Monday, April 16, 2007

Israel National News - Baltimore Rabbis Confront Sexual Abuse

Baltimore Rabbis Confront Sexual Abuse
Israel National News
28 Nisan 5767, 16 April 07 10:35

( The Rabbinical Council of Greater Baltimore, an organization of Baltimore’s Orthodox Rabbis, issued a letter to their community warning about the dangers of sexual abuse, encouraging parents to talk to their children about recognizing abuse, and instructing the community that the local authorities can be contacted in such an event.

They also acknowledged their own inexperience and lack of training in dealing with issues of sexual abuse, and expressed a willingness to publicize names of potentially dangerous offenders. The letter was the most far-reaching of its kind in recent memory, and comes in reaction to a spate of recent reports of abuse throughout the Jewish world.


Anonymous Anonymous said...


April 16, 2007 4:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Child abuse case in the Morristown, NJ area.

April 16, 2007 11:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The case of Rabbi Gershon Friedlin

County of conviction Middlesex
DOB 1937-03-04 Year of conviction 1997
Age at sentence 60 Indictment number 96-02-00282-I
Age today 70 Type of charge Indictment
Statute description SEX ASSAULT 4 YR>VICTIM

Sentence date Monday, 03/31/1997 Fine $1,500
Jail time* 00 years 00 months 000 days Lab fee $0
Parole ineligibility 00 years 00 months 000 days DEDR $0
Probation 03 years 00 months Restitution $0
Penalty $50

Published: June 12, 1994
Patti Joy Levine and Cabot Jeffrey Marks, lawyers in New York, are to be married this evening at Shadowbrook, a restaurant in Shrewsbury, N.J. Rabbi Gershon Friedlin is to officiate.

April 17, 2007 1:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The case of Joseph Schick

County of conviction Bergen
DOB 1984-06-10 Year of conviction 2004
Age at sentence 20 Indictment number 03-09-01807-I
Age today 22 Type of charge Indictment
Statute description AGG SEX ASSLT-<13 YRS.

Sentence date Friday, 06/04/2004 Fine $800
Jail time* 08 years 06 months 000 days Lab fee $0
Parole ineligibility 07 years 07 months 000 days DEDR $0
Probation 00 years 00 months Restitution $0
Penalty $100

April 17, 2007 1:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The case of Edward Epstein.

April 17, 2007 2:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The case of Gad Attar

April 17, 2007 10:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Comment from Dr. Haim Haber

Now that "the article" has been published in the Baltimore Jewish Times I am even more confused over the intent of Rabbi Gottlieb's drusha on Pesach. Here we have an article about a dead man, no longer a threat to anyone and not punishable beyond the grave. Let us suspend all fair play rules-- ie, the right to defend oneself against one's accusers--and let us accept that this rabbi was an abuser. A pedophile. A horror. Okay. Now what? The Jewish Times offered up several weak excuses as to why it was warranted in publishing it's story, replete with graphic examples of the dead one's dastardly deeds. '"Maybe" it will stop another pervert from abusing a kid if he knows he could be outed.' Sorry guys. Never happened. Every criminology study in every field you look at has failed to show that punishement--right up to the death penalty--is any kind of deterrent. And if we are "kind" and call this form of deviancy a "disease" then certainly punishment is of no deterrant value whatsoever. Another self justification proferred by the BJT was it would 'aid in the healing process' of the victims. Really? Revenge may make one feel good for the moment but won't address the terrible suffering and damage done to the abused child/adult. Neither will a "you are not alone" declaration straighen out the twisted and bent lives of kids exposed to this type of abuse.

So just what will the BJT story accomplish? We need not guess. Public shame and disgrace to innocent family members. Remember here: No one is going after co-conspirators of silence of the rabbi. And if they did, do we now punish and ruin the lives of the children? The grand children? It is one thing to seek to protect the innocent present and future from further abuse--let us out these festering boils on the Jewish community and let their families join in cursing them --it is quite another to expose a long dead man for no justifiable --no definable-- positive benefit at the cost of irreparable pain again and again.
That's how I see it.
Posted by: CHAIM HABER at April 14, 2007 10:32 PM

April 17, 2007 10:11 AM  
Anonymous Check before you hire a Contractor said...

County of conviction Morris
DOB 1969-04-21 Year of conviction 2005
Age at sentence 36 Indictment number 04-09-01194-I
Age today 38 Type of charge Indictment
Statute description SEX ASSLT- >13 <16 BY DEF 4 YE

Sentence date Monday, 06/06/2005 Fine $0
Jail time* 03 years 00 months 000 days


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April 17, 2007 10:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dr. Haim Haber, You must have a doctorate in denial, because you don't know anything about tramau survivors. Or you are maybe a hired hand to discredit the righteous.

How about a little sympathy for the victims! JUST A DROP!

What's really going on is that Heineman is all talk.

But the rest of us are mad as hell and we're not going to take it anymore. People like you and Heineman do not help Bnei Israel when you do. But some of the rest of us try to make sure ALL our actions are Shem Shemayim. And you can't stop us.

April 18, 2007 2:24 PM  

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