After reading the call for action put out by The Awarness Center, I've lost all faith in Agudath Israel of America and the Jewish Community of Baltimore, MD.
Rabbi Yaakov Menken is a part of the Agudath Israel movement and has the support of Aviva Weinberg-Weisbord of Ner Israel and Jewish Big Brothers/Big Sisters.
I can't help but wonder what Rabbi Yakov Horowitz has to say about the way his movement has dealt with the Menken case? What more evidence do they need then a confession to Rabbi Shmuel Kaminetsky?
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).
Call To Action:
Stop Funding Programs Organized By Alleged Sex Offender Rabbi Yaakov Menken
In honor of the survivors of Rabbi Yaakov Menken (AKA: Ken Menken), The Awareness Center is bringing the following information to your attention. The goal is to prevent any more individual from becoming the next victim of a sexual offense.
Rabbi Yaakov Menken is the founder and director of Project Genesis, a Kiruv organization (Jewish outreach). He has put together an educational program that is funded by the Jewish Education Enhancement Projects (JEEP), which obtains its funds through the Jewish Federation of Baltimore (The Associated).
The Awareness Center, Inc. is asking that you contact both organizations and demand they stop funding programs connected to Rabbi Yaakov Menken. We are also asking that you contact those who are advertising Menken's programs. Explain to them that they are putting unsuspecting women at risk of harm.
Rabbi Yaakov Menken confessed to Rabbi Shmuel Kaminetsky that he had sexual contact with a young religious woman. At the time of the abuse this particular survivor was undergoing "spiritual counseling" by Rabbi Menken. The survivor was bearly out of her teens at the time she was sexually manipulated. Kenneth Menken was nearly in his forties. He was also a married, haredi (orthodox) rabbi.
The young woman describes her experience with Menken as clergy sexual abuse (professional sexual misconduct) During a conversation with Rabbi Kaminetsky, Kenneth Menken stated the young woman "manipulated him into having sexual contact."
Project Genesis has put together the following lecture series, which is funded by The Associated of Baltimore. Each time this program is advertised puts another unsuspecting woman at risk of harm -- by being "counseled" by Rabbi Menken. Please demand that all organizations stop funding activities organized by Yaakov Menken. Also demand that newspapers and magazines refuse to advertise events connected to him. The goal is to prevent one more unsuspecting individual from becoming the next victim of a sex crime.
The Awareness Center is also asking everyone to contact the following speakers. Please help inform them of Rabbi Menken's past history of alleged clergy sexual abuse (professional sexual misconduct). All inquires of his confession should be directed to Rabbi Shmuel Kaminetsky. (215) 477-1000.
Please ask Rabbi Shmuel Kaminetsky make a public statement regarding Rabbi Menken's confession and require Yaakov to be in therapy with a highly qualified psychotherapist whom specializes in working with sex offenders. The Awareness Center is also asking that Ken Menken financially compensate the survivor for the pain and suffering he has caused her.
Contact The Following Organizations"
1. The Jewish Education Enhancement Project (JEEP)
firstname.lastname@example.org. The Associated Jewish Charities of Baltimore
3. The Center for Jewish Education
1) Larry Ziffer, Executive Vice President
2) Rivka Lampert Adler, Director Adult Education
4) The Baltimore Jewish Times
Andrew Buerger, Publisher5) The Advertiser
email@example.com) Ner Israel Rabbinical College
Rabbi Aharon Feldman
Rabbi Beryl Weisbord
List Project Genesis Speakers:
- Rabbi Dr. Ephraim Becker
- Rabbi Motti Berger
- Rabbetzin Tzipporah Heller
- Rabbi Doron Kornbluth
- Rabbi Zev Leff
- Rabbi Noach Orlowek
- Rabbi Jonathan Rosenblum
- Rabbi Ken Spiro
Labels: Agudath Israel of America, Aviva Weisbord, Center for Jewish Education, clergy abuse, Jewish Education Enhancement Projects, Ken Menken, sexual abuse, Shmuel Kaminetsky, The Associated, Yaakov Menken