May 18, 2016
Are the Hassidim of Kiryas Joel in Denial or Are they Finally Coming to Terms with the Sexual Abuse within their Community??
We have posted on the video that circulated of what we view as a child being molested by his teacher, Rabbi Moshe Hersh Klein and the denials by the community and by the parents at one least on of the children in the video.
We posted on the FBI raids of the Yeshiva.
We are now presenting to you excerpts from an article from the New York Times from May 17, 2016.
Sexual Abuse Questions Swirl Around Yeshiva Leader in Kiryas Joel
“KIRYAS JOEL, N.Y. — In a place where young boys spend their days hunched over volumes of Torah and Talmud, delving into timeless stories and precepts in an ancient singsong, the scene was incongruous.
Dozens of agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and county law enforcement officers — more than 50 by the count of officials in this Hasidic village about 50 miles northwest of Manhattan — converged on a four-story brick yeshiva here on Thursday, some armed with guns, others carrying crowbars, as helicopters whirred overhead. According to parents of children at the school, the authorities took away boxes filled with computers, office files and security-camera videos.
“They scared all the kids,” said Yoel Weiss, whose three sons, Moishe, 12, Shloime, 8, and Pinchas, 7, attend the yeshiva that was targeted, United Talmudical Academy of Kiryas Joel. “They made a big commotion.””
“In a statement issued in response to news reports about the video two days before the authorities visited the yeshiva, the yeshiva board said the footage was more than seven months old and had been investigated by the Orange County district attorney. No charges have been filed.”
“The yeshiva board said in its statement that the videos “have been mischaracterized” as evidence of child abuse. “While this type of restraint may be unacceptable to some viewers,” the statement said, referring to the way Rabbi Klein can be seen holding the boy, “it in no way rises to the level of a criminal assault.” An attempt to contact Rabbi Klein at the yeshiva was rebuffed.
Over the past decade, there have been a spate of sexual-abuse cases within Hasidic neighborhoods in Brooklyn and in Hasidic communities like this one — a square mile collection of large boxy houses with a population of more than 23,000, half of whom are under age 13.”
“Mr. Gluck and others said the video could be interpreted as an effort to calm an unruly, upset young boy with hugs and kisses in a way that might be seen as invading the child’s personal space but did not qualify as sexual abuse.
“He’s a very warm, warm person,” said Melech Gluck, a marriage counselor. “He’s an emotional person. When he prays he cries. When he goes to a grave, he cries. That’s his nature. He would make sure every kid felt welcome, felt good in class, should have friends or get friends.”
While the video’s origins are a mystery, several of those interviewed blamed crusaders for abuse victims for drawing attention to it. Specifically, they mentioned Nuchem Rosenberg, a Brooklyn Hasid who runs an abuse hotline.
Mr. Rosenberg, who did not respond to a message left on his hotline, has posted a video on YouTube in which he calls the episode at the yeshiva a “heinous crime” that is being abetted by those who play down the rabbi’s actions as merely being overly affectionate. “When you look at it you see the student was shivering and shaking and didn’t want that kind of love,” he says on his video. “Every normal person considers this sex. It’s a way he gives out his ugly sexual desire on a child.””
To continue reading the article in its entirety click here.
On News Channel 12 Nuchem Rosenberg responded to what he views as a cover-up involving the principal of United Talmudical Academy and the alleged sex abuse.
Hasidic activist Rabbi Nuchem Rosenberg: Parents in Kiryas Joel scared to send children to school
“KIRYAS JOEL – A longtime Hasidic activist is speaking out against an alleged child sex abuse cover-up involving the principal of United Talmudical Academy and young boys in Kiryas Joel.
Outspoken Rabbi Nuchem Rosenberg has been a voice for what he says are otherwise silenced, sexually abused Hasidic children for nearly two decades.
The 66-year-old’s activism has shunned him from his own community in Brooklyn. He also says there are parents in Kiryas Joel who have reached out to him who are scared to send their kids to school but have no other option.”
To see the news report click here.