Playgroup at 31 Rita Ave. - Monsey, NY
Many people close to this case believe that people in New Square have pulled strings to get this confessed sex offender an extremely light sentence. They believe the District Attorney of Rockland County has the same issues as the District Attorney in Kings County (Brooklyn), where there are allegations of obstruction of justice when it comes to cases involving sex crimes.
Also beware that Rabbi Taubenfeld owns the playgroup at 31 Rita Ave. in Monsey.
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Table of Contents:
- Welcome to New Square (2010)
- Editorial (11/23/2011)
- Threatening Twitter Message (11/27/2011)
- Who is a self hater? (12/07/2011)
- Crackdown on Sex Crimes Continues (12/14/2011)
- Herschel Taubenfeld received Smicha (rabbinical ordination) (12/15/2011)
- Sign Posted in New Square: Can you spare something for Herschel Taubenfeld (12/18/2011)
- New Square Schnorring for Herschel Taubenfeld's Defense (12/20/2011)
- Problems in Skvere & Questions for R' Hershel Schachter (12/28/2011)
- Taubenfeld Case Adjourned for Now (11/26/2012)
- Herschel Taubenfeld of the “Holy” town New Square plead guilty (01/17/2013)
- 2 convictions in Orthodox child sex cases (01/18/2013)
Welcome to New Square (AKA: New Skvere)
By Vicki Polin
The Awareness Center's Daily Newsletter - March 22, 2010
(© 2000) Photographed by Vicki Polin
Considering the signs below, may make it easier to understand how sexual predators can get away with their offending frenzy within this community. It's all a part of understand the mindset of this chasidic town.
By Rabbi Yitzchok Frankfurter
AMI Magazine - November 23, 2011
Threatening Twitter Message
Failed Messiah Blog - November 27, 2011
Translated by Rabbi Nuchem Rosenberg
This flyer was posted on FailedMesiah, quoting from Twitter that it is a warning to those that are praying at Friedwald nursing home. I personally think that this is about a bachur who claims that Herschel Taubenfeld molested him, and this is the "Square" way of trying to quiet him down. This bachur was also offered a very large sum of money to keep quiet, but thank G-D he is smart enough to refuse - Unlike Simon Taub that wanted to extort from Lebovits.
|הערשל טויבענפעלד - Herschel Taubenfeld|
Crackdown on Sex Crimes Continues
Rockland County Times - December 15, 2011
Police have taken a heightened interest and have been more successful in pursuing such cases within the Hasidic community, since certain activists like Brooklyn Rabbi Nuchem Rosenberg have made light of the abuse. Others have also helped, though most would rather not have their names known.
These activists have been setting up support networks for victims of abuse, as the most difficult aspect of prosecuting abuse charges is finding a victim willing to go through the trauma of the legal process.
Ramapo Police reported that after receiving a complaint, in early November 2011, of a possible sex abuse incident in the Village of New Square the department began an investigation. On December 7, 2011 charges were filed against New Square resident Hershel Taubenfeld. On December 14 (today) at 10:30 a.m. Hershel Taubenfeld turned himself in to the Village of New Square Court. Taubenfeld, who was represented by counsel, Kenneth Gribetz, was arraigned on the following charges:
- 10 counts of Forcible Touching (Class A Misdemeanor)
- 10 counts of Endangering the welfare of a Child (Class A Misdemeanor)
- 10 counts of Sex Abuse in the 3rd degree (Class B Misdemeanor)
Who is a self hater?
By Vicki Polin
Examiner - December 7, 2010
|Rabbi Yitzchok Frankfurter|
Rabbi Yitzchok Frankfurter recently wrote an editorial in Ami magazine which he is the editor of and is geared towards the orthodox Jewish community, in which he attacked Dr, Michael J. Salamon, calling him a “self hating Jew”. Why you might ask? The answer is that Dr. Salamon wrote one of Amazon’s best selling books, “Abuse in the Jewish community.
Rabbi Frankfurter went on to insinuate that Dr. Salamon’s newest book “Abuse in the Jewish community”, was a blood libel against the Orthodox community perpetrated not by Catholics, but my our secular brethren”. To be honest, I along with so many others who have been advocating for the civil rights of survivors of sex crimes, feel that it is people like Rabbi Frankfurter whose ignorant comments and actions have been driving Jewish orthodox survivors away from Judaism are the ones who are creating the newest type of pogrom against our people. Not only are these folks giving out misinformation and covering up sex crimes -- they are also doing their best to pit Jew against Jew, creating an atmosphere of cult like behavior. A few weeks ago we learned that at the recent Agudath Israel convention, there was a private meeting in which they discussed how they best could use the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office to bypass making hotline reports and further promote various sexual predators offending behaviors. We all must be aware that according to studies, one sex offender will molest at least 117 times within their lifetime --- leaving possibly 117 new victims. Not only does this alter the lives of the survivors, yet it also changes the dynamics of their family members and their communities
It seems that the singular purpose of Rabbi Frankfurter’s appearance on the Zev Brenner radio show where he originally appeared with Dr. Salamon was apparently to negate what Dr Michael Salamon had to say. Frankfurter was loud and repeatedly interrupted the psychologist who has years of experience working with survivors of child abuse and other forms of abuse. He was generally rigid in his statements on the topic. Based on his comments it was clear that he was uninformed on the issues so Dr. Salamon asked him on air if he had even bothered to read the book. The Rabbi was forced to admit that he had not but had read only the back cover where there were several approbations, one of which he objected to. Nevertheless, he continued to attack the book and even attacked Dr. Salamon’s personhood on air. Based on what he wrote it would appear that he was on a different radio show entirely.
In Rabbi Frankfurter’s editorial which appeared the week after the radio show he stated “Abuse is a global problem”, while simultaneously rejecting the fact that it exists as it does in the Orthodox world. Resorting to character assassination he called Dr. Michael Salamon a self-hating Jew with an anti-charedi bias without knowing him or any of his beliefs. In response to a question from the show’s host regarding why some people are leaving the charedi world Dr Salamon quoted from a Jerusalem Post article written by a former member of that world who had left it because of the overwhelming need of members of that world to be controlling and rejecting of those who wish to approach issues realistically. In his article the Rabbi objected to that as well, also likely without first reading the article
Herschel Taubenfeld received Smicha (rabbinical ordination)
Rabbi Nuchem Rosenberg's Hotline - December 15, 2011
(Translation by Rabbi Nuchem Rosenberg)
Since I said that the menuval Herschel Taubenfeld is a dayan, I am bombarded with emails saying that he is not a dayan just a plain yungerman, because the Squerer know well their problem and are embarresed that one of their prominent people is such a lowlife. Therefore I want to announce publicly, that he recently was given Semicha by the Beth Din of Harav Wosner shlit”a, and he is already entitled to be an adulterer, like some other Rabbis. He can already become one of the la”g la”g Rabbis, and sign my ban instead of the one that hit the dust.
Also beware that he owns the playgroup at 31 Rita Ave. in Monsey.
Sign Posted in New Square: Can you spare something for Herschel Taubenfeld
Rabbi Nuchem Rosenberg's Hotline - December 18, 20111
Translation by Rabbi Nuchem Rosenberg:
New Square Schnorring for Herschel Taubenfeld's Defense
Rabbi Nuchem Rosenberg's Hotline - December 20, 2011
Problems in Skvere & Questions for R' Hershel Schachter
Rabbi Yehuda Levin - December 28, 2011
PLEASE NOTE: Rabbi Yehuda's views do not always represent mainstream Orthodox Judaism's views. After reviewing this video, his remarks are totally on target, and represents the views of those close to this case.
Rabbi Levin takes a look at a child abuse situation in Skvere & allegations against Herschel Taubenfeld. Levin responds to an Ami interview with R' Hesrhel Schachter who excoriates the Beis Din & Toanim situation & asks why the same criticism can't be leveled against him for blindly supporting the anti Halacha mesira & harassment techniques of theY.U. student group Orah.
Taubenfeld Case Adjourned for Now
Rockland County Times - November 26, 2012
|Viznitz Rebbe shaking hands with Herschel Taubenfed (08/2012|
Rabbi Nuchem Rosenberg's Hotline - January 17, 2013
2 convictions in Orthodox child sex cases
NEW CITY — Two members of Rockland’s Orthodox Jewish community have pleaded guilty to charges of sexually abusing children, heartening children protection advocates who have been pushing for increased awareness and prosecutions of such cases. A third man is facing pre-trial hearings in County Court.
|Rabbi Herschel Taubenfeld|
He said he hopes other families will find the strength to come forward and fight off community pressure not to report sexual abuse. He praised the Ramapo police for their efforts when told about children being abused.
"Taubenfeld's own admission to molestation charges also confirms that current New Square leadership who clearly failed to stop this vile, manipulative ‘educator’ and is unqualified to deal with the molestation crisis,” Leiter said.
Rockland District Attorney Thomas Zugibe said the religious community has been more open with police and prosecutors. He said historically the major issue confronting law enforcement was the “insular community often protected the accused at the expense of the victims.”
Zugibe said he was encouraged by the Taubenfeld case. He said families in the religious community have “recognized finally that if you protect the victims all you are doing is creating a new generation of offenders and victims.”
“In the latest cases, particularly Taubenfeld, I have to credit the community for being more forthcoming,” Zugibe said. “We have a long way to go. I am hopeful this is a new trend.”
Families face being kicked out of the religious community and having their children denied schooling and services.
The family of the boy abused by Turner faced pressure from the community leaders to drop out of the case, authorities said.
Prosecutor Jennifer Parietti said Friday in court that Zugibe approved the no-prison sentence for Turner.
“The victim is under tremendous pressure,” she said. “This plea will relieve that.”
Turner admitted he had anal sex with the boy under questioning from Parietti in July 2011. He admitted he knew the boy was 14, making him incapable of consent under the law.
Turner’s lawyer, former District Attorney Kenneth Gribetz, said after court that he’s not aware of any rabbi or religious community leader putting pressure of the boy or his family.
“Our hope is the victim can go on with his life,” Gribetz said. “There was no pressure from the community. I think justice will be served. Our client is very sorry and he’s happy to put this behind him.”
Turner, who prayed before court, doesn’t speak fluent English. He speaks Yiddish and needed a translator to tell him what was being discussed in court and for his responses.
Kelly and Gribetz made sure Turner agreed he was voluntarily pleading guilty to the charges and signed a waiver giving up his right to appeal.
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