It is now almost five months since the Forward broke the story about Rabbis Macy Gordon and George Finkelstein sexually abusing students in Yeshiva University’s high school. YU promised a serious probe. Richard Joel, president of YU, completed such a probe for the OU about the Lanner scandal in 5 months.
This time, the investigation is lagging with no end in sight. They have not even contacted individuals who have publicly identified themselves as victims. Nor have they contacted Rabbi Yosef Blau, a well-known advocate of sex abuse victims who works for YU and could be expected to tell them a lot if they asked.
In spite of appeals and petitions, YU has not yet committed itself to fully report the results of the probe.
Many YU constituents have chosen to give YU the benefit of the doubt and are awaiting the results of the probe. I think YU will eventually forfeit the sufferance of its heretofore loyal supporters.
I find it hard to believe that YU’s administration is oblivious to the risks to its reputation. Yet they persist in delaying tactics. I have to believe that there is something worse that they are covering up or they are governed by an astoundingly obtuse board. Either way, it seems like they are not serious about their probe. However, the Forward is serious about covering this story. If YU continues on its path it will just suffer reputational death by a thousand cuts in the press.