Monday, September 03, 2007

CALL TO ACTION: Case of Rabbi Moshe Eisemann and Ner Israel Rabbinical College

From The Awareness Center's Daily Newsletter:

The Awareness Center, Inc.
(The Jewish Coalition Against Sexual Abuse/Assault)
P.O. Box 65273, Baltimore, MD 21209

CALL TO ACTION: Case of Rabbi Moshe Eisemann and Ner Israel Rabbinical College

If you live in the Baltimore community click here to download the official flier. Make copies and share it with everyone you know!

There have been serious allegations of clergy sexual abuse made against Rabbi Moshe Eisemann. It's also been reported that the administration at Ner Israel Rabbinical College and several of the rabbonim in Baltimore have been inept in handling this case appropriately. For these reasons The Awareness Center, Inc. is demanding the following:

  1. Rabbi Moshe Eisemann immediately find new living arrangements and be move off the campus of Ner Israel.
  2. Rabbi Eisemann cease teaching and or tutoring students in his home or else where.
  3. Rabbi Moshe Eisemann have absolutely no contact with children or male adults under the age of 40 (According to Jewish custom, forty is the age in which a man is considered mature enough to study Kabbalah and less likely be able to be sexually manipulated by an sexual predator).
  4. Rabbi Moshe Eisemann be immediately evaluated by a licensed mental health professional who specializes in sex offenders. The professional must be approved by The Awareness Center, Inc. to insure the professional is not biased nor associated with Ner Israel or others.
  5. Artscroll/Mesorah publications cease and desist from publishing, selling or distributing any books created by Moshe Eisemann.
  6. All books written by Moshe Eisemann be banned by every yeshiva (seminaries) in the US and abroad.
  7. Rabbi Moshe Eisemann not be allowed to leave the United States.
  8. Ner Israel Rabbinical College finance a team of child abuse experts who will evaluate all past and present students of Rabbi Moshe Eisemann to determine if there are any more survivors. The team of experts will be approved by The Awareness Center to insure that the findings are handled properly and appropriately.

Contact The Following:

Ner Israel Contact Information:
Rabbi Aharon Feldman - Rosh Yeshiva (Head of the School)
Rabbi Beryl Weisbord - Dean of Students
Rabbi Sheftel Neuberger - President

Rabbi Yaakov Hopfer Contact Information:
Shearith Yisrael (Glen Ave. Shul)
410-367-9183 fax

Rabbi Nosson Scherman, the General Editor of Artscroll/Mesorah Publications
Meir Zlotowitz - Founder of Artscroll Publications
Phone: 718-921-9000
FAX: 718-680-1875
Back on March 1, 2007 Vicki Polin provided written testimony to the Maryland Senate Judicial Proceeding. In both her written and oral testimony she spoke about the case of Rabbi Moshe Eisemann.

Unfortunately, unless the those who were sexually victimized by Eisemann come forward and file a police report nothing can be done. There is no statute of limitations in the state of Maryland when it comes to criminal charges on crimes against children. If you or anyone you know was sexually violated by Eisemann and or anyone else please contact your local rape crisis center or The Awareness Center and they can walk you through the process.

If you were abused by Rabbi Eisemann in Philadelphia contact: Jeff Dion, Deputy Director of the National Crime Victim Bar Association. His phone number is 202-467-8753. His e-mail address is: jdion@

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't understand you. You titled your comments with "ALLEGATIONS." Allegations does not mean convicted. On the other hand - YOU have already convicted him. NOTHING HAS BEEN PROVEN!

Is it THAT EASY to destroy someone's life? All I need to do is accuse someone and in your eyes that person is convicted?

I read Phil Jacobs' article. The most damning part of his article is that Rabbi Blau told us that he thinks Rabbi Hopfer believes the allegations. Well - it's the same Rabbi Hopfer that does NOT believe the allegations of Rabbi Eisgrau's daughter - Yet - as usual - Rabbi Eisgrau has been condemned by you. All because you choose to believe the testimony of a (nebech) disturbed person - again Rabbi Hopfer, the person you are relying on to condemn Rabbi Eisemann - has publicy explicitly announced that Rabbi Eisgrau is NOT guilty of the allegations.

This is VERY POOR jurisprudence on your part. It devalues your entire website.

How would you like for me to accuse you of sexual abuse? You would be destroyed.

Why doesn't Phil Jacobs tell us who HIS abuser is? I'll tell you why - because Phil is not interested in destroying his own family though he doesn't mind destroying other families. His words in his articles are quite obviously very carefully chosen so that he cannot be sued for defamation. There are no laws against defamation against a dead person - so he tested the waters with Rabbi Shapiro. Why doesn't he tell us about how his own father abused him? Why doesn't he tell everyone to watch out from their own fathers and mothers? I'm really very interested to know his answer as to why he doesn't expose his own father?

You've become so deeply involved in this project - so interested in making the Awareness Center gain a name for itself that you don't care how many lives you mess up.

Because of the cases that you reported that I am personaly aware of or "mis"reported - I take all of your other articles with tons of salt. I don't trust any of your articles.

I am interested in your response. But I know you will not publish this comment and so I don't know how I can see your response.

Though you indeed may be only singing to your own choir - to people who have an extremely low level threshhold of proof - let me tell you if you want to make a name for yourself, you need to sing to a broad audience. The vast majority of people I know that are dealing with these issues think your site does far more harm than good. Your site is considered about at the same level as tabloids. At least I know that your intentions are to do good. But you need alot of guidence. Somehow I would like to know your answers.

September 03, 2007 9:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh yes - I know about Rabbi E. I studied in Ner Israel for several years. I had alot of dealings with him. I can tell you lots of stories that he did to me.

September 03, 2007 9:41 PM  
Anonymous Rape Stats said...

Rapes Still Not Being Reported
The National Crime Victimization Survey includes statistics on reported and unreported crimes in America. Sexual assault is one of the most underreported crimes, with more than half still being left unreported. Utilizing services such as The National Sexual Assault Hotline can help encourage victims to get help and report what has happened to them so that more perpetrators can be brought to justice.

Males are the least likely to report a sexual assault, though it is estimated they make up 10% of all victims. Young females are four times more likely than any other group to be a victim of sexual assault.

September 03, 2007 10:48 PM  
Anonymous More Stats said...

The FBI estimates that only 37% of all rapes are reported to the police. U.S. Justice Department statistics are even lower, with only 26% of all rapes or attempted rapes being reported to law enforcement officials.

September 03, 2007 10:50 PM  
Anonymous Every 90 Seconds said...

Every 90 seconds, somewhere in America, someone is sexually assaulted. (Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN)). RAINN calculation based on 1999 USDOJ NCVS data.)

If this is true how many of them are Jewish? If they are Jewish and or rabbis handle the cases just like they did the Eisemann case, how many of the survivors walked away from being observant?

September 03, 2007 10:52 PM  
Anonymous Symptomology said...

Sexual violence survivors exhibit a variety of psychological symptoms that are similar to those of victims of other types of trauma, such as war and natural disaster (National Research Council 1996). A number of long-lasting symptoms and illnesses have been associated with sexual victimization including chronic pelvic pain; premenstrual syndrome; gastrointestinal disorders; and a variety of chronic pain disorders, including headache, back pain, and facial pain (Koss 1992).

Between 4% and 30% of rape victims contract sexually transmitted diseases as a result of the victimization (Resnick 1997).

September 03, 2007 10:54 PM  
Anonymous Domestic Violence said...

Boys who witness their fathers' violence are 10 times more likely to engage in spouse abuse in later adulthood than boys from non-violent homes. (Family Violence Interventions for the Justice System, 1993)

September 03, 2007 10:55 PM  
Anonymous Children Reporting said...

Children often fail to report because of the fear that disclosure will bring consequences even worse than being victimized again. The victim may fear consequences from the family, feel guilty for consequences to the perpetrator, and may fear subsequent retaliatory actions from the perpetrator.
Sources: Berlinger & Barbieri, 1984; Groth, 1979; Swanson & Biaggio, 1985.

September 03, 2007 11:00 PM  
Anonymous Study of 630 cases said...

Study of 630 cases of alleged sexual abuse of children from 1985 through 1989: Using a subset of 116 confirmed cases, findings indicated that 79 percent of the children of the study initially denied abuse or were tentative in disclosing. Of those who did disclose, approximately three-quarters disclosed accidentally. Additionally, of those who did disclose, 22 percent eventually recanted their statements.
Source: Sorensen & Snow, 1991.

September 03, 2007 11:01 PM  
Anonymous Young victims said...

Young victims may not recognize their victimization as sexual abuse.
Source: Gilbert, l988.

September 03, 2007 11:02 PM  
Anonymous Difference of children who report then those who don't said...

There is the clinical assumption that children who feel compelled to keep sexual abuse a secret suffer greater psychic distress than victims who disclose the secret and receive assistance and support.
Source: Finkelhor & Browne, 1986.

September 03, 2007 11:03 PM  
Anonymous Children who get help right away said...

Early identification of sexual abuse victims appears to be crucial to the reduction of suffering of abused youth and to the establishment of support systems for assistance in pursuing appropriate psychological development and healthier adult functioning . As long as disclosure continues to be a problem for young victims, then fear, suffering, and psychological distress will, like the secret, remain with the victim.
Sources: Bagley, 1992; Bagley, 1991; Finkelhor et al. 1990; Whitlock & Gillman, 1989.>

September 03, 2007 11:04 PM  
Anonymous Children in Day Care said...

An average of 5.5 children per 10,000 enrolled in day care are sexually abused, an average of 8.9 children out of every 10,000 are abused in the home
Source: Finkelhor & Williams, 1988.

September 03, 2007 11:05 PM  
Anonymous WHEN SEXUALLY abused boys are not treated said...

"WHEN SEXUALLY abused boys are not treated, society must later deal with the resulting problems, including crime, suicide, drug use and more sexual abuse, said the study’s author, Dr. William C. Holmes of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine." [snip] "The earlier studies found that one-third of juvenile delinquents, 40 percent of sexual offenders and 76 percent of serial rapists report they were sexually abused as youngsters." [snip] "The suicide rate among sexually abused boys was 1½ to 14 times higher, and reports of multiple substance abuse among sixth-grade boys who were molested was 12 to 40 times greater." [snip] "Holmes said a review of the studies leads him to believe 10 percent to 20 percent of all boys are sexually abused in some way. But widely varying definitions of sexual abuse in the studies and differences in who was being studied make it difficult to accurately gauge the prevalence of sexual abuse, he said." (MSNBC News, Dec 1998)

September 03, 2007 11:06 PM  
Anonymous Disabled children more likely to be sexually abused said...

It is estimated that children with disabilities are 4 to 10 times more vulnerable to sexual abuse than their non-disabled peers.
Source: National Resource Center on Child Sexual Abuse, 1992.

September 03, 2007 11:08 PM  
Anonymous Sex Offenders said...

The typical child sex offender molests an average of 117 children, most of who do not report the offence.
Source: National Institute of Mental Health, 1988.

About 60% of the male survivors sampled report at least one of their perpetrators to be female.
Source: Mendel, 1993.

About 95% of victims know their perpetrators.
Source: CCPCA, 1992.

It is estimated that approximately 71% of child sex offenders are under 35 and knew the victim at least casually. About 80% of these individuals fall within normal intelligence ranges; 59% gain sexual access to their victims through, seduction or enticement.
Source: Burgess & Groth, 1984.

September 03, 2007 11:10 PM  
Anonymous Pandora's Box said...

During an initial therapy session with a senior citizen, I asked one of my routine interview questions: "Have you ever been sexually abused?" She paused, then nodded slowly. Although she had been in therapy most of her adult life, there was no record of sexual victimization in her overflowing patient file. Her response, "No one ever asked."

Parents of sexually abused children or children brutally murdered at the hands of molesters -- left to a lifetime of grief and confusion -- wonder why their children didn't tell.

Too often, we do not ask. We survey school children on alcohol use, drug use, suicidality, depression, physical abuse, and sometimes concensual sexual contact. But we fail to ask about sexual victimization. Why? Are we afraid to open Pandora's Box?

September 03, 2007 11:12 PM  
Anonymous Stats on How Children Are Abused said...

* 30-40% of victims are abused by a family member.

* Another 50% are abused by someone outside of the family whom they know and trust.

* Approximately 40% are abused by older or larger children whom they know.

* Therefore, only 10% are abused by strangers.

September 03, 2007 11:16 PM  
Anonymous More on Sex Offenders said...

Most perpetrators don't molest only one child if they are not reported and stopped.

* Nearly 70% of child sex offenders have between 1 and 9 victims; at least 20% have 10 to 40 victims.

* An average serial child molester may have as many as 400 victims in his/her lifetime.

September 03, 2007 11:17 PM  
Anonymous The Punishment said...

The Punishment

· 61% of rapes/sexual assaults are not reported to the police. Those rapists, of course, never serve a day in prison. [1999 NCVS]

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.

September 03, 2007 11:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like the idea that no males under the age of 40 should be alone with Eisemann. The fact is that the majority of survivors of clergy sexual abuse don't even come forward about their abuse until they are in their forties or fifties.

September 04, 2007 4:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any Relation? said...

A sex offender named Eisemann living in Oceanside, a city with a large frum population and 5 or 6 shuls. This monster sodomized a 10 year old girl.

September 06, 2007 8:49 PM  

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