Resides - Newtonville, MA
Former Researcher / Professor - Boston University, Boston, MA
Former Researcher / Professor - University of Massachusetts, Boston, MA
Former Student - Norhtwestern Univeristy, Chicago, IL
Former Student - University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, WI
Former Rabbi - Temple Emanuel, Marlboro, MA
Former Rabbi - Temple Emanuel, Chelsa, MA
Former Rabbi - B'nai Israel, Key West, FL
Received Ordination - Academy for Jewish Religion, New York, NY
As of July 1, 2013 Jack N. Porter is back working at Harvard University.
September 30, 2009 –– Dr. Rabbi Jack Nusan Porter of Newton, MA was found guilty on the charges of second degree assault and forth degree sexual assault in a court room in Baltimore, MD. The assault occurred on July 13, 2009.
|Rabbi Dr. Jack N. Porter|
The judge responded "I am not much younger than you and my memory is fine."
Porter is a retired college professor who had affiliations with Boston University, Harvard and Massachusetts University. According various confidential reports, there have been several allegations of sexual misconduct made against Dr. Porter for nearly forty years. One alleged survivor of this college professor stated that after Jack Porter assaulted her on a university campus, she reported the attack to the college's administration. After investigating the claims, the survivor stated she assured by the university that they would take care of the situation by suspending him from teaching. The survivor went on to say that over the years she had known of other victims who also made complaints against Porter, instead of making police reports -- the survivors complaints were filed with the various university administrators. Each time an allegation was made and he was suspended, Jack N. Porter would circulate to another university. The first criminal charges made against Porter were made in 2009 where he was found guilty of second degree assault, forth degree sexual assault.
Back in 2007, rumors started circulating that Jack Nusan Porter may have murdered his second wife, Rona Vogel. They were married for 9 days when she suddenly died in a hotel room in Manhattan. Her family members believe that she was murdered. The couple was married at City Hall in Newton, MA.
On January 1, 2012 Rabbi Dr. Jack Nusan Porter married his third wife.
Jack Porter was born in Rivne, Ukraine, yet grew up in Milwaukee, WI. He currently resides in Newtonville, MA.
If you or anyone you know has been sexually assaulted or harassed by Dr. Rabbi Jack Nusan Porter, please contact your local rape crisis center or Dr. Michael J. Salamon, PhD. Dr. Salamon can be reached at: 516-596-0073
- Should Sociologists Run for Public Office? (09/17/2003)
- Cabaret Nights: Tales of One Rabbi's Short-Lived Pulpit in Paradise (12/19/2003)
- Rona (Webber) Vogel Obituary (11/02/2007)
- Homage to Rona (03/15/2008)
- Sexual Assault - Court Documents / Order of Protection (07/13/2009)
- Porter receives award from ASA (09/22/2009)
- Thirty-three Days (11/14/2009)
- Dr. (NAME REMOVED) and Dr. Jack Nusan Porter (01/01/2012)
- Jack Porter for Congress (01/01/2012)
- RABBI DR JACK PORTER Running For Congress - Newscast (02/08/2012)
- Jack Porter's Run for Congress (New Yorker Magazine) (04/09/2012)
- About Jack Nusan Porter, Ph.D. (05/01/2012)
- Porter election bid noted in New Yorker (05/01/2012)
- Convicted sex offender Jewish Rabbi running for U.S. Congress seat (08/08/2012)
- Porter accepted at Harvard to research Jewish resistance (06/01/2013)
- Jack Nusan Porter: Endorsements cause divisions among Newton Democrat (11/14/2013)
Sexual Assault - Court Documents / Order of Protection
District Court of Maryland For Baltimore City - July 13, 2009
Incident Date From: 07/13/2009 To: 07/13/2009
Victim Age: (Removed)
Disposition: PBJ UNSUPERVISED Disposition Date:09/30/2009
Fine:$0.00 Court Costs:$22.50 CICF:$35.00
PBJ End Date: 09/30/2010 Probation End Date:Restitution Amount:$0.00
Jail Term: Yrs: Mos: Days:
- Jack Porter, Leslie Schneider KO’d in prelims – Newton Tab Newspaper (September 17, 2003)
- “Alderman Candidate Jack Porter and School Committee Candidate
Leslie Schneider were eliminated in Tuesday’s preliminary election,
clearing the way for the other four alderman candidates and two School
Committee candidates, and at-Large Alderman from Ward 3 was Leonard
Gentile who got 2,425 votes. He was followed by Ted Hess-Mahan, with
2,364 votes, David Donahue with 1,582, and Paul Snyder with 1,172. . . .
Porter only received 454 votes, and Schneider received 971 votes.”
|Dr. Rabbi Jack N. Porter|
Running for Public Office
Did I learn anything from all this? Did my PhD in sociology help or hinder me? Should other sociologists run for office? The answer is “yes.” Personally, I learned a great deal about American politics. My PhD both helped and hindered me but in unexpected ways. And, yes, more sociologists should run for office.
A small ad in an issue of Footnotes last year, in which I solicited information from other sociologists who had run for office, yielded only one phone call. It was from sociologist Richard Hill of San Diego State University who ran for U.S. Congress in 1982. Yet, I know others who have run. Mike Malec, Boston College, ran successfully for a similar Newton aldermanic seat a decade or more ago.
How can sociology help or hinder a political campaign? The problem is the Millsian sociological imagination itself; it is a powerful lens that when aimed at our society presents an unfamiliar picture to which we are not prepared to respond.. Moreover, it implies a leap of understanding and a need for cooperation and involvement for which U.S. citizens are only at times able to accept.
This lack of sociological imagination is what makes U.S. politics so frustrating for energetic agents of change. Let us examine the components of what I mean by the sociological imagination.
As regards turning personal problems into public issues, the best political candidates do this well. For example: To an audience of the unemployed, the skilled politician asks, “What is President Bush doing about it?” To the parents of a son who died in the Iraq war the strategic politician demurs, “Did our government lie to us?” “You cannot afford medications? Why?”
C. Wright Mills’ “big picture” presents a more difficult challenge for Americans, with their anti-socialist history and their abiding trust in business and government to comprehend. For example, I tried to have my Newton constituents understand that the traffic and parking in Newton—a major problem confronting most suburbs—were caused not simply by drivers cutting through Newton streets to avoid tolls, but by inadequate promotion of public transportation. We need to get more people taking the T, our subway system, and leave cars on the periphery parking lots. (Interestingly, the late visionary architect Louis Kahn said the same thing 40 years ago in Philadelphia in the recent documentary, My Architect, by his son Nathaniel Kahn. While his idea was totally rejected by the city powers, L. Kahn was right.)
Too often, politicians piecemeal solutions to problems, and eschew the “big picture.”
Mills was not a Howard Dean, and to my knowledge wrote little about actually organizing the masses, but this country needs more personal responsibility and involvement by its citizens. Take the case of traffic, again. My sociological training taught me to understand that maybe we have too many cars on the road because the family structure has changed. This is a large leap for politicians to make and a dangerous one. It implies “blaming the victim,” so to speak. What it meant for me on the stump was to tell audiences to give up a car and perhaps to get a smaller car.
The reasoning went as follows: 20 years ago, when my wife and two kids moved to Newton, we had two cars, one each for my wife and me (we could have had only one car, since I took the T or I could have driven her to work and picked her up). But today, our kids are grown up and each of them wants a car, so we have doubled the number of cars from one or two to three or four or even five cars in a matter of two decades. Plus some of these are SUVs, much larger than my former cars.
“Blaming the victim” did not sit well with Newton’s “yuppies.” This sociological “leap” was too much for them. They wanted government to “fix” things for them and immediately. They do not consider themselves part of the problem nor do they want to give up any “comforts,” such as their huge cars. As Pogo said, “We have confronted the enemy, and it is us!”
But it wasn’t for these issues that I lost the preliminary election. In fact, it made my campaign more interesting and more useful. I ran not simply to win but to create a platform for my ideas, and the real challenge was to put sociological and political and economic ideas into practice. It is easy to theorize and sermonize, but to practically build something that helps people is infinitely harder. Try it sometime, and then criticize your local pols, as you will have earned the right.
To win in America, you need three things: money, organization, and ideas. You might win with two of them, but ideas are definitely needed in every campaign, and you definitely need organization or money, preferably both, although one can win a campaign with superb organization. Money alone will not win an election, but it certainly helps.
Cabaret Nights: Tales of One Rabbi’s Short-Lived Pulpit in Paradise
By Jack Nusan Porter
The Jewish Daily Forward - December 19, 2003
|Rabbi Dr. Jack Nusan Porter|
My memories of those days resurfaced recently when I read “Drag Queens at the 801 Cabaret” (University of Chicago Press, 2003), by two University of California at Santa Barbara sociology and women’s studies professors, Leila J. Rupp and Verta Taylor.
The 801 Cabaret — at 801 Duval St., on Key West’s main drag, excuse the pun — is a place whose inner walls I once knew well.
It all began when I answered an ad — interestingly enough, it had appeared in the Forward — that announced “Rabbi Wanted in Paradise.” For a rabbi with only three years of experience, it was a great opportunity, especially in light of the ennui that ensconced me then, a side effect of my divorce. Key West did indeed sound like “paradise,” especially when one factored in the $50,000 salary — and the free apartment.
I was hired by the nondenominational Bnai Zion synagogue to do outreach to Key West’s citizens, be they Cuban exiles, “snowbirds” from the North, Jews who “immigrated” from Miami, gays, lesbians or drag queens.
While I had briefly attended the interdenominational Academy for Jewish Religion in New York City, I was ordained by an Orthodox rabbinic court in Manhattan. Basically, I’m a Conservative rabbi with nondenominational feelings, that comes from an Orthodox family background. All of this means that I’m a fairly radical rabbi, maybe even too radical for Key West, but forgive me for getting ahead of myself.
It’s not perfect, of course, but it does come pretty close. Even so, I only lasted two months there.
To Rupp and Taylor, drag queens are not simply gender benders; they are social protest personified. Every night, on stage at the 801 Cabaret they educate the public about what it means to be a man or a woman in our society. To be a drag queen is not for the fainthearted; as some say, it takes “balls.”
At the 801, there were Inga (Roger), Kylie (Kevin), Sushi (Gary), Milla (Dean), TV (Timothy), Scabola (Mathew), Gugi (Rov), Desiray (Joel) and Margo (David). Other Key West favorites include Lady V, Mama Crass, Baby Drag, Krystal Klear, Raven, Mr. Randy Roberts and the Bitch Sisters. Of them, only Margo, Mr. Randy Roberts and possibly the Bitch Sisters were Jewish.
At first, there was some confusion on my part. But the folks at the 801 were more than happy to clarify for me.
“Jack, I could go to shul as Margo,” David told me, “but what would be the purpose? It would be a bit of a shock at first, and Bnai Zion would accept me, but I would most likely go to shul as David, not Margo. Margo is my stage act. It would serve no purpose except for entertainment value to go as her. I’d go as David.” But in the end, he never came.
I got into trouble with Mr. Randy Roberts when a Boston Globe reporter writing about my outreach efforts ended up calling him a “cross-dresser” in the article. He is an entertainer and a female impersonator, he told me, and don’t you forget it.
I was told that I was the first rabbi to come to a drag show. While that is not entirely true, I was pleased and honored. At one show, I was a “victim” of Randy’s humor, no matter that I was a rabbi. I had gone to the bathroom during his act; when I returned, he asked me in front of the entire audience: “Did you wash your hands, rabbi?” Dutifully, I responded, “Yes, I did.”
While dressing in drag goes against the halachic prohibition of men dressing in women’s attire, drag queens could certainly bring some much-needed energy and spirit to synagogues and schools. Plus, they could teach lessons about tolerance, diversity and sexuality.
However, it would take a very liberal congregation indeed to have drag queens teaching Hebrew school. Despite its tolerance, I doubt even Bnai Zion would allow men in drag to teach Sunday school, although out of drag would be a different story — albeit one that never came up.
Well, this rabbi may have been too radical or simply just too “inexperienced” for Key West; I was fired after two months. It turns out I’d become too involved in Key West’s nightlife, neglecting my duties. Among the side projects I poured myself into instead was a screenplay: “Key West Rabbi.”
Jack Nusan Porter is the author of “The Jew as Outsider” and “Sexual Politics in Nazi Germany,” and editor of “The Sociology of American Jewry” and “Jewish Radicalism,” among other books, and an adjunct professor of sociology at the University of Massachusetts in Lowell.
Homage to Rona
Rona J. Vogel (Feb. 22, 1945 - Nov. 2, 2007)
The Armenian Weekly; March 15, 2008
|Jack N. Porter and Rabbi Michel Twerski|
This milestone capped a forty year career fighting for human rights and crimes against humanity. This Newton, MA-based activist began his work in the 1960s in the anti-war and civil rights movement with his classic book Jewish Radicalism; later in the 1970s he edited the first anthology on genocide--
Born in the Ukraine in 1944 to two Soviet partisans, fighters against Nazism, Irving and Faye Puchtik, Porter came to America in July 1946 on one of the first two ships to leave Europe after the Holocaust (interestingly USHMM leaders Miles Lerman and Benjamin and Vladka Meed were also on board that same ship, the Marine Perch). They had spent a short time in a DP camp in Bindermichel, Linz, Austria waiting for a boat to Palestine but the Arab-Israeli war was soon to break out and conditions were gauged too dangerous to go.
He grew up in the Midwest, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, active in Habonim-Dror, a Labor Zionist youth movement where his mentors included Ivan and Malke Frank, Sam Bergman, and Label and Zelda Fein. He left for Israel soon after high school and worked on Kibbutz Gesher Haziv and in Jerusalem, where his mentors included Haim Avni, Amnon Hadary, Muki Tzur, Mikey Duvdevani, and Max Langer.
He returned to Wisconsin and attended the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where his teachers were Professor Allan Corre, Rabbi David Shapiro, and Professor Irwin Rinder as well as Rabbi Michel Twerski and Rabbi Isaac Lerer in Milwaukee. He just missed Professor Jacob Neusner by a semester. Majoring in sociology, he was accepted in 1967 to the prestigious sociology program at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois where he studied under such eminent scholars as Howard S. Becker, Bernard Beck, Charles Moskos, Jack Sawyer, Don Campbell, and Ibrahim and Janet Abu-Lughod.
|Jack Nusan Porter|
Porter's brother, Rabbi Shlomo Porter and Shlomo's wife Shushy, along with her brother Moshe Unger, are leaders in the Jewish outreach movement in Baltimore and Philadelphia, while his sister Bella and her husband Mitch Smith are active in NCSY and frum circles in Minneapolis.
|Dr. Jack Nusand Porter and his new wife|
Mr. Porter, 66, is the son of the late Irving and Faye Porter (Puchtik), both Soviet partisans during World War II. Mr. Porter senior was a scrap metal dealer in Milwaukee and his wife was a housewife.
Ms. (NAME REMOVED), 51, is the daughter of the late (NAME REMOVED), a pharmacist in Kiev, and (NAME REMOVED), an economist, living near Kiev.
Mr. Porter is an internationally known sociologist, writer and human rights activist. He
is the former treasurer and presidential candidate of the International Association of Genocide Scholars, the largest organization of genocide scholars in the world. His many books include 'Genocide and Human Rights", 'The Sociology of American Jews" and 'The Genocidal Mind".
He is a former Research Associate at Harvard University's Ukrainian Research Institute and a former professor of social science at Boston University's College of General Studies. He attended Northwestern University, where he obtained his Ph.D. in sociology, and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.He is also Director of The Spencer School of Real Estate in Newton and a real estate consultant in the Greater Boston area. Porter met (NAME REMOVED) a few days before her birthday, October 4th, 2011. They were fixed up by her girlfriend, (NAME REMOVED), Porter's next door neighbor.
Porter turned out to be her 'birthday present". It was instant love and admiration. She is a tall, green-eyed blond, and a former doctor and Porter is a slightly shorter, balding sociologist, and though born in Rovno, Ukraine, was raised
in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Daniel Cross - Campaign Manager
January 2012 – Present (8 months) Newton
Daniel Cross (campaign manager for Jack Porter for Congress), Mrs. Porter and Jack Nusan Porter|
Porter runs the Spencer School of Real Estate located in Newton. He has helped thousands of Massachusetts residents find employment in the fields of real estate, mortgage brokerage, property Management and real estate development. He has formerly been affiliated with Harvard and Boston University.
Porter received his doctorate form Northwestern University. He is a world renowned human rights activist. Porter is also a Holocaust survivor who has written numerous books on social issues, family matters, genocide and human rights, as well as on religious cults. Porter was ordained a rabbi by an Orthodox Vaad in New York City, attending the trans-denominational Academy for Jewish Religion in Manhattan in the late 1990s; after which he served congregations in Marlboro and Chelsea, Massachusetts and Key West, Florida.
AMEINU: Liberal Values: Progressive Israel
Hosted by Jenn Adams
Programming on Comcast Ch. 10, RCN Ch. 15, Verizon Ch. 3
February 8, 2012
Dr. Jack Nusan Porter of Newton has thrown his hat into the democratic race for the 4th Congressional District from Massachusetts seat. Making his announcement this week, Porter joins me in the studio to talk about how he thinks his new kind of democrat approach may help him win but perhaps more importantly, move the Democratic Party towards the center.
Porter election bid noted in New Yorker
This didn’t prevent Dr. Jack Nusan Porter, of Newton from throwing his hat in the Democratic race for the District 4 Congressional seat from Massachusetts, the vacated seat of long time gay Congressman Barnie Frank. Making his announcement this week, Porter joined a talk studio to talk about how he thinks his new type of approach can help Democrats win, but perhaps more importantly, he talked about moving the Democratic Party toward the center.
This U.S. Congress seat became vacant, as long time Congressman Barnie Frank retired, after marrying his very young boyfriend recently in a gay marriage ceremony.