Sunday, December 24, 2006

Even with a confession to Rabbi Shmuel Kaminetsky -- Rabbi Yaakov Menken continues on

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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.

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.

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)
2. The Associated Jewish Charities of Baltimore
Adam Rosenberg

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, Publisher
5) The Advertiser
6) 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
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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm hoping an attorney could answer a question regarding making the allegations against Ken Menken public.

If Kenny Menken would repeat his alleged offensive behavior towards another woman he provided spiritual counseling, and if the alleged new victim learned of Menken's organization through the Baltimore Jewish Times, could the Jewish Times be named in a law suit?

December 24, 2006 11:49 PM  
Anonymous Talk Radio Show In Baltimore said...

I thought people might want to call into the Baltimore based talk radio show on December 25th and start discussing the Menken case on the air.

Listen live on the web at or tune in to AM1370 on Dec 25th from 9am-9pm.

Call in at 410-481-1370.

December 24, 2006 11:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The paper could not be sued for this. Publishing an ad for an organization is not a crime

December 25, 2006 9:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You reiterate all the accusations you have made against Menken, but provide NO new information. It is very odd that you, or anyone, should be privy to a confession to RYK. How could anyone know about such a thing? Until you clarify that, your post has NO credibility and looks like harassment without evidence to me.

December 25, 2006 2:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We all know the way it works in the charedi world. Call RYK and ask him about Menken's confession. If he changes the topic you know there's merit to the story. If he comes out and says no, the converstation never happened -- then you know it never happened. So call him. I did, he changed the topic. When I confronted him with the topic change, he stated he couldn't discuss the conversation with me.

December 25, 2006 7:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Assuming the accusation are true......Does Menken still provide counseling to women? If not, perhaps he is working through the Teshuvah process and people should stop pouring salt in the wound.

December 26, 2006 10:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Part of teshuva is confessing to the sin and asking forgiveness. To my knowledge, he has not confessed to sinning (last I heard he was blaming it on me) and he has certainly not asked for forgiveness of me.

- a woman who menken "counselled" and molested.

December 27, 2006 11:44 AM  

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