Thursday, March 31, 2005

Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance Under Attack For Supporting Mordechai Tendler

The following comments were posted on the Jewish Whistleblower Blog. I thought they were important and wanted to bring it to everyone's attention.

The post is referring to the recent article Congregants Stand By Rabbi Tendler - At packed synagogue meeting, he denies all RCA charges. by Debra Nussbaum Cohen.

<>Everyone who reads this blog, I want you to consider what I'm about to say.
I was just reading the article and I felt a sense of outrage.

I am so disappointed, frustrated and angry with an organization that uses the word "feminist" to describe themselves.

How can the Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance (JOFA) turn their back on women who have been sexually victimized by a serial rapist? How many women did he commit rabbinical sexual misconduct with? Do you NOT care about them? Are you more interested in the politics of getting what you want from the RCA then you do about women being violated?

How in your right mind can you keep articles written by a man who is an obvious sex offender on your site? Don't you understand by doing so is putting unsuspecting women at risk of harm? When a woman is in a crisis situation and read articles on your site, they are more likely to believe that those people are safe. How many more women need to be sexually manipulated by Tendler, before you will take his articles off your site?

JOFA members please hear me loud and clear. If the RCA kicked Tendler out of it's organization, it should be a red flag to you to remove his articles from your site.

How can you say you care about women's issues if you allow this man's articles on your site? What are you thinking?
At 6:48 PM, jewishwhistleblower said...

>What are you thinking?

They are thinking the ends justify the means. They are more concerned with overall social objectives (which are good things) but are willing to ignore individual injustices in order to pursue the bigger objectives.

Since Rabbi Mordechai Tendler supports public views they agree with they are/were willing to ignore his explotation of women.

A similar thing occured with former Nicaraguan President and head of the Sandinista National Liberation Front, Daniel Ortega.

Some women's groups and leaders were so enthralled with his social objectives and political views, that they "tolerated" his sexual abuse of his stepdaughter. He abused her for 20 years starting when she was 11.

This abuse was an open secret amongst his circle of followers. But of course, they were more concerned with the "bigger picture".

Please contact to JOFA and let them know how you feel.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting this here, it's important to know. I will send a letter of complaint.

April 01, 2005 7:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I also am upset by this. How can they still be promoting this man. I was considering becoming a member, but now I can't see supporting them.

I'm forwarding this to everyone I know. Thanks so much for bringing this matter to my attention.

April 01, 2005 7:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is nothing "FEMINIST" about JOFA. It's such watered down feminism it's hard to find how they try to empower women.

April 01, 2005 7:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was wondering what other rabbis they have that support their organization. I'm only aware of Rabbi Mordechai Tendler, and also Rabbi Saul Berman. Neither one of them are supportive of women who were sexually violated.

Are there any Rabbi's associated with rabbis who support the efforts of women who are incest survivors or rape victims?

April 01, 2005 7:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a victim of Rabbi Mordecai Tendler it amazes me that Blu Greenberg who has the status and paid as a professional has no awareness of his manipulation and physiological socio pathology. That she could state how helpful and good he is and not clue into that he's playing a sick game in trickery. It is so documented how abusive men hide behind a veil of women organizations and not only benefit but learn the craft of preying on more women. "We can't forget the good he does," she said. To be fooled by him once, OK; but to continue his sickness to look good and keep his articles up because ‘he’s really good’, that’s to say these women aren't as good or even better then him thus supporting us. She should want the women to support her as a progressive “Feminist” and not look up at false Rabbi Leaders for false support and approval. No real progress in the year 2005 to still need to be validated and so affected by abusive men and those boy club Jewish organizations and members like the RCA and Rabbi Dratch.

April 01, 2005 8:56 AM  
Blogger chutzpah said...

" It is so documented how abusive men hide behind a veil of women organizations and not only benefit but learn the craft of preying on more women."

I'm not a victim of Tendler, but of another rabbi, who also had "interest" in "feminist" issues.

When you have time, I'd be interested in any sources to read about how these predators use/abuse feminist issues in their preying on others.

Congratulations to you and the others for all your bravery in having come forward. I know and understand how difficult and stressful it is.

I would like you to know, also, that nearly every single thing uttered by those enablers, I heard as well---"crazy", "disturbed", "sluts", etc. etc. etc. Different rabbis, different supporters, but similar M.O.'s and similar defenses/attacks on those who come forward.

April 01, 2005 9:10 AM  
Blogger jewishwhistleblower said...

It's not just Jofa. It's every Agunah advocacy organization, every Orthodox women's organization that has betrayed principle here.

Other than the Awareness Center, was there any organization that even tried to provide these women any resources (counselling, legal etc.) or assistance?

Why does this void exist? How can it be filled?

April 01, 2005 12:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was just visiting the JOFA web site. I never heard of this group before and wanted to learn more about them. I found the following link,

I'm glad they had something on their web page on sexual abuse, but what they had up there was so lame. How is it that they can call themselves "feminist". They don't even begin to come close to empowering women.

I was even more shocked that they didn't even offer a link from their site to The Awareness Center's site as a resource. Wouldn't you think that JOFA would care enough about survivors of sexual abuse, rape or other forms of sexual violence to give those looking for help an opportunity to find it? If they don't like The Awareness Center, why don't they just put a link to a rape crisis center?

April 02, 2005 8:53 AM  

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