Sunday, April 16, 2006

WARNING: To the Community of Baltimore, MD

Thou shalt not go up and down as a talebearer among thy people; neither shalt thou stand idly by the blood of thy neighbor" (Leviticus 19:16).


This is a warning to protect any unsuspecting individuals from potential harm.

Rabbi Aron Boruch Tendler was spotted in Baltimore, MD this past shabbos davening (praying) at Shomrei Emunah. Some believe Tender is in the process of moving to the east coast.

Rabbi Aron Tendler was accused of sexually abusing teenage girls. He recently resigned as principal of Yeshiva University High School for girls in Los Angeles, CA; and also as Rabbi of Shaarey Zedek Congregation in North Hollywood, CA; after allegations of professional sexual misconduct were made public.

Please Note: There is more then one Rabbi Aron Tendler. This page is about Rabbi Aron Boruch Tendler, who was born on January 15, 1955. He is the son of Rabbi Moshe David Tendler.

12 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rabbi Tendler has a right to daven. The community of Baltimore also has a right to protect their children from any potential harm.

My hope is that Rabbi Tendler has entered into treatment with a professional who specializes in the treatment of alleged and convicted sex offenders. This trained specialist should also be a member of the "Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers"
http://www.atsa.com/

Does anyone know if Shomrei and any other shul Rabbi Tendler may daven in has instituted any guidelines for him for when he enters the building?

It's been suggested over and over again that when an alleged or convicted sex offender is in a public building or even in a public park or shopping mall that they utilize a buddy system. Someone should be with Rabbi Tendler when he is in the building. This includes hallways and bathrooms. A special minyan should be organized where no minors are present.

April 17, 2006 8:30 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry, but does anyone have any PROOF that Rabbi Tendler did anything?

While he resigned from his position that may be due to the fact that you simply cannot fight allegations true or untrue.

Was there an investigation or just allegations?

While sexual abuse is clearly a real problem and must be addressed, how does this differ from a crying "witch"?

Shouldn't it be in a more responsible manner than this?

April 17, 2006 8:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Email the Rabbi & President of the shul to warn them about Tendler here:

http://www.shomreiemunah.us/aboutshomrei.html

April 17, 2006 12:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you are unsure of the allegations against Rabbi Tendler, why not contact the institutions that let him go?

I wonder if this is a case of him resigning, or him being asked to resign?

April 17, 2006 5:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

listen folks...baltimore, especially shomrei, is a pretty frum part of the jewish u.s. world. don't ruin that reputation by a bunch of blogging loshon hora. yes it is all under investigation in calif. until the jury or bait din comes in with a verdict leave it alone and concern yourselves with paying attention in shul and not him. what do you think.... he's gonna snatch one of your faiga rivka's or shraga feivel's and molest them in the bathroom? your are an intelligent bunch... aren't you?

April 17, 2006 11:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll bet that in light of what is happening with his brother, he just gave up the ship and after a long career, resigned. This would certainly spare his shul from being dragged through the mud.

Is he guilty? I knew him when I was in High School and used to spend Shabbasos in the Tendler home. They were fun and lovely people with great kids and a warm environment.
Rav Aron is a talmid chacham who could relate very well to the modern world. Aside from his erudition and knowledge and the way in which he spoke and taught, you would have never known his grandfather was R'Moshe Feinstein.


I think more than likely this is yet another case of hysteria and seeing how prevalent it is, he gave up the ship and resigned.
There have been no charges, investigations, etc. in California, just a lot of talk on the blogs to further foment hysteria.

Leave the guy alone people and devote yourselves to finding the truly guilty and aiding the authorities in prosecuting those who are truly guilty of the heinous crime of sexual abuse.

April 17, 2006 11:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is ridiculous. The denial is ridiculous. The people that think this guy is innocent just because of his name and grandather-you are ridiculous, naive, and pretty stupid. You show how arrogant you are. There are so many allegations surrounding this guy it is unbelievable. Where there is smoke there is usually fire. There is a lot of smoke surrounding this Tendler, as well as his brother Mordechai. "Oh, he is so frum...He is a Tendler...." Shut up! You people are a major part of the reason this molestaion stuff occurs. You give voice to the guilty and silence the victims. I have news for you- All molestors do not have tatoos on their arms, look like molestors, or have molestor written across their shirts. Rather, they look like ordinary people. They look like you and they look like Tendler.

April 21, 2006 1:56 AM  
Anonymous West Coast Connection said...

I see too much dismissal and denial here. I know the people involved who have first hand knowledge of Aron Tendler's behavior. This is not about his brother. These are not simply rumors. This is for real, folks. Please take it seriously.

April 21, 2006 1:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't you get it?

Baltimore has the "Blame the Victim mentality."

Maryland is one of the four worst states in our nation in protecting children. It's known to be a sex offender friendly state. Just ask the survivors of Catholic priests.

It makes perfect sense that Aron Tendler would relocate to Baltimore. It's a sanctuary for him.

He's got the protection of Rabbi Hopfer and Heinemann; and also the backing of those at Ner Israel. Don't forget his brother the lawyer is in Baltimore too.

April 21, 2006 2:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm hoping someone here can explain something to me.

Our rabbis can figure out:

* how to make treif dishes kosher
* how to put up a kosher eruv
* how to "encourage" a man to give a ghet.

Yet our rabbis have not figured out a way to take an rabbinic ordination away from a sex offender.

Can someone explain to me why this is so difficult to do?

April 23, 2006 11:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He's not "relocating" to Baltimore-he has a child who lives here and was visiting for Pesach.

April 26, 2006 2:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unfortunately in the religious community people like to keep their head in the sand and pretend as if everything is ok - instead of dealing with the real problem. I know Rabbi Tendler and was in his class many years ago. I have also been a student of another couple of Yeshiva Rabbi's who abused their position for immoral purposes. These men (I have a hard time calling them Rabbi's because they have no right to use that title anymore)abused their power and our trust and respect for them and we should not remain quiet. No one is out to get them. They are supposed to be community leaders and instead their actions turn people away from religion. If someone, including Rabbi's, has impulses that they are unable to control then at least be a man, face up to your urges and and leave the leadership position. How can we possibly epect to learn halcha from these immoral people. Even if no specific halacha laws are being broken - what about basic morals? These are the people who are supposedly raising the next generation - our kids! Should we just stand by or should we get rid of the bad elements and bring in the good. Our childrens morals and values are at stake if we allow them and our families to be taught by these men. How could we respect the judgement and opinions of people who do not have the moral character to even be our friends!

April 28, 2006 3:45 AM  

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