Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Case of Rabbi Yehuda Kolko: On the Rabbi's Knee - Nominated for a 2006 National Magazine Award


Please excuse the impersonal nature of this email, but I wanted you to know that "On the Rabbi's Knee," New York Magazine's feature story from last spring about allegations of molestation against Rabbi Yehuda Kolko of Yeshiva Torah Temimah, has been nominated for a 2006 National Magazine Award under the category of "public service" journalism.

All of us at the magazine are very proud of this story. But most of all we are grateful to David Framowitz, who was so brave in coming forward and speaking on the record about his experiences. Our hope is that this nomination will bring greater visibility to the issues raised in the story.

Many thanks to David -- as well as the many others who were so helpful in publishing this story.

Below is a link to all of this year's nominees for the National Magazine Awards, which are produced by the American Society of Magazine Editors.

Many thanks again and all the best,

Bob Kolker

Contributing Editor
New York Magazine


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Religious nursery schools in New York City that have long been exempt from certain child care regulations may face new requirements under a Health Department proposal.

The Health Department's board yesterday voted to open for public comment several measures to improve safety at child care facilities, including one measure that would require some 500 child care services to obtain city permits and conduct criminal background checks on employees. Currently, faith-based nursery schools that are attached to elementary schools are exempt, thanks to their "No Permit Required" status.

Advocates said the proposals are in line with efforts over the past few years to improve safety at child care centers. "When a parent makes a choice about child care, whether they are choosing to have them in institutions run by a religious organization or whether its one run by a community organization, those programs have to meet the same safety and health requirements," the executive director of the Citizens' Committee for Children of New York, Gail Nayowith, said.

Still, some religious officials said that while they are committed to safety for their children, implementing the regulations could be challenging. In particular, they focused on the facility requirements and educational qualifications for child care staff. "Many of our schools have, in fact, their own training systems outside of the traditional colleges that would approach these issues from, perhaps, a more faith-based perspective," an executive vice president at Agudath Israel of America, David Zweibel, said.

March 16, 2007 8:33 AM  

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