Monday, July 16, 2007

Information Needed on the case of rabbi Yehuda Kolko

Rabbi Yehuda Kolko

Does anyone know when Yudi Kolko received his smicha, from which Rabbi and from which Yeshiva it was?

My office is now investigating the possibility of bringing a lawsuit against this Rav and the Yeshiva for gross and willfull negligence.

If anyone has information about this case, please contact me via email at or via telephone at (305) 931-2200.

Jeffrey Herman, Esq.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Awareness Center wants to remind everyone that harassing an alleged victim (or family member) of a sex crime is against the law. It is called witness tampering. If you are a survivor and this happens call your local police immediately.

July 16, 2007 10:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did Jeff Herman really ask this question?

This is an interesting legal strategy if it holds up in court. Some rabbonim have been afraid to revoke semicha in case the ex-musmach sues them. This would apply pressure from the opposite direction.

July 16, 2007 11:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yudi Kolko was in Mirrer yeshiva although it's not clear if he received semicha from there or anywhere. You don't need semicha to teach as a rebbe and getting semicha is actually discouraged in very yeshivish circles. In any case, the Mirrer rosh yeshiva from those days, Rav Avraham Kalmanowitz z'l, has long since passed away. There are some molestation stories with Kolko over there 40 years ago, but it's possible the yeshiva did not know about them until decades later.

July 16, 2007 11:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The picture of Kolko being led away in handcuffs by the NYPD would have been better up top this entry.

July 16, 2007 11:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you sure Yehuda Kolko went to the Mirrer? Maybe he also attended the same yeshiva as Alan Horowitz and got semicha from the same person or place?

July 16, 2007 11:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Would it be difficult to believe that Alan Horowitz got his semicha from the same place as rav Michael Ozair?

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

That's preposterous. Alan Horowitz hung around a baal teshuva yeshiva and yes, Kolko definitely was in the Mirrer and became gym teacher and dorm counselor before he left. After UOJ's blog was up for a while, UOJ was contacted by a formerly religious Mir graduate who is now an openly gay man living in Greenwich Village with his partner. He said that he had been molested by Kolko when he was in high school there and knew of one other victim.

July 17, 2007 9:37 AM  

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