Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Case of Jonathan Berkowitz, MSW, CSW, LMSW (AKA: Yochanan Berkowitz, Johanatan Berkowitz)

The following information is provided in hopes of preventing another woman from becoming the next victim of a sex crime.

From The Awareness Center's daily newsletter:
Case of Jonathan Berkowitz, MSW, CSW, LMSW
(AKA: Yochanan Berkowitz, Johanatan Berkowitz)
Yoga Instructor, School Psychologist, Clinical Psychotherapist

Attended Ohr Somayach - Monsey, NY
New York City, NY; Passaic, NJ; Clifton, NJ

There have been numerous allegations that Jonathan Berkowitz (AKA: Yochanan Berkowiitz) has been sexually inappropriate with women he has dated in orthodox circles, which includes a case of alleged date rape back in 2004.

The alleged survivor filed a police report, went through a rape exam at a local hospital and attempted to pursue this matter with the criminal court system.

A Grand Jury reviewed the matter and considered the evidence involved. As a result of its review, the Grand Jury did not find probable cause for the return of an indictment. Therefore, criminal prosecution was not pursued on this case.

Over the last several years The Awareness Center has also received several phone calls from various women regarding Yochanan Berkowitz's behavior while dating. Many have described his behavior as being sexually inappropriate for an orthodox man. A common theme has been for Jonathan Berkowitz to present himself as a psychologist to potential dates, and to ask several women at the same time to date him exlusively.

According to the state of New York only individuals who hold a Ph.D. or PsyD may call themselves a "psychologist. According to the New York licensing bureau, Yohanan Berkowitz has a Masters Degree in Social Work, holds a
LMSW (Licensed Masters of Social Work)

Definition of Acquaintance Rape (including Date Rape) is any non-consensual sexual activity between two or more individuals who know each other. Acquaintance Rape can happen between friends, spouses, girlfriends and/or boyfriends, people who just met, etc. Acquaintance and Date Rape are often very difficult types of crimes to prove in a court of law.

According to the US Department of Justice
61% of sexual assaults are not reported to the police.
84% of all rapes in the United States are Date (Acquaintance) Rapes
A woman is 5 times more likely to be raped by someone she knows.
57% of all sexual assaults take place on dates or in the context of relationships
If the rape is reported to police, there is a 50.8% chance that an arrest will be made.
If an arrest is made, there is an 80% chance of prosecution.
If there is a prosecution, there is a 58% chance of a felony conviction.
If there is a felony conviction, there is a 69% chance the convict will spend time in jail.

So, even in the 39% of attacks that are reported to police, there is only a 16.3% chance the rapist will end up in prison.

Factoring in unreported rapes, about 6% of rapists—1 out of 16— will ever spend a day in jail. 15 out of 16 will walk free.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

He works for Rachel Long & Associates


Rachel Long, MSW, LCSW

Contact Rachel at RLonglcsw@hotmail.com

114 Essex Street
Rochelle Park, NJ
(Blocks from Routes 80 & 17)

Tel. 201-286-1122

Fax 201-368-0877

Jonathan Berkowitz, MSW, LCSW, MSE.d
Psychotherapist/School Psychologist

As a Clinical Psychotherapist and School Psychologist for over 12 years I am genuinely committed to creating a safe space to help facilitate and enhance the quality of life for all of my clients. I counsel children, adolescents, families, adults, and couples. My training and post graduate experience is very eclectic and includes the following approaches; gestalt, and cognitive behavioral therapy for adults and adolescents, play therapy for children, Ackerman's therapy for families, and Imago couples work. I am well versed in many aspects of psychological adjustment including anxiety, phobias, depression, survivors of abuse, social difficulties, child and adolescent behavioral management, job related issues, general stress reduction, and couples and partners therapy.

I have run a myriad of groups as well. I am a certified Yoga, Breath Work & Meditation (YBM) instructor and incorporate this training into the therapeutic process. I incorporate a holistic approach to the therapeutic process - emotional, behavioral, spiritual, and cognitive aspects of the client are vital to the process of counseling. We all experience times in life when we feel a bit off-center . Therapy can provide needed relief, a sense of peace, release us from anxiety, and empower us to reach our potential. I regard the process of counseling as completely personal and tailor it to each individual, family or couple. We will set the goals and the time frame to fit your needs and expectations. If you would like to schedule an appointment or if you have any questions regarding the process of being in therapy or any of the services we offer, please feel to call or email.

Contact Jonathan at YJberko@yahoo.com

June 18, 2007 7:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From Luach.com:

Breslov Book and tape Gemach ARE YOU LOOKING FOR A BRESLOVER BOOK OR TAPE SERIES? The Breselov book ( most of the english, as well as children's books), and tape Gemach has a new home. lOCATION 349 PENNINGTON AVE. between Van Houtan and Howard(the train tracks). BY APPOITMENT ONLY. please call Yochanan Berkowitz at 646-338-5424 to set up a time.

June 19, 2007 11:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Berkowitz runs Yahoo's NJ Carlebach Group and organizes vacation getaways.

He also sometimes hosts the Passaic-Clifton Carlebach minyan in his home at 349 Pennington Ave, between Van Houten and Howard.


Please contact Jonathan at 646-338-5424 or at jewyoga@yahoo.com

Come for the week ($200/couple) or a minimum 2days ($100 a day/couple

A group of modern orthodox professionals in their 20's through 50's
have rented a beautiful Kosher home on the nicest part of Fire
Island. The rental is from Monday morning July 25th through Friday
afternoon July 30th.

The fully equipped clean house is fully kosher (including 2 kosher
outdoor grills!), minutes from the beach and bay, fans and AC, linen
etc. . Minyan minutes away.

Food is not included/bring your own; inexpensive to get to ferry by
LIRR; carpooling may be available to get to the ferry).

We have full access to the hotel next door including their pool
(free), spa/gym, and their tennis courts. Water sports are included
as well.

We were able to get this amazing price due to it being a sublease.

June 19, 2007 11:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rabbi Chananya Weissman's shidduch group, EndTheMadness, encourages people to attend Berkowitz's ski trips to Killington through Berkowitz's Yahoo Jewish Outdoor Club:



And other events.

He has also been in charge of ski trips to the Poconos organized with Rabbi Rosenberg's shul in Wilkes-Barre PA.

He is a very active fellow who also organizes softball games on Sundays.

June 19, 2007 12:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speaking of the Poconos trip, here's what Berkowitz writes to encourage:



June 19, 2007 12:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought there was an agreement that Berkowitz wasn't supposed to be dating women due to his inappropriate behavior with women?

If he's not supposed to be dating why has he been organizing all of these trips?

June 19, 2007 2:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Berkowitz has a profile on Bangitout.com where a young lady links herself as a friend.

He also shows up on "Lisa's List" where you see girls trying to get rides with him.

June 19, 2007 3:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ohel Family Services can cure him and if they cant they can make him one of their counslers.

June 20, 2007 8:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Should we make a list of the sex offenders who have worked at Ohel as "counselors"?

Rabbi Avraham Mondrowitz comes to mind. . . are there others?

June 20, 2007 3:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Berkowitz has come to Baltimore a few times looking for his b'shert. It's been awhile, yet I remember meeting while davening at Goldberger's shul.

June 20, 2007 3:13 PM  

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