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Brooklyn yeshiva settles with sexual assault accusers for $2.1M

Created on Sunday, 23 October 2016. Posted in SFJ/News

... has paid off victims of sex abuse, experts said. “This is unheard of. I am not aware of any other settlements,” said Rabbi Yosef Blau, a spiritual adviser at Yeshiva University in Manhattan and longtime ...

Chaim Weiss murder update

Created on Tuesday, 07 June 2016. Posted in SFJ/News

... the father of a boy who was molested in Lakewood, NJ of molesting his own son. Belsky also publicly exonerated Rabbi Yosef Kolko who was arrested for the crime. Even after Kolko admitted in court that ...

The “Guardians of Halacha” and the Failure of Leadership

Created on Tuesday, 07 June 2016. Posted in SFJ/News

... of my abuser. This same pattern existed with Nechamia Weberman in Williamsburg, in NCSY with Baruch Lanner, in Chabad in Australia, in Lakewood with Yosef Kolko, in Israel with Motti Elon, and at MTA, ...

Judges reject molester's claims plea was forced

Created on Thursday, 07 January 2016. Posted in SFJ/News

... after judges rejected his claims that he was coerced by his religious community to falsely admit he molested a youngster in his charge. A two-judge panel on Wednesday refused to allow Yosef Kolko to ...

Belatedly - A Wrong Has Been Righted

Created on Sunday, 13 April 2014. Posted in SFJ/News

... molested by his Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Kolko, at the school he attended. Rabbi S followed the Charedi protocol of reporting the abuse to the rabbis in his community who deal with these things. He did not go ...

Open Letter To Rabbi Yair Hoffman

Created on Thursday, 16 January 2014. Posted in SFJ/News

... children, against humanity. Over the last year: -- Did you speak our against the convicted rapist and pedophile Nechemya Weberman? -- Did you speak out against the the convicted pedophile Yosef Kolko ...

Text of the Victim Statement at Sentencing of Yosef Kolko

Created on Sunday, 20 October 2013. Posted in SFJ/News

Text of the Victim Statement at Sentencing of Yosef Kolko By Yerachmiel Lopin (Frum Follies blog) October 20, 2013 Below is the victim statement read at the sentencing of Yosef Kolko on Thursday, October ...

NJ yeshiva teacher gets 13 years for sexual abuse

Created on Sunday, 20 October 2013. Posted in SFJ/News

... into admitting to sexually assaulting a boy was sentenced Thursday night to nearly 13 years in prison after a judge refused to allow him to withdraw his guilty plea. Yosef Kolko, 39, had said in court ...

Kolko’s Decisions Were Driven by Belsky, Belsky, and Belsky

Created on Friday, 18 October 2013. Posted in SFJ/News

Kolko’s Decisions Were Driven by Belsky, Belsky, and Belsky By Yerachmiel Lopin (Frum Follies blog) October 18, 2013 One of the most amazing revelations at yesterdays hearing and sentencing of Yosef ...

RCA Lauds Courage of Abuse Victim

Created on Friday, 18 October 2013. Posted in SFJ/News

RCA Lauds Courage of Abuse Victim October 18, 2013 The RCA expresses its pride and respect for the courage of the now 16-year-old victim of Yosef Kolko, the confessed perpetrator of sexual abuse who ...

How the Mighty Have Fallen

Created on Thursday, 12 September 2013. Posted in SFJ/News

... a two-way contest against Kenneth Thompson. Others insist that Rabbi Yisroel Belsky can get away with vile slander and witness intimidation in his defense of convicted, Lakewood, child-molester Yosef ...

Not Enough Progress By Rabbis, Leaders On Dealing With Sexual Abuse

Created on Friday, 23 August 2013. Posted in SFJ/News

... he refuses, the organization must override his decision. In the U.S., parents of a boy in Lakewood, NJ pressed charges of sexual molestation against Rabbi Yosef Kolko. Rabbi Yisrael Belsky, the Orthodox ...

Outcry Over Hosting a Sex Offender

Created on Friday, 12 July 2013. Posted in SFJ/News

... of the OU’s two halachic authorities on matters of kashrut, wrote in defense of Rabbi Yosef Kolko of Lakewood, who had been charged with sexually abusing an 11-year-old boy, that “after conducting a thorough ...

Giving Voice to Victims

Created on Friday, 12 July 2013. Posted in SFJ/News

... Yosef Kolko eventually pleaded guilty of abusing a child, after years of denial, “because of activists behind the scene, whose names are not known, working very hard to identify other victims who were ...

Halachic justification for Kolko's defenders

Created on Sunday, 07 July 2013. Posted in SFJ/News

Halachic justification for Kolko's defenders By Rabbi Daniel Eidensohn (Daas Torah blog) July 7, 2013 I have been getting feedback regarding the views of the Lakewood rabbonim who defend Kolko. The ...

The Messiah Will Be Tweeted

Created on Wednesday, 19 June 2013. Posted in SFJ/News

... a website and Twitter account. He still records his hotline, the most recent of which addresses the trial of Yosef Kolko, who admitted to abusing multiple victims while working as a camp counselor in Lakewood, ...

On Abuse Prosecutions, A Tale Of Two Cities

Created on Wednesday, 19 June 2013. Posted in SFJ/News

... time in prison. Rabbi Kolko was sentenced to three years’ probation. On May 13, 2013, Yosef Kolko (Yosef is Rabbi Yehuda Kolko’s nephew), a 39-year-old Lakewood, N.J., haredi yeshiva teacher, pleaded ...

Lakewood child abuse case: Father ostracized for going to police

Created on Monday, 17 June 2013. Posted in SFJ/News

... Yosef Kolko, is headed to state prison. But some in the community saw the father as the offender for involving the secular authorities in an Orthodox matter. He was ostracized from his community in Lakewood, ...

A Heartfelt Apology

Created on Monday, 17 June 2013. Posted in SFJ/News

... apologizing profusely for the damage he caused the family of a victim of sex abuse by a Yosef Kolko. Kolko was a ‘Mechanench’ (educator) who confessed to that crime both privately and later publicly during ...

What Belsky Is Saying to the Orthodox Union

Created on Thursday, 23 May 2013. Posted in SFJ/News

What Belsky Is Saying to the Orthodox Union By Yerachmiel Lopin (Frum Follies blog) May 23, 2013 Sources inside the Orthodox Union (OU) tell me that Rabbi Yisroel Belsky still insists that Yosef Kolko ...

Rav Sternbuch: Written psak to report Kolko to police

Created on Thursday, 23 May 2013. Posted in SFJ/News

Rav Sternbuch: Written psak to report Kolko to police By Rabbi Daniel Eidensohn (Da'as Torah blog) May 23, 2013 Cautionary note: Even though in the case addressed in the letter there was a confession, ...

Belsky is 0 for 2 on the Kolkos and Yet He’s the OU’s Posek

Created on Friday, 17 May 2013. Posted in SFJ/News

... twice declared Kolkos innocent of sex abuse charges to then be proven wrong when they pled guilty in court. (Joel (Yehuda) Kolko & Yosef Kolko) Anyone can make a mistake. Any fool can keep making ...

Toughen Laws Against Silence

Created on Wednesday, 15 May 2013. Posted in SFJ/News

... in New Jersey. In both cases, it is not clear yet whether the lesson has been fully learned. It’s a promising sign, though, that Yosef Kolko, a camp counselor and teacher at Lakewood yeshivas, is going ...

Why Did The Lakewood Establishment and Rav Belsky Get It Wrong?

Created on Tuesday, 14 May 2013. Posted in SFJ/News

Why Did The Lakewood Establishment and Rav Belsky Get It Wrong? By Rabbi Daniel Eidensohn (Daas Torah blog) May 14, 2013 Now that Kolko has confessed to being a molester, the big question is why didn't ...

Lakewood Yeshiva Teacher Pleads Guilty to Sex Assault

Created on Tuesday, 14 May 2013. Posted in SFJ/News

... in Lakewood for going to secular authorities with the allegations. But some spectators in the courtroom where Yosef Kolko pleaded guilty to various sexual assault charges said the admissions represented ...

Yosef Kolko, Former Camp Counselor, Admits Sex Abuse

Created on Monday, 13 May 2013. Posted in SFJ/News

Yosef Kolko, Former Camp Counselor, Admits Sex Abuse The Jewish Week May 13, 2013 A former counselor at a summer camp run by a yeshiva in Lakewood, N.J., admitted three days into his trial to sexually ...

Father Takes Stand In Sex Abuse Trial Of Lakewood Yeshiva Teacher

Created on Friday, 10 May 2013. Posted in SFJ/News

... just wanted to be sure the counselor, Yosef Kolko, quit working with children, sought therapy and stayed away from his son, the man told a jury. But when months had already passed after he had brought ...

Ex-yeshiva Teacher Faces Sex Assault Charges in NJ

Created on Thursday, 09 May 2013. Posted in SFJ/News

... he sexually abused a socially awkward boy whose family members, prosecutors say, were ostracized by their Orthodox Jewish community for taking the allegations to civil authorities. Rabbi Yosef Kolko, ...

Teen Describes Abuse At Lakewood Yeshiva Teacher Sex-Assault Trial

Created on Thursday, 09 May 2013. Posted in SFJ/News

... community had no friends in fifth and sixth grade and none in the summer camp he attended those years, he shyly testified on Wednesday. So when camp counselor Yosef Kolko let the boy sing solos with ...

Trail for NJ Rabbi and Alleged Child Molester Set to Begin

Created on Wednesday, 08 May 2013. Posted in SFJ/News

... of his accused molester Rabbi Yosef Kolko is set to being this week. Yeshiva teacher Yosef Kolko--- who is the nephew of notorious pedophile Rabbi Yehuda Kolko--- will face a jury this week for accusations ...