Help Find the Murderer of Chaim Weiss

Chaim Weiss HYD

Chaim Weiss HY”D

This is reposted from the website, Protect Jewish Kids with the consent of its owner, Eric Aiken. Others also have permission to do the same.  See my comments at the end on why I find it plausible that there is a sex abuse angle. Let’s do what we can to finally find his murderer – Yerachmiel Lopin

The murder of
Chaim Weiss

Last week I was contacted by Detective Captain John Azzata from the Nassau County homicide department regarding the murder of Chaim Weiss. Chaim was a 15 year-old student at the Torah High School on Long Beach, Long Island. He was brutally bludgeoned to death as he slept in his dorm room bed on Friday night, November 1, 1986.

The murder has never been solved. No one was willing to furnish the police with any useful leads. In a yeshiva with 140 students that ate, studied, prayed and socialized together, not one person admitted to seeing anything, hearing anything or knowing anything about Chaim’s murder or murderer.

When police entered Chaim’s room, his body had been moved, a yahrzeit candle had been lit (on Shabbos) and the window to his room had been opened on a frigid November night. (Opening a window is in accordance with the Orthodox custom for the deceased.)

The case was so profoundly disturbing that it was featured on Unsolved Mysteries and written about by the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Daily News and numerous other publications.

The Weiss family is still devastated by Chaim’s murder. They still grieve and mourn his loss. They still contact Detective Captain John Azzata every week asking if anyone has shared with him any information.

What happened to Chaim is every parent’s worst nightmare. What makes it even more painful for the Weiss family is knowing that someone has information that could identify Chaim’s murderer and no one will share that with the police.

The Torah commands us “Do not stand by while your neighbor’s blood is shed (Lev. 19:16). It is way past time to end the unimaginable suffering of the Weiss family and Chaim’s aging parents. If you have any information at all about Chaim’s murder, now is the time to call the police.

Perhaps you know someone who was a student or teacher at Torah High School. Maybe you know someone who knows someone who was. Please share this post with as many people as possible.

Any tips can be shared completely anonymously by calling 800-244-TIPS. There is a $25,000 reward available.

You can also contact Detective Captain John Azzata at 516-573-7788.

If you don’t want to contact the police directly, you can contact me at

Eric Aiken is the owner of

Additional note by Yerachmiel Lopin- Information from a number of sources makes it clear that the Yeshiva of Long Beach leadership discouraged students and staff from cooperating with the investigating officers. Instead, individuals in the Yeshiva gave police investigators misleading information to throw the blame on non-Jewish outsiders, on strangers with no plausible motive. Some of the information was demonstrably false. All of this adds up to suggest they knew perfectly well that the murderer was someone from within the Yeshiva or other individuals in the community with access to the premises. While it is exceptionally rare for orthodox Jews to murder each other, unfortunately sexual abuse of children is not so rare and it is usually covered up. Thus, covering up sexual abuse, about which there were some allegations at the time about the Yeshiva of Long Beach, may have been been involved in some way.

People who were there at the time, or involved in other ways, know the truth. It is time for that truth to come out. Chaim Weiss’ parents deserve to finally get the small bit of justice and consolation possible for their terrible loss. Chaim’s blood cries from the ground for justice.

If you know anything, please come forward to the investigators and give your conscience a rest from concealing secrets all these years. If you know someone who knows more, urge them to come forward. These secrets are corrosive and must finally be replaced with the truth.

See also: Did a Rebbie Kill Chaim Weiss in 1986?

5 thoughts on “Help Find the Murderer of Chaim Weiss

  1. I’ve never seen or heard of this website “protect jewish kids”
    wondering how long it has been in existence??

    • they have been around for a while. and it has an excellent list of orthodox offenders for which there is either an arrest or conviction record. He also has some excellent articles.

      • I know about a Melamed in Satmar Monsey that molested a child during the Week of his wedding.
        Also about a principal of a Satmar school in Williamsburg (a relative to the infamous Nechmya Weberman) that had molested his nephew over a couple of years.
        What do I have to do?

        • I have sent you a private message to set up a direct communication. Exactly what can be done depends on the willingness of witnesses to come forward, the SOL and other factors. Regrettably, Satmar itself does not care to stop molesters. Once we talk and I have more information I may be able to offer some suggestions to get the offenders prosecuted or at least limit the amount of damage they can cause in the future.

  2. You make a great point, that these people in suspicion should be at least removed from their posts of authority. This is question that should be respectfully asked of great Talmudic scholars who selflessly serve as the eyes of the congregation. On the other hand I must apologize but you show great ignorance of Torah law. In order to give another jew over to the authorities, which would most probably result in figurative death, one needs halachik proof.

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