Yeshiva University, Flagship Of Orthodox Jewry, Will Pay The Price – Finally, Decades After Students Were Sexually Abused! What’s Going On? Commentary By Adina Kutnicki

JUST in time for the upcoming Jewish New Year (commencing the evening of September 29, 2019), followed by Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, it is only fitting that a decades-long awaited reckoning is in the offing. Better late than never!

ONCE again, before the latest “dirty laundry” of a most heinous crime is exposed for public viewing, it is imperative to hark back to July 2013, a little more than six years to date. In reality, said amount of time is a blip in one’s lifelong calendar, especially, when it comes to revisiting traumatic events. Trust, this writer is all too familiar with life-altering terrain and its residual impact. Blow-back.

THAT being established, “A Mark Of Cain: Charges Of Pedophilia/Sex Abuse Rocks Yeshiva University….” (July 21, 2013) was reported at this site – a personally sad and tragic expose’. Nevertheless, it had to be outed. So, this no holds barred, take no prisoners writer had no option, but to suck it up. As revealed….

Full Disclosure: the following report hits very close to home. A dagger in the heart, too. It involves a revered institution which evokes many wonderful childhood memories; including, free rein to explore its vast campus, not to mention the opportunity to flirt with cute boys, Yeshiva University being an all-male school. My father – of blessed memory – worked tirelessly at Yeshiva University for 45 years, as a Rabbi in its main Administrative Center on the upper west side of Manhattan. In fact, he taught at its esteemed school for Rabbinical Studies, REITS, when he first arrived in New York from war-torn Europe.

NEVERTHELESS, the subject matter at hand is so serious that bypassing it is unthinkable. Besides, as one who duly reports on the depravities of the Gay-in-Chief (and surrogates), as well as assorted levels of deviance embedded at Hill’s State Dept., surely, keeping this topic under communal cover is a non-starter, regardless of its shameful nature and personal attachment.

BUT for those not in the loop, it is important to understand that The Forward (cited below) is a widely read Jewish newspaper for many generations. Others as well. More specifically, it is socialist-leaning and highly in sync with Demster politics. Know this: its publishing and editorial staff are reflexively hostile towards Jewish Orthodoxy. So, it is no surprise that they collaborated with the Huffington Post. Fellow travelers.

EVEN so, just because discomfiting news is reported at leftward papers doesn’t obviate the facts, at least, in this particular case. Mind you, even a broken clock can be right once.

Norman Lamm Resigns

Rabbi Norman Lamm Resigns; Yeshiva University Chancellor Cites Mishandling Of Sex Abuse Allegations …..continue reading the whole sordid saga here….

WITH the aforementioned backgrounder in mind – though decades overdue from the initial crimes – it was heart-lifting to read the following on August 23, 2019:

With a New York law, the Child Victims Acttaking effect last week that modified the state’s statute of limitations surrounding sexual abuse, 38 former students have sued Yeshiva University, alleging they were sexually abused by three rabbis and other school staff from the mid-1950’s through 1986.

Five of the plaintiffs are named in the civil lawsuit, filed on Thursday, against Yeshiva University, Marsha Stern Talmudical Academy, which is YU’s high school; board members of both institutions; former YU chancellor Rabbi Norman Lamm; and Rabbi Robert Hirt, a former vice president of its rabbinical school.

The act allows victims in New York one year to file civil lawsuits, no matter when the alleged sexual abuse transpired.

At a news conference in New York on Thursday, lawyers for the plaintiffs accused YU of inaction, even though it received numerous complaints of sexual abuse spanning over a three-decade period.

Five staff members are accused of allegedly abusing the students, though lawyers said that principal George Finkelstein, who was promoted in the 1980’s and named “Educator of the Year” in 1985, and Jewish-studies teacher Macy Gordon did the majority of the abuse.

Gordon died in 2017.

“The lawsuit says Finkelstein repeatedly groped boys, and that he specifically targeted the children of Holocaust survivors, telling them they would add to their parents’ suffering if they told them of the abuse. Gordon, a teacher, is being accused of sodomizing multiple young boys in a ‘vicious and sadistic’ manner using objects, the suit says. Both men have denied the allegations,” reported the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.

Both YU and MTA declined to comment to JTA.

“Our clients have patiently waited for years to get through the courthouse door to obtain the justice they so rightly deserve,” Kevin Mulhearn, one of the attorneys representing the victims, said in a statement.

For decades, Yeshiva University was aware of the pervasive problem of sexual abuse by its employees, including high-profile, revered rabbis who were serial sexual predators; and yet it consciously chose to take no action to protect our clients and other vulnerable high school students.”

Mulhearn, says the lawsuit is the largest filed currently under the Child Victim’s Act.

Citing an expired statute of limitations, in 2014 a New York District Court judge dismissed a lawsuit by 36 students alleging sexual abuse at MTA.

BOLO WARNING: henceforth, the following should be deemed “Adina Kutnicki’s (partial) rogues gallery of sexual predators from YU”, all of whom should be considered motherfuc*ers:

{Introducing, Rabbi George Finkelstein, the “hands-on” pervert who enjoyed diddling young boys at YU’s MTA. He is now living in Israel….an unholy bastard!)

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  • According to a source, he is the gabbai of a shul frequented by Americans located behind the YMCA in Jerusalem.

{This is Rabbi Macy Gordon, a vicious sodomizer, who is now six feet under!}

HERE are his bonafides:

Rabbi Macy Gordon was accused of molesting boys he taught at Yeshiva University for nearly 28 years.

“Rabbi Macy Gordon went through the boy’s medicine cabinet and pulled out a bottle of Chloraseptic. He pulled back the boy’s bathrobe again and told him, “You have simanim [signs],” and sprayed Chloraseptic on the boy’s pubic hair. He then sodomized the boy with a toothbrush.” 

Rabbi Macy Gordon was the director of the National Council of Young Israel and the first director of Just One Life, which was originally run under the auspices of NCYI.

THE access he had to youth over the span of his career is mind-boggling. Still yet, countless lent him cover – inside and outside YU! Accomplices, the whole damn lot of them – their so-called communal prestige be damned. Yes, I am very familiar with the environment of his enablers. Enough said.

{This is Richard Andron (a pic from yrs ago), he was a “volunteer” at MTA as a karate instructor, a “groper”, who was allowed to roam free in the dorm halls to victimize his prey! He was a friend of Finkelstein’s, a fellow pedophile!}

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This morning’s online Forward has more details about Richard (Ricky or Rick) Andron, an alleged molester named in the Yeshiva University (YU) sex abuse and cover-up lawsuit.

The latest Forward story raises facts which are familiar to those who read the comments in the Frum Follies article, “The Third Man- Richard Andron.” Andron was a regular at Baruch Lanner’s NCSY events and used that connection to molest other boys in their homes where he was given hospitality and in his apartment on the Upper West Side of Manhattan where he invited boys to sleep over, plied them with porn, and then molested those he could.

The article also mentions that Andron taught martial arts classes to teens at the “Jewish Center.” This is the synagogue whose pulpit was once held by Rabbi Norman Lamm, President Emeritus of Yeshiva University. I have also received reports that Andron taught martial arts classes at the prestigious upper-east-side modern orthodox school, Ramaz. If so, Andron operated with impunity for years in four different key institutions of modern orthodoxy, Yeshiva University’s MTA high school, the Orthodox Union’s National Conference of Synagogue Youth (NCSY), the extremely prestigious upper west side synagogue, the Jewish Center, and the prestigious upper east side Ramaz school.

Andron’s career was enabled by two of MO’s most notorious molesters, Baruch Lanner and George Finkelstein. Continue reading 

TRAGICALLY, some of the offenders are dead and are not around to suffer the public humiliation (which, in these tight-knit circles, is “holier’ than anything else) they righteously deserve, that is, by facing their accusers (and the community) at trial.

AS is known, justice delayed is justice denied. On the other hand, some of the perpetrators (those who shielded them are equally guilty) are alive and will be hauled into court, regardless of age or infirmity. Hell, even if they have to be dragged out of their nursing homes, well, so be it.

BUT not to be overlooked is the fact that substantial settlements (the scuttlebutt is that upwards of half a billion is at risk) will have to be paid to the victims, with hefty fees outlaid for their attorneys – and, that, in the humble opinion within, will be the catalyst to ensure the following knock-on effect: if a whisper….a hint….a whiff….re another deviant employee comes to the fore, rest assured, the head honchos will do the right thing – even if not for the right reason(s)!

YES, finally, with the long overdue enactment of the Child Victims Act, Yeshiva University (other institutions/individual perpetrators, too) has been forced to recognize that huge financial settlements – for said acts of treachery and malfeasance – will bankrupt them, if they fail to protect their charges. Indeed, no longer will “dirty laundry” be able to be swept under the rug!

THEN (back in July 2013) as now, let there be no doubt: this posting will rile up a goodly portion in the Orthodox Jewish community, by dint of fact that too many within said confines prefer the “dirty laundry” to hide and remain behind closed doors. But this address brooks no such quarter, as many realize from various “airings”having already exposed the problem of alcoholism and substance abuse within the Orthodox Jewish community.

MOST significantly, what about the victims – whose suffering from sexual abuse never really wanes, regardless of the passage of time? As such, don’t they deserve communal support, and the ability to confront (and excoriate) their abusers? Not only that, the perpetrators warrant a dual punishment – by the justice system and via the court of public opinion, agreed? If not, why not?

ALAS, it is on behalf of the victims (and future ones, too) that it is incumbent to air uncomfortable truths, never mind the push-back. Besides, said heinous, life-changing crime cries out for a particular measure of justice. Pedophiles, regardless of their religion, race, sex, or stature in the community, deserve nothing but our contempt – not our protection, nor a circling of communal wagons, so to speak.

WHEN all is said and done, the only thing sexual abusers “deserve” is a Mark of Cain!

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A Mark Of Cain: Charges of Pedophilia/Sex Abuse Rocks Yeshiva University, Modern Jewish Orthodoxy’s Flagship Institution of Higher Learning…Commentary By Adina Kutnicki

Full Disclosure: The following report hits very close to home. A dagger in the heart. It involves an institution which evokes many wonderful childhood memories. There was free rein to explore its vast campus, not to mention the opportunity to flirt with cute boys. This is a result of having a father – of blessed memory – who worked at Yeshiva University (YU), for 45 years, as a Rabbi in its main center of administration. In fact, he taught at its esteemed school for Rabbinical Studies, REITS, when he first arrived in New York from Europe. NEVERTHELESS, the subject matter at hand is so serious that bypassing it becomes unthinkable. Besides, as one who duly reports on the depravities of the Gay-in-Chief (and surrogates), as well as deviance embedded at Hill’s State Dept., surely keeping this topic under communal cover is a non-starter, regardless of its shameful nature.

But for those not in the know, it is important to understand that The Forward (cited below) is a widely read Jewish communal newspaper for many generations of Jews, and by other groups as well. More specifically, it is socialist leaning and highly in sync with Demster politics. Its publishers are reflexively hostile towards Jewish Orthodoxy. So, it is no surprise that they collaborated on an interview with Huffington Post. Fellow travelers.

That being said, just because tragic news is reported at leftward papers, doesn’t obviate the truths discussed, at least in this particular case. Even a broken clock is right once.

And being that this blog rarely veers off geo-politics – aside for occasionally discussing the devastating societal costs due to alcoholism/substance abuse – some may be shocked by this posting. Personally, it’s not a walk on the beach…  

Rabbi Norman Lamm Resigns; Yeshiva University Chancellor Cites Mishandling Of Sex Abuse Allegations

Religion News Service  |  By DAVID GIBSONPosted: 07/01/2013 4:54 pm EDT

 
Norman Lamm Resigns

NEW YORK (RNS) The chancellor and head of the seminary at Yeshiva University, the flagship U.S. school for Orthodox Judaism, resigned his posts on Monday (July 1) and acknowledged that he had mishandled sex abuse allegations against staff members in the 1980s.

In a letter sent to students, faculty, alumni and donors, Rabbi Norman Lamm, 85, said that in failing to report the abuse complaints to police, he was acting “in a way that I thought was correct, but which now seems ill conceived.”

“I understand better today than I did then that sometimes, when you think you are doing good, your actions do not measure up,” wrote Lamm, for decades a leading figure in Orthodox Judaism.

“And when that happens — one must do teshuvah,” he said, using the Hebrew word for repentance. “So, I too must do teshuvah.”

Lamm’s resignation comes more than six months after a Jewish newspaper, The Forward, revealed that university officials responded to complaints of sexual abuse by staff at an affiliated boys’ school by quietly allowing at least two suspected abusers to leave and find work elsewhere.

More than 20 men have said that they were abused by either Rabbi George Finkelstein or Rabbi Macy Gordon and that the university knew about the allegations and covered them up; both rabbis, who now live in Israel, have denied the charges.

Kevin Mulhearn, a lawyer representing 22 men allegedly abused at Yeshiva University High School between 1971 and 1989, said Lamm’s apology was “a positive first step” but said the university needed to do more.

“The conspiracy of silence at Y.U. involves many high-level administrators, not just Rabbi Lamm,” Mulhearn told The Forward. “It is the institution as a whole, not just one man, which needs to make amends.”

Lamm took over as Yeshiva president in 1976 and remained as chancellor and head of the prestigious seminary after he retired as president in 2003.

In his letter on Monday, Lamm did not directly say that he was stepping down because of the abuse scandal. He said the resignation was “in accordance with an agreement reached 3 years ago” and indicated that he was not in good health, saying that his family had to help him write the letter.

His discussion of the abuse episodes also took up just four paragraphs in a lengthy six-page reflection on his tenure.

The university said in a statement released to the Jewish Telegraphic Agency on Monday that Lamm had agreed to leave three years ago when his contract expired in June 30 of this year. The current YU president, Richard M. Joel, released a brief statement that made no mention of the abuse scandal and praised Lamm for guiding the university with “steadfastness and vision” and for making “unparalleled” contributions to Jewish life.

Still, Lamm’s departure is another jolt to a cornerstone of the Modern Orthodox movement.

In May, The Forward reported that an investigation commissioned by Yeshiva’s board of trustees to delve into the charges had stalled.

And in March a top rabbinic dean at Yeshiva’s seminary gave a talk in which he said sex abuse charges can be “tall tales” spun by children and that they should be screened by a board of rabbis before being reported to authorities.

In the talk, Rabbi Hershel Schachter, one of the most respected members of the seminary’s faculty, was also quoted using a derogatory Yiddish term for black people when he said that reporting abuse allegations is especially dangerous because officials could put a Jew “in a cell together with a shvartze, with a … black Muslim who wants to kill all the Jews.”

The YU episodes also tracked reports that leaders in the ultra-Orthodox movement have covered up allegations of child sexual abuse in their insular communities, and may still do so.

These incidents, as well as reporting on sexual abuse scandals in schools, college football, the Boy Scouts and other organizations that work with children, have often mirrored the dynamic that led to the abuse crisis that has rocked the Catholic Church in the past decade.

Child safety experts say that broadening the focus on abuse to communities outside the Catholic Church would be a positive development if it prompts an awareness of the scale of the problem and the need to take act.

Let there be no doubt: This posting will rile up some in the Jewish community, simply by the fact that too many prefer ‘dirty laundry’ to hide behind closed doors. But this address brooks no such quarter, as many already realize from various ‘airings’exposing the problem of alcoholism and substance abuse.

Most significantly, what about the students who are still suffering from the abuse? Do they not deserve the community’s support and courage to tell their tales? And, don’t the perpetrators, regardless of the passage of time, warrant punishment, not only by the justice system, but the court of public opinion? 

It is on behalf of the victims (and future ones too) that it is incumbent to keep the issue at the forefront. This crime cries out for justice. Pedophiles, regardless of their religion, race or stature in the community, deserve nothing but contempt. Certainly not our protection, a circling of communal wagons, so to speak.

A mark of Cain.