Toldos Avrohom Yitzchok Rebbe’s Daughter Faced With Traveling Nightmare


aryeh-leibish-teitelbaumThe following report appears in the NY Post: The widow of a Brooklyn-born rabbi, murdered two years ago by terrorists in Mumbai, is facing an immigration nightmare that threatens to keep her from seeing her eight children in New York.Frumet Teitelbaum, 37, an Israeli citizen, was stopped by US Customs and Border Protection agents at Kennedy Airport after flying in from Israel on Feb. 5.

Since her husband’s murder, Frumet, a religious-studies teacher, had been regularly traveling without problems from her home in Israel to the US to visit her children, ages 2 to 14, who are staying with her husband’s family in Borough Park, Brooklyn. The kids, all American citizens, are being schooled in New York.

But Frumet’s frequent travels raised a red flag with Customs officials, who cited her for overusing her visitor’s visa, said her lawyer, Michael Wildes.

Frumet’s valid travel visa was consequently stamped with restrictions limiting her time in the United States and making it difficult for her to extend her stay or secure residency here, Wildes said.

She must leave the country again early next month. Otherwise, she faces possible deportation, authorities said.

Immigration and Customs officials said they could not discuss specifics of Teitelbaum’s case because of privacy laws.

Teitelbaum was living in Jerusalem with her husband, Rabbi Leibish Teitelbaum, 37, in 2008 when he traveled to Mumbai, India, for his work as a mashgiach, a supervisor and inspector of kosher foods.

The rabbi was studying in the Chabad Center, a Jewish religious retreat, when Muslim terrorists attacked the compound and slaughtered him and seven others. The attack was part of a coordinated onslaught throughout the city that lasted 60 hours and claimed the lives of 179 people.

One Customs official said agents have the authority to approve or deny entry into the country and impose restrictions on a case-by-case basis.

Wildes said he plans to bring a race-against-the-clock appeal to Immigration Court and fight for her under a post-9/11 law that gives the families of terrorist victims the right to a green card and permanent residency.

“Nobody in her situation should be worried about legal affairs or papers, and should not be treated in this fashion. I have faith that the immigration authorities will do the right thing,” Wildes said.

{NY Post/Noam Newscenter}


  1. we should start a campaign of letters/ emails to immigration on her behalf (if her lawyers agree)
    who knows the proper contact information?

  2. This wonderful, righteous woman and her family need our support now. She has been through so much already. The government’s games are an outrage in this great country of ours. Maybe the U.S. Senators representing New York can intercede on her behalf. At least get Dov Hikind to support her cause!!

  3. yakov…

    There are laws in America pertaining to this situation. Her lawyer is perfectly capable of appealing and things will work out.

    Jews are supposed to act like mentshen and not follow Al Sharpton style protests. Loud protests generally cause the party in control to dig in and fight to defend their position whether or not they are in error.

  4. #3: Every issue doesn’t have to be political! “elect joe lazar then we wont need worry!!” I think its inappropriate.

    My statement is not based on who I am voting for, cause I’m not, I don’t live in that district. I am not paying attention to the politics of the candidates.

    I don’t think Matzav should allow posts like post 3 to go through. Thank you!