Thursday, April 26, 2007

Email from JTA - Weinreb to stay at O.U.

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I wonder if rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb is staying on at the OU has anything to do with the number of cases of sexual abuse breaking in Baltimore. Wienreb is from Baltimore. I'm told he still has a home there. Wasn't Rabbi Wienreb a part of the problem?

Weinreb to stay at O.U.
JTA (E-mail)
April 26, 2007

The Orthodox Union reversed course and extended the contract of Rabbi Tzvi Hersh Weinreb, its executive vice president, for two more years. Weinreb’s contract was to expire this summer and a search committee had been established to find a replacement. The committee has since disbanded.

O.U. President Stephen Savitsky told JTA that the change was prompted solely by the need to undertake a strategic planning effort before hiring new leadership. But sources at the group said a groundswell of support for Weinreb, which began after it became clear that his departure wasn’t entirely voluntary, led to the extension until summer 2009.

Weinreb was brought on in 2002 to help the Orthodox Union, the largest Orthodox umbrella group in the United States, recover from allegations of sexual misconduct by a youth group leader. Weinreb, a rabbi and psychotherapist, is widely admired within the organization, but some feel he lacks the business acumen to lead the Orthodox Union, which runs the largest kosher certification business in the world.

Opposition to Weinreb’s departure is said to have formed after a January article in the Forward revealed that he did not want to step down. His contract extension was announced earlier this month.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your speculation about Rabbi Weinreb being "part of the problem" is wrong. He has been an important advocate and helper to many victims of abuse.

April 26, 2007 4:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

he's been a helper of battered women, but what about children who have been molested by adults he's friends with?

did he know about the case of ephraim shapiro? moshe eiseman, eliezer eisgrau? or even matis weinberg?

He was in Baltimore during the rein of terror these men had on our children.

April 26, 2007 4:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Without knowing that he did know about shapiro, eiseman, eisgrau or weinberg it is irresponsible to accuse him of complicity. We all know how many survivors were afraid to come forward and speak out.

April 27, 2007 8:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

he may have been in baltimore, but he wasn't a community leader at all during shapiro and weinberg's hey dey. he became rov in 90, before that he was a psychologist for public schools. additionally, it would seem that no one would go to him for the other 2 b/c his shul wasn't a ner yisroel shul.

April 27, 2007 9:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Should a psychologist in public schools know something about sexual child abuse? In past interviews he said he didn't know much about the topic.

April 27, 2007 9:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Without knowing that he did know about shapiro, eiseman, eisgrau or weinberg it is irresponsible to accuse him of complicity."

Since when has "responsibility" ever been a prerequisite to posts on this blog?

April 27, 2007 12:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I happen to know firsthand that Eisgrau's daughter went to him personally about her father years ago. Apparently he didn't believe her...He did nothing about it.

April 30, 2007 1:37 PM  

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