Case of Rabbi Yehuda Kolko - Yeshiva Torah Temimah
(AKA: Joel Kolko, Yehudah Kolko, Yudi Kolko)
Flatbush (Brooklyn), NY
Rabbi Yehuda Kolko was arrested in New York City on December 7, 2006 following a long-term investigation, police said.He was charged with four counts of sexual abuse, including two felony counts, and endangering the welfare of a child, police said. Video
Rabbi Yudi Kolko and Yeshiva Torah Temimah were hit with a $20 million civil lawsuit on May 5, 2006, accusing him of molesting two students more than 25 years ago.
One of the alleged victims said Rabbi Yehuda Kolko, 60, sexually assaulted him when he was a seventh-grade student.
Rabbi Joel Kolko was arrested in New York City on December 7, 2006 following a long-term police investigation. He was charged with four counts of sexual abuse, including two felony counts, and endangering the welfare of a child. The most recent sexual abuse was allegedly against an 8-year-old boy, who says he was abused while he was in the first grade during the 2002-03 school year.
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Yet another victim comes forward. How many more will there eventually be? Based on kolko's long and tenuous track record it appears there will be many more in the coming days. The gedolim and others have permitted the coverup of the perpetrated crimes for so many decades, we have yet to conclude in total numbers the many victims that were forever scarred. Soon there will be John Doe 6 and unfortunately it won't end there.
YTT should not be allowed to function as a Yeshiva anymore. Why do parents still send their boys there I do not understand. Hopefully bemaru veyamainu they will permanently shut down YTT and arrest the MURDERER Lipa Margulis.
On another note. Isn't it absurd that a paper regarded as so pro-Israel, the "country", is yet so Anti-Israel the "Jew". In choosing to protect the interests and reputations of "Rabbi's" accused of heinous sex-crimes against children and adults, those who do so , weather they be another rabbi such as Yisroel Belsky, or a media venue such as the Jewish Press, they themselves become accessories to these crimes. It's utterly a complete hypocrisy.
When sentencing and judgment day comes, you will get to see Yehuda Kolko and his playmate Lippy Margulis looking very stylish in their fresh prison jump-suits. Don't worry Belsky has his jumpsuit reserved too.
The Jewish (trash paper) Press is GUILTY of defending "NOTORIOUS" (JP using that expression in reference to the website http://theawarenesscenter.org which is dedicated in helping all kinds of abuse victims and so much more) Child Molester Yehuda Kolko, and Sexual Offender Rabbi Mordechai Tendler. If you are a "rabbi" that is accused of a sex crime, run to the paper of trash, they sure will defend you even if the truth stares them in the face!
The following information was taken from UOJ's blog:
Tuesday, January 09, 2007
LIPA MARGULIES: YOU CAN NOT BE HUMAN!ANGRY FATHER'S LETTERS SENT TO RAV LIPA , RAV KOLKO.
MY NAME IS NOT IMPORTANT FOR NOW. I AM A PERSON WHO IS BOROCH HASHEM VERY SUCCESSFULL BUSINESS MAN. MY SON WAS IN YOUR YESHIVA 2001-2004. MY SON FIRST GRADE REBBE WAS KOLKA.ONE DAY MY SON CAME HOME AND TOLD MY WIFE AND ME WHAT HAPPEN TO HIM THAT DAY IN YESHIVA.WE WERE VERY SHOCK TO HEAR WHAT HE SAID. HE SAID THAT KOLKO PULLED DOWN A BOY PANTS IN THE BATHROOM MY SON SEW THE ENTIRE SEEN. HE ALSO TOLD ASK US TATI WAS THE REBBE RIGHT? TILL THIS VERY DAY IT HAUNTS ME AND MY WIFE. I TOOK MY SON OUT OF YOUR KOVOD HATORAH YESHIVA END OF 2004 AND PUT HIM IN ANOTHER YESHIVA.
AFTER READING EVERYTHING WHATS GOING ON I @ MY WIFE DECIDED TO PERSUE LEGAL ACTIONS. WE HAVE ATTENDED LAST YEAR THERAPY FOR OUR SON AND HAVE ALL TRANSCRIPTS FORM THE DOCTORS WHAT WE NEEDED FOR THE DISTRICT ATTORNEY OFFICE MOLINARI @ MY ATTORNEY.
TO THIS VERY DAY MY SON STILL TALKS ABOUT IT , HE IS 8 YEARS OLD. ITS VERY DISTURBING ,PAINFULL FOR US. I HOPE OTHER CHILDREN COME FRONT THEIR PROBLEMS LIKE MY SON DID. I DONâ€™T WANT MY SON TO GROW UP WITH THIS MEMORY. I DONâ€™T WANT MY SON SHOULD GROW UP TO FEEL THAT NO ONE CARES. IF A PARENT DOES NOT CARE THEY ARE NOT A PARENT. RAV LIPA YOU NEVER CARED FOR THE WELL BEING OF YOUR CHILDREN,ONLY YOUR POCKET.
RAV LIPA , YOU KNOW ME VERY WELL,IF NOT YOU WILL FIND OUT SOON. I PROMISE YOU ONE THING I WILL SPEND UN-LIMITED FUNDS TO EITHER CLOSE UP YOUR SCHOOL, OR GO AFTER YOUR POCKET. I WILL DESTROY YOU. YOU SHOULD OF GOTTEN RID OF THAT GARBAGE MANY YEARS AGO. HOW EVER YOU DID NOT DO IT. NOW THAT WE HAVE OUR SON TESTIMONY ON RECORD. I HAVE CONTACTED MY ATTORNEYS TO INVESTIGATE YOU, YOUR SCHOOL, YOUR BOOKS. I HAVE ALSO HIRED A PRIVATE INVESTIGATION FIRM TO WORK WITH MY ATTORNEY TO DO EVERYTHING NEEDED . AGAIN YOU ARE THINKING THIS IS A CRANK LETTER, ITS NOT. I HAVE RETURNED 2 WEEKS AGO FROM ERETZ YISROEL AND HAVE SPOKIN TO THE BIGGEST KODOL. THEY TOLD ME TO DO WHAT I THINK IS RIGHT. AND I WILL .
THIS IS KOVOD HATORAH
RAV LIPA. WHEN A PERSON DOES NOT WATCH THEIR BUSINESS THEN ITS TROUBLE. YOU DID NOT WATCH YOUR BUSINESS AND NOW YOU WILL PAY FOR IT. THAT YOU LEFT THAT PCS OF TRASH IN YOUR SCHOOL FOR SO MANY YEARS. YOU HEARD AND KNEW THEIR WERE MANY PROBLEMS. YOU ALWAYS SAID AT YOUR DINNER KOVOD HATORAH.
PLEASE BE READY FOR MAJOR PROBLEMS, I WILL NEVER LET GO TILL JUSTICE WILL BE SERVED.
I KNOW KOLKO WAS A GOOD WORKER. HE WAS FIRST GRADE REBBE, HE WAS ENGLISH PRINCIPAL,HE RAN YOUR SILVER LAKE CAMP. HE WAS A GOOD WORKER. ALL THE YIDISH KINDERLECH SUFFERED BECAUSE YOU WANTED TO SAVE MONEY. JUST WASHED IT UNDER THE CARPET THIS IS TERRIBBLE. I HAVE SPOKIN TO KOLKO WIFE A FEW TIMES MANY YEARS AGO IN REGARD TO REAL ESTATE DEALS. SHE IS A FINE PERSON, I FEEL VERY SORRY FOR HER THAT HER HUSBAND IS A PCS OF TRASH. THIS DID NOT START YET. I AM WELL AWARE OF THE JUDICIAL LAWS AND I KNOW JUSTICE WILL BE SERVED TO YOU AND KOLKO.
IF KOLKO IS SMART HE WILL TAKE A SINI PILL,LIKE HITLER DID IN WORLD WAR 2. I HAVE NO FEELINGS FOR KOLKO,AND FOR SURE NO FEELING FOR YOU. YOU ARE A HUNGARIAN IMMIGRIANT, YOU WENT THROUGH THE WAR, DIDNâ€™T YOU SEE WHAT HAPPEN DURING THE WAR? WHY DID YOU LET THIS HAPPEN TO YOUR CHILDREN???I AM NOT SCARED OF YOU. I HAVE ALSO SPOKIN TO THE ROSH YESHIVA WHERE MY SON ATTENDS AND SHOWED HIM THE TRANSCRIPTS AND HE EXPLAINED TO ME AND TOLD ME I MUST DO WHATS RIGHT . HE PROMISED ME IT WILL NEVER EFFECT MY SON FROM STAYING IN THE YESHIVA WHERE HE ATTENDS. THIS ROSH YESHIVA STANDS AT THE DOOR OF THE YESHIVA WATING FOR THE CHILDREN TO COME TO SCHOOL AND GREETS THEM WITH A SMILE AT THE DOOR EVERYDAY. THIS ROSH YESHIVA OFFERS BREAKFAST FOR THE KIDS THAT ARE HUNGRY THE SECOND THEY WALK IN THE DOOR. WHERE ARE YOU RAV LIPA,COUNTING YOUR MONEY???ONE OF MY FRIENDS TOLD ME YOU CALLED HIM A FEW YEARS AGO AND THREATEN HIM IF HE OPEN HIS MOUTH YOU WILL MAKE HIS LIFE VERY HARD. RAV LIPA DO YOU THINK YOU WILL GET AWAY WITH THIS. I TOLD MY FRIEND I WILL SPEAK TO THE ROSH YESHIVA WHERE MY SON ATTENDS AND GUARNATEE HIM A PLACE IN THE YESHIVA FOR HIS TESTIMONY. I ALSO TOLD MY FRIEND I WILL PAY FOR HIS SON TUITION FOR HIS ENTIRE SCHOOL YEARS. I AM A SHOMER SHABBOS JUST LIKE YOU RAV LIPA. I HAVE A SHIR EVERYDAY FOR 2-3 HOURS. I NEVER TALK BY DAVENING. I KNOW WHATS RIGHT, AND I WILL DO WHATS RIGHT. I SAID MANY TIMES IN THE PAST BOROCH HASHEM I TOOK SON OUT OF YOUR NAZI SCHOOL.SO HE WILL NOT HAVE TO SEE KOLKO FACE DAY BY DAY. BUT IT STILL REMAINS IN HIM AND NOW WITH HELP WE WILL FIGHT THE CANCER THAT KOLKO PUT IN HIM. I AM ALSO DOING THIS FOR ALL THE OTHER YIDDISHI CHILDREN THAT WERE VICTIMS OF KOLKO. THEY ARE SCARED TO SPEAK OUT . I WILL DO ALL THE SPEAKING NOW.
IT WILL NOT BE PLEASENT
|A Peek Under The Rug|
|Rabbi Mark Dratch|
Just a decade ago, the issue of sexual abuse in the Orthodox Jewish community was merely whispered about by some, discussed behind closed doors by few, and hushed up by many. It was certainly not a significant part of many public discussions and forums.
THE VILE FRAUD THAT IS YISROEL BELSKY-PART THREE!Torah Vodaath Bachur Says:
January 8th, 2007
The following was posted approximately 11 days ago by Rabbi Yisroel Belsky Shlita on other sites. Rav Belsky mentioned during one of his shiurim last week that he felt it to be Halachicly proper to notify the public on line since so many Yiddin are blatantly violating the issur of being on the internet and not listening to the rabbonim who have clarly forbid it and instead are today reading blogs over the internet.
I, Rabbi Yisroel (Israel) Belsky, feel the olam needs to know my daas regarding Rabbi Yudi Kolko Shlita. Rabbi Yudi Kolko should never have been arrested. A child, whether he is six years or nine years of age should not be assumed to be telling the truth accurately. And even if it were true that the child was touched inappropriately, these type of things happen all the time, its not enough of a reason to label the man a pedophile and danger to society. In the early 70’s,Yudi and I were together in Camp Agudah. I heard occasionally complaints from young campers that they had been fondled by Rabbi Yudi Kolko. Always I suggested that they allow me to go public with their accusation. It was my way of testing them for the truth. Each and every time, I heard the accusing child refuse. It was then clear to me that these campers were lying. Children are known to make up stories. To this day Yudi Kolko was never found to be dangerous to any children. To the contrary, Rav Pinchas Scheinberg Shlita and Rabbi (hagaon-hatzaddik) Lipa Margulis Shlita, after carefully investigating many of the accusers, made a very clear determination that Yudi Kolko was innocent of mishkav zachar, and that the claims of inappropriate touching was nothing more than his showing of affection. That was their psak many years ago, and the olam remains obligated to accept it without any question. We therefore must give no credence to the shouting voices of Yudi’s most recent accusers. These are people seeking false publicity and to make an easy dollar off the back of a Yeshiva which in reality they should be very grateful to. I therefore, as always continue to stand behind Rabbi Yudi Kolko Shlita and give him my fullest support. I am fully certain that at the end Rabbi Kolko will be acquitted of all the false charges.”
For clarification purposes: Someone e-mailed the above tragi-comedic post put on another site. After I verified that in fact Blogger-Posek Belsky indeed has expressed these sentiments, I decided to post it. The person that verified Belsky's positions spoke to him directly on the phone. That person is in a position of trust and someone I trust!
Case of Rabbi Mordecai Tendler
(AKA: Mordy Tendler, Mordechai Tendler)
(Originally known as the case of the unnamed "Well Known Rabbi")
Founder and Former Rabbi of Kehillat New Hempstead
New Hempstead, NY
"According to the Chafetz Chayim in his vital sefer Shmiros Halashon (klal 4 halacha 7-8,7:65) it is permitted and even obligatory to record and and even a mitzvah--good deed to publicize the information contained herein:"
URGENT CALL TO ACTION: Mordecai Tendler to Speak in Israel
Please call or e-mail The Awareness Center if you hear that Mordecai Tendler is speaking in Israel or anywhere else in the world.
Please read the following excerpts . . .
Committee of Rabbinic Integrity - December 24, 2005
"It is forbidden to ask for Mordecai Tendler for advice on Jewish law.
This Rabbi can no longer officiate at divorces, weddings, batei dinim, etc...
No one is obligated to give him any respect such as standing up for him, etc.
He can no longer be a Rav or Rabbi or Dayan amongst the Jewish People!
One should never allow their wives or daughters to go to his classes or to go to him at all including counseling... and all his rulings are null and void!
" it is our opinion that one must not seek any advice in any area including Shalom Bayis, and certainly not in any Halachic matters pertaining to Divorce, Marriage or Conversions!"
To comply with the decree of the rabbunim of Monsey, The Awareness Center, Inc. is requesting that all rabbis for thier help in stopping Rabbi Mordecai Tendler from teaching in their neighborhood.
.For more information click here
This case started during the question-and-answer session of a Makor forum on rabbinic abuse, (back in December, 2003) several female health-care professionals in the audience spoke with passion and frustration about a well-known rabbi in their local community whose affairs with women in his office, they said, have gone on for years.
The speakers said they felt stymied as to how to take action against the unnamed rabbi, who is highly respected, and help the women involved, who are too embarrassed to speak out.
Several sources have informed the Forward newspaper that a number of women have told friends and Jewish communal figures that Rabbi Mordechai Tendler, who is married with eight children, had propositioned them while serving in his role as either rabbinic counselor or religious arbiter."Rabbi Tendler denies all of the allegations that are being made in their entirety," the spokesman wrote in a statement sent to the Forward. "No misconduct was committed by him."
Rabbi Tendler is the founder and religious leader of Kehillat New Hempstead, a Modern Orthodox congregation near Monsey. According to the Foward article: Sources familiar with the situation say that the RCA has solicited the services of a private investigations firm from Texas to probe the allegations against Tendler."We take all these allegations very seriously and certainly don't want to whitewash it," said Rabbi Kenneth Auman, president of the RCA. "On the other hand, we also have to bear in mind the protection of the accused, and therefore I would prefer to wait with a statement, until we hear the final report."
According to sources of The Awareness Center the RCA hired Praesidium, Inc, which is a risk management company that was also used by the catholic church.
Rabbi Mordechai Tendler is a a grandson of the late Rabbi Moshe Feinstein, the Orthodox world's most respected religious arbiter for much of the 20th century
The following information was adapted from information provided by NCCASA, in an attempt to better understand the allegations being made against Rabbi Mordecai Tendler.
Sexual assault is not about sex, it is a way for the offender to gain a sense of power and control. Most offenders use manipulation and coercion in which physical force, a verbal threat, intimidation and/or blaming the victim is used to force sexual acts.
Anyone can become a victim of sexual assault regardless of gender, race, religious affiliation, age, or economic status. There are numerous forms of sexual assault, the most common occurs when a person known to the victim-a friend, co-worker, partner, or family member-forces unwanted, and or manipulated sexual acts.
Sexual harassment is any deliberate or repeated sexual behavior that is unwelcome to its recipient, as well as other sex-related behaviors that are hostile, offensive, or degrading.
Sexual violence is a crime that often leaves the sexual assault victims feeling physically and mentally violated. Reactions range from shock and denial to panic and confusion. Survivors may experience feelings of fear, anger, grief, guilt, shame, and loss of control. Some survivors may also feel helpless, depressed, and possibly even suicidal. While survivors commonly experience these feelings, each person will have a unique response to the assault. Sexual Violence is about power and control over another human being. It is disrespect. It takes away an individuals decision to do what (s)he feels is right for her/himself.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a debilitating health condition that does not allow an individual to move pass a traumatic event that has occured in his or her life and progress in recovery, returning to a more normal life. When someone faces a life-threatening or traumatic situation (s)he may have difficulties overcoming the effects associated with the event. Individuals suffering from PTSD may re-live the event in the form of nightmares or intrusive thoughts and images that pop into their head. They may suffer from chills, uncontrollable shaking and panic attacks when something triggers a memory, smell, or other sensation related to the traumatic event.