Tempest in the Temple : Jewish Communities & Child Sex Scandals (Brandeis Series in American Jewish History, Culture, & Life)

Tempest in the Temple : Jewish Communities & Child Sex Scandals (Brandeis Series in American Jewish History, Culture, & Life)

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  • 製本 Hardcover:ハードカバー版/ページ数 272 p.
  • 言語 ENG,ENG
  • 商品コード 9781584656715
  • DDC分類 296.38

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In 2006, New York magazine and ABC's Nightline both featured stories dealing with rabbis who had abused children entrusted to them. Then, at the start of 2007, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency published a five-part series on sexual abuse by rabbis who led congregations, taught religious studies, and ran youth groups. The series soon was picked up by Jewish newspapers nationwide. Despite this spate of media coverage, there has been a dearth of scholarly material investigating sexual abuse within the Jewish clergy. Tempest in the Temple brings together fifteen practicing rabbis, educators, pastoral counselors, sociologists, mental health professionals, and legal advocates for abuse victims, each of whom offer insights into different facets of the problem. This book is divided into three sections. The first section, "When the Vow Breaks," describes rabbis who break their "vows" through active pedophilia.The second section, "Sacrificing Victims," illuminates the community dynamics surrounding abuse: how a community unwittingly contributes to the cover-up of abuse; why victims of abuse are all too often ignored or cast off by their religious communities; and the mechanisms by which powerful religious institutions protect their own. The third section, "Let Me Know the Way," addresses how Jewish communities can overcome the ignorance, bias, and corruption associated with clergy sexual abuse. Solutions-some already successful, others yet to be tried-are explored here. Tempest in the Temple offers an open discussion of some of the most deeply rooted fears in the Jewish community. While it is the first book to bring child sex scandals in temples and synagogues to light, its purpose is not to blame or shame Jews but to examine this horrific problem with as much clarity and precision as possible so that the best remedies can be offered to the community as a whole.

Table of Contents

Foreword
RABBI DR. ELLIOT N. DORFF ix
Preface
RABBI DR. JEREMY ROSEN xv
Acknowledgments xxi
Introduction 1
PART I. BREAKING VOWS
1 Unholy Waters
How a Massachusetts Synagogue Found Its Way
to Shore after a Sex Abuse Scandal, a
Prosecution, and a Lawsuit輸s Narrated by
the Synagogue's Rabbi and Its Legal Counsel
LOEL WEISS & MARK ITZKOWITZ 13
2 Crossing the Line
What Makes a Rabbi Violate Sexual
Boundaries 輸nd What Can be Done about It?
MICHELLE FRIEDMAN 43
3 Straying the Course
Can Jewish and Secular Leadership
Archetypes Rein in Religious Leaders?
ERICA BROWN 60
PART II. SACRIFICING VICTIMS
4 Out of the Jewish Closet
Facing the Hidden Secrets of Child Sex
Abuse And the Damage Done to Victims
JOYANNA SILBERG & STEPHANIE DALLAM 77
5 A Community of Co-enablers
Why Are Jews Ignoring Traditional Jewish
Law by Protecting the Abuser?
MARK DRATCH 105
6 The Fugitive and the Forgotten
Cracking the Cold Case of Rabbi Avrohorn
Mondrowitz
MICHAEL LESHER 126
7 My Cross to Bear
How I Challenged the Catholic Church
Hierarchy to Atone for Their Sins against
Me and Other Abuse Victims
BARBARA BLAINE 163
PART III. LET ME KNOW THE WAY
8 Justice Interrupted
How Rabbis Can Interfere with the
Prosecution of Sex Offenders  And
Strategies for How to Stop Them
AMY NEUSTEIN & MICHAEL LESHER 197
9 Pedophiles and Penitence
Whom to Banish, Whom to Support  Helping
Jewish Communities Make the Right Choices
ROBERT WEISS 230
Epilogue
PROFESSOR DANE S. CLAUSSEN 253
Contributors 263
Index 265