The Wages of Dershowitz’s Chutzpah

Alan Dershowitz (photo by Sage Ross) GNU License

Alan Dershowitz (photo by Sage Ross) GNU License

Mida k’neged mida. “Measure for measure.” This was one of the first things that came to my mind when I heard Alan Dershowitz proclaim that he was being falsely accused of having sex with an underaged girl. To be clear, I have no idea whether Mr. Dershowitz is innocent or not. But I do know how devastating any false allegation of criminality can be to someone on the receiving end of it. And so does Mr. Dershowitz. After all, he was the driving force behind the arrest and prosecution of Sam Kellner on trumped up charges designed to help Mr. Dershowitz’s client, a convicted child molester named Baruch Lebovits, get out of jail.

Hynes press conf of Kellner Arrest ArrestThe case against Mr. Kellner was brought by the former Brooklyn district attorney Charles Hynes, under the supervision of his controversial deputy Michael Vecchione. It was ultimately dismissed by Hynes’ successor, Ken Thompson, after his office determined the witnesses against Mr. Kellner lacked any shred of credibility. By then Mr. Kellner had lived under the cloud of an indictment for 3 years. Continue reading

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Andrew Goodman Is More Than a Wacky Pervert

Andrew Goodman

Andrew Goodman

Note- I first posted this article in August of 2013. Since then, Goodman pleaded guilty.

The New York Daily News reports:

Pedophile claims marriage as an excuse for statutory rape
Andrew Goodman, 28, is facing a federal case of sex with a minor, but he argued that he was married under Jewish law to the kid.

Andrew Goodman is one wacky  child molester. He was also an employee of Ohel Children’s Home and Family Services who worked with children. You have to wonder why he was considered suitable for such work. They dismissed Goodman the day he was first arrested even though there were allegations about him for a while. Others associated with Ohel who went on to be indicted or convicted of molesting include: Continue reading

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Why Are the Wife and Children More Important Than the Victims?

Bethany S Mandel

Bethany S Mandel

Bethany Mandel is a victim of Rabbi (sic) Barry Freundel who secretly videotaped her in a state of undress while she was undergoing conversion at the mikveh (ritual bath) under his control. She has now announced that she will not join any lawsuits by other woman who were also videotaped by Freundel.

I always respect the decision of a victim to move on. But that is not how she explains her decision. Even though she is a member the Rabbinical Council of America’s (RCA) committee reviewing conversion practices she declares they are blameless. This makes me wonder if the implicit price of her inclusion was granting the organization absolution for negligent oversight of Freundel and instead focusing on protections in the future. I agree that the future is more important than the past. However, forcing accountability for the past can stimulate future vigilance.

Bethany Mandel also insists that a lawsuit against Freundel himself will victimize his wife and children. She writes: Continue reading

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Levi Moscowitz’s Suicide

Levi Moscowitz took a plea bargain and got a 1-day jail sentence for arranging to pay a father to allow him to have sex with his two children. The supposed father was a cop. After his conviction Jewish Community Watch (JCW) posted information about his crime including a police transcript of his arrangements for the rendezvous. Within a week he committed suicide, hanging himself in a park.

Now the recriminations have started. Some are blaming JCW for the suicide which they say was precipitated by the “Wall of Shame” posting. Others are talking about the fact that he wanted to rehabilitate himself and was just despairing over his ability to control his behavior and get help. Some are saying, “but he did not actually molest children. After all” they say, “he was arrested before he did anything.”

I think people are confusing the tragedy of a suicide with the question of how to properly respond when we discover people committing sex crimes. Yes, every suicide is a tragedy. Yes, it is quite possible that the public exposure pushed him over the edge. Yes, perhaps he was at the point where he was ready to enter treatment, stick with the treatment, and change his behavior.

However, I believe that Jewish Community Watch acted responsibly when they put him up on their Wall of Shame. All they knew when they put him up was that others needed to know about his history to protect themselves. They did not do it to hound him to his death. Most sex offenders do not commit suicide when exposed. Most don’t feel deep remorse. Most do not rehabilitate themselves.

As I think about the tragedy of Levi’s suicide I think of all the survivors of sex abuse who succumbed and committed suicide. Many more victims commit suicide than perpetrators. Continue reading

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Beware of Child Molester Yona (Jason) Weinberg in Har Nof, Jerusalem

Yona Weinberg 3 at 2009 trialYona (Jason) Weinberg was convicted in June 2009 of 8 counts of sex crimes against two 13-year-old boys and was sentenced and served up to 13 months in local prison. At the time he was a social worker and also worked as a bar mitzvah tutor.

Weinberg is a registered sex offender under the New York State Sex Offender Registration Act.  Weinberg is assessed by the NY Criminal Justice Services as Risk Level 3, which is the highest level and means: “high risk of repeat offense and a threat to public safety exists”.

Weinberg, lived in Brooklyn’s Flatbush neighborhood until he left the US in September 2014,  months after further similar complaints were filed against him with the NYPD. A slow response by the Brooklyn DA and the NYPD gave him the time to flee. Since the current charges are misdemeanors, at present there is no likelihood of extradition. His MO includes grooming by asking kids to touch his clothing to measure it and physical violence against kids to intimidate them into retracting charges.

To the best of our knowledge, He currently resides with his wife and family in Har Nof, Jerusalem. Continue reading

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Check Out the JBlog Review

Since October, The JBlog Review has been commenting on the postings on other blogs covering the orthodox world’s social and political developments. The reviewer seems to attend to  a range of blogs including Frum Follies, Daniel Eidensohn’s Daas Torah, Harry Maryles’ Emes Ve-Emunah, Cross-Currents, DovBear and a few others. The anonymous blogger “JBlog Reviewer” offers us no biographical information. I got tripped up when I first wrote about “him” and realized it could be her.

But that does not matter. What is important is that JBlog Reviewer writes well, gets to the nub of things and scores telling criticisms.

I do wish the blog offered an email subscription option (with the demise of RSS).

I urge folks to check out JBlog Review.


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Enlarged Beis Din Met Again About Meisels Seminaries

Elimelech Meisels speaking poster brooklyn Jan 11 2014 cropped andwatermarked and captioned

Elimelech Meisels, serial sex abuser

The enlarged beis din met again on two evenings this week by teleconference to finally resolve the transfer of authority from Meisels who retains a financial interest and is accused of using his position for sexual violence against students. However the teleconference was acrimonious and there was no resolution. As things now stand, they have still not effected a transfer of authority completely removing Meisels from control sufficient to satisfy some of it members or Touro College. So they are still unaccredited. The enlarged beis din consists of the members of both the Special Beis Din in Chicago (CBD) and the Israeli Beis Din and its av beis din is Rabbi Eliezer Brudny, Rosh Yeshiva at the Mirer Yeshiva in Brooklyn. Continue reading

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