Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Warning to Single Women - Case of Jonathan Berkowitz, MSW, CSW, LMSW (AKA: Yochanan Berkowitz, Johanatan Berkowitz, Jonathan Yochanan Berkowitz)

Yochanan Berkowitz currently lives in Passaic, NJ
  • Yoga Instructor
  • School Psychologist
  • Social Worker, yet tells women he's a Psychologist (this is illegal)

Does anyone know what Yochanan Berkowitz (AKA: Jonathan Berkowitz) has been up to lately? Rumors are floating around that he's being protected by Rabbi Avraham Braun and is chummy with Rabbi Akiva Tendler. Both are rabbonim at Ohr Somayach.

Ohr Somayach is also the yeshiva in which Rabbi Alan Horowitz was sentenced to attend after his 1983 conviction of child molestation. One has to wonder if Ohr Somayach has a Ner Israel problem?

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

There have been numerous allegations that Jonathan Berkowitz has been sexually inappropriate with women he has dated, 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)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

My wife had gone out with "Yoga-Nut" Berkowitz. He said he was creepy but didn't seem threatening.

August 22, 2007 2:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

due to a personal incident i would have to disagree with annonymous #1 and say he was threatning and i guess he still is

April 03, 2008 9:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have to disagree with annonymous #1 and say he was most definitley threatning(and guess he still is) and seems like we knew him during the same time period!

April 03, 2008 9:47 PM  

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