Are parents of adult children responsible at all for the inappropriate behavior of thier offspring?
When you have six children and complaints have been made about three of them, could there have been a problem with your parenting skills?
I have a real problem with anyone promoting Hanna Ruderman - Weinberg. Over the years she has done absolutely nothing to help the survivors of her son rabbi Matis Weinberg, who is an alleged sex offender. I found the following bio on the web and it made me sick.
Rebbetzin Chana Weinberg is making herself out to be the guru for battered women a sort of saint. The first allegations that were made against her son Matis of molestation was when he was around 16 years old. In the 1980's when allegations were made again (including cult like practices), she did her best to protect the Weinberg /Ruderman name. The risk management included her interest in the plight of battered women. Her husband, Rabbi Yaakov Weinberg began his involvement with the anti-cult/anti-missionary group - Jews for Judaism. One has to wonder about the authenticity of their involvement considering these factors.
We also have to ask about Chana's ex-daughter-in-law, who was once married to rabbi Simcha Weinberg's. How does she feel about the rebbetzin's involvement with battered women? Don't forget that Chana's pious son, rabbi Simcha Weinberg has a history of sexual indiscretions with other women while he was married. I've heard rumors of the ugly divorce.
Then there's the issue of Chana's lovely daughter, the psychologist in Baltimore - Aviva Weisbord. All one needs to do is read the case of Rabbi Eliezer Eisgrau to learn about Aviva's alleged unethical professional behavior.
We need to stop being in awe of individuals who are the children of famous rabbinical leaders. I personally believe that being born into the family of pious individuals should not give you automatic credibility. Honor and respect is something that needs to be earned!
Hanna Weinberg is a part of the problem and not the solution. She's more interested in protecting her families name then she is about protecting our children!
Aviva Weinberg-Weisbord / Rabbi Matis Weinberg
Women Who Dare - NOT!
Hanna Weinberg (nè Ruderman) was born in Germany in 1927 and grew up in Slobodka, then in Lithuania. In 1931, the Ruderman family moved to Cleveland, Ohio where her father, Rabbi Yaacov Yitzchok Ruderman, served as one of the teachers at the Yeshiva. After two years, the family relocated to Baltimore, Maryland where Rabbi Ruderman founded and headed a yeshiva named Ner Israel. From the age of six until the present day, Hanna Weinberg's life has been intimately intertwined with both Orthodoxy and Ner Israel Yeshiva.
During the early 1980s, Rebbetzin Weinberg became increasing concerned about the problem of domestic abuse in the Jewish community (NOTE: this is around the same time that allegations were being made against her son Matis of cult like practices and molesting boys in California. Her husband Rabbi Weinberg began working with Jews for Judaism around this same time). Working behind the scenes on a local level, she established two safe houses for battered women. Coupled with an informal network of volunteers, these programs assisted with taking women to the hospital, picking children up from school, providing monetary aid to the abused woman, subsidizing legal support and providing career advice. On a national scale, Rebbetzin Weinberg raised the issue of domestic violence and abuse with other leading rabbis, sometimes in the face of disbelief, apathy and denial. In the same decade, she joined the Center for the Prevention of Sexual and Domestic Violence, founded by Rev. Marie Fortune, as an advisor on the Orthodox Jewish approach to domestic violence.
In addition to her advisory work on a national level, Rebbetzin Weinberg was also consulted on the formation of CHANA (Counseling Helpline and Aid Network for Abused Women) a project of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore. While remaining active as a community educator on the problems of domestic violence, Rebbetzin Weinberg gained certification in geriatrics at Villa Julie College and went on to serve as Director of Volunteer Services at the Jewish Convalescent and Nursing Home. Her interest in the more fragile members of the Jewish community was extended to caring for all those in need through the group she created called Bikur Holim (visiting the sick). This comprehensive organization now boasts over 90 volunteers, whose services include visiting the sick in the hospital, providing transportation to medical appointments and hospitals, offering a mother-toddler and geriatric group that enables cross generational interaction, and giving financial aid for operations and an infertility group.
Hanna Weinberg is a mother of six, a grandmother of 44 and a great-grandmother to 26 children and counting!