Day 2 (Thurs., 5/9/13) of the trial of Rabbi Yosef Kolko consisted of testimony by the alleged victim’s therapist, Dr. Tziporah Koslowitz and the father of the victim, a very distinguished rabbi in the Lakewood ultra orthodox community. There are two worthwhile reports about this day, one by Kathleen Hopkins of the Asbury Park Press and by Katie Zezima for the Associated Press wire services.
The trial resumes on Monday, May 13 at 9:00 A. M. and continues on Tuesday, adjourns on Wednesday and Thursday for Shavuoth and then resumes on Friday. Upcoming prosecution witnesses includethe investigating detective, Colleen Lynch, Rabbis Shmuel Blech and Doniel Bernstein, who both spoke to Kolko and Gavriel Fagin, the social worker who evaluated Kolko and had a therapy session with him.
A NOTE ABOUT Dr. Koslowitz. She did research as a doctoral student at NYU on adapting a family educational program for use with Haredim using her other professional name, Robyn Koslowitz. In 1999 she was staff psychologist at the Center for Health, Education, Medicine, and Dentistry in New York and she used the full name, Robyn Tzipora Koslowitz. She has written about the reasons orthodox kids are at-risk or actually go “off the derech” (off the religious path) for the Mishpacha Jewish Weekly.
If You Want to Attend
The trial is being held in the Civil Division of the Superior Court, Courtroom 16/ 120 Hooper Ave/ Toms River, NJ 08753/ (732) 929-4780 (case # 10-06-1181i). Judge Francis Hodgson is presiding.
If You Want to Follow Trial Developments
I will be blogging regularly about significant developments in the trial. If you want to be sure to receive an email whenever I post, subscribe to an email notice of each posting by going to the upper right-hand corner of this page and enter your email address. I will not share your email address with anyone else and you can unsubscribe at any point.
I will be Tweeting as @frumfollies with the hashtag #YosefKolkoTrial. I would suggest following Kathleen Hopkins of the Asbury Park Press on Twitter (@KHopkinsapp).
If You Want Background on This Case
Hella Winston has written an in-depth account of how Lakewood’s rabbinical leaders dealt with this case and how the dominant leadership faction tried to cover it up.
Survivors for Justice has a page on the Yosef Kolko case (as distinct from the case of his uncle, Yehuda (Joel) Kolko). The page has links to key documents generated by Kolko’s supporters (including Yisroel Belsky) and to some other news accounts.
Other bloggers addressing this case include Harry Maryles on his blog, Emes Ve-Emunah (The Moral Authority of Lakewood), and Rabbi Daniel Eidensohn on his blog, Daas Torah (Why the Lakewood Establishment is Scared).