Rabbi Pinchos Stolper, the founder and first director of the Orthodox Union’s (OU) youth division, NCSY, died earlier this week. There has been all sorts of praise of his deeds with nary a hint that he enabled the molesting of hundreds of teen girls who trusted NCSY. Stolper, was repeatedly told about Rabbi Boruch Lanner’s molesting by victims, parents, and other NCSY staff. He made believe that these allegations were not true. After Stolper retired, the lid was finally blown by Gary Rosenblatt’s articles in the New York Jewish Week. A few years later Lanner was finally tried and convicted of child molesting and sent to jail. Eventually the OU conducted an extensive investigation confirming the allegations. Yet Stolper continued to be treated respectfully in his retirement and they even have an annual award in his name.
It sticks in the craw of every survivor, especially anyone whose complaints were invalidated by Stolper, to see him being praised. I am tired of the arguments about the good outweighing the “lapses.” There is a special evil in these sorts of lapses. It is a moral calculation that imagines one’s work is so important that it should not be inconvenienced by the problems affecting individual kids. They are discarded as roadkill on the way to the kiruv mission. This is moral bankruptcy.
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
The National Council of Synagogue Youth (NCSY) of the Orthodox Union (OU) has a detailed Standards Manual for Conduct, Policy, and Behavioral Standards first put online in 2008 and most recently revised on 9/10/2016. Continue reading
The OU claims they notified Beth Tfiloh about their decision to terminate Rabbi Shmuel Krawatsky as the leader of their Yachad Program because of suspicions of child sexual abuse. Beth Tfiloh denies it. The OU should publicly support their claim by providing phone or email records demonstrating the relevant contact.
But there is something more they owe the public: an explanation of how he came to be hired in the first place. A check with Maryland’s protective services would have shown there were allegations of abuse. Continue reading
The Beth Tfiloh (BT) Dahan Community School seeks qualified applicants for the following four positions.
MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHER OF JEWISH STUDIES with no confirmed reports of child sexual abuse that can be reported in newspapers. No need to worry about actions of other organizations like the Orthodox Union of Jewish Congregations of America (OU) as long as we can claim never to have heard them. Besides our competitive pay and benefits package, employees unfairly charged can count on the school to secure funding for legal costs which will bludgeon false accusers into submission Continue reading