Fixing the Yeshiva World BDE notice for Yehuda Meshi-Zahav

In keeping with its habit of minimizing the horrendous sex crimes of Haredi notables, Yeshiva World News ran the headline. BDE: Ex-ZAKA Chairman Yehudah Meshi-Zahav Passes Away.

They did not lie and wrote a lukewarm account but also did not make clear what a horrible man he was. I figured I could fix it with some additions, which are bolded in this post. So Here goes.

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LET’S GET REAL ABOUT CHANGING STANDARDS AT YU (from the archives 10/30/13)

Yeshiva University is going to be in the news again for mishandling sexual abuse, in this case the rape of a student by a varsity basketball player. Stay tuned for more details. But part of their legal team identified in the suit includes attorney Karen Bitar. This got me thinking of her ridiculous claims regarding the abuse by YU boys’ HS principal, George Finkelstein.

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According to The Forward, yesterday’s hearing on the lawsuit by over thirty former Yeshiva University (YU) High School students focused on the the statute of limitations. YU’s attorney:

Karen Bitar… said she wanted to make clear that “we do not think these allegations are in any way insignificant, unimportant or unserious.” But, Bitar added, the allegations took place at a time “when the [mores] or what was deemed typical or appropriate was much different than what it is today.”

Really? Does Ms. Bitar expect us to believe that at the time it was typical or appropriate for a yeshiva principal to:

take “defenseless boys,” and pin them to the floor, “where they couldn’t move, and proceed to hump them in the backside with an erect penis until he achieved climax.”

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Ohel Endangers Children by Employing Alleged Child Molesters to Work With Children (see update at bottom)

The latest such scandal involves one Rabbi Yoseph “Yossi” Ungar, Learning Rebbe at @CampKaylie, is alleged to have sexually abused multiple boys in his 1st grade class at a New York school. He is still employed at the camp, which begins Monday, 6/27. Netanel Zellis-Paley has done research and brought this matter to light on his Twitter account, @WordPaley

Camp Kaylie is operated by Ohel Children’s Home and Family Services (@OhelFamily) an agency with a long sordid history of protecting abusers. They are now the subject of multiple lawsuits for this conduct.

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Menuval Kovod Fresser, Ukraine’s Yaakov Bleich, Claims He Quit Prestigious Organizations Because He Is Slowing Down.

In response to Haaretz reporter, Sam Sokol‘s questions about his no longer being on the executive committees of the Conference of European Rabbis and the World Jewish Congress, self proclaimed Chief Rabbi of Ukraine, Yaakov Bleich said,

“Anyone in public life, over five to six years, you’re going to make changes, especially at my age, where I am less active.”

This from a guy who has been schnorring up a storm for Jews in Ukraine on his own since major Jewish groups will no longer pass through $ to him.

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Major British Jewish Organization Acts Over Concerns About Ukraine Rabbi Yaakov Bleich

Earlier this week (May 31, 2022) peak UK organization, the Board of Deputies of British Jews announced on Twitter that it was suspending its cooperation with the European Jewish Congress “due to concerns about how the Congress is handling misconduct complaints.” According to reliable sources this action grows out of reports about Chief Rabbi of Ukraine, Yaakov Bleich, sexually abusing of girls and women.

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