[WATCH] Charedim protest against Berland in Rechovot

Tens of Charedim and others protested last week against a Shiur by convicted sex offender Rabbi Eliezer Berland in Rechovot. When it was announced last month that Berland would be speaking at a Shul in Rechovot, the Mayor of the city, Rahamim Malul, convinced the owner of the Shul to cancel the invite. Berland’s supporters […]

Chabad in the Netherlands allows abuser access to children

De Telegraaf, the largest Dutch daily, reported that Rabbi Mendel Levine continues to serve as a rabbi in Nimeguen despite accusations of sexual abuse. De Telegraaf spoke with two of his victims who say Levine sexually abused them when they were children. According to research by the newspaper, the case has been swept under the […]

Two Important Abuse Prevention Seminars in Miami

Next week, Hebrew Academy Miami and Scheck Hillel Community School, in affiliation with JCW, will host two child sexual abuse prevention seminars. The events will be open to all parents and will be addressed by renowned sexual abuse prevention expert Pattie Fitzgerald of Safely Ever After. Parents will learn to teach their children the skills […]

Rabbi Apologizes after Torah Desecration in London

The Jewish News reported: A sefer Torah paid for and completed by a convicted child sex abuse offender, Menachem Mendy Levy, has been rejected by the Chabad community of Golders Green. Last week there were celebrations in Golders Green after the completion of the sefer Torah. According to a press release, “well over 1,000 men, […]

Lighting up my own light

Darkness, silence all around. I feel lonely, scared, and hopeless. I see no end to all my difficulties, suffering, and challenges. My life is a long painful journey. I was hurt, tragically abused. Where is the end to my pain? How long do I need to wait to be healed? Where’s my salvation, redemption, yeshua? […]

Teacher jailed for 30 months for sexually abusing three boys aged 5-6

Ynet News reports that Shimon Ezra Sander (36), a former teacher from Bet Shemesh, was sentenced last week to 30 months in prison, 10 months’ probation and a total of 140,000 shekel in fines after he was convicted of sexually abusing three children aged 5-6. According to the indictment, Sander abused the children from 2006-2008 […]

16-year-old from Jerusalem arrested for abusing 12-year-old boy

Behadrei Haredim reported that a 16-year-old Yeshivah student was arrested for molesting a boy he had lured from a bookstore. The abuser showed the boy pornography and sexually abused him. The victim immediately told his parents who informed the Child Protection Center. The boy revealed that he had made plans with the abuser to meet […]

I will not forgive you! Yom Kippur reflections

It’s the night before Yom Kippur and while everyone else is asking and granting mechilah I know that there will be one exception. I know that you will not ask me forgiveness. Why should you? You did “nothing wrong”. In your words that I will never ever forget “It’s all my dark reinterpitation of our […]

8 Chabad Rabbinical Leaders Take A Stand Against Child Sexual Abuse

The Chabad Lubavitch community has taken a historic step forward in combating child abuse, child sexual abuse and abuse of adults. A prestigious group of international Lubavitch Rabbinical leaders, many who are Rabbinical Judges, have signed a proclamation addressing abuse in the Orthodox Jewish community. The proclamation gives reason for the necessity of this document, […]

[Watch] Police break up wedding involving 14-year-old girl

Police prevented a wedding involving a 14-year-old girl from taking place in central Israel on Monday evening, arresting the groom and father of the bride ahead of the ceremony. The groom, in his twenties, and the father – who was also set to conduct the marriage ceremony – were detained as family members and friends […]

A Letter to My Abuser

To my abuser, What can I say to you, who has taken so much from me? Where do I start when it has taken me thirty years to finally acknowledge what you did to me? My heart has started to pound as I write these words. That is how much of a hold the abuse […]

Child Sexual Offenders: How they select, manipulate and groom their victims

(The photo is Illustrative and not related to the story ) By David M. Buckley, Senior Instructor, John E. Reid & Associates It is difficult to develop a universal classification or list of characteristics that will consistently identify a child sexual offender. Child molesters are masters at presenting a facade that makes them indistinguishable from […]

Good Touch.. Bad Touch.. – מגע טוב.. מגע רע

 מגע טוב.. מגע רע אני מבולבלת. המגע הטוב והטבעי הפך להיות מפחיד ורע. הוא הפך טוב לרע, ורע לטוב. איך מגע טוב יכול להרגיש רע? איך מגע איום ורע יכול להרגיש טוב? איך מגע רע, איתו, יכול להיות מאוד רע ואסור, אבל יכול להיות מאוד חיובי וטוב עם בעלי לעתיד? מדוע מגע טוב ובריא נדמה […]

This article on an Israeli Chabad news site is monumental

Last month, Aharon Shlomo Lisson (Lyson), a Chabad teacher from Beitar Illit, was sentenced to 7 years in prison for sexually abusing three brothers. That evening, his oldest victim, Yankie Rainitz, released a powerful post on Facebook which quickly went viral. (You can read a translated version of his Facebook post HERE)  The following day, […]

A survivor explains how seeking help is just the beginning

I’ve been feeling things, experiencing things, lately that have made me feel compelled to write. I’ve questioned what is going on inside my body and inside my head. My thoughts roam to places to I would rather they not. My body feels things I wish it would forget. I feel powerless to stop it. And […]

This Facebook post by a survivor has gone viral in Israel

Last week on Thursday (20 July), the Jerusalem District Court sentenced (Rabbi) Aharon Shlomo Lisson to a minimum of seven years for sexually abusing three brothers. Later that day, one of the courageous victims/survivors, Yaakov (Yankie) Rainitz, wrote a powerful public post in Hebrew about what transpired. The post quickly went viral in Israel where it was shared […]