Mr. and Mrs. Shimie Lax and other members of the committee:
You have announced your intention to host a fund raising event for Satmar institutions graced by the presence of the Satmar Rebbe, Zalman Leib Teitelbaum on Sunday, October 14, 2012, 4 pm at the home of Mr and Mrs. Shimie Lax, 1342 E 31st Street, Brooklyn, NY 11210
How can you do this? Jews are not allowed to stand by idly on the blood of another. Yet Satmar knowingly harbors molesters such as R. Avrohom Reichman who teaches in UTA and R Nechemya Weberman who molested many girls referred to him by UTA’s Bais Rochel. Major poskim respected inside Satmar such as R. Moshe Sternbuch of the Eidah Charedis support reporting such offenders to the police and cooperating with their prosecution. Instead Satmar participates in efforts to besmirch the witnesses against offenders and it raises funds to defend the likes of Nechemya Weberman. It does these things even as it privately assures people that they are forcing him into therapy because of his “problem.” If you see the Rebbe ask
him if Weberman is in therapy? Is so, ask why is he supporting those who claim he is innocent? I have also posted some other questions to ask about Weberman.
I call on you to reconsider your willingness to support Satmar until it changes its ways. If you feel unable to back out of your commitments to attend, I urge you to trim back your contribution and use your time with R. Teitelbaum to confront him about these grave matters. Tzedakah is a mitzvah, but not every donation to a mosad is tzedakah. By withholding your donation you can influence Satmar to mend its ways. Please think of those poor afflicted children when you decide whether to donate. You will acquire part of the aveirah when more children are molested.
The event’s sponsors includes: Mr and Mrs Shimie Lax, Moshe Benenfeld, Abish Brodt, Betzalel Edelstein, Yanky Edelstein, Yanky Elbogen, David Feiger, Tzvi Fetman, Shmelke Guttman, Avrom Shmiel Hartman, Yisroel Hartman, Robert Lederman, Shlomy Perlmutter, Yitzchok Saftlas, Noson Schechter, Leiby Schwimmer, and Moshe Yarmush.
Dear readers, if you know any of the event sponsors please contact them and urge them to reconsider their support of Satmar mosdos until they mend their ways.
If any of you choose to attend, please use your time at the event to raise these issues in conversations with others attending and with the Rebbe. Consider leaving copies of literature about sex abuse
If you choose to protest outside, consider full-sized signs that read: “Satmar Rebbe, Stop Protecting Child Molesters.” Feel free to copy any of my many posts about Weberman to share with others or just leave on the table at the event.
If any of you have had communications with the committee or the Rebbe please share them with us.