David Mandel, the CEO of OHEL Children’s Home and Family Services, the Brooklyn-based haredi social services organization. Speaking in Baltimore February 20, 2008, under the auspices of Baltimore’s Orthodox (and overwhelmingly haredi) Va’ad Harabbonim, Mandel appears to admit to several violations of New York law. (These may also be crimes in Maryland – I’m not sure.)
Mandel speaks about not going to police or child protection services when child sexual abuse has taken place.
As you watch this video, remember that OHEL takes state and federal money. Also remember several abusers have been linked to OHEL in one way or another, most prominently Avrohom Mondrowitz, who did some counseling for OHEL before he fled child rape charges (he allegedly anally raped boys). Mondrowitz lived safely and openly in Israel, under the protection of a series of Gerrer rebbes for more than 20 years. He is now facing extradition to the US.
Should Mandel keep his job? Watch this and decide:
Brief History of Baltimore Orthodox Rabbi-on-Boy Sexual Abuse:
- The Case of the Students of Ner Israel Yeshiva in the 1950’s
- Case of Rabbi Eliezer Eisgrau
- Case of Rabbi Benyamin Fleischman
- Case of Ephraim Shapiro
- Case of Yisroel Shapiro
- Case of Rabbi Matis Weinberg
- Case of Rabbi Moshe Eisemann