Police Investigate Suspicion That Rabbi Berland’s Followers Were Involved In Disappearance Of Teenager 30 Years Ago


Israeli Police are currently investigating suspicions that followers of Rabbi Eliezer Berland, the leader of the Shuvu Banim movement, were involved in the disappearance of a 17-year-old boy some 30 years ago.

The missing teenager in question was Nissim Shitrit, who disappeared in Jerusalem in 1986. Shitrit was a student in a Yeshiva in Ashdod and a few weeks before he disappeared, he complained to the police that he had been attacked by “Tzniayus Police”.

The police received information from Khan 11 reporter Shani Haziza, information that apparently links followers of Rabbi Berland’s to the mysterious disappearance. Police have begun to question numerous affiliates of Rabbi Berland’s with regards to the disappearance.

On Sunday, Rabbi Berland and his wife were arrested and taken into police custody on the suspicion of exploiting ill people and their families, as well as financial crimes such as money laundering, and tax evasion on funds whose sum is in the hundreds of millions of shekels.

During the arrest, which occurred at 5:00 a.m. on Sunday morning, students of Rabbi Berland threw rocks at police officers in an attempt to prevent the arrest. Two officers were injured.

According to his lawyer, neither Rabbi Berland nor his wife impeded the arrest in any way.

(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)


  1. What happened this time that the word CULT LEADER is not mentioned in this news article? Or has YWN come to their senses & decided to refrain from LOSHON HORA, MACHLOKES, SHFICHAS DOMIM,? please carry on this way, thanks for reporting A TRUKEN piece of news,

  2. Berland is a stain on all of Jewry, including the chareidi world. He should be thrown out of the country permanently. Putting him in jail would only make him a martyr for his misled followers.

  3. This would be funny if it wouldn’t be sad. That YWN copy-pastes these tabloids leftist lies with no base in reality. Quoting from the same sources of deniers of the Holocaust, who say chareidim are pigs and Israel is Palestine.

    That would be funny if not for the clear psak that YWN themselves publisized recently that all the Gedolei Harabanim in Eretz Yisrael said all the accusations against the tzaddik Rav Berland are lies and it is assur to repeat them.

    Why do you call yourselves “Yeshiva” news, it should be called “anti” Torah news.

  4. If they are going after cold cases why not starting with the disappearance of the yemenite children, or try to find those responsible for the atrocities committed against children in the ring worm experiments that were irradiated with xrays hundreds and thousands of times the normal levels and now suffer from all kind of brain problems? Oh I forgot. Because those crimes were committed by the secular government.

  5. What are this man’s credentials for being called ‘rabbi’? He’s a simple plain Jew like us all only he’s got a following akin to a cult, it seems! We’ve heard of that before!

  6. Yaapchik I think someone that learnt with the Steipler for a long time is a Rabbi. That doesn’t make him a Tzadik and of course is no excuse for what he has allegedly done, but the fact is that he is a great Talmid Chacham and was held in high esteem by all the Gedoilim for many years. Again, this is no excuse for anything, but to call him a simple plain Jew is just ignorance and revisionism