Thursday, September 22, 2016

Hypocritically, this statement is signed by many of the very same rabbis who cover-up Orthodox child molesters, ignore victims’ reports of abuse, harass victims and their families who speak out or demand that they remain silent about their abuse and abuser....

Dear Editor:

Recently, 300 rabbis signed a statement (300 rabbis’ pledges) condemning Orthodox child sexual abuse and calling on rabbis to make Orthodox institutions safe for children. It appears that most of the signers are affiliated with either the Orthodox Union, the National Council of Young Israel, are graduates or employees of Yeshiva University or are members of the Rabbinical Council of America (RCA).

Although this statement isn’t officially from the RCA, almost everything contained in it has been copied nearly verbatim from four previous RCA child protection resolutions that date back 23 years. None of them have been implemented or enforced. What’s significant about this latest statement is that the RCA has over 1,000 rabbis who are members, yet only 300 were willing to sign it.

It is difficult to view this statement as anything more than the 5th attempt over several decades by the RCA and Orthodox rabbis to appear concerned about the rampant sexual abuse of Orthodox children, while doing little or nothing to actually stop it. Like the previously ignored RCA child protection resolutions, this one imposes no sanction on any rabbi or Orthodox institution who fails to act to protect our children from sexual abuse.

The statement condemns the covering-up of Orthodox child molesters; the ignoring, shaming or punishing of victims who cry out for help; and the rabbinic demands that victims not report their abuser to the police. It calls for Orthodox institutions to implement child safety procedures; allow victims to pursue justice and demands that members of Orthodox communities be informed when a child sex predator moves in.

Hypocritically, this statement is signed by many of the very same rabbis who cover-up Orthodox child molesters, ignore victims’ reports of abuse, harass victims and their families who speak out or demand that they remain silent about their abuse and abuser.

Moreover, many of these signers are the same rabbis who for decades have failed to implement the RCA’s own child protection rules or who deny justice to students who were sexually abused at Yeshiva University and other Orthodox institutions. They refuse to establish a public database of Orthodox child sex predators or warn community members about molesters in their synagogues, schools, yeshivas or neighborhoods.

Some of the rabbis have even gone so far as to write pre-sentencing letters to judges in support of convicted Orthodox child sex offenders, without expressing any concern, sympathy or support for the offender’s victims.

It should be clear to anyone paying attention that if we – parents and grandparents, survivors and concerned community members – don’t demand that our rabbis protect our children from sexual abuse, they will do nothing.

The holidays of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur will arrive shortly. This is a time when our synagogues, schools, yeshivas, rabbis, presidents or board members will ask us – repeatedly – for our money.

This is an excellent time to explain to all of them that we will only donate to Jewish institutions that have implemented the public pledges enumerated in the child safety statement that our rabbis have signed, or should have signed, but refuse to. If our rabbis and Orthodox institutions want our money, they must earn it by adhering to their Torah obligation to do everything in their power to make our children safe. If they refuse to protect our kids, we will refuse to donate to them.
Eric Aiken
(owner of http://www.protectjewishkids.com and an advocate for Orthodox victims of child sexual abuse)


Anonymous said...

Lakewood, NJ.,...Appealing to get out of Jail...

A township couple was arrested Tuesday and charged with failing to provide accurate income information in order to get more benefits from Medicaid and food stamp assistance, authorities said.

They were turned in by Gila Neger's brother, Chaim, who turned states evidence, in a deal with the DA to avoid arrest.

Yosaf Laskin, 43, and his wife, 42-year-old Gila Neger, were each charged with theft by deception following an investigation by the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office and the New Jersey State Comptroller's Office, Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato announced Tuesday.

Coronato said in a news release that Laskin "failed to indicate accurate income information on applications made by him for Medicaid benefits."

As a result, Coronato said, Laskin and his family received unlawful benefits in excess of $145,000.

Meanwhile, Neger failed to provide accurate income information on her food stamp application, Coronato said. She received benefits in excess of $5,500, Coronato said.

The couple was arrested at around 7:30 a.m. at their home on South Lake Shore Drive without incident.

They were taken to the Ocean County Jail in lieu of $75,000 cash bail with no 10 percent option for Laskin and $5,000 with no 10 percent option for Negen.

Anonymous said...

The brother turned them in...The parents stopped talking to him. His name is Chaim Neger...Lives in Lakewood.

Anonymous said...

Chaim Neger is a wanna be tough guy. Starts trouble everywhere.His family disowned him. They say he was in Rikers.

Anonymous said...

Chaim Neger is a loanshark. He's charging my father 25% interest.

max said...


max said...


These are the guys that posted the previous comments . Unfortunatly it took almost a year but now people are going after them .