THE MALKA LEIFER DEFENSE… More Abusing Children and Denying it… Israel

Rabbi charged with rape, sexual assault, sodomy against a minor


According to the indictment, Harrison, now 58, initiated direct contact with the complainant after he was her substitute teacher at Beit Shulamit in December 2009. In an indictment sheet of horrifying allegations, Rabbi David Harrison, who taught at the Beit Shulamit religious girls high school in Jerusalem, was charged with dozens of counts of rape, sodomy, sexual assault, assault and intimidation through threats against a former pupil, who was a minor at the time.

The complainant, a woman now aged 21, filed a charge of rape and other allegations against the rabbi at the beginning of the month claiming that they took place over a period of several months when she was 14.

Harrison has spent his career as a teacher and educator, and has also worked extensively performing wedding ceremonies for couples without a personal connection to a rabbi. Harrison began work at Beit Shulamit, in the Ramot neighborhood, as a part-time teacher in September 2007 but was fired in June 2010.

According to the indictment, Harrison, now 58, initiated direct contact with the complainant in December 2009, after he was her substitute teacher at Beit Shulamit.

A few days later, he met the pupil close to her classroom and asked her to accompany him to a staff room where he gave her worksheets to hand out to another class.

On this and several other occasions, Harrison allegedly touched the student on her hand, arm, stomach and chest, but apologized immediately for having touched her.

At a later stage, Harrison allegedly called the pupil to the same staff room used specifically by the rabbis of the school and which could be locked from the inside.

When she entered, Harrison allegedly locked the door behind her and told her to sit down, whereupon he took off his pants and underwear, and forced her to perform oral sex, while telling her that it was all right because he was a rabbi, that it was a secret between them and threatening to harm her if she told anyone.

In the next incident after this assault, Harrison allegedly met the girl at the entrance to the school and told her to come with him to a bomb shelter in the building, divided into two rooms. According to the indictment he pushed her into the inner room of the shelter, and told her to undress, slapping her in the face when he told her she was undressing too slowly.

He then hit her again, forced her to lie on a table in the room and then raped her. Afterwards he told her that she’d had fun, and that so had he, and that she had been a good girl. He again threatened to harm her and that he would tell everyone she was a prostitute if she spoke with anyone about what he had done.

According to the charge sheet, Harrison raped the girl between two and four times a week, including sodomy. On one occasion the day after he raped her, he forced her to swallow an emergency contraception or “morning after” pill.

During May 2010, the complainant was ill and was away from school. When she returned, Harrison allegedly ordered her to meet him in the shelter and scolded her for having been away without informing him.

He then allegedly ordered her to strip and beat her for several minutes, and then raped her once again.

The beatings occurred on other occasions as well, in which Harrison would kick the pupil, beat her with his belt, and in one incident threw a chair at her, bruising and scratching her.

Harrison would allegedly repeatedly threaten to harm her if she did not do as he instructed, and threatened to tell her parents and others that she had initiated sex with him and that they would believe him and not her because he was a rabbi.

He also threatened that he would have her expelled from school, that no other schools would accept her, and threatened to send other people to harm her and even kill her.

The state has requested that Harrison be incarcerated until the end of the legal proceedings against him.

The director of the Association of Rape Crisis Centers in Israel, Orit Sulitzeanu, described the allegations as “outrageous and terrifying” and said that such crimes required a severe punishment.

“This criminal exploitation by an educator and religious figure is unforgivable,” said Sulitzeanu.

“This incident demonstrates the urgent need to ensure that advisers are placed in all educational frameworks who will be able to identify and deal with sexual violence, and for pupils to attend workshops for the prevention of sexual violence.”

Harrison denies the allegations against him and says he does not even know the woman.

No CVA and $2.1M to Silence Allegations… Protecting Child Molesters



Report: Ultra-Orthodox Jewish School Promised $2.1 Million To Quiet Allegations It Protected A Child Molester

A prominent ultra-Orthodox Jewish school has reached secret settlements worth $2.1 million with two former students who accused their teacher of molesting them, the New York Post reports. The students were two of several who have accused the man, Rabbi Joel “Yehuda” Kolko, of sexually abusing them, dating back to the 1970s. Experts the tabloid consulted said that this is the first known settlement to come out of child molestation cases in the city’s Haredi Jewish enclaves.

The settlements came to light because the school, Yeshiva Torah Temimah in Kensington, allegedly failed to pay $1 million of the total promised, leading the alleged victims to sue.

The accusers’ lawsuits claimed that the yeshiva has received credible allegations that Kolko was molesting students going back 25 years, but allowed him to retain his role as an elementary school teacher and failed to report the allegations to the police. Rabbis at the school investigated claims of Kolko’s abuse in 1985 and found him innocent, according to a decision obtained by the blog Failed Messiah. In addition to five who sued, at least four other alleged victims have come forward since 2005, The Jewish Week reported, but their cases were beyond the statute of limitations for bringing civil or criminal suits. A lawyer for victims told New York magazine that as many as 20 people had contacted him saying Kolko had abused them.

Former Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes reached a sweetheart plea deal with Kolko in 2012 related to the accusations of two alleged victims. The deal allowed Kolko to plead guilty to two misdemeanor counts of child endangerment and avoid jail time. Hynes’s office claimed that the parents wouldn’t allow the boys to testify, but the parents said that was a lie, and that they were shocked by the deal.

Hynes’s office also dismissed claims of witness tampering by the yeshiva and its supporters, including threatening phone calls the father of an alleged victim said traced back to the school, and a lawyer for the school allegedly contacting the victim’s therapist and asking the therapist to pressure the family. The lawyer denied the claim, which the therapist memorialized in a sworn affidavit.

The settlements are a positive step for victims in ultra-Orthodox communities, where going to the secular authorities with claims against fellow Jews can be considered sinful, according to one authority on the subject.

“If word gets out, other schools will think twice if they hear about abuse,” Rabbi Yosef Blau, spiritual adviser to Yeshiva University and victim rights advocate, told the Post.

Victims seeking recourse in the criminal justice system currently must do so before the age of 23, or 21 if implicating an institution, according to New York’s statute of limitations. A bill currently before the state legislature seeks to extend the statute.

To read the article in its entirety click, here.

Yoself Feldman – Not Leaving Well-Enough Alone… Point-Couterpoint



We have a feeling that Mr. Feldman is trying to bait us into a new excuse to add to his repertoire of lawsuits. Those lawsuits are lining his pockets. They are not going to children damaged by the Chabad Lubavitch community. He has already said that.  

We are writing this disclaimer so that it is clear that this is an OPINION based upon his own responses to questions we asked and his refusal to respond to others. Everything we post here a counterpoint to his directly made points.

In the event that Mr. Feldman wants to claim that what follows were not made by him, or in case he decides to remove them, we have copies of Mr. Feldman’s own emails which come with every post. If this is not the REAL Yosef Feldman then let it be very clear, that our counterpoints are relevant regardless. His name could have been John Doe and it would not matter. The statements are a unique example of the representations by the Chabad Lubavitch community through a “spokesman” of sorts.

What follows under LM are our OPINIONS of Mr. Feldman’s own responses. He would have been quite wise to waddle off into the Australian sunset but he did not. He responded last night and it is to that we make our remarks.

As a general matter, Mr. Feldman’s responses to our questions which he promised to answer, say more in what he does not type than in what he does. They reflect a level of hypocrisy and speak to every single criticism we and others have had of the Chabad Lubavitch community. They reflect the community’s beliefs that rape and molestation are a matter of semantics, that a serial rapist can even give Teshuva enough to  help the nightmarish dreams that each victim undoubtedly suffers every night, that Smicha is to be taken lightly, that the Chabad community and frankly Yosef Feldman should not be accountable for their collective misdeeds because, well… those misdeeds are not as they appear. They are not RELEVANT.   

LostMessiah, August 2, 2016

YOSEF FELDMAN AND LM: Point and Counterpoint….

Dear LM
I just noticed your last comment.
I said that I’ll answer RELEVANT questions… 

LM: The word “Relevant” provides you and your community the opportunity to creatively dodge questions that make you uncomfortable. The issue here is that by not answering the questions, you have answered them entirely and given them significant “relevance”. The conclusions to be drawn are quite honestly that your community makes its own rules and lives by its own laws. By not responding, you are simply confirming. You are permitting the default response and are anything but transparent. You are certainly nothing if not predictable.

I answered all the relevant questions and I also explained why the first two weren’t relevant.

LM: They were very relevant. Your explanation is a poor excuse for a response and an affirmation that what is happening is unKosher.

Re the further questions I don’t think there’s any misunderstanding by anyone re what constitutes rape and molestation. The only exception with regard to touching genitals is if it’s clearly not of a sexual nature like by an agreed Bris, then it’s not molestation…

LM: A Bris should not even be part of the narrative. No one is claiming that the Mohel abused a child in front of his family and friends during a brit-milah. We are not going to even begin with the “Metziza b’peh” discussion, however.  

Not of a sexual nature? When a child gets his or her genitalia physically touched by a teacher or a Rabbi that child is being molested, damaged, hurt and forced into a lifelong nightmare, ge’enom. Full stop. Like the priests in the Catholic Church, if he has no orgasm, gets no sexual gratification, it is not “of a sexual nature”? Please define, sir.

There can be no exceptions to touching unless by a doctor or in some circumstances a parent, that makes “touching” okay. Sexual gratification or sexual anything should not be the defining factor. This issue must be black and white. 

I vehemently disagree that lawsuits to defend my falsely affected reputation has anything to do with shaming or causing any negativity to victims and as I constantly emphasise, the contrary is true, that the victims cause is really hampered by exaggerations and lies against anyone involved, as any sensible person understands…

LM: Your reputation is well earned and even better deserved. Your comments to our post, of your own volition, only further solidify that point. You are in court to financially benefit from the criticism of others. There are no exaggerations and lies. You perpetuate everything that is wrong with your community and now you want to capitalize on it. For your defendants, the great collective of journalists and others who have criticized you, we hope to be an inspiration for their defense attorneys. You have not been defamed. If anything, you have been spared the true humiliation and shame you should have felt. The victimizer really should in our view be victimized.  

Re the Teshuva issue I also answered earlier re the three perpetrators I know about.

Again I believe the perpetrator I spoke about re Teshuva tried to do his best to make amends with all of his victims. Perpetrator two who’s in jail I understand didn’t try to make amends and perpetrator three who left the country I don’t know the status but I believe not.

LM: There is no making amends, in our view, for touching a child or adult and violating him or her. Sorry to our readers for the graphic details that follow: 

There is no making amends for a man who forcibly or by way of coercion sticks his penis in the anus of a boy or the vagina of a girl. There is no making amends for the anal fissures that the boy suffers daily for the rest of his life or the possibility that a raped female child will never be able to have children.

There is no way to make amends for the outright theft of a child’s innocense. That can never be returned. It is stolen by a thief and to add insult to injury trampled on and further plundered by people such as yourself and your community who flippantly respond to allegations with comments like those you have provided to us.

These children, the abused, the victims deserve better. They deserve some form of justice and even more a form of redemption. Their souls will forever be haunted and you and your ilk are only a small piece of the shadows that will forever hang over their heads.

You are a shameful man, Mr. Josef Feldman. The Chabad Lubavitch with whom you associate, whom you defend, whom you shield from scrutiny tarnish the very soul of the greater Jewish community. Your comments here shed light on the very thing we want to change about the ultra-Orthodox Jewish world that idolizes you and your rabbis, its lack of humanity, skewed morality and all in the name of G-d. Your G-d sir, is not ours. 

I also responded my opinion re the organisations and individuals who have harassed victims who have come forward and family members of such victims, that proper Teshuva hasn’t taken place even though that most that were involved I believe are trying to rectify that but I am amazed and extremely disappointed that Tzefania Waks hasn’t as yet received an apology from anyone in Melbourne…

LM: Mr. Feldman, your opinion, amazement and disappointment are of little consolation to Manny and Tzefania Waks and others like him. It is all lip-service, a tale full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. You would have been better off never responding to our questions or our criticism. You fed the fire and we thank you for it.

We will continuously remind people of your words, as they clearly represent the Chabad Lubavitch community with which you associate. While we would never wish something bad upon someone and certainly not a child, you will never understand the voices of the abused, silenced and then ignored children, until you walk in their shoes. You will never understand the feelings of the families until you have felt their pain for yourself. Until then, it will always be easier for you to diminish, respond flippantly, and file lawsuits to capitalize.

Were it not for the very fact that we would be dooming your children or grandchildren to inevitable destruction, we would wish that one day you do get to walk in those shoes. Dare we not.

Instead we will say that we hope you will do the right thing and donate every penny of your proceeds to causes that openly and outrightly help families and their victimized children. We hope you will acknowledge in every paper and synagogue, class and family discussion, that there is a problem of abuse, molestation, cover-ups, harassment and shunning that poisons the lifeblood of your community specifically and the entire Jewish world generally and needs to be extricated.

We surmise that you not capable of doing the right thing because your narrative is so ingrained that right and wrong have become muddled existential debates enshrouded in a cloak of blue and white tasseled robes. Even were you to understand the parlance, the cost would be too high for you to have the “betzim” necessary to take steps toward the purification of your communities’ ills.

With the depth of insensitivity reflected in  your own comments and correspondingly by default your community, one day you might just walk in the shoes of those whom you so flippantly ignore.  Only then will you truly understand.  It will be at that moment in time that you will know that which is irrelevant from that which is, indeed, RELEVANT.

Rabbi Mark Dratch -Assiduously, Really?


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Following Up – Questioning Rabbi Dratch’s Less than Adequate Response to Erik Aiken’s Detailed Letter…

Dear Rabbi Dratch,

Six weeks ago, I emailed you and published on my website,, a detailed letter expressing my deep concern that the RCA was doing little to protect Orthodox children from sexual assault:

• I wrote a 2,000 word letter pointing out how the RCA hasn’t implemented or enforced 4 separate sets of child safety resolutions that it has adopted over the last 23 years. I also asked you to require that all RCA rabbis publicly prohibit from their synagogues, schools and yeshivas anyone convicted of a child sex crime. In a phone call that I had with you 7 months ago, you told me that you wouldn’t commit to enforcing the RCA child protection resolutions or requiring rabbis to ban child rapists and molesters from Orthodox institutions.

• I wrote how you told me in that phone call that publicizing the identities of convicted Orthodox child molesters was a “no-brainer”, yet the RCA doesn’t do it.

• I cited an essay that you wrote 10 years ago that advocates for abusive rabbis to be excommunicated and defrocked, yet the RCA, to my knowledge has never done so to an abusive rabbi.

• I wrote about the RCA resolution that pledges to condemn every person involved in child sexual abuse. Yet out of over 250 public record cases that I have posted, I can only find on the RCA website 3 of these cases mentioned.

• I also wrote how in an RCA resolution 23 years ago, the RCA called for abusers to be identified to future employers, yet the RCA still doesn’t appear to have any system in place to do that.

I will quote your response to my letter in its entirety:

“Thank you for your email. We continue to work assiduously on this issue.”

That was your complete response to my detailed letter. Thirteen meaningless words.
I believe that many people reading this will find your response to be a totally inadequate. Yet you and the RCA don’t seem to want to discuss any of the above issues, let alone take long overdue action to protect our children from a lifetime of pain.

Don’t you feel that as executive vice president of the largest rabbinic organization in the world you have an obligation to protect the children in your synagogues, schools, yeshivas, mikvas and summer camps from sexual abuse and harm?

I believe that thousands of parents and community members feel that they have no voice in their Orthodox communities. They see that their rabbis are unresponsive to their concerns about the need for child protection, intolerant of criticism and unwilling to be held accountable for their lack of action. Many fear that if they speak out, they will be shamed, punished and ostracized from their communities, as many have been who have spoken out in the past.

The writing is on the wall. Covering-up molesters, silencing victims and ignoring their advocates is a losing strategy. Nothing good will come of it. The only question is how much more public shame, ridicule and humiliation our rabbis are willing to bring upon themselves and the entire Jewish community before they come to that realization.

Eric Aiken is an advocate for Orthodox victims of child sexual abuse and the owner of

THE LIST: – New Additions



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Since I began my efforts to compile a public database of Orthodox child molesters about 1 ½ years ago, I have struggled with 2 important decisions:

  • Should I include in the database the many men (most of them rabbis) who have been alleged to have violated, or have been convicted of violating, adult women?
  • Should I include the names of individuals who haven’t been charged with a crime, but their names have appeared in the public or media regarding allegations of inappropriate conduct with children or women?

After consulting with numerous attorneys and survivor advocates, I have decided to include both groups in “The List”. Anyone who has not been charged with a crime is listed as “Not charged”. This is to differentiate them from the majority of the individuals in “The List” who are categorized as “Arrested” or “Convicted”. I include the “Not charged” individuals in “The List” with the attached publicly available report about them simply for informational purposes only.

These are the 28 new additions to “The List”. Most of them are Orthodox rabbis:


1) Rabbi Barry Freundel – serving a 6 ½ year jail sentence after being caught secretly video-recording 150 women over the course of several years as they undressed to enter the women’s ritual bath (mikva).


2) Eli Gutterman – massage therapist convicted of molesting 6 women.





3) Michael Segelstein – convicted of molesting a woman.Segelstein_Michael3




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4) Ari Noe – Political liaison for NYC Mayor de Blasio, convicted of molesting a woman.


5) Rabbi Ezra Scheinberg – alleged to have raped multiple women in Sefat, Israel.

6) Nachman Breier – Chef and chauffeur for Grand Rabbi Twersky of the Skver chasidim. Alleged to have taken photos of naked couples in New Jersey motels.

Not charged public reports have mentioned the following individuals:

7) Shlomit Acciaroli – alleged to have lost her teacher’s license in Canada due to child sex abuse allegations.

8) Rick Andron – alleged to have had inappropriate contact with Yeshiva University boys.

9) Rabbi Ephraim Bryks – alleged to have resigned from the Rabbinical Council of America and the Queens Vaad over sex abuse allegations.

10) Rabbi Jacob Bryski – alleged to have been sued by an alleged victim.

11) Mordechai Ehrman – former owner of a now-closed unlicensed child care facility that was investigated over child sexual abuse allegations.

12) Rabbi George Finkelstein – alleged to have had inappropriate contact with Yeshiva University boys and other children.

13) Marc Gafni – former rabbi alleged to have molested several girls.

14) Rabbi Macy Gordon – alleged to have had inappropriate contact with Yeshiva University boys.

15) Rabbi Yeshaya Dovid Kaye – banned by 2 West Orange, NJ rabbis from their synagogues due to allegations of the sexual abuse of numerous women.

16) Rabbi Elimelech Meisels – owner of 4 Israeli seminaries declared by a Chicago Bet Din to be unsafe due to allegations of his having inappropriate relations with the seminary women.

17) Dr. John Myers – Australian doctor alleged to have lost his medical license due to sex abuse allegations.

18) Rabbi Avrohom Reichman – sued by former student on sex abuse allegations.

19) Rabbi Joseph (Yossi) Reizes – alleged to have been fired from his school over sex abuse allegations.

20) Rabbi Aron Tendler – alleged to have been forced out of his synagogue due to sex abuse allegations.

21) Rabbi Mordechai Tendler – alleged to have been forced out of his synagogue due to sex abuse allegations.

22) Rabbi Leib Tropper – alleged to have been fired from 2 Jewish organizations due to sex abuse allegations.

23) Rabbi Matis Weinberg – alleged to have abused Yeshiva University students in Israel in addition to his own students when he had a yeshiva in California.

24) Rabbi Dovid Weinberger – alleged to have been fired from his synagogue due to sex abuse allegations. He signed a letter agreeing to never being a rabbi again or teaching in a Jewish school.

25) Rabbi Dr. Ephraim Becker – alleged to have signed agreement promising never to treat women even with their husbands present.

26) Rabbi Marc Schneier – alleged to have been expelled from the Rabbinical Council of America and resigned from his synagogue over allegations of inappropriate contact with women who weren’t his wife.

27) Rabbi Daniel Greer – sued by former student over sex abuse allegations.

28) Rabbi Jonathan Rosenblatt – over the course of several decades has been alleged to have taken young men and boys to a sauna to have lengthy discussions with them while they were both naked.

Securities Fraud and Christopher St. Lawrence


Ramapo town supervisor, former chief of LDC, charged with securities fraud

April 14, 2016

“NEW YORK – Ramapo Town Supervisor Christopher St. Lawrence and N. Aaron Troodler, the former executive director of the Ramapo Local Development Corporation, were indicted with 22 counts of securities fraud, wire fraud, and conspiracy in connection with municipal bonds issued by the town and by the Rockland LDC.

The indictment was unsealed on Thursday.

US Attorney Preet Bharara said his office has brought what is believed to be the first ever municipal bond-related criminal securities fraud charges against public officials. “As alleged, Christopher St. Lawrence and N. Aaron Troodler kicked truth and transparency to the curb, selling over $150 million of municipal bonds on fabricated financials,” Bharara said. “I doing so, they defrauded both the citizens of Ramapo and thousands of municipal bond investors around the country.”

FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge Diego Rodriguez said the men “allegedly engaged in a complex securities fraud scheme so they could hide public funds being used for the construction of a stadium and other projects.” He said the activity allegedly continued even after they became aware of the town and the corporation tasked with development initiatives were subjects of a federal investigation.””


Read full article from midhudsonnews.

Chabad, Bryski, Chanoch Lena’ar… Our Brother’s Keeper

The Families of Serial Sex Abusers and the Children Who Are Forever Damaged by Their Sons and Brothers, Bryski

by LostMessiah, March 9, 2016

Rabbi Mordechai Meir HaKohen Bryski z”l died on January 8, 2012 at the age of 88 and left behind a very, very large family. We imagine that many within that family have done great things for Judaism and the Chabad movement. However, if we are to follow Genesis 4:9And the Lord said to Cain, “Where is Abel your brother?” And he said, “I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?” we must ask ourselves where were the brothers of Wall of Shame member Rabbi Jacob (Yaacov) Bryski  when he was molesting children at a yeshiva in Crown Heights, Brooklyn?


It is in honor of the courage of those children that we are pursuing this further.

To name of few of those courageous survivors:

Shneur Borenstein, read his story from September 18, 2011, here.

Ozer Simon’s story can be found here:

In an article from Newsweek, dated March 3, 2016, quoted and highlighted in a number of posts on this site and others, entitled: CHILD ABUSE ALLEGATIONS PLAGUE THE HASIDIC COMMUNITY, author Elijah Wolfson accounts the details of Ozer Simon and Sheur Borenstein and their abuse at the hands of  Rabbi Jacob Bryski, principal of Yeshiva Chanoch Lena’ar (“YCL”).

Yeshivah Chonoch Lenaar (which translates from Hebrew into Education for the Youth) was established by Rabbi Yaakov Bryski whose goal was “to give boys with little or no formal Jewish education an opportunity to study and learn about their heritage.” According to the Newsweek article YCL was a boarding school for children who were expelled from other Yeshivas.  “Chanoch Lena’ar, he says, was a “dumping ground” for kids having problems in religious school—a place for all the misfits.”

In a Blogpost, (byline, “Connecting Frum Women) on Sunday, November 1, 2009 at 3:49pm on blogger asks:

Hello all of you out there!!
Can anyone recommend Yeshiva Chanoch Lenaar in Crowns Heights?
Do you know anyone who learnt there?
Do you know if they are warm and caring and if the boys there are nice or do you have behavior problems?
Is it expensive? Overcrowded?
Any info would be greatly appreciated since I am seriously thinking of sending my 14 yo son.

Thanks again!”

The first response she got was posted 4 minutes later at 3:53pm and said, “I fed those kids for 16 loooooong years. I liked them, but kinds from anash they weren’t (usually). I don’t know what kind of boys they get now.”

When the original blogger inquired at 4:21 pm about the meaning of the word “anash” another blogger wrote, “The boys in Chanoch Lanaar are not generally  kids who grew up in Lubavitcher homes. Or they are kids who went off the derech, and are coming back.”

The word anash from Albanian translates to “sideways.”

In old Hebrew Aramaic Lexicon however it translates as follows:

  1.  “to be weak, sick, frail
  2. (Qal)
    1. to be incurable
    2. to be sick
    3. desperate, incurable, desperately wicked, woeful, very sick (pass participle) (metaph.)
  3. (Niphal) to be sick”

At 9:18pm, that same day, another poster finally commented about YCL and experiences she had and wrote:

My brother was there for a few months and hated it so he left. He wasn’t off the derech, just behind on learning, but if I remember correctly, he was not happy at all with how he was treated. They would lock them out of th dorms to keep them in yeshiva, and then out of yeshiva to keep them in the dorms, and the whole yeshiva just had an air of distrust towards the boys. But this was a few years ago and it could have changed since then. “

At some point in 2010/2011 YCL closed and was to be reopened as a new institution. It was renamed “Yeshivah Mordechai Meir” in honor of Yaakov Bryski’s father. In an announcement regarding its re-opening, the caption states:

Yeshiva Chanoch Lena'ar. Bryski

“Yeshiva Chanoch Lena’ar got a new name, which is now prominently displayed on a sign in front of its building on Eastern Parkway and Albany Ave. The Yeshiva was renamed after Rabbi Mordechai Meir Bryski, father of the Yeshiva’s dean Rabbi Yaakov Bryski, and the new sign was installed just in time for his Shloshim.”

According to Newsweek:

So Borenstein and his father, along with an attorney, traveled to Brooklyn and arranged a meeting with Bryski. During that conversation, which they taped, Bryski confessed to the sexual abuse, and they cut a deal. The Borensteins said they’d keep quiet about it under three conditions: Bryski would pay for Schneur Borenstein’s therapy, get professional help and—most important—stay away from children.

At first, Bryski stuck to the agreement. Chanoch Lena’ar didn’t reopen the next school year. But in 2012, Crown Heights community blogs began reporting Bryski was opening up a new school, in the same location, under a different name. Despite Bryski’s prominence, Borenstein and Simon—now working together—were undaunted. They tracked down a list of the new school’s board of directors. Simon’s mother started making calls, alerting them to the allegations. The school never reopened.

In 2014, Jewish Community Watch’s Facebook Page comments that Rabbi Yaakov Bryski is seen dancing with children. The FB post, asks some poinient question:

Are we willing to experience momentary discomfort to demand that Bryski, and other known abusers, not be around children?
Again, our Rabbonim have repeatedly told us, that doing nothing violates a clear Lav in the Torah. It also sends a few messages:
  1. He is not a danger to children.
  2. We do not care about the pain of their past victims.
  3. Why should any victim come forward and experience the pain of speaking about their past when a community does nothing.

In the Borenstein settlement, Bryski was to be kept away from children. However, clearly that was not enforced.

The Bryski family, like many of prominence, were able to protect their own with cross-claims in a civil suit, denials of wrongdoing or inexplicable  failures to pursue criminal suits, which is the case with Bryski and Shneur Borenstein. The Bryski family is not alone in a long list of prominent Hasidic Rabbis and Rabbinic bloodlines who have members of their family accused of abuse; and which protect the family member instead of the victims. The victims deserve better.

As an interesting side note, in the Catholic world, there is also a Bryski, Reverend James Bryski, accused of pedophilia. His abuses of children went on for 30 years, not dissimilar from many of the stories of abuse reported within the Hasidic community.  Unlike the Hassidic Jewish world, Reverend Bryski was characterized as a “serial pedophile.” That characterization alone, by the press, the law enforcement officials, other victims, was a term of validation. It’s absence in the Hasidic context has not gone unnoticed.

On November, 25, 2013, reported on a probation sentence given to a pedophile, Yosef Donin, who sported an 8 page charge sheet. The disgusting injustice of a probation sentence aside, if we use Reverend Bryski as an archetype, the term serial pedophile would have been more than warranted.

Reverend Brysky may or may not be related to the Jewish Bryski bloodline. The fact remains, however, that his victims are getting justice, where similar scenarios in the Hasidic Jewish world remain enshrouded in secrecy or have gotten brushed under the carpet.

It may be about time that sexually and physically abused Hasidic children are provided the same lexicon for the characterization of their abusers. It is unquestionably past due that the protections received by their Catholic counterparts, whose numbers are far fewer, be bestowed upon them. These children, victims of horrific abuses deserve better.