000 bail and live in her parents' home under electronically monitored house arrest. Lerner said Schaible may only leave the house to go to court, meet her lawyer, or for court-supervised visits with her children. No mention was made of leaving the house to attend religious services at First Century Gospel Church, the Juniata Park congregation where Schaible, 43, and husband Herbert, 44, are members.
NEWS
June 23, 2013 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
THE LEADERS of a Juniata Park church that preaches faith healing appeared to distance themselves yesterday from a church couple accused of murdering their pneumonia-stricken baby by praying for him instead of getting him medical care. The pastor and assistant pastor of First Century Gospel Church testified during a detention hearing for Catherine Schaible, 43, who is charged with husband Herbert, 45, in the April 18 death of their 7-month-old son Brandon. Common Pleas Judge Benjamin Lerner ruled that Catherine Schaible can post bail and leave jail, where she has been since the couple was arrested May 22. Lerner rejected Herbert's bail request Thursday.
NEWS
June 21, 2013 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
CATHERINE SCHAIBLE, the "faith-healing" mom accused of murder for praying for her bacterial pneumonia-stricken baby son Brandon instead of taking him to a doctor, may be allowed to bail herself out of jail today. Schaible, 43, who has a detention hearing scheduled in front of Common Pleas Judge Benjamin Lerner, has the money to post 10 percent of her $250,000 bail, her attorney, Mythri Jayaraman, told Lerner on Tuesday. This morning, Lerner will hear arguments from Jayaraman and Assistant District Attorney Joanne Pescatore before deciding whether to lift a detainer that would allow Schaible to post bail.
NEWS
June 19, 2013
THE "FAITH-HEALING" mother charged with murdering her baby by not getting him medical care has the money to bail herself out of jail but must wait until Friday to learn if a judge will let her do so. Catherine Schaible's family and church members have come up with $25,000, or 10 percent of her $250,000 bail, attorney Mythri Jayaraman told Common Pleas Judge Benjamin Lerner yesterday. Lerner agreed to postpone his decision on whether to allow Schaible to post bail until Friday, when he will hear more evidence from Jayaraman and a counterargument from Assistant District Attorney Joanne Pescatore.
NEWS
June 13, 2013
WHAT IS WRONG with Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey? Does he have so little faith in the investigators in the Philadelphia Police Department who are examining the police shootings that he has to call for an independent review by the Justice Department? How many times in his police career has he been confronted by an armed criminal? Where did he receive his training to become a police officer, if he ever was one? I feel he has no concept of what it is like to be a police officer, and I feel it shows in his actions at this time.
NEWS
June 13, 2013 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
IN THE days leading up to Brandon Schaible's April 18 death from bacterial pneumonia and dehydration, the nearly 8-month-old boy suffered through spells of vomiting, diarrhea, breathing difficulty, irritability and a decreased appetite, his parents told homicide detectives. Herbert and Catherine Schaible, of Rhawnhurst, also spoke of their devout belief in the healing powers of Jesus, and of how they prayed that Brandon's ravaged 14 1/2-pound body would be healed without doctors or medicine.
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