- Walking Stick Foundation
- Rabbi Gershon Winkler with Gafni follower - Rabbi Ezra Ohad (07/04/2008)
- Breach of Professional Trust: Sexual and Financial Ethicis (07/10/2008)
- Cowboy Rabbi (05/29/1999)
- Overcoming Walls You Never Built (Summer -2000)
- Rabbi Arthur Waskow on Gershon Winkler and the case of Rabbi Mordechai Gafni (07/04/2008)
- Rabbi fights sexual allegations (07/08/2008)
- Cancelled - Rabbi Gershon and Miriam Winkler (07/11/2008)
- Case of Rabbi Marc Gafni (AKA: Mordechai Gafni, Mordechai Winiarz)
- Case of Rabbi Michael Ozair
- Other Related Cases
- Alleged Enablers of Sex Offenders in Jewish Communities
a. Depending on the nature of the complaint, the Ethics Committee Chair may recommend that the Hearing Committee meet with the complainant and hear the details of her/his complaint. Then the committee will inform the complainant of the substance of the written response of the accused. The complainant may recommend other individuals to be interviewed by the committee.
b. The Hearing Committee will meet with the accused spiritual leader and present the complaint, and hear further details of her/his response. The spiritual leader may recommend other individuals to be interviewed by the committee.
c. The Hearing Committee may hold a number of sessions. In consultation with the Chair of the Ethics Committee, they may solicit testimony from others who have direct knowledge or professional expertise relevant to the complaint.d. The Hearing Committee may recommend that the accused spiritual leader meet with a mental health professional with experience in this field, chosen by the Ethics Committee for a professional assessment to be communicated to the committee.
e. Within five weeks of appointment (seven weeks from the filing of a written complaint) the Hearing Committee shall present a written report to the Ethics Committee, with findings of fact regarding the merit of the complaint.
a. No Cause for Action
b. Advisory. This is an educational message to the spiritual leader for an inadvertent or minor violation. It may include recommendations.
c. Reprimand. This action is a significant reproof or rebuke of a spiritual leader. It is based upon an assessment that the reprimand is adequate to ensure that the unethical or inappropriate actions will not recur and where the committee feels that the individual can continue to function as a spiritual leader. A reprimand may include probation.
d. Suspension from OHALAH. (This paragraph refers only to OHaLaH members and is included here for informational purposes.) This is subject to approval of the OHALAH Board of Governors. This shall mean a discontinuation of membership privileges in OHALAH for a fixed period of time. This action is taken in a case where there is a major ethics violation and the continued functioning of the spiritual leader may be threatening to the well-being of the spiritual leader or others, but where a period of therapy or other treatment may result in his/her future return to active work. The person under suspension may not take any active role in ALEPH. Suspension from the organization will be communicated to ALEPH members. It is automatically combined with probation (defined below in section 19).
e. Expulsion from ALEPH. This is subject to approval of ALEPH's Board of Directors. This step is recommended when in the judgment of the Ethics Committee, the spiritual leader cannot continue to function as a member of ALEPH. It may also be taken based on a criminal conviction (felony involving moral turpitude or serious misdemeanor involving moral turpitude) in a court of law, related to a member's functioning as a spiritual leader. The accused spiritual leader facing expulsion has the right to present testimony to the Board of Directors. Expulsion from the organization will be communicated to ALEPH members.
a. Probation may be required in case of reprimand and will be required in case of suspension. The Ethics Committee shall monitor compliance. The Ethics Committee may require financial restitution, apology, or psychological treatment (in-patient or out-patient) or limitations on employment settings as conditions of probation.
b. The key criterion for ending probation will be the Ethics Committee's assessment that it is reasonably sure that the violation will not recur, and that the member's continued service as spiritual leader does not pose a threat to the well-being of the spiritual leader or others.
c. The length of the probation may be extended if deemed appropriate by the Ethics Committee. Likewise, at any time during the probationary period the Ethics Committee may require a different action based on new information, a new understanding of previous information, non-compliance with the terms of probation or non-cooperation with the Ethics Committee.
d. Probation may not extend beyond three years without a review by the Ethics Committee. Probation, an extension of probation, or its conditions, may be appealed by the clergy person under probation to the ALEPH Board of Directors.
What they say about this guy..."Irreverent, funny, and provocative...Resembles the famed brazen trickster of folklore...A mischievous maverick of modern Judaism...Down-to-earth, warm, and gregarious..." -- Intermountain Jewish News, Denver, Colorado (February 19, 1999)
"Gershon Winkler peppers his workshops with a healthy dose of storytelling, chanting, and humor,creating the impression that we're attending the lecture of our favorite college professor or a performance by the likes of monologist Spalding Gray." -- Missoula Independent, Missoula, Montana (September 1998)
"Travels an unusual path and ruffles feathers." -- The Wall Street Journal (July 20, 1992)
"A unique blend of Lenny Bruce and the Baal Shem Tov" -- The Center Post Rowe, Massachusetts (Vol. 11, No. 2)
"His knowledge is a universe away from the glib superficiality of pop mysticism and mass market 'spirituality.'" -- Bernie Kling in The Jewish Community Update, Sedona, Arizona (December 1999)
"Gershon is a true coyote if I ever met one, always scratching behind his ears while drooling at the sight of a passing roadrunner." -- David Carson, co-author of Medicine Cards: The Discovery of Power Through the Ways of Animals.
|Marc Gafni, left, visits with author Luke Ford in |
Salt Lake City on July 3, 2008