Hypnosis Online - Davie, FL
Headmaster, Hillel Community Day School of Boca Raton - Boca Raton, FL
Dean, Margolin Hebrew Academy - Memphis, TN
Jewish Defense League (JDL) - New York
(1976 - 1990) Student, Yeshiva University - Washington Heights, NY
Harvard University, Graduate School of Education - Boston, MA
Levittown, New York
On January 25, 1983, Tsvi Kilstein was arrested along with two other individuals on kidnapping charges of a young woman who was involved with the Unification Church At the time Harlan Kilstein was a member of the Jewish Defense League, was arrested in New York and was released on his own recognizance.
Rebtsvi is Rabbi Tsvi (Harlan) David Kilstein who at one time was day school principal in Boca Raton, Florida. Kilstein claims smicha (rabbinic ordination) from Rabbi Yosef Dov Halevi Soloveitchik and that he did shimish in halacha l’maase with Rav Moshe Dovid Tendler.
Tsvi Kilstein is also a close friend of Rabbi Ari Kahn, who has been a long time associate of Rabbi Marc Gafni.
If you or anyone you know have been victimized by Harlan Kilstein, please contact The Awareness Center immediately. Also be sure to report any crimes to your local police department.
Table of Contents
Background information on Tsvi Kilstein
- Harlan Kilstein Arrested (01/25/1983)
- Jewish Academy Plans 'Shofar' Instructions (09/17/1997)
- School Gets New Leaders Headmaster, Principal Join Administration at Hillel in Boca (09/26/1997)
- Message to Reb Tsvi (10/03/2005)
- Dialog between Kilstein and other bloggers (12/27/2005)
- Comment from Chavah regarding harassment (01/22/2006)
- WARNING: Rabbi Tsvi (Harlan) David Kilstein, 48, was hard at work smearing the survivors of Rabbi Mordecai Tendler and Victim Advocates (02/23/2006)
- Abusive Rabbi Threatens Advocates (02/23/2006)
- The joys of having a fan club (02/28/2006)
- Update: Rabbi Harlan Kilstein (AKA: Tsvi Kilstein) (03/09/2006)
- Harlan Kilstein: Victimizing the Victim (06/02/2009)
- Not-Doctor Kilstein :: Horrible Person
- Sex, Lies, and Google Video (06/29/2009)
Background information on Tsvi Kilstein
Rabbi Tzvi Kilstein, a former day school principal in Boca Raton, Fla., who has worked in the area of cults and mind control for more than 25 years, asserts that Rabbi Lanner, whom he observed on numerous occasions, employed dangerous levels of emotional control over his charges.
RebTsvi - Alleged Cyberstalker
“He demanded complete and total allegiance, and every decision in these kids’ lives had to go through him,” Rabbi Kilstein said.
What’s more, the rabbi said that Rabbi Lanner trained a number of NCSY advisers over the years who emulate his style.
Rabbi Kilstein calls these men, many of whom are rabbis involved in youth work, “baby Lanners,” and says they emphasize control of the individual, emotion over intellect, and often use guilt and manipulation to push teens toward increased observance.
“Even if you get rid of a Baruch Lanner, his influence will be a problem for years to come,” Rabbi Kilstein said, adding that parents need to have a larger say in programming and that NCSY leaders need to step back and examine some of the group’s practices, such as sleep deprivation from all-night retreat programs and long, emotion-charged Havdalah services at Shabbatons. At these sessions, marking the end of Shabbat, the Havdalah candle is passed along in a darkened room and youngsters are encouraged to speak from the heart, often in a confessional style, about their efforts to take on more ritual obligations, often despite parental objections.
“They need to examine the methods used, and bear in mind that results do not always justify the means,” Rabbi Kilstein warned.
|Rabbi Tsvi Kilstein|
Kilstein of course is the one who months ago gave Yori Yanover information on (Name Removed)’s cousin so he could post it as part of their harassment campaign.
Why help get someone out of the putrid Jews for Jesus when you can try to smear your enemy using that information. That is how Team Tendler and Team Worch work.
If you think this is vile, I suggest contacting the Ombudsman at NCSY and expess your concern at the suitability of Kilstein to be involved in ANY of its programs based on his posts here. Kilstein has been involved with NCSY in the past
It’s clear from this thread and from the thread 406, see: ... that Kilstein should NOT be working with anyone that is vulnerable.
Forward them these links to his posts as well.
NCSY Ombudsman Telephone Hotline
NCSY and the Orthodox Union strive to create an environment in which NCSYers, NCSY volunteers, and NCSY professionals can grow and learn in a comfortable environment free from unwelcome attention and any other form of physical, psychological, or emotional abuse. If you have been made to feel uncomfortable or treated inappropriately, please contact our designated social worker concerning your grievance at the NCSY Ombudsman Telephone Hotline, 212-613-8361.
cc a copy to:
1) Rabbi Steven Burg - National Director
212-613-8380 - firstname.lastname@example.org
2) David Frankel Associate National Director 212-613-8381 - email@example.com
3) Rabbi Jack Abramowitz - firstname.lastname@example.org
National Director of Programs
4) Ouriel Hazan National Director of Summer Programs
212-613-8289 - email@example.com
5) OU Executive Vice President - Rabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh Weinreb 212-613-8264
6) OU Executive Director, Operations and Management - Eliezer Edelman 212-613-8117 - firstname.lastname@example.org
7) OU Executive Director, Programming - Rabbi Moshe D. Krupka 212-613-8225
Posted by: JewishSurvivors | December 27, 2005 at 10:04 PM
Too bad we don't know about any allegations of sexual misconduct against Rabbi Harlan (Tsvi) Kilstein. If there were any I'm sure he would get a gold star on The Awareness Center's list of alleged and convicted sex offenders.
I was curious what your education and training is to be providing this sort of service?
Posted by: | December 27, 2005 at 11:32 PM
Posted by: | December 28, 2005 at 12:14 PM
Who's ROTFLMAO now?
Kilstein Telemarketer WITH PHD.
Here he claims on his own telemarketing website that he in fact has a PhD in education. A clear lie. But I guess outright lies are all part of his stock in trade. We see his friend and protege also makes false claims about his credential as “former New York executive director of Jews for Judaism”.
I guess it’s hard keeping all the lies straight Mr. Rabbi Tsvi (Harlan) David Kilstein.
"I've been on many teleseminars over the last few years and nothing compares to this. Harlan, you overwhelmed us with information we can start using NOW! I learned many secrets that the courses and books just don't tell you. Thanks Harlan. Great job!"
WARNING: Rabbi Tsvi (Harlan) David Kilstein, 48, was hard at work smearing the survivors of Rabbi Mordecai Tendler and Victim Advocates
At one time Harlan was the principal of a yeshiva in Flordia. He also has past connections with the JDL.
If you or anyone you know feel that you have been victimized by this man, please send me an email, which will be kept confidential.
Statement from a friend of an invidual who went to Rabbi Tsvi Kilstein for assistance (The individual requested their identity be kept confidential):
According to ethics of all mental health professionals, when an individual contacts someone for professional help, for themselves or someone they care about, the conversation are bound by the laws of confidentiality.
When someone impersonates a mental health professional, they can be brought up on criminal charges. I believe that Tsvi Kilstein has been very fortunate that this has not occurred yet.
I’ve known (Name Removed) for many years. I even know how she met Rabbis Tovia and Tsvi Kilstein.
There were a few of us who volunteered on AOL as counter-missionaries trying to protect Jews with little education from being manipulated by those who were really Hebrew Christians.
We often referred individuals to both Jews For Judaism and Outreach Judaism (Tovia Singer’s organization).
(Name Removed) was one of the people we feared was being proselytized to. She had a relative mixed up with one of the groups. As time went on she became educated on the problems, and wanted to help her relative get out of the group. I myself made a huge mistake of encouraging her to contact Tovia Singer. Some time after (Name Removed) contacted Tovia, he referred her to Tsvi Kilstein.
Both presented themselves to (Name Removed) as experienced working with individuals involved in cults. Both Singer and Kilstein were aware that (Name Removed) never had any sort of normal Jewish education.
Their response was to arrange for (Name Removed) to have a full scholarship to a prestigious women’s yeshiva in Jerusalem. Is this something you would do to someone you have deemed insane?
Considering both Kilstein and Singer both told (Name Removed) they had degrees in the mental health field, I really have to question their motives of the recent attacks against her.
There were several of us encouraging (Name Removed) to call Tovia Singer for some time (I believe this was back in 1997 or 1998). We made the mistake of thinking Tovia would be the best person to help her and help her cousin.
Singer told several of us that he had a social work degree, and shared that he was better qualified to deal with cases, since the other organization’s director, had no degree.
I wish we would have verified Tovia Singer’s degree prior to referring anyone to him. Looking back he made us all into fools. We blindly trusted him because he was a “rabbi.”
I remember (Name Removed) telling me that Singer referred her to another rabbi in Florida. She was very apprehensive in communicating with someone else. Again, I feel responsible for not checking him out, and blindly encouraging her to contact him. This “rabbi” was Tsvi Kilstein.
I clearly remember every time (Name Removed) spoke to me regarding her relative or herself, she would state “what I’m going to say is confidential.” I am not a mental health professional, only someone dedicated to keeping Jews Jewish. I understood that what was said -- must be kept private, and would never violate this sacred trust.
I will not go into the details of the issues she struggled with, nor the issues her relative struggled with. I believe when someone shares personal details of themselves with another it is vitally important to honor their request.
It appears quite clear that Tsvi Kilstein, who states he’s an ordained rabbi, and also claimed to be a mental health professional who was dedicated to helping those involved with cults break free; has no problem in breaking confidentiality between someone who came to him for help (for a relative and or themselves).
Tsvi Kilstein goes much beyond violating the sacred trust between a self described “cult expert,” (who claimed to be a mental health professional) to someone reaching out for help.
Over the years (Name Removed) has shared a great deal of her life with me. It’s interesting to hear the difference in what Kilstein is saying, and what (Name Removed) has shared with me.
I wonder how many other individuals have gone to Harlan Kilstein (AKA: Tsvi Kilstein) or Tovia Singer for help, and had confidential conversations embellished over the Internet.
There were several different individuals we assisted (in the Jewish Chat rooms on AOL) over the years who got involved with various Hebrew Christian cults.
There was a fear for some of the individuals we helped that kept coming up. When it came to meeting a counter-missionaries in person; several of them stated they heard that there were times that counter-missionaries would use physical force as a method to “deprogram” them. There was also the fear for a few of the women that they would be raped.
At the time, I thought that these were fears instilled by those trying to keep them from leaving the various groups. The more I learn about Tsvi Kilstein, Tovia Singer and Yori Yanover, and the cast of characters these men associate themselves with, I have to sit back and wonder if there was some truth to these rumors.
The more I’ve been learning about sexual abuse and those who commit these sorts of crimes, I begin to realize how much sense it makes for an offender to pick a career doing Jewish outreach to those who get involved in cults.
When someone is leaving a group where free thought is looked down upon, it makes the individuals an easy target for a criminal mind.
Most individuals don’t know that you can’t automatically trust someone who is a member of the clergy (rabbis, priests, ministers, pastors, etc.). When someone is in need of help they can be manipulated so easily by someone who carries a title, stating they are an ordained clergy member. It’s really scary. It’s as if they go from one cult leader to another.
This is true for those who have gotten involved with any religious group, including survivors of rabbi Aron Tendler, rabbi Mordecai Tendler, rabbi Marc Gafni, Rabbi Hershy Worch, Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, Rabbi David Lipman, etc.
Example:Quote from RebTsvi on various blogs (Please Note: names have been removed):
____ contacted me about her cousin ______. Our initial discussions were only about ______.
If someone comes to a “professional” for help, does that grant the “professional” permission to post conversations on the Internet (conversations that are true or untrue)?
Abusive Rabbi Threatens Advocates
Rabbinical Sexual Misconduct Survivor - February 23, 2006
Once again, "rabbi" Harlan David (Tsvi) Kilstein (aka RebTsvi) is threatening advocates online and attempting to intimidate women. This time he's not after me (but he will be when he reads this post), he is threatening Vicki Polin of The Awareness Center and Jewish Survivors of Sexual Violence. I am asking my readers to please contact me if anyone knows of any illegal activity this man has been involved in. If "rabbi" Kilstein has ever threatened you, tried to intimidate you, ever made you feel uncomfortable in any way - please come forward and tell your story. This is a very scary, sick man and he needs to be dealt with immediately. He is a vindictive bully, intimidation and threats are his weapons of choice. I believe that this man is dangerous and will not stop with verbal threats. Please help us to stop this abusive "rabbi".
CALL TO ACTION: Our Orthodox Rabbinic Leaders MUST Speak Out Publicly Against Rabbi Tsvi Kilstein!
"Rabbi" Harlen (Tsvi) Kilstein has been harassing women on line for years. For those of you who don't remember, he also had ties to the case of Rabbi Mordecai Tendler. Kilstein was one of his primary defenders of Tendler on the internet -- in his attempts to cause havoc in the lives of both the survivors and those who advocated for them.
Tsvi Kilstein also has ties to Rabbi Tovia Singer (Monsey, NY), who runs the organization - Outreach Judaism. Who also has had allegations made against him over the years of clergy sexual abuse/harassment.
Even though Kilstein is not a member of the RCA (Rabbinical Counsel of America), the OU (Orthodox Union), nor Agudath Israel of America; The Awareness Center is asking these organizations to make a public statement denouncing Kilstein's behavior in hopes of preventing one more person from being mislead by this "rabbinic" leader.
We also all must be aware that Kilstein is no longer just harassing Jewish women, he has now been targeting the gentile population. The non-Jewish world does not necessarily know how an orthodox rabbi is supposed to behave, so in order to protect the dignity of the orthodox world, our rabbinic leaders MUST take a public stand on this issue.
Here's a link that will bring you to information linking Tsvi Kilstein to the Case of Mordecai Tendler: CLICK HERE
WARNING: This is graphic. I was just told about this site created by a man who is an ordained, orthodox rabbi. The creator of this site is Rabbi Tsvi Kilstein (AKA: Harlan Kilstein, RebTsvi).
The Awareness Center has been informed that Kilstein's trainings are extremely sexual in nature. http://www.fingerhealing.com/index2.html
The joys of having a fan club
Jewish Survivors of Sexual Violence Speaks Out - February 28, 2006
I guess I should feel honored that I have my own personal harasser/stalker.
My harasser must be think I'm doing a good job at advocating for Jewish Survivors of Sexual abuse and Sexual Assault. If I wasn't he would be ignoring me and my blog.
Today my e-mail account was hacked into. I never store anything there. I wanted to let everyone know I have a new e-mail address.
My guess is that the assailent must be the individual who has nothing better to do but stalker/hacker The Awareness Center's board of directors (including Vicki Polin), and the survivor who runs the blog: Rabbinic Sexual Misconduct Survivor.
My guess it's the one and only famous rabbi who lives in Boca Raton.
Update: Rabbi Harlan Kilstein (AKA: Tsvi Kilstein)
Jewish Survivors of Sexual Violence Speaks Out - March 9, 2006
Over the last year or two, Rabbi Harlan Kilstein (AKA: Tsvi Kilstein) has been attempting to threaten various rape victim advocates on the Internet on blogs.
Tsvi Kilstein is one of the "supporters" of Rabbi Mordecai Tendler. It is believed he was also the creator of "Blau Facts". A web page, which has recently been taken down. Blau Facts was create as an attempt at intimidating and extorting various individuals who assist survivors of rabbinic sexual misconduct (clergy abuse), and other forms of sexual violence.
Kilstein resides in Boca Raton, FL. Perhaps the Boca community would like to communicate with this individual.
Harlan this song was meant for you. Dixie represents all of the people over the years you attempted to harm.
Below is just another sample of his "thug like behavior."
March 9th, 2006 at 6:50 am Hi ______, this is a good place to talk about the lies you’ve been spreading.
How about how you emailed people you found on Google telling them I was a bad boy and how yahoo shut down your email account for terms of service.
And how about when you asked for proof on your Oprah “I’m a Victim” blog and I sent you the letter from Yahoo, you ran away with your tail between your legs.
Since you can’t seem to shut your mouth, I guess I’ll have to have your gmail account shut down as well.
You just don’t know when to shut up.
Oh, and here’s the best one!
I’m working on a very special project, just for you. When you see it, I’m sure you’ll be pleased.
So ______, keep this up if you like. So far, your reptation has taken a beating.
All the people who saw your emails asked if you were mentally disturbed.
I just sent them the page on USA-Jewish about Oprah.
Another example of Harlan Kilstein's attempt at silencing Jewish Survivors of Sexual Violence is when he paid to place the following ad. His goal was to silence a dedicated Rape Victim Advocate:
Who Is Jewish Whistle Blower?
Jewish Whistle Blower (JWB) is well known for his/her anonymous character assassination in the online world of Jewish blogging.
Hiding Behind Their Anonymity, He/She Manufactures Lies, Invents Stories That Never Happened, And Takes Pleasure In Publicly Embarrassing Innocent People.
It's Time To Take JWB To A Din Torah!
If you have any information as the identity of JWB, please enter the information below.
Harlan Kilstein: Victimizing the Victim
Salty Droid - June 2, 2009
It has come to our attention that Vicky Polin had nothing to do with Dr. Harlan David Kilstein/Rebtsvi. He visciouly attacked someone he knew nothing about, and also tried his best to bring her into a vulnerable state of mind, in order to push her to self-destruct via word triggers that he knew would cause additional psychological damage to Vicky Polin.
We are also cognizant that Dr. Harlan David Kilstein has been attacking others who have exposed his sick vitriol. A cry for help has been brought to our attention from one of our own…. Anonymous has decided that Dr. Harlan David Kilstein shall be systematically d3$r0y3d.
We acknowledge you as a serious opponent, and we are prepared for a long, long campaign. You will not prevail forever against the angry masses of the body politic. Your methods, hypocrisy, and the cruelty of your actions have sounded its death knell.
You cannot hide; we are everywhere.
We cannot die; we are forever. We're getting bigger every day–and solely by the force of our ideas, malicious and hostile as they often are. If you want another name for your opponent, then call us Legion, for we are many.
Kiss your friends and family goodbye….for your world is about to change.
Knowledge is free.
We are Anonymous.
We are Legion.
We do not forgive.
We do not forget.
Expect us, Dr. Harlan David Kilstein
Sex, Lies, and Google Video
The Salty Droid - June 23, 2009