Whither Goes Rabbi Dovid Weinberger? (From the 2014 Archives of FF)

Rabbi Dovid Weinberger

Rabbi Dovid Weinberger

First posted on 2/27/2014. I was the first and primary source of this story on the Internet and it garnered over 30k views.

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Rabbi Dovid Weinberger was fired by his shul in the Lawrence, NY, Shaaray Tefila, before Rosh Hashanah. They claimed he was on medical leave** but announced a search for a new rabbi shortly afterward.

Weinberger went off to Israel searching for another job but came back about a month ago. He should have been able to find a job because he is married to a granddaughter of the late “Gadol” Rabbi Chaim Pinchas Scheinberg. That he failed to find a job, suggests both a bad reputation and marital estrangement. If the Scheinberg family wanted to help him, he would have found a job. In those circles, allegations of molesting are no obstacle to rabbinic employment.

His return provoked consternation in the 5 Towns Continue reading

Shaaray Tefila in Lawrence Selects New Rabbi to Replace Disgraced Dovid Weinberger

Rabbi Dovid Weinberger

Rabbi Dovid Weinberger

Last night (5/30/15) the members of Congregation Shaaray Tefila in Lawrence, NY approved the appointment of Uri Orlian as their rabbi. His appointment was approved by 84% of those voting at their Saturday night membership meeting. This ends a year and a half vacancy that started with a forced sabbatical of their previous rabbi, Dovid Weinberger. He was forced to resign following allegations of extensive sexual exploitation of women.

I have extensively documented the history of this case on Frum Follies  starting with the post, Whither Goes Rabbi Dovid Weinberger? and including an image of his signed agreement to leave all aspects of work as a rabbi or educator. Continue reading

Whither Goes Rabbi Dovid Weinberger?

Rabbi Dovid Weinberger

Rabbi Dovid Weinberger

Rabbi Dovid Weinberger was fired by his shul in the Lawrence, NY, Shaaray Tefila, before Rosh Hashanah. They claimed he was on medical leave** but announced a search for a new rabbi shortly afterward.

Weinberger went off to Israel searching for another job but came back about a month ago. He should have been able to find a job because he is married to a granddaughter of the late “Gadol” Rabbi Chaim Pinchas Scheinberg. That he failed to find a job, suggests both a bad reputation and marital estrangement. If the Scheinberg family wanted to help him, he would have found a job. In those circles, allegations of molesting are no obstacle to rabbinic employment.

His return provoked consternation in the 5 Towns Continue reading

Questions for Ohel About Sex Abuse When They Speak in the 5 Towns Tonight

Tonight, at 8:15, Barry Horowitz of Ohel Childrens’s Home will be talking at Aish Kodesh in Woodmere at 8:15  on “Keeping our Children Safe: Summer Vacation and Beyond” in the 5 Towns. He will be introduced  as an expert on child abuse. However there are problems. But as I have written before, when it comes to sex abuse Ohel is a “leaky tent”.

Ohel has had this event in Brooklyn (in Yeshiva Torah Tmima),  Baltimore, Passaic and Lakewood.  At each event, they do not make mention of any law enforcement, crime prevention professionals such as child protective services or the police.  This is itself criminal.
They have also given parents advice such as the following:  “Don’t look into shadows and be too over vigilant”.  “Go to rabbanim if you susupect abuse.”  and “the vast majority of children who are molested are not affected very much.”
Although usually, Ohel events are very choreographed and questions and comments from the audience must be written down and “chosen” by the speaker, it would still be great if many of us would show up and try to get our message out there.  We can hand out fliers with the information of what parents REALLY need to do.
And we can write or stand up and ask as many of the following questions as possible.  I would suggest standing up and introducing yourself as a survivor of abuse, a relative or friend of a survivor of abuse, or a concerned parent.  Then pick from one of the following questions (you can print them out).  I have tried to ask probing but not attacking questions.  If you feel there is a more diplomatic way of bringing up these points, feel free obviously to use your own language:
1. If I suspect someone in my neighborhood is molesting children and I want to protect my children, is there somebody I should call to stop him?  And this question should go to Rabbi Weinberger:   Do I need to ask a rabbi before calling the police?
2. Is there anyway I can be sure that my child’s camp and school is a safe place?  Are there any policies I should look for? Continue reading

Agudah Says “We Are Responsible”, Sort Of…

The Latin phrase, mea culpa, means through my fault. That implies an admission of fault, not just the sort of “excuse me” you brandish when you gently bump someone else in a crowded room.  So imagine my surprise when I read that Rabbi Dovid Zwiebel of Agudah adressed the issue of sex abuse of children by saying,

Mea Culpa? . . we have to acknowledge for quite a long time the issue was not understood Continue reading