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'Hard-Core' Hate On The Rise

06/14/2002
Staff Writer
'Hard-core" anti-Semitic attitudes have increased in the United States for the first time in 38 years, according to a new national survey released Tuesday by the Anti-Defamation League. The rise comes as anti-Semitic attitudes are increasing around the globe, particularly in the Muslim world and Europe, amid continuing violence between Israel and the Palestinians.

Women Detail Abuse By Lanner

06/21/2002
Staff Writer
Freehold, N.J.: She was 14 and an incoming freshman at a yeshiva high school in New Jersey. He was 45, a married rabbi with three children, and the principal of the yeshiva at the shore. He was also one of the most prominent Orthodox Jewish youth leaders in America. Yet once a week, the rabbi would call the 14-year-old student at home, proclaiming his love and promising she would be his wife someday. At school he would summon the teenager to his office, where he would grope her private parts while she sat powerless and disgusted.

Vigorous Defense In Lanner Case

06/28/2002
Staff Writer
Freehold, N.J.: Were the Venetian blinds open or closed? After nearly three weeks of court testimony, the question about the level of privacy in a yeshiva high school principal's office was at the crux of the defense's case in the trial here of Rabbi Baruch Lanner, the disgraced former national Orthodox youth group leader.

Lanner Protege Under Scrutiny

06/28/2002
Staff Writer
It is no secret that Rabbi Matt Tropp's job as director of the largest region in the country of the National Conference of Synagogue Youth (NCSY) was on the line following allegations of teen abuse by Rabbi Baruch Lanner two years ago. Not only had Rabbi Tropp long called Rabbi Lanner his rebbe and mentor, but he was considered his "hatchet man," according to several former NCSY members.

Healing The Healers

06/28/2002
Staff Writer
New York City area clergy are in danger of burning out as they try to keep up with the unprecedented demand for spiritual counsel from hundreds of thousands of residents traumatized from Sept. 11. And the mental health of both clergy and 9-11 survivors is expected to worsen in the coming months from the continued stress and delayed emotional reactions.

Lanner Convicted On Abuse Charges

06/28/2002
Staff Writer
Freehold, N.J.: Marcie Lenk's first response on hearing of the guilty verdict last Thursday in the trial of her former mentor, Rabbi Baruch Lanner, on child sexual abuse charges was a sense of relief. Lenk, a 36-year-old Ph.D. candidate in religion at Harvard University, has been part of an informal network of former National Conference of Synagogue Youth members who have been struggling for many years to convince Orthodox authorities to prevent the 52-year-old Rabbi Lanner from having any contact with children.

Keeping Its Distance

06/28/2002
Staff Writer
They still don't get it. That's what some critics are saying this week about the Orthodox Union's official "it's not us" reaction to the sex abuse conviction of its former national youth leader, Rabbi Baruch Lanner. The rabbi, 52, a longtime senior official at the OU's National Conference of Synagogue Youth, was convicted last Thursday on six counts of sexual abuse of two teenage girls in the mid-1990s. The girls were students at the New Jersey yeshiva high school Rabbi Lanner served as principal, as well as members of the NCSY Etz Chaim chapter he led for many years.

FBI Ignoring Own Terrorism Code

07/12/2002
Staff Writer
The FBI is ignoring its own guidelines on terrorism in the July 4 El Al shootings, possibly undermining America's war against Islamic extremists, several experts told The Jewish Week. The counterterrorism experts, both American and Israeli, say they are baffled by the FBI's continuing refusal to label as terrorism the Independence Day attack at the El Al counter at Los Angeles International Airport by an Egyptian gunmen that killed a female El Al ticket agent, an Israeli diamond broker, and wounded three others.

The State Of Islam

07/12/2002
Staff Writer
How does the State of Israel figure into the crisis for the soul of Islam? These questions are raised, and more importantly answered, in an important double edition of Bill Moyers' critically acclaimed "NOW" weekly news show airing July 12 on PBS.

Jews Pressing Poland On Return Of Property

07/19/2002
Staff Writer
Washington, D.C.: In 1911, Polish fish wholesaler Solomon Rosenstrauch, popularly known as the "Herring King," purchased an apartment building complex in a suburb of Warsaw. On Tuesday, his grandson asked the United States to help get it back. Theodore Garb, a 72-year-old retired furniture store owner from Seaford, L.I., believes the Polish government owes him the rights to the property (now worth about $2 million) that was taken from his family, first by the Nazis and later by Poland's Communist regime.
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