Judge finds New Square rabbi not guilty in sex abuse case

A Rockland judge on Thursday found New Square rabbi Moshe Taubenfeld not guilty of allegations hesexually abused a boy over a five-year period. Taubenfeld, 55, also known as Mendel Zarkowsky, was charged with second-degree course of sexual conduct against a child, a felony. As he left the courtroom, his supporters started singing and dancing until court officers […]

How can I prevent my abuser from hurting another child?

Republished from StopItNow.Org Question: Dear Stop It Now!, Hello, I’m looking for resources or advice. I was molested as a child by a man who is now being left alone to care for at least one other young child. I have told the girl’s mother, grandmother, and uncle (who are the molester’s children and ex-wife), […]

8 tips for helping your traumatized child rebuild trust

By Dr. Sue Cornbluth When a child experiences or witnesses any form of emotional or physical abuse, their trust can become shattered. Trauma survivors may have trouble trusting their close family relationships or friendships. The symptoms of trauma can cause problems with trust, closeness, communication, and problem solving. These problems may affect the way the […]

I was abused by my third grade teacher

Growing up Chabad, I went to an all-boys school in Los Angeles. I was always very reserved and emotionally closed compared to my siblings and friends. People would always ask me why? What’s wrong? Are you okay? Well, here is what I was holding in all these years. When I was in third grade, my […]

I was abused by my third grade teacher

Growing up Chabad, I went to an all-boys school in Los Angeles. I was always very reserved and emotionally closed compared to my siblings and friends. People would always ask me why? What’s wrong? Are you okay? Well, here is what I was holding in all these years. When I was in third grade, my […]

Rabbi pleads to endangering welfare of a child, ends sex abuse case

Plea agreement met family’s wish that the boy not have to testify publicly against Rabbi Gabriel Bodenheimer. A Monsey rabbi accused of sexually abusing a 7-year-old boy pleaded guilty Tuesday to a lesser charge of endangering the welfare of a child. Prosecutors said the agreement met the family’s request to spare their son from having […]

Leadership — More Clarity than Bravery

Dedicated to David M. Gordon, z”l. by Meir Rubenstein First day at a new school. A fair haired lad of thirteen stands anxiously before the portals. Will he be accepted by others? Will he make friends? Entering the school grounds he does get some “new kid in town” looks, but finds that the children are […]

6 Stages of Grooming

By Dr. Michael Welner Grooming is the process by which an offender draws a victim into a sexual relationship and maintains that relationship in secrecy. The shrouding of the relationship is an essential feature of grooming. Forensic psychiatrist Dr. Michael Welner explains the six stages that can lead up to sexual molestation. The grooming sex […]

Karp Trial Set for October

The trial of Rabbi Frederick “Ephraim” Karp, the Ohio rabbi charged with sexual abuse of a minor and related charges in Baltimore County, has been set for October. Although he was arrested in January and extradited to Baltimore County then, the case was postponed so that the defense could have additional time to review evidence […]

Closing Arguments Made in New Square Hasidic Abuse Trial

The defense and prosecution made their closing arguments on July 24 in the trial of a prominent Hasidic man from the upstate New York community of New Square who stands accused of sexually molesting a young neighbor from the age of eight till shortly after his bar mitzvah. “Let no man be judged by one […]

Testimony of rabbi’s daughter bolsters prosecution

NEW CITY – Rockland Rabbi Moshe Menachem Taubenfeld’s daughter took the stand for the defense Wednesday in his sex-abuse trial. Taubenfeld’s daughter broke down in tears as she described how her mother and brother were killed by a Hamas suicide bomber on a bus in Jerusalem in 2003. She was also on board, but survived […]

Rabbi Sentenced to Nine Years for Sexual Abuse of Teens

A Nazareth Court sentenced Rabbi Yaakov Deutsch from Afula to nine years in prison on Wednesday, after he was convicted on charges of sexual abuse against four teenagers – two boys and two girls – whom he taught. Deutsch was also sentenced with paying a 290,000 shekel ($75,895) fine. The full seriousness of Deutsch’s actions […]

Opinion: How to Be the Person Your Child Confides In

By Janet Lansbury I loved my mom and always felt we were close, but I never told her the sorts of private things my daughter tells me.  There was plenty Mom did not know and (yikes!) that I didn’t want her to know.  I sensed she didn’t want to know either, even though she adored […]

WATCH: Defense begins in Rockland rabbi’s sex abuse trial

NEW CITY – The defense began their case Monday in the high-profile sexual abuse trial of Rockland Rabbi Moshe Menachem Taubenfeld. As News 12 has reported, Laiby Stern told the judge that Taubenfeld sexually molested him when he went for counseling after the Sept. 11. attacks. Stern, now 22, claims the abuse carried on for […]

Victim in New Square sex abuse case testifies

A New Square man recalled in excruciating detail Friday how a neighbor instructed him to take off his pants and began molesting him on Sept. 11, 2001, when he was 8 years old. The alleged abuse didn’t stop until he moved out of the village more than five years later, the victim, now in his 20s, […]

Trial of rabbi accused of molesting boy underway

NEW SQUARE – The non-jury trial of an internationally-known rabbi, accused of being a pedophile, is underway. Moshe Menachim Taubenfeld is accused of sexually molesting a 9-year-old boy who sought his solace hours after the 9/11 attacks. Prosecutors told the judge in detail how the rabbi allegedly sodomized the boy until he was 13 years […]

Malka Leifer: Former Melbourne Jewish school principal wins further delay in fight against extradition from Israel on abuse allegations

A former principal accused of molesting students at an ultra-Orthodox Jewish school in Melbourne has had her extradition hearing to Australia delayed. Malka Leifer fled to Israel just hours after allegations of sexual abuse at the Adass Israel School in Elsternwick first surfaced in 2008, and has been there ever since. It is understood Ms […]

The Murder of a Sunny Little Girl

I was a little girl, carefree  Running free outdoors Laughing, giggling, playing Big bows slipping out of tight curls I would climb trees and jump down Play ball and chase all the boys Collect bugs and build forts I was full of joy, there was no reason not to be But that happiness was shortlived […]

Researcher discusses complications of sexual abuse within families

From the Pittsburgh Post Gazette As director of the Crimes Against Children Research Center, David Finkelhor understands the impact sexual abuse by a parent has on children and how they respond. Abuse typically begins when the child is 7 to 9 years old and can continue until the early teens. That’s when the child has […]

‘Utter hypocrite’ Todros Grynhaus jailed for 13 years for sex assaults

A Jewish teacher and rabbi’s son who molested two teenage girls was “an utter hypocrite” who professed his Orthodox faith while “cynically condemning his victims to suffer”, a judge has said. Todros Grynhaus, 50, was jailed for 13 years and two months on Friday. He must pay one victim £45,000 and the other £35,000 in […]

Another survivor speaks up

By Avremi Rosenthal I would like to share something with you that most, if not all don’t know about me. I am a victim/survivor of child sexual abuse and I have been for the past 21 years of my life. Back in November of last year, I attended the first JCW event in south Florida. […]

Jewish Community Watch to Raise $500,000 Over 24 Hours

All donations made to Jewish Community Watch from July 7 at 3pm (EDT) till July 8 at 3pm will be matched by three groups of donors. Since its founding in 2011, Jewish Community Watch (JCW) has made a name for itself as a result of its bold approach to combating child sexual abuse in the […]