The Shul for Scandal: Where the Molesters Prey

In Vilna there was a shul (synagogue) for tailors, another for shoemakers and so on. In this way working men got to pick their chazzan (cantor) and President. Borough Park has a shul for molesters, Congregation Shomer Shabbos. For most folks in Borough Park it is like a fast food restaurant, a place to get a quick chassidish nusach minyan any time of the day. But for molesters it is more like an open house, a place to hang out, renew connections with their peers, refurbish their reputations as frum leit (religious people), and brush against boys and lure them to a private location.

The outstanding molester and swindler, Rabbi Yechiel (Jerry) Brauner led services this year on Tisha B’Av, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. He is also rumored to have keys to the closets. He is on the sex offender registry and is not supposed to be in the shul after 7:30. But he gets plenty done before then, especially in the dark days of winter.

Rabbi Boruch Lebovits also davens (prays) at Shomer Shabbos. These days he has not had as much time because he is on trial for molesting three boys. When he isn’t in court he is busy ducking the WPIX reporter who wants to interview him about allegations printed in the NY Post that he molested Motty Borger.  When Lebovits was last photographed at Shomer Shabbos, he was posturing in front of the paroches. In these photographs you can see the words shevisi hashem lanegdi , but not surprisingly, he blocks out the word tamid.

A newly identified member of the Shomer Shabbos club is Rabbi Dovid Greenfeld who is awaiting trial for assaulting a boy in a mikvah. A Boro Park resident reports that on Jan 24, “Dovid Greenfeld prayed mincha (afternoon service) and maariv (evening service) at Congregation Shomer Shabbos. Shmone esrei took him between fifteen and twenty minutes, he davened so farfrumt (piously) and yelled out “omein yehe shmei rabboh” like the biggest tzadik.”

This is not a new story. Chaptzem first revealed it in 2007. In December of 2008 they initiated a petition that got 145 signatures calling on the shul to exercise some responsibility. The shul  lowered Jerry Brauner’s profile for a while. But after a few months he was known to have keys to the closet and these days he leads important services and still carries on.

The Shul likes to claim that everyone needs a place to daven. But where does it say that someone like Jerry Brauner should become the shliach tzibur (prayer leader). The shliach tzibur should be person of good character acceptable to all. In truth not everyone is welcome at Shomer Shabbos. Rabbi Nuchem Rosenberg is not welcome. His crime: attacking child molestation!

If they want to stay open they should take responsibility for monitoring the premises. Installing video cameras with tape backups would discourage molesters and assist in their prosecution. Alternatively, the shul should just declare it is not a safe place for minors.

Community residents should tell the administration that they will not support the shul unless it starts acting responsibly. I believe the shul will change course when attendance and contributions start dropping. You can contact the administrator at the address and phone number below and let him know you intend to cut back your contributions.

Moshe Metzger, Administrator
Congregation Shomer Shabbos
1280 53rd Street
Boro Park, NY 11219
(718) 438-9810/437-1428

If you contact the administrator, please share your experiences in the comments section.

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17 thoughts on “The Shul for Scandal: Where the Molesters Prey

  1. and the molesters in Baltimore prey at rav Hoper’s shul, Shearith Yisrael (AKA: The Glen Ave. Shul)

  2. A very well written and important post. They should change the name to Shomrei Molesters. I think you should post this in its entirety on UOJ. Another known molester that frequents the shul is Berel Goldman. Several of his victims had posted on UOJ a while back.

      • you are you talking about if you know anything about Berel Goldman who prays or preys in that Shul let us know! He did a job on my relative BIG TIME!

  3. I was assaulted in this shul by Jerry Brauner about ten years ago.He fondled my genitalia through my pants during davening, while I was holding a sefer torah !!!

    He is a chickenshit coward, and a hope he dies a slow torturous death, with his dick sliced off , 1/4″ at a time !!!!!

    • as much as i hate saying this to you,a victim but you are a coward y wont you step up and press charges against him i understand that its tough on your mind when you press charges i have done it myself but believe me there’s no better feeling than putting a pedophile behind bars

      • F you.The New York Justice Dept. sucks, they keep on postponing and postponing his sentencing.So they can’f seem to put this fat fuck Chossid in a jail cell anyway.

  4. I’m horriffied -this was the shul that my grandparents that were some of the founders of.
    Kick the degenerates out-they shames the religion of our biblical ancestors and modern Jewish people.
    THE TORAH’S NOT BEING FOLLOWED HERE IN ANY WAY-A DISGRACE FOR BORO PARK rESEIDENTS AND NY STATE DO STOP THIS MADNESS-WHO IS ANYONE KIDDING?
    A SHUL RUN WITH FELONS EVERYWHERE??????
    IS THIS HOLY AS BAD AS PEDOPFILE PRIESTS DOING THEIR THING HERE BUT THIS IS IN A JEWISH SETTING.

    • Please correct this mistake: You wrote “Moshe Metzer”. His name is “Moshe Metzger.” You left out the letter “g”.

      Thank you for your great blog. You are a tzaddik. Even if you don’t yell “amen yehei shmei rabba.”

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  7. I have terrible story that my relative told me. When he was 13 Berrel Goldman molested him in the mikva for a while.

    My relative is a trauma victim and doesn’t lead a normal life and also is not frum.

    Berel Goldman was a Rebbe in yeshivas of Bobov, Vien and Belz. Goldman may have many other victims. This man is free to roam the street and our kids are damaged for life. What can we do?

    I would like find other victims and together have him arrested.

    If you have ANY information about Berrel (Berel) Goldman that could help me please email me at:

    onyourhead261@gmail.com
    Thank you very much

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