Thursday, March 27, 2008
Save Isaac Hersh:
Standoff Between the US Embassy and the Jamaican Government
© (2008) The Awareness Center
According to a reliable source a great deal has been happening over the last 24 hours in the case of Isaac Hersh, a sixteen-year-old boy being held at dangerous reform school/torture chamber, called Tranquility Bay, which located in St. Elizabeth, Jamaica.
Last night a private jet carrying a delegation of three individuals arrived in Montego Bay. The delegation included a mental health professional who is an expert in child abuse, and both a medical and legal professional. Upon landing they were immediately escorted by United States Embassy officials who to Tranquility Bay. The goal of this excursion was to communicate directly with the Isaac Hersh to determine if he was OK.
The first time they went to the gates, the delegation and the US embassy officials were turned away. After the second attempt they were granted a visit. Isaac was immediately taken to the US Embassy where he confirmed on the record that he had been physically abused by his father, Michael Hersh while living at home. He also stated that he was currently being tortured and deprived of basic necessities in Tranquility Bay.
At some point the delegation from New York was arrested and is currently being held on attempted kidnapping charges. Jamaican authorities took delegation member's passports they are currently being detained. I've been told that at this time several politicians are involved along with the federal court.
At this time US Embassy officials are staying at the gates of Tranquility Bay in hopes of gaining the release of this child.
Michael Hersh maintains legal custody (parental rights) of his son Isaac. Affidavits, along with testimony is being presented to a federal judge in New York. The goal is to temporarily remove parental rights from Isaac's parents so that the child can receive proper help.
Here's what you can do to help:
Call Rabbi Aaron Schechter who is Michael Hersh's spiritual advisor (Dean, Yeshiva Chaim Berlin) and the families attorney, Steve (Shlomo) Mostofsky, President of the National Council of Young Israel (which is a national synagogue
organization representing 150 synagogues throughout the United States).
- Demand that they drop the charges of kidnapping of delegation members.
- They allow delegation members to bring Isaac back to the United States so that he can receive proper medical and psychological attention.
Steve (Shlomo) Mostofsky, President
National Council of Young Israel
Rabbi Aaron M. Schecter, Dean (Aharon Moshe Schechter)
Mesivta Yeshiva Rabbi Chaim Berlin (Flatbush)
1593 Coney Island Ave.
Brooklyn, New York, 11230
For more information on this case go to:
If you or anyone you know is involved Bruria Keren or any other group like her's there is a great deal of information that you might find as helpful. The Awareness Center's goal is to offer information, resources, hope and healing to Jewish survivors of sex crimes.
Please feel free to contact us if there's anything we can do to help: 443-857-5560
54-year-old, Bruria Keren, was arrested on charges of child sexual abuse and physical abuse of her twelve children. She has also been accused of cult like practices. According to the Jerusalem Post, Keren is "the leader of a fringe sect of Jewish women with a Taliban-like dress code. . . The women who adhere to a dress code more stringent than that of the most extreme Muslim sects and a rigorous health food diet.
The followers of this sect/cult number as many as 50 in Beit Shemesh and are also scattered around Safed and Jerusalem. According to reports the women do not speak with men, even by telephone. The vast majority of the women who belong to the sect have secular backgrounds.
According to a Jerusalem Post article "Even in Beit Shemesh, made up of some of the most religiously extreme sects in Orthodoxy, such as Satmar, Toldot Aharon and Shomrei Hachomot, this group of women was considered ridiculously - even psychotically - zealous. .. The women who belong to the sect lack any recognized rabbinic backing. They rarely leave their homes. When they do, their female children, dressed in long robes, accompany them. The women's extensive face coverings make it dangerous for them to cross the street unattended."For more information: click here
|Government to probe Tranquility Bay|
|Published on Wednesday, March 26, 2008|
A high level delegation from the Cayman Islands, including representatives from the Ministry of Health, the judiciary and the Department of Children and Family Services, will visit Tranquility Bay in Jamaica to investigate the suitability of the facility.
The investigation has resulted from recent news stories in Cayman Net News in which a Caymanian girl and an expert alleged that inhumane tactics are being used to detain and punish children sent privately, or in the case of the Cayman Islands, sent by government departments.
Health and Social Services Minister Hon Anthony Eden told the post-Cabinet press briefing at the Government Information Services (GIS) on Thursday, 20 March that Government would investigate the matter involving the rehabilitation facility.
“First and foremost it is our responsibility as a Government to provide the best care for our juvenile offenders,” he said.
The Minister said the probe would be undertaken despite not receiving official complaints from Caymanian youngsters detained there or their families. There is an existing arrangement with the Department of Children Services in Jamaica to make periodic visits to Tranquility Bay.
“This process involves speaking privately with our resident youth, and then reporting on their welfare to the Department of Children and Family Services (Cayman),” Mr Eden said.
Mr Eden told the media that sending Caymanian youth to another country is not ideal. The government has budgeted for a purpose built facility in East End, Grand Cayman, to house 18 young people.
In a passionate plea, Mr Eden said, “We can only help our youth by remaining diligent and committed to working together for their wellbeing, no matter if they are in Cayman or Jamaica.”
The Minister also targeted parents and urged them to take their responsibilities seriously and termed parenting as a “God-given responsibility”. He pleaded with them to make the necessary sacrifices for their children so that they will yield rewards in the future.
Tranquility Bay is a privately owned and operated youth rehabilitation centre in Jamaica, which is about 45 minutes away from Grand Cayman by plane. Numerous complaints have been voiced and posted on dedicated websites alleging ill treatment, inadequacy of academic offerings, unqualified staff and inhumane treatment of minors.
The Cayman Islands currently have three young people at Tranquility Bay. The country is also currently debating a new constitution and the likely inclusion of a Bill of Rights that would include children’s rights.
Case of Michael Hersh, Father
Miriam Hersh, Mother
Rabbi Aharon Schechter, Family's Rabbi
U.S. State Department
Michael Hersh /Tranquility Bay / Rabbi Aharon Schechter
CEO, Chevra Hatzalah Volunteer Ambulance Corp. Inc. - Brooklyn, NY
Yeshivas Chaim Berlin - Brooklyn, NY
Tranquility Bay - Jamaica, West Indies
This is a case of alleged child abuse and neglect. As of March 25, 2008 there are not allegations of a sex crime. On March 20, 2008 The Washington Center for Peace and Justice, Inc. filed a federal lawsuit today on behalf of a Isaac Hersh, a 16 year old Brooklyn boy seeking injunctive relief to stop his abuse and to gain his release from a notorious behavior modification facility in Jamaica, West Indies, where he was sent after being brutally seized at the behest of his parents, Michael and Miriam Hersh. Michael Hersh is a former student of Yeshiva Chaim Berlin in Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, and a disciple of Rabbi Aaron M. Schecter, dean of the Yeshiva.Joshua Ambush, the lead counsel in the case, announced the filing of the action against the parents of Isaac Hersh. The father is Michael Hersh, CEO of Chevra Hatzalah Volunteer Ambulance Corps, Inc., the largest all-volunteer ambulance service in the United States. The complaint also names the State Department for constitutional and civil rights violations.
Ambush emphasized that the lawsuit is not about tort damages, but rather is an effort to save the boy's life and rescue him from a modern day concentration camp. "Child abuse by a parent should not be tolerated in civilized society, and should not be tolerated when the parents hires surrogates to perpetrate the abuse. It is unconscionable that perpetrators of abuse are able to evade prosecution by virtue of the fact that the abuse is taking place outside the jurisdiction of the Untied States. In addition to rescuing this child, this suit seeks to demonstrate that federal courts, in such cases, retain jurisdiction over the abusers and those that aid and protect them.Attorney, Joshua Ambush will be available for interviews by phone appointment at 410-484-2070