Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Looking for Survivors of Rabbi Tovia Singer

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Rabbi Tovia Singer runs an organization called "Outreach Judaism." He also hosts his own talk radio show. Tovia has been married and divorced at least three times. Over the years there have been rumors floating around regaring Rabbi Tovia Singer's sexually inappropriate behavior with a few of the young adult women he counsels.

I have been told by a few reliable sources that one of the major reasons why the organization Jews For Judaism severed ties with Tovia was because of complaints.

A few individuals who Rabbi Singer counseled, stated that Tovia told them he was qualified to do outreach because he had a masters degree in social work. He also told these indivdiuals that he was the only counter-missionary who had this qualification. As of today I have not been able to verify that he actually has a masters degree in any form of clinical counseling. If someone knows where Rabbi Singer received his masters degree and also where he received his smicha (rabbinic ordination) please post it in the comment section or e-mail it to Jewish Survivors.

Since the case of Rabbi Mordecai Tendler broke, many people from the Monsey area all seem to be aware of the accusations made against Rabbi Singer and respond with jokes about his behavior.

One traditon as a people that we must change is keeping these sorts of allegations secret. If we want to keep our communities safe from sexual preditors we must deal with our fears and go on record when there is information you have of an seuxally abusive rabbi.

We all must remember that Rabbi Tovia Singer goes around the country counseling unsuspecting teenage and young adult women. If the allegations are true then we are all guilty of allowing another unsuspecting woman to becoming the next victim of his alleged manipulative sexual advances.

If Rabbi Tovia Singer has been sexually inappropriate with you, please contact Jewish Survivor or Me immediately.

You can also post what you know and your experiences with Tovia Singer here in the comment section.

17 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rabbi Tovia Singer is a musmach of the Mirrer Yeshiva. I do not know where he earned his MSW degree.
I know that his split with Jews for Judaism was based on his approach to educating people against missionary tacticsa and nothing else.

He is an incredibly effective speaker, extremely knowledgeable and this is a sad campaign to smear him. I have never known him to be inappropriate, which was not the case with another acquaintance of mine, Rabbi Baruch Lanner.
Lanner was a perverse pig who used to stare at teenage girls chests when he talked to them about going to Israel and would only pay attention to the outwardly attractive young women at his programs.
Tovia Singer has worked with the Bnai Noach movement and is an effective warrior against fundementalist evangelistic Christians who call themselves "Messianic Jews". Look for fodder elsewhere

October 19, 2006 2:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tovia is a sweet man who likes being around beautiful women. He's a single man, give him a break!

Even orthodox rabbis have natural urges What did they say about Shlomo Carlebach?

"Boys will be boys".

October 19, 2006 3:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shlomo Carlebach was an abusive deviant, please!!
An orthodox rabbi who went around hugging and kissing women??? What Shulchan Aruch did he ascribe his behavior to? Surely not the one written by R. Yosef Karo!
Oy holy souls!! PUllllleaz. The guy was a major fruitcake.

Tovia Singer is a fine man. True, he enjoys being around pretty women. And as a single man, why not?
Provided he keeps his hands to himself and acts appropriately, leave him alone and spread your innuendo somewhere else!
He is as far from Carlebach as this website is from legitimate Journalism!

October 19, 2006 8:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Should we start a list abusive rabbis who are incredibly effective speakers and who are extremely knowledgeable?

Why am I not impressed with these sorts of credentials?

I always thought that Tovia got his ordination from Mordecai Tendler?

October 19, 2006 10:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Should we be impressed with the fact that Singer has worked with the Bnai Noach movement?

One would think that movements like this would be a great place for Singer to find women who do know know halacha. When he counsels women does he do this alone? In a public location?

Curious if any of the women he allegedly manipulated into haveing sexual relations with were "Messianic Jews"?

October 19, 2006 10:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Point 1- Mordechai Tendler did not give Semicha. Your ignorance gives you away as just another "survivor" who believes that guilt exists everywhere. You give the rest of us true survivors of abuse bad names and make it very hard for us to be taken seriously. But I suppose there must be extremists in every movement.
Point 2- You know nothing about the Bnai Noach or you would know that they are not bound by the same Halachot as Bnei Yisrael. You would also know that they are very knowledgeable (you can't be an ignorant Ben Noach).

Point 3- Get help. Rabbi Singer should not even be mentioned on this website. Leave him alone and move on to reality.

October 19, 2006 10:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tuvia,
Are you a leader in the survivor movement now too?

Of course Noahides are not bound by halacha. Because of that fact, it must give this great rabbi permission to reach out and touch somebody. . .

October 19, 2006 10:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A goyta has the din of being a niddah from the age of three and therefore it is corporal offense(that means 39 lashes) to touch a goyta above the age of three in an affectionate or sexual manner. This prohibition is on the same list as not using wine touched by a goy, (Yer. Shab. chap 2)i.e., If Eliyahu Hanavi and his beisdin come and tell us this law has changed we do not listen to him.

November 07, 2006 12:34 AM  
Anonymous Tzian Nechumah said...

RABBI SINGER IS SINGLE?
Truely; you have just made my day!
That in itself is reason to make Aliyah and thank G-d.!
Although we have never met in person -I have been listening to him for months now; his love of zion, his unique perspectives regarding politics (Israel and USA),
his extra-ordinary knowledge and passion for Chumash and Tanuch all
make this man: extraordinary!
With the exception of his marital status (BH), the accusations posed here must be 'dreck'. I would suggest the accusor either check their sources more clearly or examine the reasoning behind such foolishness: just a little
anti-semitism?
"Be Strong, Be Strong,
Be Strengthened!"
-with love for R. Tovia Singer, Hashem and Klol Israel.
Tzina.

November 08, 2006 9:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He has been married and divored several times, but this is not because of abusive or lecherous behaviour.

He has an ego the size of a mountain and thinks of little besides his work and his public, leaving little time for his family.

So you're barking up the wrong tree. He has had problems with his family life, but not due to any of the reasons you alledge.

He's a great speaker, and an powerful personality. He does great work, and work is all he has.

January 02, 2007 10:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If I remember correctly Tovia Singer claims that Mordecai Tendler gave him smicha. Can anyone confirm this? If it's true, who else did Tendler give smicha to?

January 02, 2007 11:10 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tovia does great work as long as you are not a young beautiful woman. Then he may be reaching out a bit to far.

January 02, 2007 11:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

'rabbi'Singer, and I know this for fact, has a long string of women in his past, unfortunately including me. I wish I would have known his history before I was coerced into being w/ him. I hope something can be done to stop this from happening to any other women. He used his title as rabbi to mislead and manipulate me, and I mistakenly trusted him. I am left alone, ashamed, and fearful of coming forward.

September 02, 2010 10:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He should not be a speaker for HaSHem...he is an extremist and does not care for anyone unless they absolutely agree with him. Remember, he says himself...he is always right. so unless, you want a warped sense of reality, go ahead listen to him talk about great thighs new york.

January 03, 2011 9:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Reply to TN...I hope you didn't make aliyah in hopes of marrying Rabbi Singer by getting sucked into thinking he was talking about you during his radio shows...

January 03, 2011 9:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He is Bipolar.

January 03, 2011 9:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a former Messianic Jew I can tell you one thing. Rabbi Singer got me out and back to my Yiddishkeit. On the other hand Rabbi Ben Tzion Kravitz was so obnoxious to me and others at a Messianic convention that nobody wanted to have a conversation with him. I guess that is why he has posted these untruths about Rabbi Singer.

January 16, 2012 2:39 PM  

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