Beth Din of America

Orthodox Women Vow To ‘Take Back The Mikveh’

Cite ‘peeping rabbi’ scandal as cause for a greater female role in Orthodox life.

10/22/2014
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Do Orthodox rabbis abuse the power they have over women?

The case of Barry Freundel, the influential rabbi of Congregation Kesher Israel in Washington, D.C., who was arrested last week on charges of videotaping women undressing to use the synagogue’s mikveh, has catapulted the issue of rabbinic abuse of power into the headlines. It has generated widespread emotions of anger, distrust and disgust, and raised questions about men’s influence on female use of the mikveh for family purity and in the conversion process. It has also prompted calls for new communal policies to give women a greater voice in Orthodox life.

Gary Rosenblatt

YU's Joel Expresses ‘Shame,' Pride

Independent report cites ‘multiple instances’ of abuse, not just at high school; ‘significant improvement’ since 2001.

08/27/2013
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Yeshiva University President Richard Joel expressed “profound shame and sadness” over the findings of an independent report commissioned by the university to investigate allegations of abuse at its boys high school, and other affiliated schools. Issued on Monday, the report found that “multiple incidents of varying types of sexual and physical abuse took place at the boys school” and other YU schools during the last decades of the 20th century.

Richard Joel

Convert Snub By Israel Fuels Fresh Anger

Prominent Orthodox rabbis say Chief Rabbinate's latest challenge to American conversion ‘destroys the very fabric of Israel-disapora relations.’

02/06/2013
Israel Correspondent

Jerusalem — About 20 years ago, an infant girl (“Nina,” a pseudonym) from an Orthodox family underwent a conversion in New York that, by Orthodox American standards, was and still is beyond reproach.

Rabbi Seth Farber

HASC Staff Fighting Return Of Disgraced Exec

Supporters of camp for children with special needs call board action corrupt.

04/12/2011
Editor And Publisher

Seven and a half years after being forced to step down as the top executive of the Hebrew Academy for Special Needs (HASC) amid allegations of serious financial improprieties on his part, Bernard Moshe Kahn of Brooklyn is back — but not without a fight from some of the organization’s most dedicated staff and supporters.

A group of fundraisers for HASC, above, have put their efforts on hold because of the “deceit[ful]” reinstatement of Moshe Kahn.
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