Yeshiva University

No Sex Charge For Kolko; Boys’ Parents Foiled By DA

04/16/2008
Special Report/Editor at Large
In a surprise move, Rabbi Yehuda Kolko, the Brooklyn yeshiva teacher charged with having sexually molested his students, pleaded guilty Monday to two lesser counts of child endangerment and was sentenced to three years’ probation. Under the plea agreement, Rabbi Kolko, 62, made no admission of sexual wrongdoing. He will not have to register as a sex offender, and pleaded guilty only to a misdemeanor — not a felony.

Breaking The Taboo

04/24/2002
Staff Writer
On a cold April night two years ago, Alan Dutka stood on the roof of his Teaneck, N.J., apartment building and jumped. The suicide of this bright, devout former Yeshiva University student who for eight years had suffered from schizophrenia belied the belief that religious Jews don't suffer from psychiatric illness, that it is a scourge of "the outside world."

The Dating Game Gone 'Mad'

03/07/2003
Staff Writer
Who'd have ever thought that the type of shoes one wears would become a dating issue for anyone but a foot fetishist? But that's what it has come to in the centrist Orthodox world, where pre-date interrogations of a young man or young woman's rabbi and loved ones have become the norm. It's part of the influence of the right wing on Modern Orthodoxy, say those involved.

A Haredi Town Confronts Abuse From The Inside

Passaic, N.J., is waging a lonely fight against molestation in the Orthodox community. Will its example spread?

11/11/2009
Staff Writer

On the night before Yom Kippur in September, Rabbi Ron Yitzchok Eisenman stood before his Orthodox congregation, in a room crowded with men wearing black hats and women wearing sheitels, and moderated a panel discussion among five Orthodox Jews who said they had been the victims of sexual abuse at the hands of other Orthodox Jews. The rabbi regularly uses his pulpit to preach against the evils of sexual molestation.

Lubavitcher Rebbe Meets The Academy

11/11/2005
Staff Writer
"Reaching for the Infinite: The Lubavitcher Rebbe: Life, Teachings and Impact" was more apt a title for the conference that took place this week at New York University than even its organizers may have realized.

$100 Million Gift To Yeshiva University

09/15/2006
Staff Writer
Ronald P. Stanton is hoping his gift to Yeshiva University, announced this week, will spur other Jewish philanthropists to give to major donations to Jewish causes in general and YU in particular. At $100 million — what appears to be the largest gift ever to a Jewish educational institution — it certainly will attract attention. “I’m hoping that this contribution will trigger more” donations to YU, said Stanton, 78, a New Yorker who has made his fortune trading and transporting petrochemicals and chemical fertilizers.

Coming Of Age In Murray Hill

10/15/2004
Staff Writer
In many ways, Karen Bacon is the ultimate “Stern girl.” On her first night at Yeshiva University’s college for women, she met a guy from the men’s school uptown, and married him right after graduation. She went on to earn a Ph.D. in microbiology — defending her dissertation just before giving birth to their first child — and to do two years of post-graduate work in the then-new field of electron microscopy.

Congregants Stand By Rabbi Tendler

04/01/2005
Staff Writer
At a meeting packed with his supporters at his Rockland County synagogue, Rabbi Mordechai Tendler emphatically denied all of the charges that resulted in his being expelled from the Rabbinical Council of America the previous week.

For The Bronx, It’s Desolation Row

07/11/2003
Associate Editor

“How the city sits solitary that was once full of people.”
Lamentations 1:1

Back when bandleaders played clarinets, and overhead fans whirled over rattan subway seats, the Bronx streets looked like Easy Street for Jews once removed from the Lower East Side or Europe itself. “The Goldbergs” radio comedy was fictionally situated in a Bronx walk-up. In the 1930s and ’40s, the borough was 44 percent Jewish, but some neighborhoods topped 70 percent, a higher percentage of Jews than in Jerusalem today.

Dedicating A New Year At YU

09/15/2009
Staff Writer
Anew year, a new semester, a new building. This week was a week of many beginnings at Yeshiva University. Coinciding with the start of the academic year and on the eve of the High Holy Days, Yeshiva University opened the Glueck Center for Jewish Study, the first new edifice dedicated at the Washington Heights institution’s Wilf Campus in two decades.
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