Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Rabbi Yaakov Hopfer Continues To Commit Soul Murder

A Baltimore Minyan
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If you plan on attending rabbi Hopfer's presentation you might want to download the following PDF files, bring them with you and ask him about what's on them.

  1. http://www.theawarenesscenter.org/EisemannCallAction.pdf
  2. http://www.theawarenesscenter.org/EisgrauCallToAction.pdf
  3. http://www.theawarenesscenter.org/Friedman_StuartCallAction.pdf
  4. http://www.theawarenesscenter.org/MenkenCallToAction.pdf
  5. http://www.theawarenesscenter.org/ShapiroYisroel_CallToAction.pdf

I have mixed feelings about the following event that is going to occur this week in Baltimore. I don't want to suggest anyone who wants to learn "how to keep their children safe", go to this event. Only go if you want to see first hand how the rabbonim of Baltimore is mimicking the Catholic Conference of Maryland, then this is your opportunity.

This political event is sponsored by Ohel Children's Home and Family Services, Rabbi Dovid Gottlieb, Phil Jacobs and Shofar Coalition of Baltimore, which is a spin-off of Esther Giller and the Sidran Foundation. The soul purpose is to make the orthodox Jewish community believe the rabbonim care and want to make changes. Unfortunately, the fact is the Vaad of Baltimore is not trustworthy organization and only care about protecting their assets and image of themselves and the alleged and convicted sexual predators they call "friends".

Even though the event sponsors (Ohel, Hopfer and Gottlieb) will not allow questions, make it a point to ask Rabbi Yaakov Hopfer:
  • How many years must go by before he will allow the Eisgrau survivor to see her siblings?
  • What needs to happen prior to him warning the Baltimore community about his findings on the case of Rabbi Moshe Eisemann?
  • Why is it that he told the administration at Ner Israel to "retire" him immediately, yet won't do the right thing and warn the community about this alleged sexual predator?
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The institute for advanced professional training at Ohel Children's Home and Family Services

Presents
"How To Keep Our Children Safe"
When: Wednesday, February 20, 2008 - 8:00 PM
Where: Congregation Bnai Jacob Shaarei Zion - 6600 Park Heights Ave., Baltimore, MD

Welcome: Rabbi Dovid Gottlieb
(Congregation Shomrei Emunah)

Introduction: David Mandel
Chief Executive Officer
Ohel Children's Home and Family Services

Presenters:
Rabbi Yaakov Hopfer
Congregation Shearith Israel

Dr. David Pelcovitz
(self appointed) Nationally recognized authority on parenting, adolescent development, and other child-related issues
Gwendolyn & Joseph Straus Chair in Jewish Education
Azrieli School of Jewish Education, Yeshiva University

7 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

another question for rabbi hopfer:
what did he do to prevent yaakov menken from harming more innocent young women?

February 17, 2008 2:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think we should also be asking about Benyamin Yaakov Fleischman. Hopfer was worried about Fleischman taking pictures of frum kids, but didn't give a sh_ _ about non-observant kids.

Hopfer also doesn't care about protecting unsuspecting children from convicted sex offender Stuart Friedman who daven's in his shul.

Don't forget that Hopfer's secretary is Eisemann's daughter. He's not going to do anything to shame the

February 17, 2008 10:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anyone know what role Hopfer had in not doing anything about Yisroel Shapiro a few years ago? He knew about the allegations made against Ephraim Shapiro's son -- yet did nothing except, help arrange for him to have a new career away from boys.

February 17, 2008 10:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Annonymous from UOJ - 5:40 PM, February 19, 2008

The Baltimore Vaad Harabonim sent out a letter after last Pesach (following a big expose in their newspaper there) in which they said that it is a "well established halacha" that a molester is a roydef. They said that sometimes his name must be publicized and sometimes police involvement must be FACILITATED by the rabbis.

Tomorrow night, in Baltimore, there is an evening for parents sponsored by the rabbonim on how to keep your children safe.

However, unlike the letter states and the program advertises, the rabbanim are still more interested in keeping the molesters safe, as Rabbi Eiseman and Rabbi Eisgrau are still teaching and have not been publicized by the rabbanim to be a threat to the community.

I don't know if the "We're still in 19th century Europe" defense extends to this type of hypocrisy and cynical manipulation of the community's parents. I think it is just blatant power hunger of the rabbis, and denial, and cruelty towards children.

February 19, 2008 8:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What’s the big need for an educational evening? Parents should call the police, and rabbis who know about it should do likewise instead of covering up. This was covered in the letter they sent out. Did you not get the memo? Or what part of “No more coverups!” didn’t you understand?

What we need is for an evening training the rabbis on how to listen to victims and not sweep their stories under the carpet like in the past. Parents know what to do, but the community does not let them do it. Parents and children complained about Rabbi Eiseman, and about Rabbi Eisgrau and about others and were shushed. Phil informs the public and is ostracized. There is not such a big need to teach parents about sexual abuse. There is a HUGE need to teach our leaders common sense and common decency.

February 19, 2008 8:39 PM  
Anonymous In the name of Truth said...

I think if anyone is going to the Hopfer lecture last night that they shoudl download the following flyers put out by the Awareness Center and demand that Hopfer respond to the allegations made against him of covering up for sex offenders.

http://www.theawarenesscenter.org/EisemannCallAction.pdf

http://www.theawarenesscenter.org/EisgrauCallToAction.pdf

http://www.theawarenesscenter.org/MenkenCallToAction.pdf

http://www.theawarenesscenter.org/Friedman_StuartCallAction.pdf


Also ask Hopfer why it's ok for Ben Fleischman to talk pictures of children who are not orthodox?
http://www.theawarenesscenter.org/Fleischman_Benyamin.html

CALL TO ACTION: Case of Rabbi Yisroel Shapiro

Demanding Transparency and Accountability from our Religious Leaders!

December 28, 2007

Back on April 11, 2007, the Vaad HaRabbonim/Rabbinical Council of Greater Baltimore signed a letter and made public a statement about dealing with "Abuse in Our Community".

To this day the members of the Vaad who signed the letter have not been held accountable for the issues they addressed. For the last four years the rabbonim of Baltimore have been aware that allegations were made against Rabbi Yisroel Shapiro, yet did nothing more then have him stop teaching bar mitzvah students -- and then helped in arranging for this alleged sex offender to have a job working for Wasserman and Lemberger's. The status quo in the Baltimore community has been to ensure those who are alleged to have molested children have a way to make a living, yet doing nothing to help those who have been sexually violated.

It's a well known fact in the orthodox community of Baltimore that Yisroel Shapiro daven's (prays) at Congregation Darchi Tzedek synagogue, located on Seven Mile Lane. This is a synagogue in which children can be seen running in and out of. One would think that Rabbi Yaakov Horowitz's first concern would be to make sure the children of his shul were protected and to start asking if any children might have already been molested so that he could assist in them getting help. To this day Rabbi Yaakov Horowitz has never issued public statement warning his congregants of the fact that Shapiro was arrested and charged with child molestation. Unless a parent read The Awareness Center's web page, has been reading blogs or another parent told them, they are unaware that there is an alleged sexual predator amongst them.

The Awareness Center is asking that everyone contact Rabbi Yaakov Horowitz and the Baltimore Vaad HaRabbonim Rabbinical and ask them to:

1.

Make public the plan they established to notify parents in the community of the potential dangers of their children being left alone with Rabbi Yisroel Shapiro.

2.

We are also asking that this statement include the safety plan created when Yisroel Shapiro is davening at Darchi Tzedek or any synagogue. They also need to make public the safety plan they established for Wasserman's and Lemberger," the retail business in which Shapiro is employed and also for any other public location Shapiro may enter.

Rabbi Yaakov Hopfer - President

Vaad Harabbonim of Baltimore

410-358-3450

Rabbi Yaakov Horowitz

Congregation Darchei Tzedek

410-653-1688

410-486-0445 (Rabbi Horowitz)

7307 7 Mile Lane

Pikesville, MD 21208

Members of the Vaad HaRabbonim

1. Rabbi Elan Adler, Moses Montefiore Anshe Emunah Hebrew Congregation

2. Rabbi Reuben Arieh, Ohr HaMizrach Congregation

3. Rabbi Menachem Goldberger, Congregation Tiferes Yisroel

4. Rabbi Emanuel Goldfeiz, Congregation Beit Yaakov

5. Rabbi Dovid Gottlieb, Cong. Shmorei Emunah

6. Rabbi Moshe Hauer, Bnai Jacob Shaarei Zion

7. Rabbi Dovid Haber, KAYTT and Star-K

8. Rabbi Moshe Heinemann, Agudath Israel of Baltimore and Star-K

9. Rabbi Yaakov Hopfer, Sheiris Yisroel

10. Rabbi Shmuel Kaplan, Chabad Lubavitch of Baltimore

11. Rabbi Nesanel Kostelitz, Machzikei Torah Congregation and the Community Kollel

12. Rabbi Chaim Landau, Ner Tamid

13. Rabbi Elchonon Lisbon, Bais Lubavitch - Chabad of Park Heights

14. Rabbi Sheftel Neuberger, Ner Israel Rabbinical College and High School

15. Rabbi Gavriel Newman, Beth Jacob Congregation

16. Rabbi Shlomo Salfer, Winands Road Synagogue Center

17. Rabbi Jonathan Seidemann, Kehilath B'nai Torah

18. Rabbi Simcha Shafran, Adath Yeshurun and the Bais Din of Baltimore

19. Rabbi Mordechai Shuchatowitz, Agudath Israel of Greenspring and Av Beis Din of Baltimore

20. Rabbi Shmuel Silber, Suburban Orthodox

21. Rabbi Amrom Taub, Arugas Habosem Congregation

22. Rabbi Y. Zvi Weiss, Bais Haknesses of Baltimore

23. Rabbi Mitchell Wohlberg, Beth Tfiloh

February 19, 2008 8:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whoa!

What a collection you have of your minyan of sexual predators.

You forgot a few, unless it's just that there's no pictures of them on the net?

Stanley Ashman
http://www.theawarenesscenter.org/Ashman_Stanley.html

Philip Bender
http://www.theawarenesscenter.org/Bender_Philip.html

Aron Goldberger
http://www.theawarenesscenter.org/Goldberger_Aron.html

Brad Hames
http://www.theawarenesscenter.org/Hames_Brad.html

February 20, 2008 9:13 AM  

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