All too often, protecting the family of the abuser is the excuse for covering up sex abuse. Continue reading
The Jewish Week reported the lawsuit.
The plaintiff alleges that while student from 6th to 8th grade in Rabbinical College Bobover Yeshiva Bnei Zion, teachers Weiss and Pfefferkorn (who are now deceased) raped him and forced him into reciprocal oral sex. Continue reading
The Young Israel movement was started a century ago to give young American raised orthodox Jews a shul to which they could relate. Besides decorum in general they had a few innovations. They ended the selling of aliyot and other unseemly activities that elevated a few rich members over the rest. They decided to have member led services without rabbis leading them.
Times change. Flash forward a century and Young Israels do have rabbis and they are usually doing all the usual things to raise money even if they don’t sell aliyot.
Farley Weiss, President of the National Council of Young Israel is incompetent in both of those areas. He was deeply involved in the Young Israel of Phoenix board that hired a “rabbi,” Ari Mandel, who turned out not to have ordination.
Weiss also managed to give the NCYI’s Chovevei Zion award in March at a gala dinner to Igor Fruman and Lev Parnas, associates of Rudy Giuliani, who were just arrested for their role in funneling Ukrainian money illegally into a Trump super PAC. But that isn’t why I call Farley Weiss incompetent. Seriously, I don’t expect a man like Farley Weiss to care about the shady reputation of his honorees, especially if they are on team Trump which is where Farley is.
Ten years ago, today, on October 6, 2009, I started Frum Follies because I thought I had just one piece of satire I wanted to post and none of the existing blogs (UOJ & Failed Messiah) were interested in posting it. I wanted to call my blog Frum Satire, but Heshy Fried already had a blog by that name. So I settled on Frum Follies.
My first post, Moetzes Gedolim Speak About Znus Affecting Children (Satire), nailed the mentality of Agudath Yisroel then and now. To spare you my too-long first effort here are some choice excerpts. Continue reading
In May, the Rosenbaum Yeshiva of North Jersey announced the dismissal of long-time teacher, Rabbi Shlomo Hyman with a cryptic statement,
It was determined that Rabbi Hyman’s conduct had been neither acceptable nor consistent with how a rebbe in our Yeshiva should interact with students.
Congregation Ahavath Torah of Englewood was left in the lurch since they privately found out about the RYNJ’s investigation in February and had had him on leave from his position as their Youth Rabbi but were left in the dark about the allegations or final findings. So they continued the suspension and conducted their own private investigation, in some cases talking to the same witnesses who spoke to RYNJ’s investigators. Eventually Hyman’s leave turned into his departure. Whether this was by resignation or firing is not known to me. But they finally removed his profile and listing from his website. He is now completely gone from their website. Continue reading