Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Call for Action: Questions Needed To Be Asked, And Answered By Rabbi Shea Harlig of Chabad Souther Nevada (Las Vegas)

From: The Awareness Center, Inc.

Please write or call Rabbi Shea Harlig, and ask him the following questions:

Chazzen (Cantor) Michael Segelstein was originally arraigned on one count each of attempted sexual assault, battery with intent to commit sexual assault and open and gross lewdness.

On December 19, 2002, Cantor Michael Segelstein pled guilty to open or gross lewdness, in which he received one year suspended sentence with conditions and court ordered into counseling. According to court documents, Segelstein's probation was successfully completed. He has since been discharged. A civil suit is currently pending.

1. Considering Michael Segelstein was originally arraigned on one count each of attempted sexual assault, battery with intent to commit sexual assault and open and gross lewdness, later plead guilty to the lessor charge -- and a case is still being heard in Civil Court -- do you think it's appropriate for Chabad of Southern Nevada to have a photograph of him on their web page celebrating their fifteenth anniversary?


2. Are women safe in your shul? Does anyone monitor Segelstein when he is in your facility, or in the parking lot?

3. What sort of support has Rabbi Harlig and the congregation of Chabad of Southern Nevada offered to Segelstein's survivor (especially after Segelstein entered a guilty plea)?

4. What sort of education or training does Rabbi Harlig have in working with survivors of sexual violence and or sex offenders?

5. Is Chabad of Las Vegas a haven for alleged sexual predators?

Please contact Rabbi Shea Harlig and let your voice be heard!
Rabbi Shea Harlig, Director
Email: chabadlv@aol.com
1261 S. Arville Street, Las Vegas, Nevada 89102
(702) 259-0770 fax (702) 877-4700

Please cc your letters to Jewish Survivors and also to The Awareness Center, Inc.
Also send a copy of your letter to Chabad in New York


Please forward all letters of support to the Survivor (of Cantor MIchael Segelstein) to Vicki Polin. She will forward your note to her.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Chana said...

If Segelstein rapes or attempts to rape another woman he meets at Chabad in Las Vegas, wouldn't that make Rabbi Shea Harlig liable? Especially since it appears he's promoting Michael Segelstein?

January 10, 2006 9:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just wanted to send my support to the survivor of this creep. I am outraged that a Chabad rabbi would be more supportive to a convicted offender then someone who is a survivor of an attempted rape. This is outrageous.

I think everyone should be sending a note to "Ask the Rabbi", at Chabad,
http://www.chabad.org/tools/asktherabbi.asp

And also sending notes to:
http://www.chabad.org/tools/feedback.asp

I think we should demand that they do what they can to help the survivor, and make a public apology for the mistakes made by Rabbi Shea Harlig of Chbad of Southern Nevada.

January 11, 2006 4:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Battles are only won in small increments (sometimes). I am hoping that the survivor reads this so she knows how much I admire her courage and as painful as it might be, she can only come out ahead when it is all over. As it is written, v'sof ha'kaw'v'd law'voh -- which translates roughly that ultimately she will be rewarded -- in this life, with great healing, joy, and happiness.

Please feel free to send her our entire correspondence and I want you to know that normally, because of my own stresses and stuff I would not write, but I am so moved by what she is doing, that I just had to tell her -- it is great!

Blessings to you.

January 11, 2006 8:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A few years ago Rabbi Harlig told me the survivor was in love with him, and that she made up all the allegations. I later found out that Segelstein had already plead guilty to the crime. Why would Rabbi Harlig lie to me? Why would he make up the story? What was he trying to cover up?

January 11, 2006 7:47 PM  

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