Once Again, YU Engulfed in Controversy

According to The Forward, “An attorney who just won a landmark sex abuse lawsuit against an elite private school has been retained to represent a former student with similar claims against Yeshiva University.

Kevin Mulhearn has been hired by Mordechai Twersky, the first of almost two dozen students to come forward claiming they were abused decades ago while studying at Y.U.’s High School for Boys, in Manhattan.”

The University and current president Richard Joel have been at the center of a public storm ever since a December 13th report in The Forward revealed that Chancellor Norman Lamm, who was president of Y.U. from 1976 to 2003, allowed alleged abusers at Yeshiva University High School for Boys to leave quietly and seek positions elsewhere.

The University has hired both a law firm and the former head of the sex crimes division of the New York City district attorney’s office to conduct an investigation.

This is the second major scandal to rock YU under Joel’s tenure – the first being the 2008 implosion of the Madoff Ponzi scheme where YU suffered losses valued at $110 million (source Bloomberg News).

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  1. says

    now thousands will come forward to cash in. follow the money . rabbi rosenberg Submitted by Rolly Sass (not verified) on Sun, 12/30/2012 – 14:13. IN THE JEWISH WEEK

    I am tired of this crybaby stuff.Rabbi DR. BERNHARD Rosenberg is telling a truth people cannot handle.It is one thing to deal with a powerless child.It is another for middle aged men to hide behind a veil of anonymity and cry “victim”.There parents were not children.They knew what was going on.How many even pulled their kids out of YU?You mean to tell me that they knew but let their children remain.Gordon and Finklestein should be held responsible.But where were the parents and why didn’t they act?

  2. says

    Over the past few weeks I received communications from those who were sexually abused . I have learned a lot regarding the suffering they have gone through. Each person handles trauma differently and no one including me can judge their reaction to this trauma. The outcry of these individuals must be heard and answered. However, I refuse to stop defending the institution which has produced great scholars and Jewish leaders. Attacking me for having an opinion or trying to discredit me as professor, says more about the writer than it does me. If they have proof by now the victims have hired an attorney. Now it comes down to follow the money. I do not work for Yeshiva University any more and hope that a reasonable settlement is reached for all concerned.
    Rabbi Dr. Bernhard Rosenberg