Saturday, November 17, 2012

Case of Rabbi Heshi Nussbaum


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who died at the age of thirty-four.


Case of Rabbi Heshi Nussbaum
(AKA: Heshy Nussbaum)

Teacher, Eitz Chaim Schools - Thornhill, Toronto, Canada
Choir Master - Toronto Boys Choir - Toronto, Canada
Camp Counselor - Camp Mogen Avrahom, New York
NCSY - Winnepeg, Canada
Head Camp Counselor - Camp Agudah, Toronto, Canada


For years there have been rumors that boys associated with the Toronto Boys Choir were being abused, yet there has never been a formal  investigation until now.

The Toronto Police arrested Heshi Nussbaum on August 31, 2012 on charges that he molested children between January 1972 through December 1975 while working as a private religous school teacher in the Bathurst Street / Steels Avenue area.  The alleged victim was 12-years old at the time and was abused at both the school and during summer camp.  Nussbaum was charged with indecent assault of a male.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416−808−3205, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416−222−TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637), or leave a tip on Facebook.

The Awareness Center was first made aware of the allegations made against Heshy Nussbuam back in 2001, yet at that time no survivors were willing to come forward.  We are grateful to the survivors who finally had the courage to come forward to make police reports.  You should consider yourselves to be heroes.   

Heshy's father Rabbi Moshe Nussbaum, was one of the founders of the Agudah movement in Toronto, and of Agudath Israel Congregation. He was also an active member on the Vaad Hapoel Agudath Israel, the governing body of the International Agudah organization. His father  was also active in Eitz Chaim schools, and was a found of Bais Yaakov High School. In addition, he helped found Camp Agudah in Port Carling, and Perspectives, the newspaper of Toronto Agudah.


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Background Information: 

Heshy’s father Rabbi Moshe Nussbaum, was one of the founders of the Agudah movement in Toronto, and of Agudath Israel Congregation.  He was also an active member on the Vaad Hapoel Agudath Israel, the governing body of the International Agudah organization. He was also active in Eitz Chaim schools, and was a found of Bais Yaakov High School. In addition, he helped found Camp Agudah in Port Carling, and Perspectives, the newspaper of Toronto Agudah.

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Table of Contents

2001
  1. Rabbi Heshy Nussbaum - Google Group Converstation (07/31/2001

2005
  1. Case of Rabbi Heshiy Nussbaum and the Toronto Boys School Choir (AKA: Heshi Nussbaum)  (09/05/2005)

2012
  1. Teacher charged with sex assault 40 years later 26  (08/31/2012)
  2. Arrest made in historic sex assault case (08/31/2012) 
  3. Toronto Rabbi Accused of Abuse From ’70s (08/31/2012) 
  4. Former Rabbi Arrested on Sex Assault Charges Dating Back to 1970′s
    (08/31/2012) 
  5. Toronto rabbi charged for alleged sexual assault after 40 years
    (08/31/2012) 
  6. Former teacher charged with sexual assault (09/07/2012) 

Also see:
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Rabbi Heshy Nussbaum - Google Group Converstation
Google Group Comment - July 31, 2001

Quote from link: 
"35-40 years ago the UO yeshiva I attended had a Rabbi Heshy Nussbaum, who was also a summer counselor at Camp Mogen Avraham. Problem was Rabbi Nussbaum was a homosexual pedophile. We the kids, who were not his prey, knew about it, but we did not have the language needed to describe it to our parents. I cannot begin to fathom what his prey must have experienced."

After Camp Mogen Avraham, Heshy ran the Toronto Boys Choir until allegations surfaced again. Thanks to the stature of his father and uncle (they were prominent rabbonim in Toronto and in the Agudah movement) he continues in Toronto with a job for life in Kashruth and occasionaly tutors children on the side. In the mid-1980s he was brought in to Winnipeg to run an NCSY shabbaton.
Around the same time, Yeshiva Torah Vodaas, in Williamsburg, had the Mickey Mouse Club, where Rebbes and students would engage in homosexual activity.
What consenting adults do in private is their business. But pedophiles should not be pedagogues.  
U'be-arta et hara mi-kirbecha.
Abe

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Case of Rabbi Heshiy Nussbaum and the Toronto Boys School Choir (AKA: Heshi Nussbaum)
Jewish Survivors of Sexual Violence Speaks Out - September 5, 2006

This is an old case that goes back several decades.

By the mid 1980's Rabbi Heshi Nussbaum had been exposed as a pedophile in Toronto, Canada. At that time his wife divorced him. It was around the same time that Rabbi Ephraim Bryks brought him into Winnipeg (Canada) to help run a NCSY shabbaton. Several women in the community found out that Heshi was divorced and approached Bryks' wife Yochevad offering to set up dates for Heshy while he was in Winnipeg. Yochevad told these women that "she was aware of the reasons for Heshy's divorce and it would not be appropriate to set him up on dates with women."

It is believed that Heshi was raised in Toronto. He worked around the late 1980's or early 1970's in several camps in New York. One of which was Camp Mogen Avrahom in New York. This was the first location where allegations of child sexual abuse were made.

After that he returned to Toronto (early to mid 1970's) and became choirmaster of the Toronto Boys choir (a Jewish boys choir). Heshy might have also worked as a teacher at the Eitz Chaim boys school and Camp Agudah summer camp (both were founded by his family), yet this has not been confirmed.

A source has told me that a rabbi in the US had warned the rabbis in Toronto that Heshi should not be working with kids, yet the warnings were ignored.

Apparently, when Heshy was caught in Toronto, major rabbonim in North America (don't know names) were approached for assistance and he was removed. His reputation became common knowledge in Toronto.

My source told me that Rabbi Heshi Nussbaum was from a very prominent family who quieted things up and that he had been sent to an institution where they send priests caught doing the same thing, and that afterwards his family declared him cured.

It is unknown to what extent or whether the police/child family services were involved. There are rumors that he may have made a deal to avoid jail, yet this has not been confirmed.

There are also rumors that a number of young boys who had contact with Rabbi Heshi Nussbaum committed suicide. Unfortunately, suicide and attempted suicides are not uncommon for survivors of childhood sexual abuse.

As of 2003, Heshy worked as a Mashgiach and spends three to for days a week at a farm outside the city supervising Halav Yisroel milk production (not sure if this is for COR, MK or another). He also delivers flowers for weddings although there are at times specific requests that someone else delivers them.

A source told me that Rabbi Heshy Nussbaum also continues to tutor students, and also travels to Israel on a regular basis.

At this time there it is believed there are no newspaper articles that covered this case. Heshy's father Rabbi Moshe Nussbaum, was one of the founders of the Agudah movement in Toronto, and of Agudath Israel Congregation. He was also an active member on the Vaad Hapoel Agudath Israel, the governing body of the International Agudah organization. He was also active in Eitz Chaim schools, and was a found of Bais Yaakov High School. In addition, he helped found Camp Agudah in Port Carling, and Perspectives, the newspaper of Toronto Agudah.

If you are a survivor of Rabbi Heshy Nussbaum please contact
: The Awareness Center.



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Toronto Pedophile Arrest
Toronto Police Department - August 31, 2012
 
The Toronto Police Service would like to make the public aware of an arrest made in a historical sexual assault investigation into sexual assaults alleged to have occurred between January 1972 and December 1975. It is alleged that Heshi Nussbaum: 1) t while working as a teacher in a private religious school in the Bathurst Street/Steeles Avenue area, sexually assaulted a 12-year-old boy at the school and during a summer camp, 2) the assaults continued over a three-year period.


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Arrest made in historic sex assault case
CTV Toronto - August 31, 2012

Toronto police have arrested a 71-year-old man in connection with a sex assault investigation dating back to 1972.

Police say that while working as a teacher at a private religious school in the Bathurst Street and Steeles Avenue area, a 12-year-old boy was assaulted during a summer camp.

Police say the assaults continued over a three-year period.

Investigators believe there could be more victims and are asking anyone with information to contact police at 416-808-3205.

Heshi Nussbaum of Toronto has been charged with indecent assault.

He appeared in Toronto court on Wednesday.

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Teacher charged with sex assault 40 years later 26
By Chris Doucette 
The Toronto Sun - August 31, 2012

TORONTO – A 71-year-old teacher has been charged in a sex assault that dates back 40 years when he was teaching in Thornhill.

Toronto Police said Friday the case stems from allegations of inappropriate sexual behaviour with a young boy between January 1972 and December 1975.

“It is alleged that the accused, while working as a teacher in a private religious school in the Bathurst St. and Steeles Ave. area, sexually assaulted a (then) 12-year-old boy at the school and during a summer camp,” police said.

The assaults allegedly continued for three years.

Heshi Nussbaum, of Toronto, was charged Wednesday with indecent assault.

Police said they are concerned about the possibility of other victims.

Anyone with information regarding this case should contact investigators at 416-808-3205 or Crime Stoppers at 416-222-TIPS (8477).

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Toronto Rabbi Accused of Abuse From ’70s
Heshi Nussbaum Charged With Assaulting 12-Year-Old Boy
The Jewish Daily Forward
31 August 2012
By JTA

Toronto — A 71-year-old rabbi in Toronto has been charged with indecent assault for allegedly sexually assaulting a student 40 years ago.

Heshi Nussbaum appeared in court on Wednesday to face the charge, the Toronto Sun reported.
Nussbaum allegedly sexually assaulted a 12-year-old boy at a “private religious school” that he taught at and during a summer camp between 1972 and 1975, according to Toronto Police.

There also may be more victims, according to a statement issued by the Toronto Police on Friday.

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Former Rabbi Arrested on Sex Assault Charges Dating Back to 1970′s  
Newstalk radio 1010 - August 31, 2012
By: David Woodard

A former Rabbi and teacher at Eitz Chaim Hebrew day school near Bathurst and Steeles is facing sex assault charges dating back to the early 1970′s.

Rabbi Heshi Nussbaum taught at the school and is alleged to have committed an indecent on a male from 1972-1975.

The victim was 12 at the time of the allegations.

It appears that Rabbi Nussbaum may have also been the choir master at the Toronto Boys Choir during the same time period, although police have yet to confirm that.

Police believe there could be more victims.

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Toronto rabbi charged for alleged sexual assault after 40 years
JTA: the Global News Service of the Jewish People
August 31, 2012

(JTA) — A 71-year-old rabbi in Toronto has been charged with indecent assault for allegedly sexually assaulting a student 40 years ago.

Heshi Nussbaum appeared in court on Wednesday to face the charge, the Toronto Sun reported.
Nussbaum allegedly sexually assaulted a 12-year-old boy at a “private religious school” that he taught at and during a summer camp between 1972 and 1975, according to Toronto Police.

There also may be more victims, according to a statement issued by the Toronto Police on Friday.

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Former teacher charged with sexual assault
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2 comments:

The Awareness Center, Inc. said...

Does anyone know if Naftali Nussbaum is related to Heshi?

http://chaimhalpernscandal.blogspot.com/2013/01/r-naftali-nussbaum-stitched-up-by-union.html?showComment=1357623329281

Anonymous said...

I believe Heshy Nussbaums family roots are from Belgium.
I am not sure if this information can help you.