Lubavitch community in Crown Heights celebrates release of Sholom Rubashkin

Posted: Updated:
CROWN HEIGHTS -

The tight-knit religious Lubavitch community in Crown Heights celebrated Thursday as Sholom Rubashkin walked down the streets a free man.

President Donald Trump commuted the sentence for Rubashkin, who served more than eight years after submitting fake invoices from the Iowa headquarters of his kosher meat plant. Rubashkin was sentenced to 27 years for money laundering. His supporters felt the sentence was too harsh.

Rubashkin grew up in Crown Heights and those who knew the family say they were known for giving back to the community.

"He was always giving," said Naftali Berkowitz. "His brother also had special programs for widows. They were always out to help out."

The president received bipartisan support for a review of the case before commuting the sentence.

  • Brooklyn SlideshowsSlideshowsMore>>

  • President Trump's first year in office

    President Trump's first year in office

    President Trump's first year in officePresident Trump's first year in office

    Here's a look at President Trump's first year in office.

    Here's a look at President Trump's first year in office.

  • 23rd Annual Critics' Choice Awards

    23rd Annual Critics' Choice Awards

    The 23rd Annual Critics' Choice Awards were held at Barker Hangar on Jan. 11, 2018 in Santa Monica, California.The 23rd Annual Critics' Choice Awards were held at Barker Hangar on Jan. 11, 2018 in Santa Monica, California.

    The 23rd Annual Critics' Choice Awards were held at Barker Hangar on Jan. 11, 2018 in Santa Monica, California.

    The 23rd Annual Critics' Choice Awards were held at Barker Hangar on Jan. 11, 2018 in Santa Monica, California.

  • Aftermath of California mudslides

    Aftermath of California mudslides

    An abandoned car sits in mud following a mudslide on January 10, 2018 in Montecito, California.An abandoned car sits in mud following a mudslide on January 10, 2018 in Montecito, California.

    The deadly mudslides that ravaged Montecito came a month after a massive wildfire drove many residents from their homes and blackened the nearby mountains. With no vegetation left to absorb the rain, the slides came quickly in the midst of a torrential downpour.

    The deadly mudslides that ravaged Montecito came a month after a massive wildfire drove many residents from their homes and blackened the nearby mountains. With no vegetation left to absorb the rain, the slides came quickly in the midst of a torrential downpour.

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."