Thursday, February 21, 2008

Baltimore's Vaad Presentation on Sexual Abuse

I've been told that there is a film of the presentations by Rabbi Yaakov Hopfer, David Mandel and David Pelcovitz. They are being prepared to go up on YouTube over the next few days.

There were many praises for the presentation conducted by Pelcovitz, even though there was no discussion about reporting crimes committed against children to the police.

I heard the highlight of the evening was David Mandel's lack of knowledge of needing to report suspicions and allegations sex crimes to legal authorities. I find this shocking considering he is the CEO of a mental health agency in New York, that is supposed to specialize working with "at risk" youth.

I was also asked if someone could name the following rabbis who are pictured below.
#1 Sheftl Neuberger - Ner Israel, Enabler of numerous sex offenders

#2 Beryl Weisbord (husband of Aviva Weisbord) - Ner Israel, Enabler of numerous sex offenders

#3 Shraga Neuberger - Ner Israel, Enabler of numerous sex offenders

#4 rabbi Avi Brilliant

#5 Yaakov Hopfer - President of Vaad, Enabler of sex offenders

#6 Daniel Lerner, Shraga Neuberger, Menachem (Michael) Goldberger

#7 rabbi Daniel Lerner and rabbi Moshe Hauer

8. rabbi Shmuel Silberg

9. David Mandel, CEO of Ohel - Enabler of numerous sex offenders

10. David Pelcovitz, Phd

This is a copy of the letter the Vaad (Jewish religious court) sent out to the Baltimore Jewish community a year ago. Since then nothing has changed, except that rabbi Moshe Heinemann wrote a letter banning the Baltimore Jewish Times, because they printed an article about a deceased rabbi who had an alleged history of molesting many children (both boys and girls for over a forty year period. The rabbi was Ephraim Shapiro. (click on images to enlarge)

The Hebrew in the letter above translates to: "The verse in Mishlei 26:11, which states, 'As a dog returns to its vomit, so does a fool return to his folly,' see Ibn Ezra there."


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The first picture is of Shevtel Newberger.

February 22, 2008 12:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was interesting to watch rabbi Gottlieb go through all the questions to pick out the ones he thought would be acceptable. There were a few times he handed the cards to rav Hopfer and or Newberger for approval. I really wish I could see the questions that were rejected.

February 22, 2008 1:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

#4 is Avi(?) Brilliant
#5 is Shmuel Krawatsky (Rebbi at BT)

February 22, 2008 9:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

#4 is a rebbe in Ner, and what the hell does Avi have to do with it? I just talked to him - He is a friend of mine and had NOTHING to do with the organization of this gathering. He got their early and grabbed a seat. Pull his picture off, or you need to CLEARLY identify the person as an attendee, not an organizer.

February 22, 2008 11:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I understand Mandel, but why do you call Dr. Pelcovitz an enabler?

February 22, 2008 11:36 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...,7340,L-3509467,00.html

Shas official suspected of indecent acts

Head of Histadrut Labor Federation's welfare division questioned by police on suspicion of sexual harassment. Both Shas, Histadrut suspend official pending outcome of investigation

Avi Cohen Published: 02.21.08

Shas' David Yifrach, head of the Histadrut Labor Federation's welfare division was taken in for police questioning Thursday, after being suspected of sexual harassment and of performing indecent acts on three of his female office employees.

Along with Yifrach, the police questioned a municipal rabbi from central Israel, suspected of obstruction of justice.

In late November 2007, the Histadrut's chief legal counsel, Attorney Alon Levin, received an anonymous letter by a woman, detailing sexual harassment allegedly performed by Yifrach in plain view of several of his female subordinates.

Levin, who also serves as the Histadrut's sexual harassment ombudsman, spoke with the witnesses mentioned in the letter, but did not forwards the matter to the police.

Several weeks ago, a woman filed an official complaint against Yifrach, which led to a police investigation in his matter. The woman alleged that Yifrach exposed himself in front of her as well as touched her genitals.

Her complaint led the police to other women who were allegedly subjected to similar behavior by Yifrach. According to police suspicion, this went on for quite a long time, since the women – fearing they will lose their jobs – chose not to press charges.

Shas officials told Ynet that Yifrach was suspended from all duties in the party as soon as it learned of the allegations, later calling on Histadrut Chairman Ofer Eini to do the same.

Yifrach, who categorically denied all charges against him, has been on leave of absence from the Histadrut since November.

February 22, 2008 2:49 PM  
Anonymous mommish said...

Rabbi Moshe Hauer is one of the good guys. Please don't lump him in with those who sanction pedophilia through ignorance, denial and silence. ((On another note: the name of one of the Rabbis is published incorrectly. Rabbi Silber. No "g" on the end.))

January 26, 2009 8:04 AM  

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