Board Chair Liss who Protected Sauna-Bonding Rabbi Rosenblatt Is Accused of Inappropriate Conduct with Child

There is no better way to describe this post, which we are reblogging and for which offer thanks to the author, than the comment “by perhaps a culture of mutual protection.” Sexual abuse amongst Rabbis and their students or congregants is, we believe an epidemic. The subject deserves far more attention than it gets and we thank anyone who blogs about it. – LostMessiah, March 1, 2016

FRUM FOLLIES by Yerachmiel Lopin

Dr. Donald Liss Board Chair, Riverdale Jewish Center Dr. Donald Liss
Board Chair, Riverdale Jewish Center

Andrew (Andy) Blumenthal was a child in Rabbi Jonathan Rosenblatt’s Riverdale Jewish Center (RJC). According to Andy’s posting, during that time, Andy, from a less well-off family, was befriended and groomed by RJC member, Dr. Donald Liss, with home invitations, babysitting jobs, vacation invitations and a paid job in Liss’ hospital.

Dr.Liss repeatedly touched him, fawned over his developing muscles, orchestrated situations to be naked with him in a gym, and got naked before Andy while also in the presence of Mrs. Liss. Even as Andy got uncomfortable and tried to distance himself, Liss persistently tried to deepen and further the connection. Andy finally acted on his growing discomfort and terminated the connection. Yet Liss continued to pursue him for years. Whether or not this went still further, this is classic pedophile grooming and illegal as misdemeanor child endangerment, at a…

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