Regarding David Mandel Oposing the SOL bill in NY
By Vicki Polin, Founder/CEO
David Mandel is the CEO of Ohel, which is an ultra orthodox mental health agency located in Brooklyn, NY. According to the following report David Mandel is opposing the SOL bill that is pending in New York, which should not be a shock to anyone. Ohel has a great deal to loose if the bill should pass. It's obvious that both David Mandel and the administration at Ohel have a desperate need to protect their assets.
We all must be made aware that a huge portion of Ohel's budget is supplied by both the state and federal government. Agencies who receive such funds are expected to comply with the mandated reporting laws of their state. It appears that for many years the Ohel administration believe that they were exempt from adhering to the laws of the land.
I have been told by numerous Ohel insiders that for years this agency has been failing to comply with the mandated reporting laws in New York -- meaning orthodox children do not deserve the same civil rights as those who are brought up in other communities.
Last year David Mandel spoke at an event sponsored by the Vaad of Baltimore (Board of Rabbis and Jewish legal court system). At the event Mandel made it perfectly clear to audience members that he feels that when one suspects a child is at risk of harm that they should not be making hotline reports on their own, that they should bring their information to the local rabbis to make a determination if anything should be done. The problem is that the majority of rabbis do not have specialized training in collecting evidence nor in conducting forensic interviews. Unfortunately, what ends up happening is that those who have been abused are shamed and blamed into silences.
There have been numerous reports that David Mandel has been making the same speech in other orthodox communities in the United States, Israel and other locations, yet the one in Baltimore is the only known recording.
It's also important to note that Mandel does not have any specialized training in the mental health field. His degree is in a field related to the business world.
Considering all of this information, I personally feel that David Mandel is a danger to the orthodox community, especially to children, adult survivors and also parents who go to him or his agency for help.
If David Mandel frowns upon community members trusting their own judgement, utilizing their own critical thinking, when they suspect a child is at risk of harm -- how can we trust David Mandel or his agency to care for our mental health needs?
Brooklyn, NY - Ohel Will Oppose Bill to Allow Victims in Old Cases to Name Abusers
Ohel CEO David Mandel declined to confirm Ohel’s position, which was described to The Jewish Star by two reliable and well-informed sources.