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Riverside officials confirm that a verdict has been issued against Sidney Cohen on charges of Libel, Defamation, and Harassment.

Cohen was charged in connection to internet postings regarding Rabbi Yitzhak Miller, former Rabbi of Temple Beth El in Riverside CA and currently principal of RabbiYitzhakMiller.org and Executive Director of CyberJudaism.org.

Nicholas Carroll of the Hastings Research institute offers some thoughts about the verdict: Though there may have been "nuggets" of truth in some of the things that Mr Cohen stated, the vast majority of his claims were sheer fantasy. Even those elements that contained nuggets of truth were found to violate the legal definition of libel as they were made with malice and solely with the intent to damage Rabbi Miller's reputation. What this means is that even those things that may be true were presented in such a skewed manner that a reasonable person would likely misunderstand the context of the comments and unreasonably infer Rabbi Yitzhak Miller or his organization RabbiYitzhakMiller.org to have a flawed character.

"This is a sad day, " reflected Rabbi Miller. "Never before have I encountered a situation that could not be resolved with open, honest and direct communication. Even the incident that precipitated this whole string of events was resolved with an apology and a handshake. It saddens me greatly that actions such as this had to be taken. Nobody wins in a situation like this. I used my error as motivation for personal change. I hope Sidney will do the same."

Sidney Cohen refused to comment for this report.

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    Shalom Jan 25, 2010

    Keywords Rabbi Yitzhak Miller Rabbi Yitzi Miller Rabbi Yitz Miller RabbiYitzhakMiller.org CyberJudaism.org RabbiYitzhakMiller.com
    I can’t believe that this so called “leader” has now set up shop on the internet… Do people have any idea what kind of havoc he caused in our community?

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    By GREGOR McGAVIN
    The Press-Enterprise

    The spiritual leader of Riverside's oldest synagogue is stepping down, more than two months after he grazed a school psychologist with his truck during an argument over who was first in line at a drive-through ATM.

    No one was hurt in the Nov. 5 fracas at Altura Credit Union in Riverside, and a judge this month dismissed misdemeanor charges of battery and hit and run against Temple Beth El Rabbi Yitzhak Miller.

    Jory Yarmoff, president of the temple's board of directors, confirmed that the board has accepted the resignation.

    He said that since the credit union incident, individual congregants have come forward to complain about how Miller treated them.

    "The other issues predate the credit union incident. That just served to focus people's attention, " Yarmoff said.

    "Anger management was part of it. The other part of it was his ability to successfully partner with temple leadership."

    Miller resigned, effective June 30, in a letter to temple members dated Jan. 14, the day charges against him were dismissed. He has shaken hands and made up with his counterpart in the Nov. 5 incident, both sides said. That man, William Hendrick, a psychologist with the Riverside Unified School District, even wrote a letter asking temple members to forgive the rabbi.

    Yarmoff praised the work Miller has done since arriving in July 2006. He said the rabbi has strengthened Sunday programs and education for adults and children.

    Miller, who has been at the synagogue for a year and a half, said his problems there result not from his actions, but because Temple Beth El -- which serves more than 230 families -- is a small congregation with limited finances and volunteers.

    Yarmoff said he expects Miller's resignation to be a hot topic at the temple's annual congregational meeting Sunday.

    Yarmoff acknowledged a high turnover among rabbis but denied the temple has a problem holding on to clergy.

    Past Struggles


    Before arriving at Temple Beth El in July 2006, Miller served about five years as first a student rabbi, then community rabbi at Congregation Emeth in Gilroy.

    Michael Oshan, president of the Gilroy temple's board, said Miller "had a lot to offer, but there were some issues." He declined to be specific but said anger management was involved.

    Miller -- described in the police report on the ATM fracas as 6 feet tall and 275 pounds -- said in a Dec. 2 letter to the congregation that he has had "a compulsive eating addiction" since junior high school. He said he has been seeing a therapist for almost two years for his eating disorder and the therapist warned him that "previously unprocessed feelings would likely begin to come up in potent ways."

    Miller said he also had attempted to enroll in an anger-management program but had not yet found one that would accept someone not ordered to join by a court.


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    Shalom Jan 28, 2010

    Riverside officials confirm that a verdict has been issued against on charges of Libel, Defamation, and Harassment.

    Rabbi Yitzhak Miller was charged in connection to internet postings regarding Sidney Cohen in Riverside CA

    Nicholas Carroll of the Hastings Research institute offers some thoughts about the verdict: Though there may have been "nuggets" of truth in some of the things that Rabbi Yitzhak Miller then stated, the vast majority of his claims were sheer fantasy. Even those elements that contained nuggets of truth were found to violate the legal definition of libel as they were made with malice and solely with the intent to damage Sidney Cohen reputation. What this means is that even those things that may be true were presented in such a skewed manner that a reasonable person would likely misunderstand the context of the comments and unreasonably infer Sidney Cohen to have a flawed character.

    "This is a sad day, " reflected .Sidney Cohen "Never before have I encountered a situation that could not be resolved with open, honest and direct communication. Even the incident that precipitated this whole string of events was resolved with an apology and a handshake. It saddens me greatly that actions such as this had to be taken. Nobody wins in a situation like this. I used my error as motivation for personal change. I hope Sidney will do the same."

    Rabbi Yitzhak Miller refused to comment for this report.

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