Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Looking For Survivors of Daniel Gersh Who Was a Camp Counselor at Na-Sho-Pah - Bloomingburg, New York and in London

Case of Daniel Gersh - Football Coach, Summer Camp Counselor

Director of the Southside Juniors' Football Club - Ilford, Essex, England

Summer Camp Counselor, Camp Na-Sho-Pah - Bloomingburg, New York

Football Coach, Jewish Community Centre Sinclair House - Redbridge, Essex

Past Member, South West Essex Reform Synagogue, Essex, England

If you know or have any concerns regarding the activities of Gersh and feel it may be relevant or find it helpful to talk to someone, the police and social services have set up dedicated telephone lines for people to ring." The numbers are 020 8217 6415 for the police, and 020 8708 3014/3565 for Redbridge social services.

If you are a Jewish survivor of Daniel Gersh you can also call The Awareness Center, Inc. at 443-857-5560.

Arrested after admitting to 60 counts of assault and related charges, including molesting nine boys, aged seven to 11, and filming several of them. Daniel Gersh stated in court: "My life is over. I have been trying to hide this since I was 13 years old."

Many of the vulnerable youngsters were deceived into believing the assaults would help them become football stars, thus enabling Gersh to go undetected for some time.

Gersh is a former FA-registered coach, was checked and cleared by police when he volunteered to take part in football nights at Jewish community centre Sinclair House in Redbridge, Essex, in 1995. He also coached at Jewish summer camp Na-Sho-Pah in New York 15 years ago.

Gersh was arrested in October 2006 when a mother contacted police after her nine-year-old son spoke out. Officers from the Child Abuse Investigation Team studied the material seized from his home and went on to identify a further eight victims.

6 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bloomingburg, NY, is off Route 17 in the Catskill mountains between Middletown and Wurtsboro.

There is an orthodox bungalow colony in that town whose children could also have been vulnerable.

December 25, 2007 1:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://www.thejc.com/home.aspx?ParentId=m11&SecId=11&AId=57093&ATypeId=1

Detective Inspector Keith Braithwaite said: “I do believe there are more children out there that he’s abused. He did not co-operate with police."

Earlier this year, Gersh’s father Paul, a former chairman of South West Essex Reform Synagogue, attacked the JC’s (Jewish Chronicle) “total lack of compassion” after it ran a front-page story detailing his offences.

December 25, 2007 1:48 PM  
Anonymous The Case of Rabbi Shimon Gerlick said...

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/862921.html

Popular Nahariya rabbi arrested for alleged indecent acts
By Jack Khoury, Haaretz Correspondent

The arrest of a popular Nahariya rabbi for allegedly committing indecent sexual acts was made public Thursday, after a judicial gag order was lifted.

Rabbi Shimon Gerlick serves as rabbi of the Nahariya hospital as well as rabbi of the city's Amidar neighborhood.

Police arrested him three weeks ago after an 8-year-old girl and 30-year-old woman accused him of indecent sexual acts. Police extended the remand of the rabbi twice before putting him under house arrest last week.

A 15-year-old girl came forward and issued a third complaint against the rabbi while he was under arrest, police said.

The 8-year-old, who was escorted to the police station by her family, said that when she was five she visited synagogue where the rabbi took her to a secluded area and sexually abused her.

The 30-year-old, who is married, said the rabbi sexually assaulted her on two separate occasions. Once when she came to him for counseling at the hospital and another time when she met him at a shop in the city. In her testimony she said that in both incidents Gerlick took her hand and placed it on his crotch.

The 15-year-old testified that she met the rabbi near one of the synagogues in town where he committed indecent acts.

All of the charges against the rabbi relate to incidents that took place in the past few years. Brigadier General Faraj Faras, Nahariya police chief, said that the decision to arrest Gerlick was only made after each of the complainants' testimonies had been checked and found truthful.

Rabbi Gerlick is a well-known and admired figure in Nahariya. Over the years he has carried out the wedding ceremonies of hundreds of couples in the town and the surrounding area. Acquaintances were shocked to hear of the charges. One close friend told Haaretz: "We don?t believe it. This is a rabbi that everyone knows on account of his understanding and wisdom. He is a very warm man, its impossible to believe he's capable of such acts."

December 26, 2007 8:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/938321.html

Terrible story

December 26, 2007 8:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/918063.html

Steep rise in child sexual assault complaints among Haredis

By Ruth Sinai, Haaretz Correspondent

December 26, 2007 8:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/800600.html

2,000 complaints of sexual abuse filed by children under 12 in past year

By Ruth Sinai, Haaretz Correspondent

December 26, 2007 8:37 AM  

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