YU Sued over Alleged Sex Abuse of George Finkelstein, Macy Gordon, Richard Andron, and Marc Gafni

Over the last 2 weeks Yeshiva University (YU) was hit with two lawsuits made possible by the Child Victims Act which eliminates any Statute of Limitations on lawsuits over Child Sexual Abuse (CSA). Governor Cuomo signed the law on Feb 14, 2019 which included a one year lookback window to cover cases which were previously not legally actionable by victims who were over twenty-two-years old.

One suit involved male victims which was previously dismissed because of the prior short SOL. The revived lawsuit has 5 named victims and 33 John Does and is being reported on by the New York Jewish Week, JTA, the NY Post and others.

Thus far, attention has not been paid by media to another lawsuit naming Yeshiva University and the notorious Marc Gafni (aka Mordechai Winiarz) for abuse by Gafni while he worked for a YU’s Jewish Public School Youth Program. The plaintiff, “Jane Doe” alleges Continue reading

Agudah Messaging About Lawyers to Defend Against Survivors

Asher Lovy, Director of Community Organizing for Zaakah, writes on FB:

Last week ZA’AKAH was made aware of a solicitation sent by Agudah [Agudath Israel of America] to a number of defense attorneys regarding the Child Victims Act. They were looking to put together a list of lawyers to make available to institutions being sued within the coming year under the Lookback Window of the Child Victims Act.

While I don’t begrudge institutions their right to defend themselves, I think it’s the fact that Agudah is making this solicitation that needs to be addressed. Continue reading

The Day of Judgment is Coming- בא יום הדין

Today, August 14, 2019 is opening day of the one year window in New York State for victims of child sexual abuse to sue individuals and institutions regardless of how long ago the abuse happened. This is all thanks to the Child Victims Act passed this year by the NYS legislature and signed by Governor Cuomo.

As you follow the news today you will see major lawsuits announced against an array of institutions where abuse happened, usually because of neglectful administration or even worse, administrators who allowed known abusers to stay on staff and continue to work with children. A number of orthodox schools, camps and youth organizations will be among those who are sued. Continue reading