Passaic’s Rabbonim Ban Stefan Colmer from all Shuls

Rabbi Ron Yitzchok Eisenman (PICTURED ABOVE) is Rav Congregation Ahavas Israel in Passaic NJ. He sent out the following email immediately after finding out that convicted sex offender Stefan Colmer had moved back to Passaic.   From: R. Y. Eisenman <rabbi@ahavasisrael.org Subject: Important Date: Tuesday, June 7, 2016, 10:02 PM Please be aware that Stefan […]

Camp JEM Summer Experience Rebrands as Camp One Lev

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 […]

“Is Silence Always Golden?” – Reflections on the Maklev Case

By Rabbi Ron Yitzchok Eisenman. I am very hesitant to write what I am about to say. There is no doubt that some will feel that ‘sweeping the dirt under the rug’ is the best policy. And there are those who will question my decision to write by claiming, “Why discuss uncomfortable issues? Those who […]

Daddy, I hate you and I hate that I hate you!

You can’t be who I want you to be. No matter what I tell myself, no matter what I try so hard to believe, no matter what I see or don’t see, you can’t be the daddy of my dreams. You can’t be the man who comforts me in the middle of the night when […]

Safety Alert: Seattle

Stephen Ruskin, a Seattle resident, was charged with child molestation and sentenced to 90 days in prison after pleading guilty to a lesser charge of “Communication with minor for immoral purposes”.   Ruskin’s attorney was able to influence a judge that because of his religious piety, his sentence should be postponed till after pesach. Ruskin […]

Have You Seen Chisdai Ben-Porat?

Canadian citizen Chisdai Ben-Porat pleaded guilty to indecent assault without the consent of others (18 Pa. C.S. § 3126) in 2014. His passport was taken from him and he was escorted to the Canadian border by U.S. Immigration upon his release. He was required to register as a sex offender in Pennsylvania under Megan’s Law […]

Safety Alert Toronto – Dovid Leib Chaikin

Rabbi Dovid Leib Chaikin was posted several years ago to the wall of Shame after a thorough investigation revealed that he allegedly molested numerous children. It has come to our attention that Chaikin is lecturing in the Toronto area. Chaikin remains an extreme danger to children and it goes without saying that this man should […]

JCW Responds To Rabbi Rosenfeld

On March 8th in response to a Newsweek article that details multiple incidents of alleged physical and sexual abuse perpetrated by certain staff members of Oholei Torah, including two who currently teach there, Rabbi Sholom Rosenfeld addressed a letter to Oholei Torah parents promising and giving his word that the yeshiva is safe. He stated […]

Israel Safety Alert – Chaim Gajer

Chaim Gajer, who was added to the JCW wall of shame after a lengthy investigation for allegedly molesting a number of minors, has been seen in Israel. It is unclear if Gajer is there for a visit or if he moved to Israel permanently. If you or someone you know were abused by Chaim Gajer […]

When I needed help and support there was only one place to turn

By Menachem Schoenes I will never forget sitting in that nice office lined with religious books being told it never happened. I had come to a religious community leader to ask for help. I had been fondled inappropriately. “Religious people do not do such things,” he said. “Don’t you know what God has said about […]

Fugitive Jewish school principal Malka Leifer sued for sex abuse

The Australian Reports Fugitive Jewish headmistress Malka Leifer will now battle ­authorities in two countries after a former student and teacher at a Melbourne girls’ school last week launched legal action against the former principal for serial sexual abuse. The woman is the sister of ­another victim who was last year awarded $1.27 million for […]

Sydney Beth Din: Mesirah not applicable in Australia

Published on J-Wire Sydney’s Beth Din has stated that the practice of banning Jews from informing on a fellow Jew is not applicable in matters relating to criminal law in Western democracies. Rabbi Moshe Gutnick, The Sydney’s Beth Din statement issued by Rabbo Moshe Gutnick states: “In response to recent media reports suggesting otherwise, and in […]

Seeing You In An Orange Jumpsuit

Seeing you in orange is the last image in my head Replacing the ones where you control my life instead Keeping me silent for over a decade and then some Holding me hostage to the fear, all numb Well I’m not a bad person for outing you You are cruel for having done what you […]

Focusing A Light On Abuse

By: Dr. Michael J. Salamon. Published in the Jewish Press. March 3 marked a turning point. On that day, Newsweek magazine published an article titled Child Abuse Allegations Plague the Hasidic community. (True, there have been other articles in major media outlets about abuse in Orthodox communities but this is the first time the problem […]

An Open Letter From Eli Nash To Rabbi Herschel Lustig

Rabbi Lustig, it’s been over a year since JCW publicly demanded that you step down from your position as Principal of Ohelei Torah. You have not stepped down nor have you responded to their accusations. It’s time you do one or the other. I know that there are many students who love and respect you. […]

15 Unmeasurably Painful Things Said To Me and Other Victims Of Abuse

“I don’t believe you” “Just get over it” “i don’t know why you are so caught up with this. It happened so many years ago” “Let it go. The past is in the past” “He/she was too young to have abused you” “Do you even know what abuse is?” “Shhhh… It’s Loshon Hara” “That isn’t […]

How to respond to abuse in Jewish schools

By Guila Benchimol, published in the Canadian Jewish News In the last few weeks, two men currently and formerly living in Toronto’s Jewish community have been arrested and charged with crimes of a sexual nature. Stephen Joseph Schacter, who taught at Eitz Chaim Schools between 1986 and 2004 as well as at United Synagogue Day […]

A survivor Writes To Her Therapist

Over and over you ask me what I’m feeling. I want to scream in frustration, “I don’t know!” I don’t know how to describe what’s going on inside. There is turbulence, my stomach rolls, everything shakes. My head is full of things that I want to say, but I can’t seem to get my mouth […]

Eitz Chaim didn’t report teacher sexual assault allegations, say police

Staff at a group of Jewish private schools in Toronto did not notify authorities of allegations of sexual assaults dating back to the 80s, police say after an investigation that has now led to sexual assault charges being laid against a 55-year-old former Toronto elementary school teacher . Stephen Schacter is now facing gross indecency, sexual assault and exploitation charges that […]