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NEW YORK (CNN) -- New York officials want to know how a jail inmate threw a lavish bar mitzvah for his son inside a detention facility, complete with live music and catered kosher food.
The gala, attended by about 60 people, took place in the visiting room of the Manhattan Detention Complex, a facility known locally as "The Tombs," according to a spokeswoman for New York City's Department of Investigation. Officials have launched a probe of how Tuvia Stern pulled off the event without raising any red flags, she said.
Five correction employees, including a rabbi, an assistant commissio
Stern, 47, is serving at least 2 1/2 years for a first-degree grand larceny conviction, according to corrections officials.
Manhattan prosecutors refused comment.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, speaking on a morning radio show Friday, would not divulge details about the investigation, but quipped, "As they say, oy vey."
Rabbi Leib Glanz -- the city jail chaplain suspended Wednesday for organizing a 60-guest bar mitzvah in the jail for an inmate's son -- also ensured that those "chosen few" inmates awaited trial there instead of at the more dangerous Rikers Island, according to a bombshell correction officers' memo, a copy of which was provided to The Post.
"The outlandish and outrageous things that the rabbi is allowed to do in the facility have gotten beyond words and belief," the memo says. "When it comes to Rabbi Glanz, it would [seem] that the Jewish inmates are not in jail but in a private club reserved just for them."
""The inmates are untouchable," the memo added. "When it comes to the Jewish inmates, all rules are put aside."
The memo also claims that Glanz:
* Twice a week unloaded an SUV filled with food for the Jewish inmates, including "sodas, salmon, roast chicken, roast beef, mash potatoes, vegetables, cakes, condiments." The scene was reminiscent of Martin Scorsese's "Goodfellas," where imprisoned mobsters have filet mignon and lobster brought into their cells.
The food was taken to Glanz's office, where the inmates "proceeded to conduct their services by themselves" before chowing down.
When Tombs officers complained, they were told the normal jail food was "not kosher and the rabbi has 'juice' " with Correction Department brass.
* Hosted an annual summer picnic for jail officers, administrators "and all the top brass, and only the Jewish inmates are allowed to cook and serve the food, and then they are allowed to sit at the table and eat like invited guests." When the picnic is over, "other inmate workers . . . come and clean up the place, which usually consist of the black or Hispanic inmates."
* Doled out Christmas presents to correction officers and other jail employees, a practice cited by supervisors in the rabbi's defense whenever staffers "complained about anything the rabbi is doing."
Originally posted by kyred
Oy, vey!! lol. It's truly disgusting, isn't it? A guy in prison, there to be punished for a crime is allowed a catered party? I remember my time in prison and it was not a place for a party, except for a party on my butt, lol, if I allowed it. Prison should be a place for serious penalty. It should not be a place where you might not care to come back to again. It's punishment folks! And it should remain that way. It's not a place that should be, oh, maybe rehabilitation, it's a place to be punished for crimes against societcy and other humans. It should be misierable and make one not want to return. it worked for me and I am sure it will work for most everyone else. If not for others, then they need to stay there.
Originally posted by TurkeyBurgers
Not his religion but his WEALTH that allowed this setup to become realistic.
I am sure some palms got greased for something as big as this.
If he was poor do you still think it would have happened?
He's the Jewish Johnny Cash.
But instead of singing for a raucous crowd of inmates at Folsom Prison, as Cash famously did in 1968, Orthodox Jewish singer Yaakov Shwekey was the headline act for a group of about 60 non-inmates invited into a Manhattan jail to celebrate the bar mitzvah of a prisoner's son last December.
The bar mitzvah boy -- whose dad is former fugitive fraudster Tuvia Stern -- "was happy" at the Dec. 30 event in the Tombs, Shwekey told The Post.
"[But] you could tell it was rough on the family with the father being in jail."