Rabbi Yisroel (Stanley) Kleinman, a 62-year-old, 5th grade Jewish studies teacher, was arrested on December 18, 2017 on charges of molesting and penetrating an 11-year-old girl multiple times for over a year. Kleinman, was put on paid leave by his employer of thirty years, Rabbi Yakov Bender, the Rosh Yeshiva (Dean) of Yeshiva Darchei Torah in Far Rockaway (Queens, NY).
R. Yakov Bender
Two months later, in the end of February 2018, when Rabbi Bender knew the story was about to appear in the New York Daily News, he told their reporter that “parents of children in his class have been notified.” However, just a few weeks earlier I spoke to people at the school who knew he was being replaced by substitutes but not the reason.
Rabbi Bender should have informed parents of entire school, as well as others who dealt with him over the years, of the arrest as the reason for his suspension from the classroom. This helps to surface any other instances of abuse and provides support to other potential victims. Some people will say that there were no grounds to suspect Kleinman of molesting in this all-boys yeshiva because his criminal charge involves a girl. But child molesting is not necessarily a single-sex behavior. Some molesters go after both boys and girls.
R. Yehuda Kolko
Many people are praising Bender for placing Kleinman on leave. But once there are criminal charges that is what almost all yeshivas do. Even Yeshiva Torah Temimah, which kept Rabbi Yehuda Kolko employed in spite of decades of allegations, dumped him once he was criminally charged in 2006. Continue reading
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Rabbi Yacov Simmonds is a fugitive charged with 8 counts of sexually abusing girls in Winnipeg between 1993 and 1999. He was supposed to turn himself in October, but instead fled.
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Forty-two-year-old Simmonds worked at Chabad’s Torah Center (CTC) from 2000 to 2016. He comes from a large local Chabad family and his father ran a kosher grocery/restaurant. While the CTC described Simmonds to the media as a fundraiser, a 2011 Hamodia interview with Simmonds (covered in ColLive.com) has narrative and pictures of him doing kiruv work.
The Chabad Torah Center says that when it became aware of the allegations in January 2016, it suspended him. According to the Winnipeg Free Press, their August, 2016, newsletter announced: Continue reading
The Torah calls on us to be a “light unto the nations.” But Israel is an escape destination for diaspora molesters. They come from the US, the UK, Holland, and Australia. They come on last minute flights as cops are closing in. They come on visitor visas and they come as planned olim under the Law of Return. Most of them get the welcome mat.
Mighty Israel can defeat neighbors. Stealthy Israel can assassinate enemies. Brainy Israel can desalinate oceans. Avenging Israel can bring Nazis to justice. But when faced with the justice cries of molested Jewish children, Shimshon Hagibor (Samson the mighty) turns into Shimshon the Nebbish, a hapless, bureaucratically obtuse gaggle of keystone cops.
How could Malka Leifer, a serial child molester facing 74 charges of child sexual abuse in Australia, still be dodging Australia’s 2013 extradition request by faking mental illness? Continue reading
Update 3-7-18: The school emailed at at 1:19 pm that the talk was cancelled: “Due to today’s snow storm, tonight’s conversation with Dr. David Pelcovitz has been cancelled. Stay safe and warm.”
The Philadelphia-area, Modern-orthodox Kohelet Yeshiva prides itself on “Understanding that our responsibilities extend not only to our immediate community, but to broader society as well.” One has to assume that includes a responsible approach to confronting child sex abuse. Kohelet has Dr. David Pelcovitz scheduled give “Tips to Parents… of Teens” on March 7, 2018 (see flyer below). But David Pelcovitz has a terrible record on child sex abuse.
He followed orders from Lakewood not to mention police reporting of abuse, when speaking there. Don’t believe me. Listen to this recording.
Even more outrageous was his defense of Evan Zauder, a modern orthodox yeshiva teacher. According to the FBI:
Evan Zauder, a former sixth-grade teacher at a private school in New Jersey, pled guilty in Manhattan federal court to charges of using the Internet to entice a minor to engage in illegal sexual activity and to receipt, distribution, and possession of child pornography.
Come sentencing, Pelcovitz rode to his rescue with an incredible letter to the court: Continue reading
Rabbi Todros Grynhaus was molesting children from his days in Gateshead’s Yeshiva till he was arrested. He had many victims, but also, prominent Haredi rabbis on three continents who were protecting him.
Rabbi Todros Grynhaus
Yehudis, one of his teen victims, was the victim whose complaint to the police, finally got him arrested, and after a long ordeal including his flight to Israel, and a hung jury at the first trial, finally got him convicted for abusing two girls and sentenced to 13 years in prison in 2015.
In a talk given a few weeks ago in the UK, Yehudis Fletcher eloquently tells the story. But her talk goes far beyond crime and punishment. It is a deeply insightful account of how grooming works to make children vulnerable to sex abuse. She describes the disgraceful and deceitful ways in which abuse is covered up, including lying under oath/affirmation in court. Then there were the pathetic remedies proposed by supposed gedolim to protect girls in lieu of removing the molester from the scenes of his crimes. Continue reading
I started Frum Follies in 2009, intending to fight child sex abuse by mocking the community’s response with satire. Hence the blog name. But serious stuff intervened and compelled me to straight reporting and writing opinion pieces. These days, I don’t post much satire, but occasionally my puckish sense of humor just has to get out. Other times, very real problems are so obviously absurd and satire is the best way to demonstrate this. Whatever the promptings, the lead up to Purim is a good time for satire. Read, enjoy, and share this selection of my satire postings over the years.
Malka Leifer molested girls in the Adaas Haredi yeshiva in Melbourne, Australia. When the board of her school thought the cops were closing in on her they acted to fly her out of the country the same day. Since then she has evaded extradition from Israel by feigning mental illness. Recently, the Australian government pressured the Israeli government at the “highest levels.”
Behold, the Israeli government that claimed to be hamstrung by its laws, found a way, and she was arrested according to a report in Y-Net. They do not name her, which is typical of Israeli media restraints when reporting on those not convicted. But it is clearly her based on the description of the allegations and the role of the Australian government.
All we have now is a sketchy report (in Hebrew). Let’s hope this is will culminate in her return to Australia to face trial. Continue reading