child sexual abuse

Jewish Leaders Should Urge Change On Child Abuse Laws

06/14/2016 - 13:20
Special To The Jewish Week

Our Torah, our history, our God demands us to pursue justice. As Jews, we are called to stand with the oppressed and the mistreated. We are endowed with a sacred responsibility to seek and pursue justice where it has been denied.

Ari Hart

Charedi Rabbis Speak Out On Abuse

08/25/2015 - 20:00

A noteworthy and laudable statement was signed and made public in recent days by more than 100 charedi rabbis, asserting that Jewish law calls for reporting child abuse to civil authorities.

Ex-Melbourne Principal Arrested In Israel For Allegedly Abusing Students

08/17/2014 - 20:00

Sydney, Australia – The former principal of a haredi Orthodox girls’ school in Melbourne is facing extradition from Israel to Australia on claims she sexually abused some of her students.

Not Enough Progress By Rabbis, Leaders On Dealing With Sexual Abuse

08/22/2013 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

The time for serious vigilance of child abuse in the Modern Orthodox Jewish community is long overdue. It is time that lay and religious communal leaders have zero tolerance for child abusers and cease to cover up, enable, or protect them.

Since Lanner: What I've Learned, What I Wonder

At a time when touching a student can trigger disciplinary action, is it fair to retroactively apply current standards of behavior to teachers?
01/07/2013 - 19:00
Editor And Publisher

Two weeks after The Jewish Week broke the story of Rabbi Baruch Lanner’s abuse — sexual, physical and psychological — of scores of teens in his charge over a period of three decades within the Orthodox Union’s NCSY youth group, I wrote a column about some of the people who contacted me in response. They urged me to investigate other Orthodox rabbis or teachers said to be abusers, naming names and offering me details.

Gary Rosenblatt

Weberman Conviction Seen As Strong Step Forward

12/10/2012 - 19:00

Reacting to the conviction of Nechemya Weberman of Williamsburg on charges of sexually abusing a minor, Brooklyn District Attorney Charles J.Hynes said he hoped the case would open doors for more abuse victims to come forward and seek justice. “The victim showed great courage to come forward in a very difficult time,” said Hynes in a statement. “Hopefully, this verdict will lead to the understanding for other women that they can come forward as well.”

Re-Capturing The Friedman Story

Mother of alleged victim speaks out, in light of new evidence suggesting the Great Neck father and son were wrongly convicted.
11/12/2012 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

A self-described introvert, Arline Epstein has never thought of herself as an activist, but more like someone who tries to do the right thing. And that’s just what she thought she was doing 24 years ago when she put her 10-year-old son Mike in therapy after police and other parents convinced her — over Mike’s initial insistence to the contrary — that he had been molested by a popular retired schoolteacher named Arnold Friedman and his son Jesse during after-school computer classes in their Great Neck home.

Arline Epstein was stunned by the recent revelation by her son claiming he was not in fact abused. Courtesy Arline Epstein

Sins Of Omission At The Times

05/14/2012 - 20:00

It was deeply frustrating, though not surprising, to see The New York Times, in its high-profile coverage this past week of abuse in the ultra-Orthodox community, neglect to credit The Jewish Week — or The Forward — for taking the lead in reporting on these issues for years.

Kolko Allegedly Intimidating Boy Set To Testify In Abuse Case

11/18/2010 - 19:00
Special to the Jewish Week

The father of a 12-year-old boy who alleges that he was sexually molested by Rabbi Yehuda Kolko has filed a criminal complaint against Kolko for violating a protection order signed after the rabbi plead guilty in 2008 to two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, The Jewish Week has learned

Rabbi Yehuda Kolko
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