Malky Wigder Alleges Sexual Harassment by Rabbi Ephraim Bryks

Rabbi Ephraim Bryks (born around 1954) was accused of sexually abusing boys and girls in Canada in cases that got a lot of publicity on CBC and American media. He dodged conviction but also lost libel cases against the networks that broadcast the story. Eventually, his former synagogue in Winnipeg stripped him of his emeritus title. and removed a plaque commending his service to them.

After returning to the US he ran a yeshiva for children from the former Soviet Union.

Eventually he was cut off from pulpit positions because of  his reputation. He was also induced to resign from the Rabbinical Council of America (RCA) in 2003 and the Rabbinical Board of Queens (Vaad Harabonim) rather than face charges according to a report in the Jewish Week (NY) in 2010.

Nevertheless he presents himself as a rabbi, a marriage counselor and a convener of his own rabbinical court (though no other rabbis are listed by name). Stories of his attempts to use these roles to sexually exploit women are widespread on the grapevine.

Approximately ten years ago, Rabbi Yosef Blau, the senior spiritual advisor at the Yeshiva University seminary, publicly declared:

Ephrayim Bryks has become a rabbinic marriage counselor. The term marriage counselor or life coach can be used by anyone. He is not the only “rabbi” suspected of sexual abuse using one of these titles to access vulnerable individuals or couples both here and in Israel. Consulting actual professionals is expensive and unless the community publicly warns against going to these charlatans (often worse) many innocents will continue to be hurt.

Rabbi Blau confirmed to me that he still stands by that position in emails and discussions over the last 3 months.

Malky Wigder posted (6/10/18) on Facebook this description of his sex harassment and behavior after he offered her free help in dealing with a rabbinical court in connection with her divorce. With her consent I am posting her full account.

Malky Wigder’s Account

About a year after my divorce, my ex-husband summoned me to bais din [rabbinical court] (a pattern of court-bais din- rinse-repeat that lasted for about a decade). I couldn’t afford a toen [rabbinic court lawyer], which is why I had been stuck with an atrociously unfair and unenforceable separation agreement in the first place. At that time I somehow got in touch with an attorney who was doing pro bono work for women in need of a get [religious divorce]. She referred me to a toen whom she recommended highly, and indicated he sometimes reduced his fees for single moms. I reached out to him, and he said that in my case, he would waive the fee altogether. We agreed that he would pick me up from my home to appear in front of Bais Din.

His name was Ephraim Bryks.

On the day of the hearing, as I was getting into his car, out of habit I went to sit in the backseat, as I always would with an unrelated male driver. He told me he wasn’t a Chossid and I should go sit in the front. That must be normal for more modern people, I surmised, and complied (compliance was a lifelong habit I had yet to kick).

As we drove to the bais din, he said something strange. “Let’s make a deal,” he proposed. “I won’t believe anything they say about you, and you won’t believe anything they say about me.” RED FLAG RED FLAG! Well… not to naive, innocent, twenty-eight year old me. I didn’t even wonder what they might be saying about him. I knew my ex was going around saying I went to “bad places,” and when pressed he admitted it was the Lakewood Public Library. So I wasn’t too concerned. Continue reading

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People Are Advised to Avoid R. Ephraim Bryks, Accused Pedophile and So-Called “Marriage Counselor”

Rabbi Yosef Blau, Mashgiach Ruchani (Senior Spiritual Advisor) at the seminary of Yeshiva University issued this advisory about Rabbi Ephraim Bryks of Kew Gardens, Queens, NY. Continue reading

Feds Charge Rabbi Aryeh Goodman with Sex Trafficking a Minor

In February, Rabbi Aryeh Goodman of East Brunswick, New Jersey,  was charged with using an underage prostitute. Earlier this week the US Department of Justice (NJ office) took over the case and charged Goodman with sex trafficking. The 35-year-old repeatedly transported the girl over state lines in 2015 for their encounters, making it a federal crime. Continue reading

North Miami Beach Chabad Accepts Ark Curtain from Convicted Child Molester Daniel (Gug) Hayman

Daniel Hayman

Hayman

Hanging in the place of honor, in front of the Torah ark, is a paroches (curtain) donated by convicted child molester, Daniel (Gug) Hayman. On the last line of the embroidered gold dedication is his name in Hebrew.

Hayman’s crimes were covered up for many years by Chabad in Australia, and the subsequent cover up was faciliated by Debbie Fox, who heads Magen Yeladim (children’s shield).

According to the Australian Jewish News, when he was a 24 year-old counselor in a Jewish camp he molested a child he lured off into the woods and engaged in prolonged skin-to-skin contact of a sexual nature. He was convicted of “indecent assault” of a fourteen-year-old boy. Hayman also made payments in the past to buy secrecy and immunity from civil suits.  Continue reading

Call Toronto Police with Info about Alleged Child Abuser, Phillip Kravetsky

Toronto Police Tweeted on 3/15/18:

Phillip Kravetsky, 51 charged: If you have any info about man employed as family counsellor charged in ongoing sexual assault investigation relating to children in Toronto call police 416-808-2922 or remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers 1-800-222-8477

On his LinkedIn listing, Phillip C Kravetsky is described as a psychotherapist/mediator and “Owner at Durham Region Family Law Support Services” in Toronto.

According to a news reportContinue reading

My Email Exchange with R. Grossman’s Migdal Ohr

On Thursday (3/8/18) I wrote Info@MigdalOhr. org:

Subject: The Shonda [scandal] of Misplaced Mercy

Malka Leifer

Malka Leifer

The entire world was shocked by yesterday’s intervention in the court case of a molester of over ten heimish [orthodox] girls. Rav Grossman speaks of pity for Malka Leifer. Does Rav Grossman have so little interest in the metzius [substantive facts] of her crimes that he does not think of her victims who suffer terribly and even attempt suicide because Leifer seduced innocent girls into all sorts of maasei [acts of] Sodom?

Any man, even an adam choshuv [distinguished man] can make a mistake. But Rav Grossman does this over and over for molesters including Mordechai Elon, Eliezer Berland and Ben Zion Sobel. We are talking about people whose actions were condemned by gedolim [great Torah leaders] like Rav Eliezer Man Shach z”l, Rav Elya Svei z”l, and Rav Aaron Lichtenstein z”l.

RABBI ELIEZER BERLAND

I used to admire Rav Grossman but now I will warn everyone to avoid him and condemn him. There is a mageyfah [plague] of child sex abuse in frum kehilot [orthodox communities]. Where is his achrayis [responsibility] to fight it? Where is his attention to this terrible problem that hurts about one out of every five children?

Has the disco rabbi not learned by now that some of his lost children ended up that way because sex abuse? Does he not realize it also happens to frum [orthodox] children?

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R. Motti Elon

I beg you, Rav Grossman. Please change your position, end this chilul hashem [desecration of G-d’s name], and fight for the children whose lives are destroyed by reshaim [evil people].

המרחם על אכזרים סופו שיתאכזר לרחמנים
[He who has mercy on the cruel will up being cruel to the merciful]

Sincerely,
Yerachmiel Lopin


This morning (Mon, 3/12/18) they replied:

Rabbi Yitzchak Dovid Grossman informed the parties this morning, Monday 12/03, that he is unable to assist in Malka Leifer’s legal case.

Rabbi Yitzchak Dovid Grossman, Israel Prize recipient, has dedicated, and continues to dedicate, his life to assisting the disadvantaged, families at need, at-risk children and youth, rehabilitating newly repatriated inmates, and any other person in trouble, all of this out of a concern for the maintenance of a healthy society.

The Rabbi has responded to every plea of humanitarian assistance of any kind, and so he did when he was called upon to assist in the hearing on Malka Leifer’s matter.

 As the Rabbi discovered that the assistance he had agreed to provide as an alternative to arrest for the solution of the problem facing the court, has been interpreted as supporting an attempt to avoid trial, he decided that it would not be appropriate for him to be involved. Therefore, he has notified the parties that he unable to assist in the aforementioned matter.

 Rabbi Grossman has dedicated his life to protecting the weak, especially children, and sees child abuse as the worst of all injustices. The Rabbi recognizes the pain and suffering of the victims of sexual assault, and has treated them with dedication and care for many years.

Comment: If, as claimed here, Rabbi Grossman was misinformed, he owes it to the public to tell us who misinformed him. If the court, as claimed by Grossman in a public statement, he owes it to the public to state the name of the source and exactly what they said. If not them, he owes an apology for falsely claiming it was the court, and he should admit that he is unduly influenced by biased sources intent on protecting this monstrous abuser.