Former Member, Boca Raton Synagogue - Boca Raton, FLKarate Instructor - Boca Raton, FLExecutive Director, American Committee for Shaare Zedek Hospital - Palm Beach and Brownard CountiesFormer Youth Volunteer, Yeshiva University - Washington Heights, NYNational Council of Synagogue Youth (NCSY)New York University - College of Arts and Sciences
Please note that the first rabbi at the Boca Raton Synagogue was Rabbi Mark Dratch, who is the son-in-law of Rabbi Norman Lamm.
If you or anyone you know have more information about Richard Andron or any other sex offender associated with Yeshiva University, please contact The Awareness Center.
Table of Contents:
- XJews Live Disciplined Life (06/22/1984)
- The Faith Keepers (02/22/1985)
- Olson appoints Adron Executive director (11/12/1991)
- 4 Jewish Leaders to receive awards dinner to honor their contributions (03/30/1992)
- Radio show tries to stir air waves team gives voice to Jewish concerns (05/15/1992)
- Night of remembrance bombing makes for somber Purim celebration (03/05/1996)
- Boca Raton's Orthodox Revolution (07/01/2001)
- Lawsuit is answer to our pain, says plaintiff in Yeshiva University sex abuse case (07/09/2013)
- Third Alleged Yeshiva U. Abuser Accused of Preying on Boys in Dorms and Apartment (07/12/2013)
- Boca Raton Synagogue Demands Answers on Accused Y.U. Pedophile Richard Andron (07/18/2013)
- Man Named in Y.U. Suit Lured Boys With Karate, Porn –– and Modern Orthodox Ties (07/18/2013)
- Richard Andron: Boca Raton Synagogue alerts congregation about alleged sex abuse by a member (07/22/2013)
- Boca Raton Shul, Rocked by Y.U. Scandal, Plans New Approach to Accused Abusers (07/25/2013)
- Boca Raton Synagogue Member Booted After Allegations of Child Molesting in New York (07/25/2013)
- Accused Y.U. Abuser in Florida Speaks to Local News (07/25/2013)
By Pat Kingcade
Miami Herald - June 22, 1984
It is Saturday morning, the Jewish sabbath, and Nora Kalish walks to the Orthodox synagogue to worship.
She is not permitted to drive. She carries no money, only her prayer book. During the services, she and the other women worship behind a curtain, separated from the men in the congregation.
On this day Kalish, 70, will not cook or shop. If she wants to use electricity, she will use a pre-set timer.
Kalish keeps a kosher kitchen. She does not use the same pans, dishes and flatware to cook and serve meat dishes that she uses for dairy products.
"It is a disciplined religion," Kalish said. Its rules come both from the Bible and from rabbis' interpretations of biblical law throughout the ages.
Kalish is a member of Anshei Emuna Congregation, one of the three Orthodox Jewish congregations in Palm Beach County.
In two, Anshei Emuna and Aitz Chalom in West Palm Beach, both organized in 1974, the members are mostly retirees. Because they are not allowed to drive or ride on the Sabbath, both congregations meet in retirement villages, where members can walk to the temple.
Aitz Chalom meets at the clubhouse in Century Village. Anshei Emuna's synagogue is at Kings Point.
The third Orthodox congregation, Boca Raton Synagogue, was formed in September. Most of its members are young couples with children.
"We are very much a first in Boca Raton," said Riwella Bruk, who with her husband, Israel, helped organize the latest group.
"A group of us felt it was what we wanted," Bruk said. She and her family have worshiped at Anshei Emuna. "We wanted something with young families and young children."
The group, which has 30 families, meets at the Community Day School in Boca Raton on Friday evenings and Saturday mornings. They have bought land in Boca del Mar and have hired 26-year-old Rabbi Mark Dratch, from Stanford, Conn. He will begin conducting services July 28.
As with the other orthodox congregations, members of Boca Raton Synagogue carefully selected the site for their shul.
"We chose Boca del Mar because a lot of people will be able to walk to the synagogue," Bruk said. "Some of our members will be buying homes there."
"Orthodox Jews make sure they are within walking distance of the synagogue when they look for a home," Kalish said. "We get many calls from out-of-town people who are moving to our area and they want to know how far away the synagogue is."
To younger Orthodox Jews, the segregation of men and women during services seems a greater concern than not being able to drive to temple.
"In modern times the no-mixed seating is the major obstacle," Bruk said. "But if you truly believe in the Orthodox, you overcome the obstacle. You accept it."
Louis Sacks, rabbi at Anshei Emuna, agrees.
"Those who are Orthodox know there are different rules for men and women. They know there is separation."
Dratch said that men, too, have become involved in the separation restriction.
"If a man and woman care, they find room in the system. The prayer service is only one aspect. Women find ways to get involved . . . in dual study programs, community activities and social action."
Bruk, who has four children -- ages 11 to 20 -- has been in Boca Raton four years. She was brought up as an Orthodox Jew in South Africa. Bruk thinks membership in the new congregation will soon reach 300. She has received inquiries from New York, Miami and Fort Lauderdale.
She believes there is a trend back to the Orthodox.
"It is on the rise. I think there is a trend not to compromise."
Dratch also believes there is a trend to the Orthodox.
"Orthodox Judaism is back to the roots. It is traditional," he said.
Kalish also has been an Orthodox Jew all her life.
"I feel very comfortable being Orthodox," she said.
"I like the idea of lighting the candles to usher in the Sabbath. I know when the Sabbath arrives I will be at peace. I will be serene. If I was anything else I'd be violating something."
The Faith Keepers
Miami Herald - February 22, 1985
by Herald Staff
NAME: Rabbi Mark Dratch.
TEMPLE: Boca Raton Synagogue. Orthodox services at held on Saturday mornings at Verde Elementary School, 6590 Verde Trail, Boca Raton ... formed in 1984 ... 45 families.
GOOD WORKS: Involved with the Task Force on Jewish Alcohol and Drug Abuse for Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties ... belongs to several rabbinical associations ... is involved in building a new Orthodox congregation in Boca Raton ... "We are the only Orthodox congregation servicing young families in this area."
QUOTE: "Being a rabbi is a challenge. It is a challenge to teach and a challenge to become a community builder. This position in Boca (building a new Orthodox congregation) is especially appealing to me."
PERSONAL: Came to Boca Raton Synagogue in July from Agudath Sholom in Stamford, Conn ... educated at Yeshiva University in New York City ... has a bachelor's degree in political science and a master's degree in education ... 26 years old ... married ... is an avid reader ... loves bicycling ... "I ride to meetings on my bike when I can"... spends time with his wife, "which is very important."
We're looking for Faith Keepers. If you know of an outstanding person who is active in his or her religious life and would like to recommend that person to be featured in The Faith Keepers, please write The Faith Keepers, c/o Pat Kingcade, The Miami Herald, P.O. Box 3623, West Palm Beach, Fla. 33402.
By Ken Swart
Sun Sentinel - March 30, 1992
Radio show tries to stir air waves team gives voice to Jewish concerns
By Ken Swart
Sun Sentinel - May 15, 1992
RELIGION CENTRAL AND SOUTH –– It`s 5:55 p.m. on a recent Sunday -- five minutes before Jewish Horizons, a live, two-hour weekly talk show, airs over WSBR-AM 740 in Boca Raton.
Night of remembrance bombing makes for somber Purim celebration
By Sarah Ragland
Sun Sentinel - March 5, 1996
Boca Raton's Orthodox Revolution
Lawsuit is answer to our pain, says plaintiff in Yeshiva University sex abuse case
The Forward - July 9, 2013
YU buried this because of money, another plaintiff tells The Forward, referring to a $250,000 donation accepted by then-YU President Norman Lamm.
Third Alleged Yeshiva U. Abuser Accused of Preying on Boys in Dorms and Apartment
|Rabbi Kenneth Brandler|
Man Named in Y.U. Suit Lured Boys With Karate, Porn –– and Modern Orthodox Ties
Richard Andron Hosted Teen Sleepovers at West Side Pad
By Paul Berger
Forward - July 18, 2013
|Accused: Richard Andron, right, taught tora dojo, a Jewish-inspired form of martial arts, at a Manhattan Jewish center in the 1970s and early 80s. Alleged victims say he molested them at sleepovers at his apartment.|
Richard Andron: Boca Raton Synagogue alerts congregation about alleged sex abuse by a member
By Marissa Bagg
NBC-News Channel 5 - July 22, 2013
Boca Raton Synagogue Member Booted After Allegations of Child Molesting in New York
|Richard Andron - alleged sex offender|
Boca Raton Shul, Rocked by Y.U. Scandal, Plans New Approach to Accused Abusers
Longtime Member Richard Andron Named in Lawsuit
By Paul Berger
Forward - July 24, 2013
Accused Y.U. Abuser in Florida Speaks to Local News
Richard Andron Declines Comment on Allegations
By Paul Berger
Forward - July 25, 2013
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