Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Case of Rabbi Ephraim Bryks (Brooklyn, NY) - This makes me sick!

The following came from The Awareness Center's daily newsletter

Case of Rabbi Ephraim Bryks (Brooklyn, NY) - This makes me sick!

What more can we do to protect innocent people from becoming the next victim of Rabbi Ephraim Bryks?

How is it that after all these years of exposing the serious allegations made against Rabbi Ephraim Bryks is still able to draw a crowd?

What makes this alleged cult leader so charismatic that people would flock to hear what he has to say? Remember this is an "orthodox" rabbi who allegedly molested several boys and manipulated adult women he was counseling into have sexual relations with him. This is a case in which several suicides are connected. This is a case in which the Canadian Broadcast Network put together a documentary.

The only way anything will ever change is with public outrage. Below is a link that listss recent lecutres conducted by alleged serial rapist/child molester - Rabbi Ephraim Bryks. Please contact every news media group you know and let them know about this case. Go to the web page that is promoting Bryks, and write to the owner and let him know your outrage at his posting of Bryks's lectures. Let the owner know if anyone comes in contact with Rabbi Ephraim Bryks after listening to one of his lectures on line and is harmed, that he could be named in a civil suit since he was made aware that Bryks is a danger to women and children.

WARNING: Rabbi Ephraim Bryks and Marriage Counseling
Ephrayim Bryks has become a rabbinic marriage counselor. The term marriage counselor or life coach can be used by anyone. He is not the only "rabbi" suspected of sexual abuse using one of these titles to access vulnerable individuals or couples both here and in Israel. Consulting actual professionals is expensive and unless the community publicly warns against going to these charlatans (often worse) many innocents will continue to be hurt.
Rabbi Yosef Blau

Rabbi Ephraim Boruch Bryks principal Yeshiva Berachel David Torah High School Queens, currently serves time as a member of the Vaad Harabonim of Queens (Rabbinical committee that makes important decisions within the community). As of today, there has been no public statement made concerning his decade long membership on the Vaad Harabonim of Queens. On May 27, 2003, he resigned his membership in the Rabbinical Council of America (RCA), after being involved for a quarter of a century.

Anyone with relevant information regarding the open case in Canada is encouraged to contact the Winnipeg Police at their main phone number: (204) 986-6037.

Anyone with relevant information in the United States is encouraged to contact their local police department and their local District Attorney's office, NYPD Switchboard: 646-610-5000 Queens District Attorney's office: 718-286-6000.

Rabbi Ephraim Bryks is originally from Denver, Colorado. In this case, accusations about his inappropriate behavior with children started surfacing in the 1980's. These accusations also included making sexual advancements to women in his congregation. When his alleged victims disclosed their experiences to a rabbinic leader in their community, they were basically told to keep silent. The rabbi advised them not to go to the police or child family services. He told them to deal with the allegations internally with the synagogue board. The children were not offered psychotherapy to help them cope with their alleged victimization. Unfortunately a teenager who didn't have the coping skills to deal with his memories ended up committing suicide.

Over the years Rabbi Ephraim Bryks has left a trail of alleged victims from such far-away places as Winnipeg, Canada. He is currently located in New York City. There are no documented cases or public information regarding any victims in New York, yet he has been let go by schools (one characterized as firing), but the schools will not discuss the matter.

For years alleged victims have been going to rabbinic leaders in their communities looking for guidance. For years rabbinic leaders have found it more important to protect an alleged sexual predator over protecting our children.

49 year-old Rabbi Ephraim Boruch Bryks will continue to run Yeshiva Berachel David in Queens until the end of the 2003 school year. No public statement has been made concerning his decade- long membership on the Vaad Harabonim of Queens. Rabbi Bryks was a member of the Rabbinical Council of America (RCA) for over a quarter of a century before his May 27, 2003 resignation. Ads in The Jewish Press indicate that Rabbi Bryks is currently working as a mortgage broker for a company he runs out of his home called REB International LLC.).


Anonymous Chicago said...

Highland Park man had pleaded guilty to recording after prosecutors dropped 2 charges

By Andrew L. Wang | Tribune reporter
6:20 PM CDT, April 30, 2008,1,3412690.story
Prosecutors had charged Salome Zequeida, 50, with 15 counts each of unauthorized videotaping of a victim under 18 and possession of child pornography.
Zequeida was arrested just over a year ago after contractors working at the synagogue discovered the camera. Police also found two videotapes with images of children using the restroom.

He told authorities he had been filming for about three weeks starting March 20, 2007. Upset parents said at the time that the restroom was primarily used by students, ages 2 to 6, of the Highland Park Montessori School, which uses the synagogue's space.,1,3412690.story

Synagogue janitor found not guilty of child porn in restroom videotaping

Tribune staff report

10:24 PM CDT, April 30, 2008

A Highland Park man accused of setting up a video camera in a local synagogue bathroom last spring and secretly filming children using a toilet was found not guilty of 14 child-porn charges Wednesday.

Prosecutors had charged Salome Zequeida, 50, with 15 counts each of unauthorized videotaping of a victim under 18 and possession of child pornography.

In a hearing on Monday prosecutors dropped a taping charge and a pornography charge, and Zequeida pleaded guilty to the 14 remaining taping counts. The two sides met again Wednesday afternoon before Lake County Circuit Judge John Phillips.

Zequeida was arrested just over a year ago after contractors working at Congregation Solel, 1301 Clavey Rd., discovered the camera.

May 01, 2008 8:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rabbi Ephraim B. Bryks
Title: Mortgage Broker
Company: Reb International, LLC
84-33 116th Street Richmond Hill,
NY 11418
Tel: (718) 849-4140
Fax: 718-849-4193

Company Profile: Reb International Llc

Year Started:2000

Location Type:Single Location

SIC #Code:6163

Est. Annual Sales:$600,000

Est. Employees:8

Est. Employees at Location:8

Contact Name:Ephraim Bryks

Contact Title:President

Data above provided by Dun & Bradstreet.

May 04, 2008 10:15 AM  
Anonymous The Case of Yona Weinberg said...

Someone writing on the ABC News reader comments says Yona Weinberg is a practicing Social Worker at the Interborough clinic and Jewish Board of Family and Children Services.,0,7145830.story

After his 11 p.m. Sunday arrest Yona Weinberg, 29, of 1551-A East 17th St., Brooklyn, was charged with sex abuse and endangering the welfare of a minor, the police said.

See this picture. There is a mikva on site called Mei Mordechai, donated by the Goldgrab family. Which shul is that?

May 05, 2008 12:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Inmate wins kosher food lawsuit

Published Sunday, April 27, 2008
ST. LOUIS (AP) - A federal judge has ruled that Missouri prison officials violated the constitutional rights of an inmate once labeled a white supremacist when they refused to serve him kosher meals.

Norman Lee Toler, serving a 10-year sentence at the state prison in Bowling Green for statutory rape, sued in December 2005, saying he grew up in a Pentecostal home but chose Judaism in 2002. He claimed the state violated his right to practice his religion by forcing him to eat nonkosher food. The term kosher refers to food that meets standards for ritual purity under Jewish law.

In a ruling earlier this month, U.S. District Judge Jean C. Hamilton in St. Louis said the state failed to conduct any studies to determine whether providing Toler with kosher meals would be an unreasonable burden. She gave both sides until early June to negotiate the feasibility of three scenarios: having the department buy prepackaged kosher meals, offer kosher food already available on its menu or give Toler kosher foods from outside vendors.

Brian Hauswirth, a spokesman for the state Department of Corrections, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that Toler won’t be getting kosher food for now. He said the department is still considering its options.

The department had doubted the sincerity of Toler’s claim that he is Jewish. Guards at an Illinois prison caught him with photos of Adolf Hitler and white supremacist literature. He also has several white supremacist tattoos, including a jailhouse one that reads, "SS," the name of the Nazi police organization.

However, Hamilton found that Toler was sincere in his practice and belief of Judaism, noting that he regularly reads from the Torah, keeps in contact with rabbis and that other inmates know he is Jewish.

Officials worry the ruling could lead other inmates to ask for food to accommodate religion. Currently, 60 to 70 of Missouri’s 30,000 inmates have told officials they are Jewish. Missouri officials argued that serving kosher food could cost two or more times the $2 or so it costs to feed an inmate for a day. Also, they said, special servings might slow meal lines and encourage pushing and shoving

May 08, 2008 9:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Flatbush, NY - Kings County District Attorney Charles J. Hynes today announced the indictment of Yona. W, 29, a Flatbush Bar Mitzvah tutor and licensed social worker charged with abusing four male students, one of which was a client.

The victims range in age from 12 to 14 and some were W. students, from the Khal Beth Abraham synagogue, where W. gave Bar Mitzvah lessons. Other victims include clients from W. work as a licensed social worker for the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services.

Initially only two victims reported abuse, but the investigation revealed two additional victims.

An indictment is an accusatory instrument and not proof of a defendant’s guilt. If convicted, he faces up to seven years in prison.

May 21, 2008 12:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - A teenage girl has filed a $50 million lawsuit against a New York billionaire, saying he sexually abused her when she was 14. Louis Kestenbaum”s attorney says the allegations are false and motivated by money. Kestenbaum is also the CEO of Fortis properties and the ODA a goverment funded organisation in the williamsburg section of Brooklyn NY The girl, now 17, claims Louis Kestenbaum invited her to his Florida mansion in 2005 to perform a massage for $300. The lawsuit, filed in federal court, claims he demanded she remove her clothes, then sexually assaulted her. The girl, her father and stepmother are seeking more than $50 million. Joel kestenbaum the son of Louis kestenabum had no comments

May 21, 2008 4:05 PM  

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