Police want Haifa’s chief rabbi charged with bribery, fraud

Shlomo Shalush allegedly abused power over kashrut issues, extorted municipal employee

Aaron Kalman is a former writer and breaking news editor for the Times of Israel

Rabbi Shlomo Shalush (photo credit: screen capture Channel1/YouTube)
Rabbi Shlomo Shalush (photo credit: screen capture Channel1/YouTube)

The police on Sunday recommended that charges of bribery, breach of trust and other offenses be filed against Haifa’s chief rabbi, Shlomo Shalush. Maj.-Gen. Yoav Segalovitch approved the recommendations, which will soon be handed to the prosecution.

According to the police, Shalush — who also heads the rabbinical courts in the north of Israel — is suspected of awarding Kosher certifications to factories that donated large sums of money to the Morasha foundation he used to head. In addition, police suspect that the rabbi used his power and influence to get jobs for people close to him.

Police also suspect Shalush of extorting an employee of the Haifa religious council.

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