One of your congregants submitted a comment to this blog because he does not feel able to get open responses from you directly. Rabbi Goldberg, I would encourage you to address the points raised.
Thank you for posting the link to R. Goldberg’s letter. There are so many things about the letter that concern me. He criticizes the silence in the rabbinate about orthodox pedophiles and the rabbis who protect them. R. Goldberg uses 3 examples of orthodox rabbis who protect child molesters. Yet, R. Goldberg remains silent about who these rabbis are. He doesn’t even identify the convicted sex offenders even though their names are public record. Also, R Goldberg is silent about what he and R. Brander knew about Rick Andron.
Nevertheless, R. Goldberg pledges “I will be transparent with you regarding what I know and how and why I did or didn’t act”. However, he will only discuss it privately, i.e. in secret.
The only way that this controversy can be dealt with is if he has a meeting open to the public where anyone can question him about what he knew and when he knew it. Those present can then challenge his account. We can find out why he did or did not act and make a decision for ourselves as to whether he acted appropriately. Having private meetings with individuals to discuss this only ensures that no others with knowledge of what happened will be present to contradict his statements. So many people have claimed that R. Goldberg and R. Brander knew about Andron long ago. Do these rabbis deny this? What steps did R. Goldberg and R. Brander take to protect the thousands of children that Andron has had access to at Boca Raton Synagogue for the last 30 years?
He pledges “I will always put the safety, security and protection of our children first.”. Rick Andron still lives here. What is he doing to protect our children from him right now? Has the BRS community been warned about him? Has a decision been made to try to force Andron out of here?
Several years ago, to Rabbi Goldberg’s credit, he organized weekly protest meetings outside the office of a local man who refused to give his wife a get. Why isn’t he organizing weekly protests outside Rick Andron’s house until he leaves?
Are there other people in the BRS area who are suspected of being pedophiles? Who are they and how do we take appropriate measures to protect our children from them?