Project Genisis - Baltimore, MD
Past Rabbi - ShaareyZedek Congregation - North Hollywood, CA
- Rabbi Aron Tendler Resigns (01/21/2006)
- Early-20th Century American Yeshivas (06/16/2004)
- Survivor of Aron Tendler Speaks Out (01/2006)
- Leadership - Shaarey Zedeck Congregation (01/22/2006)
- Rabbinical Council of California - Contact the RCC (01/22/2006)
- Call To Action (01/26/2006)
- Community Briefs (01/26/2006)
- Call To Action: Contact Shaarey Zedek and the RCC executives (02/20/2006)
- What is a Mandated Reporter in California? (02/20/2006)
- Rabbi Expelled From Shul (03/01/2006)
- Another Tendler Steps Down (04/07/2006)
The Case of the Students of Ner Israel Yeshiva in the 1950's
Case of Rabbi Ephraim Bryks
Case of Rabbi Eliezer Eisgrau
Case of Rabbi Benyamin Fleischman
Case of Rabbi Israel Kestenbaum
Case of Rabbi Aron Boruch Tendler
Case of Rabbi Mordecai Tendler
Case of Rabbi Matis Weinberg
|Confessed Sex Offender - Rabbi Aaron Tendler|
Early-20th Century American Yeshivas
Letters to the Editor
Jewish Press - June 16, 2004
In his front-page essay "Rabbi Avigdor Miller: His Early Years" (Jewish Press, April 30), Dr. Yitzchok Levine inaccurately stated that during the 1920's, Yeshivas Rabbeinu Yitzchak Elchanan was "the only yeshiva in America at that time with a beis medrash."
The context of this statement is that Rabbi Avigdor Miller learned at Yeshivas Rabbeinu Yitzchak Elchanan under Rabbi Moshe Soloveichik before moving on to study at the yeshiva in Slabodka, a transfer done at the request of Rabbi Isaac Sher, son-in-law of Rabbi Nosson Tzvi Finkel, the famed Alter of Slabodka.
William B. Helmreich in his monumental work The World of the Yeshiva describes the history of the formation of the advanced yeshiva movement in the United States, listing Yeshivas Etz Chaim, founded in 1896, which then merged with Yeshivas Rabbeinu Yitzchak Elchanan in 1915, as the earliest still established advanced yeshiva in the United States. Helmreich then lists the Hebrew Theological College in Skokie, Illinois, started as a rabbinical seminary in 1922, as the second advanced yeshiva established in the United States.
Yeshivas Rabbeinu Yitzchak Elchanan and the Hebrew Theological College were not the onlytwo existing yeshivas with batei medrashos in the United States; in 1923, Rabbi Yehuda Levenberg founded the Bais Medrash LeRabbonim in New Haven, Connecticut. However, due to factors related to the Great Depression and internal dissension within the yeshiva, Rabbi Levenberg relocated to Cleveland, Ohio in 1928. While the Bais Medrash LeRabbonim ultimately closed in 1938, members of the yeshiva, led by Rabbi Yaakov Ruderman, moved to Baltimore in 1933 where they established Yeshivas Ner Yisrael. (Rabbi Yaakov Ruderman was the maternal grandfather of alleged sex offenders Rabbi Matis Weinberg and Rabbi Simcha Weinberg).
Other prominent students and faculty members of the Yeshiva of New Haven included Rabbi Moshe Feinstein (the 20th century's foremost American halachic authority and rosh yeshiva of Manhattan's Mesivta Tifereth Jerusalem); Rabbi Dr. Samuel Belkin (rosh hayeshiva of RIETS and second president of Yeshiva University); Rabbi Baruch Kaplan (father of the Bais Yaakov movement in America); Rabbi Menachem Zvi Eichenstein (chief rabbi of St. Louis, Missouri); Rabbi Alexander Linchner (builder of Boys Town Jerusalem); Rabbi Chaim Pinchas Scheinberg (rosh yeshiva of Torah Or, and spiritual leader of Yerushalayim's Mattesdorf community); and Mr. Charles Batt (the late prominent and distinguished lay leader in the New England Jewish community). (Rabbi Moshe Feinstein is the grandfather of two alleged sex offenders –– Rabbi Mordecai Tendler and Rabbi Aron B. Tendler).Another yeshiva of the time was Torah Vodaath, founded in 1917 as an elementary school.In 1926, Reb Shraga Feivel Mendlowitz established a high school there, followed in 1929 by a beis medrash with Rabbi Dovid Leibowitz at its head. In fact, concerning the longstanding, and perhaps integral, relationship between Reb Mendlowitz's Torah Vodaath and Rabbi Levenberg's Yeshiva of New Haven, biographer Yonoson Rosenbaum wrote of a pioneer trip by Reb Mendlowitz to the Yeshiva of New Haven. "He wanted his students to experience a real Beis Medrash on the European model, so he took them on Lag Ba'Omer up to New
Haven, Connecticut where Rabbi Yehuda Heschel Levenberg, the rav of the city, had founded the first advanced yeshiva in America" (Reb Shraga Feivel Mendlowitz, p. 80).
Notwithstanding the memorable beginning of the Beis Medrash LeRabbonim, very little has been written in English regarding Rabbi Yehuda Levenberg and his Yeshiva of New Haven. Rabbi Ari Zivitofsky's recent article in the Jewish Observer (December 2003) was quite informative in describing an oft-forgotten chapter in American Orthodoxy.
As an undergraduate student at both Yeshivas Rabbeinu Yitzchak Elchanan and Yeshiva College who is fascinated with Jewish history, I take pride in the history of the yeshiva that I attend, as one should. I appreciate the effort The Jewish Press has demonstrated in presenting the history of American-born gedolim. Rabbi Avigdor Miller truly was, as Dr. Yitzchok Levine
stated, "one of the foremost proponents of Orthodoxy in the United States."
Jamaica Estates, NY
Dr. Yitzchok Levine Responds: My statement about Yeshivas Rabbeinu Yitzchok Elchanan was based on the following sentence from "Remembering Rabbi Avigdor Miller," an article, written by Rabbi Shmuel Brog, one of Rav Miller's sons-in-law, that appeared in the November 2001 issue of the Jewish Observer (see www.shemayisrael.com/jewishobserver/archives/nov/rbrog.htm). In this article Rabbi Brog wrote, "His love of learning led him to a second galus. At age 17, after graduating high school, he left Baltimore for Yeshivas Rabbeinu Yitzchak Elchanan in New York, the only yeshiva in America at that time with a beis midrash."
I thank Menachem Butler for pointing this error out to me and your readers. I also thank him for providing us all with some interesting history about the yeshivas that were in existence in the first part of the 20th century.
Survivor of Aron Tendler Speaks Out
|Rabbi Aron B. Tendler (1996)|
Rabbinical Council of California - Contact the RCC
Several members of the Tendler family were involved with RCC back in 2006.
- Yakov Yellin - Chairman
- Jim Kapenstein - President
- Dr. Joshua Levy - Vice President Building Fund
- Brad Turell - Vice President Communications/Marketing
- Andrea Yekutiel - Vice President Education
- Robert Schacht - Vice President Facilities
- George Lintz - Vice President Finance
- Herman Muhlstein - Vice President Membership
- Michael Harris - Vice President Religion
- Dr. Martin Kay - Vice President/Secretary
- Ben Fried - Vice President Treasurer
- Rick Brown - Vice President Youth
- Dr. Allen Ardestani
- Dr. Bruce Greenfield
- Michael Halpern
- Yisrael Hirsch
- Dr. Harvey Kasdan
- Norm Kurnick
- Marty Nachimson
- Jennifer Niman
- Sandy Roessler
- Joe Silver
February 20, 2006
In the scope of their employment, a Mandated Reporter has a special relationship or contact with children or the home. (The California Penal Code defines a "child" as a person under the age of 18 years.)
A Mandated Reporter Is legally required to report if they know of or have "Reasonable Suspicion" of child abuse and neglect, encountered in the scope of their employment.
Employers of Mandated Reporters are required to inform them of their responsibilities.
Prior to commencing employment and as a prerequisite of that employment, Mandated Reporters must sign a statement to the effect that he or she has knowledge of the provisions of the Mandated Reporter Law, and will comply with those provisions.
Legal Obligations of a Mandated Reporter in California if Child Abuse is Known or Suspected
The Mandated Reporter must call a "Child Protective Agency" as soon as possible to make verbal report of "Reasonable Suspicion."
Then, the Mandated Reporter must file a written report on Department of Justice Suspected Child Abuse Report Form SS 8572 within 36 hours of their verbal report.
Mandated Reporters are required to give their name.
What is "Reasonable Suspicion" as defined by the California Penal Code?
"Reasonable Suspicion" occurs when "it is objectively reasonable for a person to entertain such a suspicion, when based upon the facts that could cause a reasonable person in a like position, drawing when appropriate on his or her training and experience, to suspect child abuse." (California Penal Code 11166[a])
Child Abuse Report Form—Department of Justice Form SS8572
Mandated Reporters and/or their employers should keep blank copies of the form on file at all times.
If a blank form is not available when a report is made, the Mandated Reporter can request that the agency to whom the report is being made, send a blank form to them immediately.
Copies of the form are available from your local Child Protective Services Agency or by writing to:
Good record keeping or documentation is important and helpful in recognizing child abuse...Why?
- Helps refresh memories
- Bolsters testimony of witnesses
- The child's history stays behind if you change jobs
- Helps build a "case" for reporting and CPS's response
- Documentation of reasons when the decision is made to not make a report
Who are Mandated Reporters in California?
- Child Care Custodians
- In Public and Private Schools
- Instructional Aides
- Teacher's Aides
- Teacher's Assistants
- Classified Employees
- School Bus Drivers
- Administrative Officers
- Supervisors of Child Welfare and Attendance
- Certificated Pupil Personnel Employees
- School District Police or Security
- Administrators, Presenters or Counselors of Child Abuse Prevention Programs
- Social Workers
- Law Enforcement
- Fire Fighters
- Probation Officers
- Parole Officers
- District Attorney investigators, inspectors and family support officers
- Public or Private Day Camp, Youth Center, Recreation Program or Organization Administrators
- Administrators and employees of child day care facilities
- Headstart Teachers
- Licensing Workers
- Public Assistance Workers
- Foster Parents
- Employees of Child Care Institutions:
- Group Homes
- Residential Care Facilities
- Health Practitioners
- Psychological Assistants
- Mental Health and Counseling Professionals
- Dental Hygienist
- Registered Dental Assistants
- Licensed Nurses
- Marriage, Family and Child Counselors, Interns and Trainees
- State and County Public Health Employees
- Clinical Social Workers
- EMT's and Paramedics
- Coroners and Medical Examiners
- Religious Practitioner
- Or similar functionary of a church, temple or recognized religious denomination or organization.
- Animal Control Officers
- Film and Photographic Print Processors
Penalties—California Penal Code Section 11172[e]
A Mandated Reporter who fails to make a report of known or suspected child abuse:
Is guilty of a misdemeanor crime, which is punishable by up to:
- six months in the county jail
- and/or up to $1000 in fines
- May lose their license or credential
Safeguards for Mandated Reporters in California
- Mandated Reporters cannot be prevented from reporting nor lose their job for making a report
- Identity is kept confidential (see more below on confidentiality issues)
- Employers are required to inform Mandated Reporters of their responsibilities
- May photograph or X-ray child without parent's consent
- Physician- and therapist-patient privilege does not apply
- Is not required by law to inform parents of report
Confidentiality—California Penal Code Section 11167
A Mandated Reporter's name is to be held confidential at all times and can only be shared:
- Between Child Protective Agencies
- Child Protective Agency's Council
- The Child's Council
- District Attorney in cases of:
- Criminal Prosecution
- Parental Rights Termination
- Licensing Agencies in Abuse Cases in Out-of-Home Care
- By Court Order
Never to Mandated Reporter's employer except by consent or Court Order
Any violation of the confidentiality provided in California Penal Code Section 11167 is a misdemeanor, punishable by imprisonment in a county jail not to exceed six month, by a fine of $500 or both.
|Rabbi Mordecai Tendler - Monsey, NY|
|Rabbi Hillel Tendler|
|Rabbi Moshe Tendler|
|Rabbi Sholom Tendler|
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