The JEM Summer Camp in Beverly Hills, which has come under scrutiny in recent years for its affiliation with convicted child sex abuser Mendel Tevel, has rebranded as Camp One Lev.
Rabbi Hertzel Illulian, the founder and director of the JEM Youth Center in Beverly Hills, hired his son-in-law, Mendel Tevel, as youth director in 2012, despite being notified by JCW that Tevel had sexually abused numerous children and minors over a 10-year period.
Illulian allowed his son-in-law to remain at the camp, even after the Jewish Journal published an investigative report in which four of Tevel’s alleged victims described sexual abuse that they claimed occurred from 1995 to 2004, when their ages ranged from 6 to 14.
In October 2013, Beverly Hills police arrested Tevel at the JEM Center and on April 24, he pleaded guilty to two counts of criminal sexual acts in the third degree, which, as described by the New York Penal Code, constitutes “anal or oral sex with someone who is a minor or is otherwise incapable of providing legal consent.” Tevel was sentenced to one year in prison.
JCW has no information about whether Tevel will be working at the newly renamed Camp One Lev, but based on Illulian’s past wanton disregard for the safety of the children in his care, it is our duty to inform the public about Camp One Lev’s affiliation with JEM Center.
Reporting from Jared Sichel of the Jewish Journal was used in this alert.