The following is a letter that AdKan received from Bnos Malka in Queens, New York, regarding allegations of sexual misconduct made in 2013. Rabbi Oelbaum originally wrote a letter advising the two alleged victims to go to the police with their stories, but has since rescinded his advice as per the letter below.
An attached letter from Bnos Malka included information regarding the actual investigation (posted below). The school acknowledged and even applauded the efforts of AdKan and other advocates who actively pursue the uncovering of abuse.
Sullivan County Court Judge Frank LaBuda dismissed the case against Haim Boukris because Sullivan County Assistant District Attorney Eamonn Neary was not able to provide enough evidence to prove the charges against the 29-year-old South Fallsburg resident.
“The decision is not based on the credibility of the young man or any witness,” LaBuda said. “It's because the court was not able to find the innocence or guilt of the defendant.” READ MORE
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Assistant District Attorney Steve Moore said the Taubenfeld family members who testified that the alleged victim was never in their home seemed to be coordinating their stories to protect the accused.
Damiani said he was able to raise reasonable doubt regarding Taubenfeld's guilt.
The judge is expected to deliver his verdict next Thursday.
Similarly, Twersky’s home in New Square, New York, the exclusively Hasidic upstate enclave where he presides over his sect, has its own mikveh, or ritual bath, built exclusively for him and his sons. His followers use the communal bath.
And when Twersky feels a need to get away from the community he leads — where more than half his followers live below the poverty line — he can summon his black Cadillac XTS and instruct his chauffeur to drive to his multimillion-dollar lakeside vacation home in Nyack, New York, which also sports a private mikveh.
For outsiders, such royalty-like privilege may inspire disapproval. But for his followers, the separateness that Twersky cultivates only increases the holiness with which he is regarded. To them, he is a revered tzadik, a higher spiritual being endowed with saintly wisdom.
As Laiby, now 21, explained to me during a recent interview, “He [Taubenfeld] took me into a room, made me pull down my pants, and started touching me in inappropriate places. I couldn’t make sense of what was happening. I was 8 years old. He said, ‘Don’t tell anybody; it’s between you and me.’”
But when Laiby’s parents finally were able to haltingly explain why they had come, Twersky exclaimed in Yiddish, “Ich veis nisht, in ich gleib nisht!” (“I don’t know it, and I don’t believe it!”)
“He looked genuinely shocked [at the accusation],” recounted Avrumi Stern, Laiby’s older brother, who accompanied the parents. The family left the rebbe’s office as they had entered: sad, scared, and with no idea what to do next.
Over the next few months, the family secretly sent Laiby to therapy — secretly, because therapy comes with a stigma attached to it in ultra-Orthodox communities. But the financial cost was too much for the family to bear. Again Laiby’s mother approached the rebbe, pleading for help to pay Laiby’s therapy bills.
“He refused to pay and made her shut up about the whole thing,” Laiby’s brother said. READ MORE
In November 2013, an open letter to the Miami community was publicised. The Kol Koreh (public announcement) was signed by 18 Rabbis whose basic message was to tell the Jewish community that Rabbi Bodkins from Miami is an upstanding member of the community and has been wrongly accused of "behaviors" by wrongdoers and propaganda. The letter goes on to say that anyone who listens to these accusations is "committing a grievous sin".
Once Bodkins filed a law suit against AdKan concerning the so called wrongful accusations, AdKan, in its defense deposed the Rabbis who signed the Kol Koreh in order to understand where their information was coming from, and how they knew that Bodkins was safe to be around young boys.
The following is a small excerpt from the transcript of one of the depositions, (There will be more transcripts to follow) where the Rabbi (Freidman) clearly states that he did not sign the Kol Koreh. This leads one to believe that his signature was forged.
The alleged victims turned to Rabbi Shmuel Kamenetzky for help. He allegedly told one alleged victim that Bodkins can continue to teach unless there is more than one victim. Everything came to a standstill which is when the alleged victims and their families contacted AdKan saying "We have gone from Rabbi to Rabbi as well as the court system, there is nothing left for us to do except to publicize the allegations, in the hopes of ensuring the safety of other children". After much investigation as well as a statement from Ronnie Greenwald who told AdKan that he had personally communicated with 3 alleged victims and believed their stories to be true, AdKan posted Yisroel Bodkins on the wall of shame.
At the start of October 2013, Bodkins together with his supporters claimed that Torah Umesorah backed him one hundred percent. On the opposing side however one of the victims families spoke to Rabbi Ryback from TU who told them that Bodkins has been added to the Torah Umesorah sex offender registry.
Bodkins and his supporters vehemently denied this claim, saying that AdKan was publishing lies. It was at that time that AdKan contacted Rabbi Ryback who told us that Bodkins is NOT on the registry and in fact the only people allowed access to this sex offender registry are school principals who want background information on a prospective employee.
Parents who want to find information about an alleged sex offender do not have access to the TU sex offender registry.
AdKan has been led to believe that since its inception many years ago, TU sex offender registry has but a handful of names registered as offenders. We have to wonder why the names of countless infamous molesters have not been added to the registry.
On October 21, 2013, AdKan received the following Email from the Torah Umesorah National Headquarters.
The Meisel's guidelines (see below) was prepared by the Chicago Beis Din and signed by its judges. The conditions were signed on May 17th, 2014. According to Yerachmiel Lopin, Meisels did not sign this agreement and the conditions do not bar him from continuing to earn money from the seminaries. READ MORE
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