sexual abuse

Convicted Of Soliciting A Minor, Rabbi Is Banned From Bethesda Synagogue

10/04/2012

 

 Rabbi David Kaye, who was convicted in 2006 for trying to sexually solicit a minor, was told he could no longer worship in a synagogue in suburban Washington.

The board of Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation in Bethesda, Md., notified congregants of the decision just before the High Holidays, the Washington Jewish Week reported Wednesday.

Boys Allegedly Sexually Abused At N.Y. Jewish Summer Camp

08/14/2012

New York State Police are investigating allegations of sexual abuse by a truck driver making a delivery to a Jewish camp, The New York Post reported.

Surveillance video captured footage of a kosher-food truck driver entering bunks for seventh-and eighth-grade boys at Camp Shalva near South Fallsburg, N.Y., early on Aug. 8, according to the newspaper. The suspect is accused of molesting several of the campers.

Fallen Halos And The Perils Of Silence

I came across an upsetting story last week, the latest in a series of stories on an upsetting topic. Some respected community leaders were accused of molesting children. Their superiors failed to act on the accusations or go to the police. They feared the financial or public relations consequences. They did not limit the accused pedophile’s access to children. Trust us, the superiors cautioned.

I’ve read such stories far too often in recent years in connection with the Orthodox community, both the Modern Orthodox and so-called black hat sections.

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Hynes Credits Task Force For Intimidation Crackdown

07/18/2012
Assistant Managing Editor

Brooklyn District Attorney Charles J. Hynes is weighing charges in as many as four more cases of possible intimidation of Orthodox sexual abuse victims as a result of a newly formed task force, he told The Jewish Week.

And he reiterated a warning, first made in May, that rabbis who “cross the line” and discourage people from taking complaints to authorities may be charged with obstructing governmental administration.

Charles Hynes: Says he believed Kol Tzedek was reducing intimidation until recently.

Kolko Accuser, Now 13, Faces Alleged Abuser In Court

06/23/2012
Jewish Week Correspondent
A 13-year-old boy who alleges he was molested by Rabbi Yehuda Kolko told a Brooklyn jury on Thursday that he felt “scared” when the rabbi -- whom he identified from the stand -- stared at him on the street on two occasions in late 2010.

Breaking Down The Culture Of Silence

From Penn State to Brooklyn and Too Many Places In Between

06/14/2012
Jewish Week Online Columnist

 

When Henry David Thoreau wrote that “most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them,” he could not have been talking about men who, as young boys, suffered sexual abuse at the hands of supposedly trustworthy adults.  Their song, I think, has been robbed from them.  And their desperation is heart wrenching.

 Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik is the spiritual leader of the Forest Hills Jewish Center in Queens.

Questions Surfacing On Hynes’ Task Force

Critics wonder if new panel on abuse cases will be independent enough; DA may include victims’ advocates.

05/22/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

Under fire for his handling of child sexual abuse cases in the ultra-Orthodox community, the Brooklyn district attorney will “possibly” involve some members of the advocacy community on his new task force to combat intimidation of witnesses in such cases, according to a spokesman.

Former Mayor Ed Koch is pushing the Brooklyn DA to put anti-abuse advocates on new panel. getty images

Teaneck Rabbi Accused Of Molesting Teens

08/17/2011

Rabbi Rabbi Uzi Rivlin, who founded an organization to benefit disadvantaged youths, has been charged with two counts each of aggravated criminal sexual contact and endangering the welfare of a child following compaints by two Israeli teens who stayed at his home in Teaneck.

The rabbi is a citizen of both Israel and the United States and works as a teacher at Congregation Beth Abraham in Tarrytown, N.Y.

Ohel Campaign To Bolster Image Questioned

In wake of Jewish Week story, social service agency shared confidential files about abuse case with outsiders.

05/31/2011
Special To The Jewish Week

In the wake of a Jewish Week story questioning the practice of Ohel Children’s Home and Family Services in reporting suspected cases of sexual abuse, the Brooklyn-based social service agency has launched a campaign to clear its name. But while supporters and some former critics of the institution say the effort has proved Ohel acted correctly in the disputed case, others maintain that the promotional effort itself is raising serious ethical, if not legal questions about the agency’s conduct.

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Judge Lashes Out At Orthodox Community In Sex-Abuse Case; Says It Protects Abusers, Not Victims

 
With his stinging critique, Judge Guston Reichbach placed himself at the center of a fierce debate in the Orthodox community over how best to police th

10/02/2009
Special to the Jewish Week

At the sentencing Tuesday of a bar mitzvah tutor and social worker convicted of sexually molesting two boys in Brooklyn, a New York State Supreme Court Judge lashed out at the offender’s Orthodox community for “a communal attitude that seems to impose greater opprobrium on the victims than the perpetrator.”

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