The Israel Police last week released the name and photograph of Rabbi Yosef Paryzer, who took to dating sites under the alias “Jack Segal,” a supposed secular Jew looking for a serious relationship, in order to initiate sexual relations with multiple women.
Jerusalem District detectives arrested Paryzer, an ultra-Orthodox rabbi in his 30s, on Aug. 23 for creating a false identity and making false promises to trick women into sex.
At the time of his arrest, the police had the testimony of five women. Since then more than 30 women have come forward claiming to have been his victims. The special fraud unit has now collected testimony from 18 women.
The women say he identified himself online as Jack Segal and established relationships with them, some lasting months. He told them that he was looking for a long-term relationship and marriage.
Paryzer is married with children.
One of the first women to submit a complaint about Paryzer told Israel’s Channel 12, speaking under the pseudonym “Kinneret”: “We were together for five months, during which he got to know my family and joined me at a family event. When I became a little more interested in his personal life, I got a bad feeling in my gut.”
She sensed something was wrong when he withheld personal details. “I never saw his home but I didn’t push for it at first because I didn’t want to be that pushy girl. When I offered to talk to his mom, it never worked out. We never shopped together on Fridays. I told him, ‘I feel you are hiding something from me.’
“In one of our conversations, I even laughed and asked: ‘When I’m not here on Shabbat, do your wife and children take care of you?’ And he answered me: ‘I can barely manage with one. Do you think I can with two?’
“I suffered a lot from the breakup and a month later we talked and he made promises to me from here to Thailand—that he would work on himself and become the person I deserve. He played with my emotions. He got to know my family, connected with my father, made promises from the bottom of his heart,” she said.
“I told him that I feel that God created me to be a mother, and he answered me, ‘And I will take care of it.’ Why make false promises that you know for sure that you will not be able to keep? These manipulations have hurt many women,” Kinneret said.
The police have asked women who fell victim to Paryzer to report it as soon as possible to their local police station.