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    Hundreds at Event Against Abuse

    A standing-room only crowd packed Lubavitch Yeshiva in Crown Heights for a powerful event Monday to combat child abuse in the Orthodox Jewish community. Full Story, Photos, Video

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    Glad to see that
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    Glad to see that

    Thanks for organizing this kind of events! It will help a lot of people.

     great org- got question
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    great org- got question

    how do we protect the abusers spouse children and grandchildren ?who are innocent victims too ?
    – would love to see this relaunch of this organization a bit more sensitive—–

    Question?
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    Question?

    Did anyone see the principals from our yeshivas? Especially the boys yeshivas??

    Meir Seewald...
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    Meir Seewald...

    You are a hero!

    why do they still not have reputable lubavich rabbis on their board?
    Guest
    why do they still not have reputable lubavich rabbis on their board?

    Its hard to trust an organization that is run by kids who have anger issues, even justified anger issues, without respected rabbis who have a much better understanding of things.
    The idea is good, but the implementation needs help to really get people on board

    hey
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    hey

    Hey Moshe banda I knew you would be there nice seeing you

    Thank you...
    Guest
    Thank you...

    To all the speakers who had the courage to stand up and let their anguish be heard by all! Rabbi Jacobson demanded we hear the real kol of the shofar coming from all people who suffer , especially the silent ones! May this Rosh hashana bring the final geulah from ALL suffering!

    was there
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    was there

    Hopefully they back their words with action and are there to have a educational website rather then using all of this tobhavea website as a way of revenge for people for the last 60years

    So Happy...
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    So Happy...

    For all the naysayers who thought that CH doesn’t care about the abuse going on, because they objected – rightly so – to the previous vigilante approach of CHW, I think the great turnout from the entire CH spectrum, including many teachers and educators, is proof that WE DO CARE. We just want it to be done properly, with care and sensitivity, with accountability and professionalism. Well done. Let us hope and pray that they avoid the mistakes of the previous round, where they did so much more damage than good and lost credibility. We need it. And we need… Read more »

    Wow
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    Wow

    What a powerful unblievable important event !
    Thank you !

    Thank you for your bravery
    Guest
    Thank you for your bravery

    Chilling
    A major event that will change the lives of many
    Thank you for the bravery and the strength of those who spoke up .. Through them many will be saved

    Yasher koach Eli … May no more kids ever suffer again 🙁

    Brilliant
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    Brilliant

    Awesomeness

    Powerful and awe inspiring
    Guest
    Powerful and awe inspiring

    Thanks to everyone who helped put this together, it was raw, heart wrenching and inspiring all at the same time.
    To share how amazing it was: My wife in middle of the event sent me a text that we need to talk/educate our 7 year old innocent child so he can stay innocent.

    Thanks again.

    Amazing!!!
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    Amazing!!!

    So proud to be Chabad!

    Your uncle in Detroit
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    Your uncle in Detroit

    Looking good, Leiki

    Yankel
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    Yankel

    It is important to take to mind that where a false accusation is made, in all likelihood there is a true perpetrator who got away with it. If an innocent person is sitting in jail, then the true predator is still out there on the loose. It is fundamentally important to root out false allegations, for the sake of catching the true offenders.

    Why now?
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    Why now?

    Just curious where all these people were at all the other awareness events in Crown Heights over the last 5 or 6 years. I’ve been to at least 3, and there were never more than 100 people there. Glad to see a better turnout this time!

    PARENTS' GUIDE
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    PARENTS' GUIDE

    In a photo, I see someone holding a parents’ guide, RAISING SAFE KIDS. How can I get a copy of it? Thank you.

    It was AMAZING!!!!
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    It was AMAZING!!!!

    Amazing event!! This event is needed in each community. Thank you so much for organizing!

    Very informative and BH well-attended!
    Guest
    Very informative and BH well-attended!

    Thank you for being there for us and our children. May you be well-funded and receive emotional and technical support always

    Heartening
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    Heartening

    While other communities turn a blind eye and pretend this problem doesn’t exist, it’s nice to see that our community is recognizing a problem and addressing it. That’s the first step to a solution.

    i was there.were you???
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    i was there.were you???

    to #3 rabbi dechter was there from begining till the end at 11,30

    great event to bring awareness but what's with all the...
    Guest
    great event to bring awareness but what's with all the...

    plaid shirts? the men in the audience look like they are attending a rodeo.

    Sruly Clapman.
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    Sruly Clapman.

    After a long hard day at work. I decided my laying in bed would be Unaccepted. I got to ULY and the place was so jammed that there was barley standing room! Kol Hakovod to all those that attended and showed support for this most important issue facing any community in the world.
    Shame on anyone with influence that did not attend.
    All that was lacking were boxes of tissues for all the tears that freely flowed.
    God bless the organizations that protect the most precious possession we have OUR CHILDREN.

    Sholom
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    Sholom

    The True leaders and mechanchim of the rebbe’s community showed up last night, and to them I say “Ashrecha” You should be blessed, it’s not always popular to do the right thing, but it’s the right thing to do. To those that claim to be community leaders and that are always around for the photo op with whichever politician traipses through the neighborhood and that couldn’t be bothered to show up to last nights event, I say shame on you, you clearly do not represent the interests of the people living in Crown Heights… The organizers of this cause deserve… Read more »

    wow
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    wow

    Eli I commend you for your courage.
    You have been through a lot and you took the time and effort to get help. I’m sorry you had to endure this tragedy but you have proved to be an amazing gentleman and an inspiration to many.

    To #5
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    To #5

    Halevi our Rabbi’s could be counted upon to “have a much better understanding of things.” It is way past time that our own Chabad Rabbonim recognize that they ALSO need to be educated by recognized specialists about abusers of all kinds (molesters, spouses, financial, etc). Until the day comes that they can take off their blinders and bittel themselves to genuinely seek the knowledge to help those that are suffering, their names will not appear on any boards. I am past angry, I am very sad.

    To #24 you said it perfectly.
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    To #24 you said it perfectly.

    This was a great event and just shows how petty gossip and internet comments don’t reflect true public opinion. Based on all the bad mouthing that goes on against JCW you’d expect less then 300 people to attend; instead I believe even the 800 number is low balling it. The speakers each out did each other and bringing in the DA to make it clear that the Hynes administration’s games are over will hopefully help send a strong message to potentially abusers and their supporters. Both of the victims who spoke, I truly hope have a complete healing and they… Read more »

    Important work that needs get get done
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    Important work that needs get get done

    Just needs to incorporate more people who learn chassisdus and have yiras shamayim

    Eli Nash
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    Eli Nash

    I would have attended the event if not for Eli Nash’s involvement

    to #3
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    to #3

    Rabbi Minsky – menahel mesivta in chovevei Torah was there.

    is this really the right thing?? I don't know
    Guest
    is this really the right thing?? I don't know

    did they apologize to those they may have mistakenly put on their wall of shame??

    thank you
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    thank you

    To all those who are speaking up. I am sure it must be very difficult to tell your stories, remember and feel the pain. As a mother I can’t tell you what your courage means to me. You are helping to prevent further victims and you may also be helping the perpetrators. Stopping them ultimately helps them. To the family members of the perpetrators it is also very painful but ultimately it is better for people to be aware if someone is dangerous. Family members are very often victims of the abusers and it is difficult for them to speak… Read more »

    Kol hakavod
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    Kol hakavod

    Kal hakavod to all the brave individuals . As a young parent I feel very blessed and secure knowing this organization exists to make our community safer.

    Thank you!!
    Guest
    Thank you!!

    Where can we get the “raising safe kids” and get help out of town?
    TX!!

    attended
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    attended

    It is sad to know there are perpurtrator
    s getting on in years still roaming the streets freely. They have ruined lives my molestic kids 40 ago and these grown up victims still suffer

    wow
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    wow

    in answer to #2
    it is painful to be the spouse and children, but at this time they are trying to help tho victims and prevent more victims!! They probably feel done with with sensitivity!!!

    where are you?
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    where are you?

    Where are you, our community’s rabbonim and mashpiim and mechanchim??? Where are you? Where are you, our principals? Where are you, our hanholos? It’s not enough that hundreds came out to listen and learn; if you are the heads of our mosdei chinuch and our community, you need to make your voice heard!!! Where are you?? So busy with bashing internet and girls clothes that you can’t be bothered with this? You’re too busy making sure the kids in your schools follow the rules no matter what, that you have no time to show that you CARE about these kids?… Read more »

    To #31
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    To #31

    THERE WAS NO ONE MISTAKENLY PUT ON THE WALL OF SHAME…..Stop perpetuating that myth.

    Thank you
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    Thank you

    Thank you Meir! And everyone else who supports JCW. This really means so much to me and so many people!

    To #3
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    To #3

    A lot of principals were not there because they would have a lot of people to answer to!

    #38
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    #38

    That’s what they need to hear. I was recently at a house of someone (a Rabbi) high up in our community, someone who is central to our shul and school, and he was speaking very disrespectly about a survivor of abuse (which happened in the school before this rabbi’s time but only came out in the last 5 years). The abuse survivor is a thorn in the community’s side because he wants accountability for something everyone knew happened but noone did anything about. I couldnt believe what I was hearing to be honest. they keep on talking about all their… Read more »

    ch mom
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    ch mom

    how do i get a copy of keeping kids safe that was distributed last niight?

    Anonymous
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    Anonymous

    Does JCW have a website?

    I attended
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    I attended

    I wished more people showed up. But I intend to speak up and get the word out. I was so inspired and humbled by what I heard. Even more, I wish to become more sensitive to this subject as an educator and turn crown heights over! Meir Yoshar Koach! Like you said, the Rebbe’s brachos are with you!!! You are a true example of a soldier whose mission is to get the job done right!!

    If you didn't go, you missed a powerful, educational experience
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    If you didn't go, you missed a powerful, educational experience

    People who are asking questions here, most of your questions would’ve been answered if you’d attended. There’s a data base of 350 people whose names are not publicly posted on the Wall of Shame but who are suspects being investigated. Research appears to be done very, very carefully and properly. One person’s story even showed how a perpetrator was hopefully helped because of the organization! I thought I knew a lot about this subject but I learned quite a bit last night that I never could have imagined. BTW, Bais Rivka principals/staff were there, as well. Yes, the people involved… Read more »

    Thank you
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    Thank you

    AMAZING video! Thank you to all those involved in JCW for protecting my children.
    Sincerely,
    A thankful mother

    To where are u
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    To where are u

    Lets stop with always bashing and pointing fingers. Its not our job to decide who should or shouldnt b where. Our principals do an outstanding job and work day and night- using their absence or presence at this event is a poor judgement in deciding how much they care.

    JCW should get Rabbis to comment on individual cases
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    JCW should get Rabbis to comment on individual cases

    JCW is an amazing organization and I commend all the Rabbis who spoke out against abuse and abuse coverups. They now need to go to the next level and raise the profile of individual cases in need of support. Instead of talking generally and not confronting actual people, we need to see them make the difficult decisions and stand by victims against perpetrators who may be Rabbinical colleagues. Will this ever happen? I am not hopeful.

    Thank you JCW
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    Thank you JCW

    #5 Sometimes it needs younger people to deal with
    Matters that Rabbonim have not and can not accept
    The fact that abuse is a problem, as we have
    Here in London
    All of u at JCW thank you, thank you very much
    JCW has worked as far as London in relation to
    Chizuck

    Please!
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    Please!

    Unless you yourself are someone who was put on the Wall of Shame without committing any wrongdoing, please stop promulgating the notion that JCW randomly put up names. I think that a community’s critical self-examination is extremely important, and we must always ask ourselves if we are doing/supporting the right cause. In the case of JCW, we have every reason to believe that those running it are people of honesty and self-sacrifice. I am proud to be part of the community that is of the first to take a real stand in protecting our children. It is a shame that… Read more »

    great job
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    great job

    someone should follow the example and make a Wall of Shame for all deadbeat dads in our community

    Was Australia discussed
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    Was Australia discussed

    Why didn’t the event talk about the specific cases in Australia and address the Rabbinic leadership directly, and by name. Without making the difficult confrontations, THERE WILL BE NO CHANGE!

    “Speak up, we will not blame you….Speak up – you will be embraced. And you will be loved…”

    Did the Rabbi provide examples to back up his empty rhetoric.

      ... האירגונים האלה צריכים לפעול גם בישראל
    Guest
    ... האירגונים האלה צריכים לפעול גם בישראל
    Interesting discussion
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    Interesting discussion

    I did not attend the talk but am impressed with the supportive comments, as well as a number of people addressing the fact that community leaders are not supporting victims enough. Unfortunately, it is only a rare religious leader (whether we are talking about the Catholic Church or another faith community) who speaks up for victims and survivors. I know this because my organization teaches faith communities about child abuse. Discord is hard and people may feel pressured to conform, but in the end, it takes congregants to band together in support of victims perhaps in search of new leaders… Read more »

    Meir, you are wonderful, a brave brave man
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    Meir, you are wonderful, a brave brave man

    Let me tell you, all those who turn away from the truth, this is a. serious situation and destroys a person from the core of their very essence. This has been sadly going on for all time, but…there are many people speaking up and strong enough to go after their attackers, and i say attackers because that what it is. An attack. Meir and the team, Gd bless you, Gd bless you, you are saving so many people by speaking out and not taking a back seat, to be a bystander to abuse of children is like….the worst. And stop… Read more »

    #52
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    #52

    AND MOMS?

    #51
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    #51

    THE ONLY PROBLEM WITH SOME THAT ARE RUNNING IT, IS THAT THEY ARE TOO EMOTIONALLY INVESTED. SOMETIMES THEY CANT DO THE RIGHT THING,YOU HAVE TO FEEL BAD FOR THEM BUT IT DOESNT ALWAYS MEAN THE RIGHT DECISIONS

    To Number 58
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    To Number 58

    Again, perpetuating a myth. Did you not see that Benny Forer, Reb Chaim Drizin, Rabbi Dr. Twersky, etc are involved??? Did you not see that? Why do you keep repeating that its kids with emotional problems?

    Video of event
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    Video of event

    Was the event video taped? Many of us were unable to attend but would really appreciate being able to see videos of the speeches

    really effective event
    Guest
    really effective event

    I was in C.H. from out of town and came just because i wanted to support this very worthy cause. The speakers were all outstanding and in my opinion this org. is already helping save many lives. Thank you meir and your team!!

    still crying
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    still crying

    Meir u and ur team should b on the wall of fame!!.Kol hakovod and may u all b blessed with a healing year full of happiness and success in the wonderful things u do. May Hashem show his Compassion and heal all those who have been hurt in any form of abuse Refua Shleima to klal Yisroel!Kesiva Vchasima Tova!Shona Tova UMASUKA

    wish I had known about it
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    wish I had known about it

    Thank you so much for dedicated efforts to protect our children. Please do inform us where we can access this pamphlet that was mentioned and please let us know if there is a way to view a video of the event.

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