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    Founder Exits Anti-Abuse Group

    Meyer Seewald is leaving the Jewish Community Watch 5 years after founding the combative anti-abuse organization. Full Story

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    we are so thankful
    Guest
    we are so thankful

    Mayer you do / did amazing work tnx for everything.
    Thank you to the Nash brothers for there support we need more ppl like Mayer and the Nash boys!

    A parent
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    A parent

    Your work is greatly appreciated! Much success with your next step in life!

    B"H
    Guest
    B"H

    Finally he is leaving, he did a lot of damage too!!!

    Yitzchok
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    Yitzchok

    I say yasher koach to Mayer Seewwald for bringing this shame in our community to the light of day and helping us heal together, medicine is not always pleasant but it makes us better. Wishing you a lot of Hatzlacha and maazal on your new life..

    Self appointed police
    Guest
    Self appointed police

    If you have no problem publicly “shaming” individuals who were never even convicted, at the very least you should publicly state all board members and Rabonim who approve each name that goes up (and if you have no Rabonim that’s a bigger issue).

    It’s ironic how you call it unfortunate that leaders of the community only support behind the scenes and not publicly, while members of your OWN board don’t “wish to be named”.

    yasher koach and thanks for all
    Guest
    yasher koach and thanks for all

    Thank your for taking on what noone else would. Your work will live on and has and will save many children. Thanks for all your hard work and dedication.

    Names of JCW board
    Guest
    Names of JCW board

    They are all on the website.

    you amazing
    Guest
    you amazing

    hero

    Thank you Meir.
    Guest
    Thank you Meir.

    you are a hero

    To #3 and #5
    Guest
    To #3 and #5

    I hear sour grapes, i think you both either the same person or have the same reason to be angry that he exposed you or your family members
    It’s finally time to step out of the shadows, and confront those who harm our children

    Mazal tov
    Guest
    Mazal tov

    May you build a bayis Neeman b’yisroel

    A modern day hero
    Guest
    A modern day hero

    Keep up the great work JCW – unfortunately very much needed. Meyer is a hero to our children!

    In response to #5- There are many unnamed individuals...
    Guest
    In response to #5- There are many unnamed individuals...

    …who work tirelessly behind the scenes. It’s their anonymity that allows them to be as affective as they are. (Consider: every intelligence gathering agency in the world uses anonymity as a tool.) Along with the amazing men and women who represent JCW publicly, there are many unsung heroes who do more for victims than the public will ever know.

    to #10
    Guest
    to #10

    He has no business shaming people without any source of proof other than hearsay.

    Thank you Meyer
    Guest
    Thank you Meyer

    Meyer, you are the Pinchas Ha’Kohen of our generation. He too was maligned. He too was questioned by the old-guard. He too stood up when the leaders stood frozen and incapable of protecting our society.

    You changed the world; you saved lives; and you saved the Jewish people.

    Thank you.

    #10
    Guest
    #10

    Totally correct – agreed..I bet that’s the case!

    Meyer thanks.

    Actually thanks for COL who seems to have taken a more active role in talking, posting and reporting truly important issues in our lives lately.
    It is being done none maliciously, and with class so its a welcome site (no pun intended)

    Great work -l
    Guest
    Great work -l

    This guy shook our world with…THE TRUTH. Can’t think of anyone else in his generation that has done the same. Excited to see your future endevours Meyer (and hope JCW can survive without you).

    Pathetic
    Guest
    Pathetic

    When you believe in something you don’t leave it

    Thank you!
    Guest
    Thank you!

    Thank you Meyer for starting this wonderful organization and protecting our children. I’m sure many children have been saved from those who fear retribution from JCW. In addition thanks for supporting all those survivors out there!

    Rabonim¡!!!!!!!!!
    Guest
    Rabonim¡!!!!!!!!!

    Where are you are you???
    Is there “any” Rov who authorized every specific name posted on JCW?? Isn’t it time!!! It’s just an attorney??? What a joke

    # 10
    Guest
    # 10

    if your very worried about your children talk to them and make sure everything is all right

    Best news
    Guest
    Best news

    Maybe now our community can stop being bullied

    There is a boss
    Guest
    There is a boss

    As a 501c3 all board members need to be named in the annual 990 so i doubt any board members aren’t being named.

    Thank you for the amazing awareness you have brought
    Guest
    Thank you for the amazing awareness you have brought
    Glad to hear..
    Guest
    Glad to hear..

    Im glad he decided to step down on his own.
    He worked without any sources and with out proof. He was a nobody who tried to become a somebody.
    The concept was brilliant the actions and accusations and approach should be on the wall shame .

    law? or a ordained Rov?
    Guest
    law? or a ordained Rov?

    Isn’t it time a great time to from now and on: to put things right and the jewish way
    And before posting any name on JCW every spasfic name should be aouthrized by an ordaind Rov?

    To #10 and #16
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    To #10 and #16

    You just proved my point about accusing people falsely.

    No wonder you support JCW.

    i agree with # 14
    Guest
    i agree with # 14

    shaming a person, especially with no proof, other then the person saying it really happened, and family support, isn’t only shaming the person but his family. and the worst part is, street judgers, people tend to take sides without first hearing both sides, and its against the Torah period.

    Thank you Meyer
    Guest
    Thank you Meyer

    For all your dedication and hard work. A Fan with less courage than you.

    To all you fools
    Guest
    To all you fools

    I’m not a seewald or related to one but this man deserves a huge yasherkoach for the change that happened due to him standing up and speaking out we all know good and well what used to go on in our yeshivas it’s sick to think back how I sat thrue a class with a teacher doing terrible things. so who ever is bashing your father brother or uncle is most likely up on the JCM site so your obviously upset Didint think it would catch up to them one day now think of the changes implemented tx to JCW… Read more »

    Thank you
    Guest
    Thank you

    for saving many lives. Only Hashem can reward you to the extent you deserve! A million thanks!
    And to all those working behind the scenes, if you even saved one child, your Gan Eiden is great!

    Much good...
    Guest
    Much good...

    … and some bad.

    Both abusers, and some innocent victims of JCW, will be sleeping easier.

    Meyer, you have helped, and you have harmed, collateral damage is ok in your book.

    Hatzlacha in your next step in life. With a wife and iyh family, you will be a in more responsible and hopefully reasonable position to make better judgement calls.

    Hatzlacha, and thank you for your work.

    Thank You Meir
    Guest
    Thank You Meir

    You put the shame where it belongs on the abusers instead of the victims.
    Thank You!

    To # 18
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    To # 18

    That comment did not make sense to me. One can leave something they believe in and go to something else they believe in ! I’m sure you know that, but you seem to be angry about something. There are many examples of people moving on from something they believe in to another journey that is right for them at a particular time in their life! Many!

    Congrats meir
    Guest
    Congrats meir

    Thank you for your selfless devotion to our kids. As with every public role in life, you will have people who criticize and take issue. Yet you have served our community and made it a safer place and we are grateful for that!

    80% is not enough
    Guest
    80% is not enough

    When I read that you only started with 10% approval I was shocked but not so shocked as when I read you only have 80% now…until I read these comments. Seeing is believing! Some of these comments are appalling!! Meyer, you truly are the Pinchas of our generation and I hope we all learn from your holy chutzpa and become a little more like you everyday! Hatzlacha in all your future endeavors, but most importantly, I commend you for thawing a brave step away from such a burden and heavy day to day dealings in order to healthfully cultivate what… Read more »

    I was one of them
    Guest
    I was one of them

    You know, the people who went head-to-head with Meyer Seewald in the early days, when JCW seemed nothing more than out of control vigilantism. I was strongly opposed to their methods, which seemed to have no checks & balances. Today, I am a huge fan. While I always knew the need for JCW was colossal, I saw how the organization became more stringent in its review process. There is full accountability, intensive due diligence, and as it developed, my admiration and support grew. Meyer’s departure, while a great loss as he is “Mr. JCW”, is understandable. I am certain the… Read more »

    Names of JCW board
    Guest
    Names of JCW board

    They are all on the website.

    ELIAND BEN NASH
    Guest
    ELIAND BEN NASH

    THIS IS SPECIFICALLY FOR ELI AND BEN NASH.
    ALMIGHTY G-D BLESSED YOU WITH WEALTH.
    PLEASE CONSIDER HELPING THE SHLUCHIM AS ONE OF YOUR PRIORITIES IN SHLICHUS.
    THE REBBES KINDER DESPERATLY NEED ASSISTANCE.
    MAYBE YOU SHOULD BE IN TOUCH WITH RABBI KOTLARSKY AND CHOOSE TO HELP PAY TUITION OR HEALTH BENEFITS FOR THE SHLUCHIM.
    MANY OF THEM ARE REALLY STRUGGLING AND STAY ON TO HELP ANOTHER JEW.

    thanks
    Guest
    thanks

    from a grateful mother

    Meyer made the voice of the victims heard
    Guest
    Meyer made the voice of the victims heard

    Yaasher koach for creating a awareness that abuse happens in our community. Thanks to people like you I can talk about my abuse and people don’t look at me like I’m an ape. They understand more now. We have to work together to stop the obsession with pushing s abuse under the carpet. Hatzlacha Meyer in you’re new stage of life. You took you’re life’s lemons and made lemonade:)

    Thank you
    Guest
    Thank you

    Because of Meyer and this organization we are all more aware to speak to our children about abuse!!
    Unfortunately it’s not pretty but very much necessary. Preventative medicine is the best!
    Wishing you and your kallah only happiness and may you build a binyan adei ad!

    To #39
    Guest
    To #39

    I’m guessing you would get further by contacting the Nash brothers directly rather than addressing them in capital letters in a public forum. May Hashem bless you with abundant wealth, and may you always enjoy the free choice to support all the mosdos that speak to your heart.

    Meyer is amazing
    Guest
    Meyer is amazing

    Thank you for all that you have done and continue to do

    #39
    Guest
    #39

    Berry Nash is a shliach in Montana. He is a brother of Eli and Chaim. No doubt shluchim too receive their support. The vocal stand in support of JCW was to show support for an organization and a cause that many found controversial and definitely not excluding other causes.

    Important Work
    Guest
    Important Work

    As a social worker who has worked for many years with s abused children I can attest that this is a needed organization. Three things to mention. 1. Deeply religious people find it very hard to believe such things happen because it is beyond their experience. 2. People who molest children are very secretive about it, are very devious in how they go about it, and have a very difficult time stopping their behavior. 3. False accusations made by children are extremely rare, and in my decades of working in the field I have seen very few of them. The… Read more »

    Give Credit Where Due
    Guest
    Give Credit Where Due

    Thank you, Meyer Seewald for giving your all to protect and heal our children. May you be an inspiration to all of us to fight for our convictions and to ignore the nay-sayers.

    Levi
    Guest
    Levi

    Q. Does the torah allow to kill one jew in order to save the life of 100 or more jews (even a entire city)?! A. The torah says: absolutely NOT! (rambam, hilchos yesodei hatorah perek 5 halcoho 17) JCW has prevented alot of child abuse (by exposing abusers that are destroying innocent kid’s life), however, is it all worth when destroying an innocent person’s life with false accusations (as was proven by civil court!!) moshiach now!

    Please Stop
    Guest
    Please Stop

    Being a victim of abuse and then seeing people write it off in comments is unbearable. Those of you saying things like, “they’re wrong” and “it’s just hearsay” and that the victims are liars, is incredibly hurtful to those of us that have gone through abuse. How can you say that we’re liars when the memories are etched permanently in our minds for eternity???
    Please stop the hateful comments. Thank you.

    to #13 and 47
    Guest
    to #13 and 47

    Anonymity and giving credit where it’s due: one of the behind the scenes person and an unsung hero is Mrs. Bronya Schaffer who was the first person to bring programs of awareness of CSA to Crown Heights, to the rabbonim and principles at a time before it was ‘popular’. When JCW set foot on this scene it was a Crown Heights already with awareness of this ‘sensitive’ issue and all the rabbonim and principles of Crown Heights already had training by Dr. Pelcovitz in the Schaffers house. I was part of helping to call the participants so I know it… Read more »

    To #48
    Guest
    To #48

    Civil court does not say a person is innocent. They rule “Not Guilty” which means: “we don’t have evidence to say whether there is offense or not so we cannot determine either way”. Therefore, to claim that an innocent person’s life was destroyed as proven by civil court is not an accurate statement. Perhaps a person was innocent, perhaps not. I don’t know of JCW victims that everyone seems to write about. However, I do know that when a person makes such accusations, they are often very difficult to prove. In fact, if someone would look at my specific case… Read more »

    Thank you!!!
    Guest
    Thank you!!!

    I am happy to hear about you moving forward toward building ur own family! You have saved more than one life and Hashem should bless u with only revealed good!
    Thank you for demonstrating what ahavas yisroel really looks like!

    More work to do
    Guest
    More work to do

    Just from reading the comments it is apparent that we are in dire need of JCW and that there is a lot more work to do educating the Jewish community about abuse.

    Mazal Tov and Thank You
    Guest
    Mazal Tov and Thank You

    Mayer,
    A man knows when to “fold up.” You are a man. You stepped forward to change the landscape of a world of secrets, and you stepped back to nurture your own life. Blessings for great success in building an everlasting home in Yisroel. Be happy. Be free. Be loved and loving.

    THANK YOU
    Guest
    THANK YOU

    Meyer, you are a Nachshon ben Aminodov.

    Thank you. You have brought peace and hope to soooo
    many. hatzlocah rabbah

    Thank you Meir for actualizing your potential
    Guest
    Thank you Meir for actualizing your potential

    But from all the scary comments it looks like jcw is still very much needed. I shudder to think if any of these commenters would protect my children GD forbid in a dNgerous situation, as Meir has vehemently protected all children.

    How great it is that Hashem gave you the fire to fight for children! How great that Hashem bestowed great wealth to the Nash family to fund a much needed organization.

    The brave and the righteous usually stand alone against a sea of cowardly commenters

    It is beyond me....
    Guest
    It is beyond me....

    It is beyond me why some people want to negate the hard and important work of this organization. If your child were touched inappropriately (or worse), I doubt you would react with disdain for the organization’s work. One thought I have is that maybe you do not know what that kind of abuse really means. Maybe you think touching children in such ways is appropriate. Or maybe you are entrenched in a set of behaviors that you can not stoop and will not take an honest look at. Or maybe something else. Bottom line for many of us is this:… Read more »

    Thank You Meir!
    Guest
    Thank You Meir!

    Mazal Tov and Hatzlacha Rabbah

    To # 57
    Guest
    To # 57

    I totally agree that children should not have to go through the torture of being abused but I know for a fact that while JCW did try to help many molested people they did not do the proper investigation before they accused innocent people. They ruined their lives literally!!!!!!!!! I hope the one that takes over will work better to be there and help molested children but not destroy the lives of INNOCENT people!!!! Or a person that did something minor and is being accused of molestation. Of course it would be best if molestation doesn’t happen to begin with… Read more »

    to 48
    Guest
    to 48

    My question to you is, why hasn’t anyone “innocently accused” cleared their name publicly? I’ve heard about a book written, which I did not read yet, but wouldn’t you shout it out to the world if you were innocently accused??

    Thankful mother
    Guest
    Thankful mother

    Thank you !
    Thanks for all your hard work for the past 5 years .
    Our world is safer thanks to you!

    As a mother , thank you!
    Guest
    As a mother , thank you!

    I thank you for protecting the innocent , seems like a lot of people would like to protect the Guilty. That’s a real shame , Meyer and Nash bro’s and everyone else who worked and continuous to work on this cause, you are saving lives, we are indebted to you!!!

    Kudos to Bronya
    Guest
    Kudos to Bronya

    Bronya Shafer lives quietly in her home where without any fanfare has made a huge change in the lives of so many women children and couples
    May Hashem reward her with kol tov and nachas

    Thank you Meyer
    Guest
    Thank you Meyer

    We keep hearing about the lives of those who were ‘destroyed’ by JCW. What does that mean? Yes, they have been shamed. Who shames them? We do! We who create an environment where no one can ever do anything wrong, where no compassion is ever shown, were no suffering person is ever given sympathy, were the family members of all perpetrators children are punished (by us) for the sins of their parents and parents for the sins of their children. As long as WE don’t stand up to abuse we have no right to denounce the work of JCW. If… Read more »

    HATZLACHA MEYER AND YOUR VERY LUCKY WIFE
    Guest
    HATZLACHA MEYER AND YOUR VERY LUCKY WIFE

    As a parent of an abused child, words do not suffice to express my deepest appreciation and gratitude for what Meyer has done single handedly! He is the bravest person I have ever met! To stand up for the children who have unfortunately have had to withstand horrible situations, he is a true hero and deserves a life of true peace, tranquility and happiness filled with much prosperity and the best of health with which to enjoy it all. And, as for all the critics…. I can tell you first hand that Meyer personally handled our case with such delicacy… Read more »

    To Meyer
    Guest
    To Meyer

    Dear Meyer, thank you for protecting my kids

    To #34
    Guest
    To #34

    There is a general principal in the Torah that when something is the truth it stands for ever from the beginning to the middle to the end and it doesn’t change and you don’t move on from the truth

    best comment from very experienced person
    Guest
    best comment from very experienced person

    mportant Work As a social worker who has worked for many years with s abused children I can attest that this is a needed organization. Three things to mention. 1. Deeply religious people find it very hard to believe such things happen because it is beyond their experience. 2. People who molest children are very secretive about it, are very devious in how they go about it, and have a very difficult time stopping their behavior. 3. False accusations made by children are extremely rare, and in my decades of working in the field I have seen very few of… Read more »

    just saying...
    Guest
    just saying...

    It is very difficult to prove S. abuse in a court of law, so even if not convicted people may have been abused but simply could not find all the ‘evidence’ needed for a conviction.

    Hats of to Meyer for standing up with the abused and exposing the abusers, this was and is a huge service to vindicate people that were hurt and to our community

    thank you
    Guest
    thank you

    You are a wonderful man, a brav and outspoken man, and you have changed the jewsh world. I too am outspoken, because the community think its ok to hide abusers and bullies. lubuvitch is famous for cheering the abuser and hurting the viictims. I have never been a bystander, and hav always opend my mouth and told the truth. This is a trait to be proud of. it saves ives.
    Have a very happy marriage dear brave man.
    From a mum you telephoned and helped.

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