Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Jewish Whistleblower - On UOJ, Tendler, Eisgrau and Juravel

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Hillel Tendler / Rabbi Eliezer Eisgrau / Shmuel Juravel
  1. jewishwhistleblower Says:

    UnOrthodox Jew, hero blogger whose true identity remains secret despite many false claims, has now taken on the Torah Institute of Baltimore with a statement on his blog from the daughter of the principal of TI, Rabbi Eliezer Eisgrau.

    The connection to this thread, is that the president of TI is of course Tendler brother, Hillel Tendler. Hillel sent meaningless legal “warnings” to Canonist’s server-hosting company in March (see Steven I. Weiss’s posts on this and Hillel’s letters/emails in thread 572). Free speech being some terrible threat apparently.

    But we bloggers will be silent no more.

    How can anyone continue to deny the problems which exist in Baltimore. Are the latest recent revelations and child sex charges concerning Shmuel Juravel not enough to open people’s eyes?

    Shmuel Juravel is the son of Rabbi Moshe Juravel. Rabbi Juravel is employeed as a teacher at the Torah Institute of Baltimore.

    Shmuel is yet another product of Baltimore’s unaccountable and unrepentant Orthodox institutions and community.

    Let’s reproduce some claims Juravel made to the FBI and that were reproduced in court documents as to what young Orthodox bochurs in Baltimore are up to.

    Shmuel Juravel was indicted on March 29, 2006, on the offenses of using a computer to persuade, induce and entice a minor to engage in prostitution or other sexual activity, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2422(b) (Count One); traveling in interstate commerce for the purpose of attempting to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a minor, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2423(b) & (e) (Count Two); and, knowingly possessing material containing images of child pornography, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2252A(a)(5)(B) (Count Three).

    Excerpt from Shmuel’s court documents:
    He was in Alabama to meet Bobby. The name on the email headings was Bobby Hill, but he thought his true name was Bobby Adams. Bobby was introducing Juravel to two boys, ages 11, 12, or 13. Juravel said it was not sex, “it was an exploration.” His plan was for the boys to masturbate while he watched. One of the boys was supposed to have brown hair with hazel eyes and 95 pounds. The other had brown hair and brown eyes. When asked about the “j/o and porn” mentioned in the emails, Juravel advised “j/o” meant jacking off.

    Juravel said he had two computers at his residence, one located in the den and the other in the master bedroom. His internet service provider was Comcast with a screen name of szjj@comcast. He advised there were some gay porn movies in his home, but no movies of children. He claimed he is not gay, but has been curious for about a year. He had a male massage in Atlanta once which “came with release,” although he had to perform the release himself. When asked “why young boys,” Juravel responded “I don’t know.” He had some sexual experiences when he was 12 - 13 years old with some male friends of the same age which consisted of mutual masturbation or “masturbation both ways.” Juravel advised he had never met Bobby, and said “we had an arrangement.” Bobby made Juravel cut the bills, three $100 bills, in half and mail them. He gave Bobby the other half at the time of the meeting. Juravel advised he brought a suitcase containing adult porn videos, magazines, and condoms. He stopped on the way and bought the condoms because he
    thought Bobby would ask if he had them.
  2. for full document see: http://www.Juravel-MagistrateJudgesReportand Recommendation.pdf

    IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF ALABAMA SOUTHERN DIVISION

    UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
    v.
    SAMUEL ZEV JURAVEL,
    a/k/a “Shmuel Zev Juravel”

    MAGISTRATE JUDGE’S REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Professionals working with survivors know that they often repress and dissociate memories of abuse. Just because Juravel doesn't remember being abused doesn't mean that he wasn't. Most, if not all, child molesters have been molested or abused themselves.

August 08, 2006 8:43 AM  
Anonymous The Guardian said...

I think we have to understand the "Yeshivishe" world of Baltimore and their inept handling of their youth.
Now truthfully, there are many fine rabbonim and teachers and Ner Israel and the place produced some very fine upstanding scholars and layleadership.

At issue aren't the kids who do well at places like Ner and sit and learn and grow and go out and have well balanced lives...at issue are the kids who are "crow barred" for lack of a better term, into the Yeshivishe lifestyle by parents who have a lack of understanding what these kids are up against. They don't have TV's -so they go to friends. They see the outside culture which encourages them to be sexual, to experiment with drugs, where money is the value and you can have it all if you have the money.

Why drive a clunker, when you can drive a Lexus? Why wear a cheap suit when you can wear Armani? Cell phones, shiny designer shoes, the crisp white shirts and sharp wool pants are the trademark of these guys once they experience some level of financial success.

They feel that they have been deprived of these material benefits and believe that they can have it all, everything society espouses, and as long as everyone thinks you are frum, you'll be accepted, loved and welcomed.

Society offers many tasty things-after marriage sex gets boring since most frum girls aren't going to be that adventurous as they "fulfill their obligations as a good Jewish wife" in the bedroom.

The culture says that you can have it all... so go ahead, get it all.

Curious? Go check out the internet!

The problem lies in the fact that these guys have very little self discipline when that discipline doesn't lead to gratification (example: a guy can be very patient working a business deal because he knows in the end, he will strike the big payoff). The wall between looking (harmless) and acting is very thin for these guys, since they have learned that they can have it all.

If the Yeshivishe world in Baltimore realized that their kids are exposed to all the same mainstream media that regular day school kids see- that they are not imparting to their kids correct values and taking into account the frustration these kids feel, they might get somewhere.

I have a great deal more to say, but no time to say it now.

The madness won't stop because the system itself doesn't recognize the problem.

August 08, 2006 10:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

one person goes out of control and you're indicting the entire yeshiva world?

The problems stem from less tv? What about their successes? The materialism is American, not yeshivesh. Give credit to your host culture. TV.

The chareidi world is entitled to live the way they want, just as you are.

Glad you have more to say.

August 08, 2006 11:08 PM  
Blogger JusticeForAll said...

Dear Whistleblower,

First, I'd like to thank you for the wonderful service you're providing for this world. I am an Israeli woman who lived through the horrors of being sold as a sex slave in Israel for several years. As much as people don't like to admit it, the majority of the clientele is orthodox. I would very much like to join your group, and with your permission share my story so that others may avoid the same fate.

Respectfully,

R

February 17, 2009 12:34 PM  

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