Our Story

Jewish Community Watch (JCW) never set out to be a major organization. In 2006, Meyer Seewald’s best friend died tragically at age 17. The young man’s father set up a youth group in his late son’s honor where young teens gathered for camaraderie and support. In 2011, Seewald, himself a survivor of child sexual abuse (CSA), began receiving reports that the father was molesting boys who attended this program.
Further enquiries revealed that this person had a long history of abuse dating back decades earlier to Israel. As is so often the case, community leaders and rabbis in New York who were aware of his dangerous history preferred to handle it “internally,” never considering how many more lives would be put in jeopardy.
After a website was set up to expose the molester and warn others of the danger he posed, hundreds of reports of abuse began flooding in from Jewish communities around the world. JCW’s scope of services quickly expanded to include victim support services, mass awareness events, staff screening for schools and camps, a website with hundreds of pages of resources, and much more.
The staff grew from a handful of volunteers working out of a 10 x 10 bedroom to over a dozen professional employees. A virtual “safe place” has been created for victims to come forward, tell their stories, and receive the help and support they need.

 

Since our 2014 relaunch JCW has:

  • Ran 16 events across the United States, Canada, and Israel, dedicated towards spreading awareness and education. These event were attended by over 4,500 people.

  • jewishcommunitywatch.org has attracted 339,892 unique visitors who viewed 2,667,829 total pages of educational material, articles and help pages.

  • JCW regularly reaches over 9,000 people on our email list with important alerts and updates.

  • Created 41 educational videos that have been viewed a total of 697,857 times to date.

  • 114 Jewish sex abusers have been added to the Wall of Shame, providing the largest private online database of sexual offenders.

  • Over 18,000 people from around the world follow JCW’s Facebook page. On average, over 70,000 people see our posts each month.

  • Participated in strong lobbying efforts alongside various advocacy groups for SOL change in NY.

  • Connected with well over 1,000 survivors of CSA, offering them advice, emotional support, and a listening ear.

  • Logged over 750 reports of child sexual abuse by over 700 abusers, helping to remove predators from our streets, schools, and shuls.

  • Since 2015, JCW subsidized therapy for 150+ survivors from all over the world.

  • 75+ survivors from 4 continents have taken part in our 3 virtual support groups via Whatsapp, as well as in-person support groups.

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