sexual abuse

The YU Impasse: Putting A Price On Sexual Abuse

Sorting through conflicting interests when it comes to compensation for alleged victims.
07/16/2013 - 20:00
Editor And Publisher

A few days before Tisha b’Av, the saddest day on the Jewish calendar, I sat down and read a modern-day version of Eichah, the Book of Lamentations.

Gary Rosenblatt

On Abuse Prosecutions, A Tale Of Two Cities

06/18/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

On April 14, 2008, Rabbi Yehuda Kolko, a 62-year-old Brooklyn yeshiva teacher charged with sexually molesting two students, pleaded guilty to lesser charges of child endangerment. Under the plea agreement, Kolko made no admission of sexual wrongdoing and did not have to register as a sex offender or serve any time in prison. Rabbi Kolko was sentenced to three years’ probation.

Ben Hirsch

Court Awards $3.5 Million In Abuse Case

06/12/2013 - 20:00

A Jewish gay activist who sued his cousin for allegedly molesting him for several years has been awarded $3.5 million in Brooklyn Supreme Court, according to the Daily News.

Yosef Kolko, Former Camp Counselor, Admits Sex Abuse

Lakewood teacher is nephew of Brooklyn rabbi accused of similar crimes.
05/12/2013 - 20:00

A former counselor at a summer camp run by a yeshiva in Lakewood, N.J., admitted three days into his trial to sexually abusing a boy.

Yosef Kolko, 39, made the admission on Monday after two more victims, a male and a female, came forward, the Asbury Park Press reported.

Kolko pleaded guilty to aggravated sexual assault, attempted aggravated sexual assault, sexual assault and child endangerment. His bail was revoked.

He admitted to committing the sexual assaults on the boy while he was a counselor at a camp run by the Yeshiva Bais Hatorah School.

‘It’s Very Hard To Come Forward’

Experts say it can take years for abuse victims talk openly about their pasts.
03/27/2013 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Like David Cheifetz, many victims of abuse do not confront their past, or their abusers, for many years, or even decades, after the abuse took place, according to mental health professionals.

Wrong Message On Weberman Sentencing

In sentencing Nechemya Weberman to 103 years in jail last week for sexually abusing a young woman from the Satmar chasidic community, Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice John Ingram said he hoped to send a message “to all victims of sexual abuse that your cries will be heard and justice will be done.”

The Satmar sect, of which Necheyma Weberman is a member, mourn the death of their rabbi in 2006. Getty Images

Rabbi, Why Are the Classical Sources Quiet on Child Abuse?

01/17/2013 - 19:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

A friend who read my article last week, on the subject of social and sexual pathologies in the Jewish community and the tendency to try and hide them, sent me an e-mail that could not conceal his frustration. Why is it, he asked, that given the rather brutal treatment that a number of children receive in the book of Genesis, the Torah itself does not address the issue of child abuse?

Rabbi Gerald Skolnik

Learning To Accept Our Ordinariness

01/09/2013 - 19:00
Jewish Week Online Columnist

Rabbi Gerald Skolnik

Tim Boxer At YU Convocation

12/20/2012 - 19:00
Jewish Week Correspondent

As President Richard Joel bestowed honorary degrees at Yeshiva University’s 88th convocation last week at the Waldorf-Astoria, not a word was uttered about allegations of sexual abuse by two rabbis in the 1970s and ‘80s at its boys high school. That was the era of Rabbi Norman Lamm, the university’s third president.

In 2003 Joel succeeded Lamm who then became chancellor. Lamm, 84, was conspicuously absent from this convocation even though he participated every year.

Elie Wiesel Richard Joel and Jack Lew at the Yeshiva U. convocation. (Photo by Tim Boxer)

YU President Calls Abuse Allegations 'Reprehensible'

12/13/2012 - 19:00

The president of Yeshiva University said the school had a "zero tolerance" policy for sexual abuse and harassment following a lengthy investigation of past abuse allegations in the Forward.

President Richard Joel issued a statement Thursday following the publication of an article in the Forward newspaper which investigated claims, most of them more than two decades old, that two rabbis at the university's high school for boys were known for acts of inappropriate and sexual contact with students.

Richard Joel: Encourages calls about abuse to hotline.
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