Thursday, May 30, 2013

Case of the Unnamed Teacher/Rabbi


Case of the Unnamed Teacher/Rabbi
Lakewood, NJ



If you have any more information about this case, please contact The Awareness Center.

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Table of Contents: 

2013
  1. Worse than blaming victims (05/28/2013)

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Worse than blaming victims
By Dr. Michael J. Salamon
Times of Israel - May 28 2013

Zelig (not his real name), a man in his 20′s, arrived to his therapy appointment with me yesterday with tears streaming down his cheeks. He was clearly in distress. At the age of twelve Zelig was molested by a teacher, a rabbi who was giving him “special” attention at the yeshiva he was attending at the time. Zelig had been groomed by this man for close to a year before anything happened.

“For a long time he gave me little presents like chocolate or a rubber ball” and “ he told me to tell my parents that he was teaching me so that I could be the smartest kid in his class. My parents never questioned why, they just thought he was being super nice to me. Maybe they were even flattered by it.” The actual touching did not begin until this teacher was hired by Zelig’s parents to give bar-mitzvah lessons to Zelig. Once the touching started it quickly progressed to penetration. Zelig was told by the man that if Zelig ever told anyone about it his parents would both die. He was also told that it was “so pleasurable that such pleasures were meant to be kept a secret between us because that is the way G-d wants it.”


Zelig  told me the details of his abuse at the hands of this teacher several months ago. These memories were not the cause for his tears yesterday. The cause was an article he read in the American paper the Jewish Press written by a Rabbi William Handler. The article entitled  Molestation cases must be handled by g’dolim, not by experts, begins with a diatribe that says that there is “a new danger: the existence of a clique of pseudo-experts who are working among us in the field of “Criminal Molestation.”’ He goes on to state that g’dolim are better equipped to evaluate and perhaps even adjudicate these cases than the “so-called experts” and professionals who operate in the secular realm. It is an argument that even the editors of the paper indicate, is not well made and in my estimation it is not even an argument worthy of being made by a reasonable individual.

Zelig’s response was to tell me yet again that when he turned 16 and told his principal what his abuser had done he was warned that if he did not put it in the past he would “ruin all my chances and my sister’s chances for getting married or getting into the right schools.” Zelig asked me, rhetorically, “And these are the people that should be trusted to take care of the problem? My principal is considered a gadol. See how he took care of it! What would happen if they had such power to take care of things?”

Zelig went on “And it’s not just him. There is an even bigger gadol who wrote a letter saying that the rabbi in Lakewood who just admitted in open court that he abused someone – that gadol Rabbi who wrote the letter claims that he did an investigation and there was no abuse. The authorities investigated. The authorities did what had to be done and the ba_ _ _ _ _ admitted he was an abuser. That someone who is seen as a gadol can write a letter to the public the charges against the abuser are not true – this is worse than blaming the victims it is re-abusing them.”


Zelig was feeling a very palpable sense of being re-abused by what he read and was then recounting to me and we had to use the session for the sole purpose of helping him regain his composure and focus - but he was absolutely correct. The article in the Jewish Press is one level of absurdity and illogic but if it is true that a gadol sent out a letter denying charges proven and admitted to in court that casts an entirely new light on how the leadership views cases of reported abuse. Blaming victims is horrible and still so common. It is however, even worse to deny that abuse exists and then to turn the powers of investigations, prosecution, even validation over to the hands of individuals who feign knowledge but have none, using their status to intimidate and dismiss people with problems that these leaders are not willing to acknowledge exist in their communities. We are only beginning to address the problem. We need forward moving leaders to help us uproot the abusers, not seek excuses or ways to protect them allowing them to continue and re-abuse.

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Monday, May 27, 2013

Case of Rabbi Aryeh Leib Dudovitz (AKA: Larry Dudovitz)

Case of Rabbi Aryeh Dudovitz
(AKA: Larry L. Dudovitz, Larry Dudovitz, Aryeh Leib Dudovitz)

Chicago Police Dept. / May 26, 2013

The Moshiach Center of Chicago - (West Rogers Park) Chicago, IL 
Rosh Yeshiva, Yeshivas Chabad "Zichron Aliza" - (West Rogers Park) Chicago, IL 
 (1994 - 2003) Rabbi Chabad of Northwest Indiana - Munster, IN

The Awareness Center, Inc.
The Awareness Center was supplied inaccurate information.  Rabbi Aryeh Dudovitz did not plead guilty to charges on molesting a teenage boy back in 2006 as stated earlier.  This is a case in which it took nearly six years for this alleged sex offender to be arrested.  

Dudovitz is currently out on bond awaiting trial.  This case has been very difficult to prosecuted due to political pressure from various powerful and influential individuals living within Chicago's Jewish orthodox community.  It's important to note that there have been a  few select rabbis who were helpful to law enforcement personal..   

It's important to note that the Ad Hoc Bais Din of Chicago had been aware of this case since 2006, yet had never done anything to warn parents living within the orthodox Jewish community of any potential dangers to children that Rabbi Dudovitz might present, nor of other alleged sex offenders living with in the various eruv's within various Chicagoland Jewish communities.  

More information about this case will be provided shortly.


If you or someone you know was sexually abused by Rabbi Dudovitz, it is asked that you call The Child Advocacy Center in Chicago immediately at:  312-492-3700.  You can also contact The Awareness Center.

The Awareness Center wants to thank the survivor in this case for his bravery and tenacity to have this case prosecuted, along with his family for showing him all the love and support needed.

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Disclaimer: Inclusion in this website does not constitute a recommendation or endorsement. Individuals must decide for themselves if the resources meet their own personal needs.

Table of Contents: 

2001
  1. Rabbi Aryeh Dudovitz (03/06/2001)

2002
  1. List of Companies with principals that go by the name of Rabbi Aryeh Dudovitz (10/02/2002)

2003
  1. Northwest Indiana Gets New Chabad Representatives (12/08/2003)

2013

  1. Aryeh Dudovitz on Facebook (05/24/2013)
  2. West Rogers Park man charged in sexual assault (05/26/2013)
  3. Rabbi charged with criminal sexual assault of teen (05/26/2013)
  4. Chabad House of Northwest Indiana (05/27/2013)
  5. Rabbi charged in 2006 sex assault of 15-year-old boy  (05/27/2013)
  6. Rabbi Aryeh Dudovitz (AKA: Larry Dudovitz) Pleads Guilty to Child Molestation Charges  (05/27/2013)
  7. Report: Rabbi charged in sex assault of 15-year-old boy  (05/27/2013)
  8. Rabbi Arrested, Charged With Sexual Assault  (05/27/2013)
  9. Chicago rabbi arrested on sex abuse charges (05/28/2013)
  10. Chicago rabbi accused of 2006 sexual assault  (05/28/2013)
  11. Rabbi's Alleged Sex Assault Victim Speaks Out: I Saw Him as Father Figure  (06/14/2013)
  12. Rabbi Accused of 2006 Rogers Park Sex Assault Enters Not-Guilty Plea (07/10/2013)



    Also see: 

    1. Policies For inclusion on The Awareness Center's Sex Offender's Registry
    2. Listing Alleged and Convicted Sex Offenders

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    Rabbi Aryeh Dudovitz 
    Chabad of Northwest Indiana - March 6, 2001

    Rabbi Aryeh Dudovitz and his wife began their shlichus in Munster, Indiana six years ago at the end of Sivan 5754, after receiving abracha from the Rebbe Melech HaMoshiach. They discovered a warm Jewish community



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    List of Companies with principals that go by the name of Rabbi Aryeh Dudovitz 
    October 2, 2002



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    Northwest Indiana Gets New Chabad Representatives

    Munster IN - December 8, 2003



    Rabbi Eliezer and Chanie Zalmanov, and their six-week old daughter Shayna Mushka, have recently arrived in the region to reestablish the Chabad-Lubavitch Center of Northwest Indiana, serving the entire Jewish community. The Zalmanovs replace Rabbi Aryeh and (NAME REMOVED) Dudovitz, the directors of Chabad from 1995 to 2003, who have since relocated to Chicago.

    Rabbi Zalmanov is a graduate of the Central Lubavitch Yeshivah in Brooklyn, NY and Mrs. Zalmanov, an Indianapolis native and the daughter of Rabbi Avraham and Nini Grossbaum of Indianapolis, graduated from the Beth Chana Teachers’ Seminary in Safed, Israel.

    Both Rabbi and Mrs. Zalmanov have been involved in community outreach around the globe, from Europe to South America, before choosing Northwest Indiana as their new home. They both have extensive experience in educational and religious activities.

    The Zalmanovs are available for classes with Jews interested in studying about their heritage, as well as to answer questions about anything in Judaism. The new Chabad representatives are planning to launch a series of educational holiday programs for children and the elderly, and will introduce the full gamut of Chabad House programs and services for the benefit of Northwest Indiana’s Jewish population.

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    Aryeh Dudovitz on Facebook
    Facebook - May 24, 2013



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    West Rogers Park man charged in sexual assault
    By Carlos Sadovi
    Chicago Tribune - May 26, 2013

    A 45-year-old West Rogers Park man was charged with sexually assaulting a youth nearly seven years ago, police said.  Larry Dudovitz of the 6400 block of North Albany Avenue was charged with criminal sexual assault of a victim between the ages of 13 and 17, police said.

    The incident happened in October 2006, police said.
    Dudovitz was ordered held in bond court today in lieu of $100,000 bail according to court records.
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    Rabbi charged with criminal sexual assault of teen
    Chicago Sun Times - May 26, 2013


    A rabbi from West Rogers Park was arrested Saturday in the alleged sexual molestation of a teenage boy in 2006 — even though prosecutors say authorities were told at the time, the Chicago Sun-Times is reporting.
    Larry L. Dudovitz, 45, of the 6400 block of North Albany, was charged with one count of criminal sexual assault, prosecutors said. Cook County Judge Maria Kuriakos Ciesil shot down a request that he be held without bail and ordered him held in lieu of $100,000. She also grilled a prosecutor about the six-year delay.
    "Now it's 2013 and we're charging him?" Kuriakos Ciesil said.
    A prosecutor said the family of the victim — who was 15 at the time — was originally unsure about whether they wanted to proceed criminally.
    Dudovitz is accused of trying to assault the victim while the boy was sleeping in his home in October 2006, court records show.

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    Chabad Messianist Rabbi Arrested For Alleged Child Sexual Abuse
    By Shmayra Rosenberg
    Failed Messiah Blog - May 27, 2013

    Rabbis Aryeh Dudovitz and Eli Turin
    Rabbi Aryeh Leib “Larry” Dodovitz, 45-year-old messianist Chabad rabbi from the Chicago suburb of West Rogers Park, was arrested over the weekend and charged with sexually assaulting a child six years ago, the Chicago Tribune reported.

    Dudovitz was charged with criminal sexual assault of a victim between the ages of 13 and 17, police said.

    He was remanded to custody until he meets a $100,000 bail requirement.

    Dudovitz serves as the assistant rabbi of a Chabad messianist synagogue in the Chicago area and has taught in a Chabad girls school in the Chicago area, as well.
    Dudovitz was also the rosh yeshiva (dean) of the messianist Chabad yeshiva Yeshivas Chabad “Zichron Aliza” in Chicago.

    He was previously the rabbi of Chabad House of Northwest Indiana.

    In 2006, Dudovitz led a farbrengen, hasidic gathering, for children in the home of fellow messianist rabbi Eli Turin in the Chicago area.

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    Chabad House of Northwest Indiana
    Orthodox Union - May 27, 2013



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    Rabbi charged in 2006 sex assault of 15-year-old boy

    ABC News - May 27 2013

    A rabbi from Chicago is accused of molesting a teenage boy. Prosecutors say that attack happened in 2006.

    Larry Dudovitz, 45, of West Rogers Park, was arrested on Saturday. He is charged with one count of criminal sexual assault.

    Court records show Dudovitz is accused of trying to assault a 15-year-old boy while he was sleeping in his home in October of 2006. At a hearing over the weekend, a judge grilled the prosecutor for the 6-year delay in filing a charge.

    Prosecutors say the family of the victim was unsure about whether they wanted to proceed with criminal charges.

    Dudovitz is held on $100,000.


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    CORRECTION:
    Rabbi Aryeh Dudovitz (AKA: Larry Dudovitz) Arrested On Child Molestation Charges

    By Vicki Polin
    Examiner - May 27, 2013


    © (2013) The Awareness Center, Inc.
    Saturday, May 25 -- Rabbi Aryeh Dudovitz (AKA: Larry Dudovitz) was arrested on charges of molesting a teenage boy back in 2006. 

    This is a case in which took nearly six years for this convicted sex offender to be prosecuted due to pressure from various rabbonim in Chicago. It is important to note a select few were instrumental in having this case prosecuted. In the Jewish orthodox world instead of calling the police immediate when there are allegations of sex crimes, it is common place to contact a local orthodox rabbi for advice in how to proceed.
    The Rabbinical Chicago Rabbinical Council created the Ad Hoc Bait Din of Chicago, which is a special religious court to handle such cases. This special Beis Din was aware of the allegations against Dudovitz for nearly six years, yet according to reports the rabbonim never done anything to warn parents living within the orthodox Jewish community of any potential dangers Rabbi Aryeh Dudovitz posed to children he came in contact with.
    Back in 2000, the Ad Hoc Beit Din of Chicago set up guidelines aimed at protecting children, stating that no perpetrator was allowed to teach or tutor children, nor enter any school building at any time. It also stated that offenders were allowed to enter any mikvah (ritual bath) anywhere in the world at any time, enter a Jewish Community Center (JCC) building, attend celebrations. Even though the Ad Hoc Hoc Bet Din was aware of the allegations, many community member felt that this special religious court violated their own guidelines regarding the Dudovitz case.
    A spokes person from The Awareness Center, which is the international Jewish Coalition Against Sexual Assault; stated that the organization wanted to thank the survivor in this case for his bravery and tenacity for coming forward to have this case prosecuted, along with his family and friends for showing him all the love and support needed.
    Prior to working in Chicago Rabbi Aryeh Dudovitz was the director of the Chabad of Northwest Indiana, located in Munster, IN for several years.
    If you or someone you know was sexually abused by Rabbi Larry Dudovitz or any other , it is asked that you call The Child Advocacy Center in Chicago immediately at: 312-492-3700

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    Report: Rabbi charged in sex assault of 15-year-old boy
    WGN-TV  - May 27, 2013


    CLICK HERE TO WATCH VIDEO

    A man from west Rogers Park is charged in the sexual assault of a minor, which took place six years ago.
    The Sun-Times reports Larry Dudovitz is a rabbi.
    Prosecutors say he abused a 15-year-old boy in his sleep in 2006.
    Authorities say they were notified at the time but the boy’s family was unsure about whether to press charges.
    Dudovitz is held on $100,000 bail.
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    Rabbi Arrested, Charged With Sexual Assault
    By Quinn Ford
    DNAinfo Chicago - May 27 2013

    Larry Dudovitz (AKA: Aryeh Dudovitz)
    WEST RIDGE — A West Rogers Park man was arrested Saturday evening and charged with criminal sexual assault of a minor, police said.

    Larry Dudovitz, 45, was arrested at his home in the 6400 block of North Albany Avenue, according to Officer Jose Estrada, a police spokesman.

    Dudovitz allegedly assaulted a minor between the ages of 13 and 17 years old in October 2006, Estrada said. He faces one felony count of criminal sexual assault.

    Dudovitz, a rabbi, appeared in bond court Sunday.

    Cook County Judge Maria Kuriakos Ciesil ordered the 45-year-old held on $100,000 bond, according to the Sun-Times.

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    Chicago rabbi arrested on sex abuse charges


    (JTA) — Chicago Rabbi Larry Dudovitz was arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy in 2006.

    Dudovitz, 45, was arrested Saturday, the Chicago Tribune reported, and is being held on $100,000 bail.

    Dudovitz, who is also known by his Hebrew name Aryeh, is a follower of the late Chabad leader, Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, and was formerly a rabbi at the Chabad House of Northwest Indiana. But a spokesperson for a Chabad rabbinic association in Illinois told JTA that Dudovitz has had no official role in the movement since he arrived in Chicago.

    According to authorities, the alleged assault occurred at the victim’s home on Oct. 26, 2006 in the West Rogers Park neighborhood.

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    Chicago rabbi accused of 2006 sexual assault 
    The Associated Press - May 28, 2013

    Dudovitz was arrested Saturday and was ordered held in lieu of $100,000 bond.

    According to court records, Dudovitz is accused of abusing the boy, who was 15 at the time, while he was sleeping in the rabbi's home in 2006.

    A Cook County judge questioned prosecutors about why it took so long for charges to be brought.

    Prosecutors responded that relatives of the victim were initially unsure whether they wanted to pursue a case.

    There was no current phone listing for Dudovitz, and it was not immediately clear if he had a lawyer.

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    Rabbi's Alleged Sex Assault Victim Speaks Out: I Saw Him as Father Figure 

    By Benjamin Woodard
    DNAinfo - June 14, 2013

    WEST ROGERS PARK — A West Rogers Park rabbi charged with sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy in 2006 wasn't arrested until late last month, despite the fact a state agency substantiated abuse allegations involving the boy and seven other victims in 2007.

    Police say they couldn't get cooperation from witnesses at the time, and it wasn't until recently that the boy, now 22, came forward to detectives to seek the prosecution of his alleged attacker.

    Now the accuser says he is frustrated and embittered by the slow road to justice in the case. He said he spoke to authorities at the time, although he acknowledged his family did not call police immediately.

    He's also upset with members of the Orthodox Jewish community, who he said pushed him not to pursue formal charges. He and his father said community leaders allowed Rabbi Aryeh "Larry" Dudovitz, 45, to remain at a West Rogers Park synagogue and continue working with Jewish families.

    "Everyone told me to back off: 'You’re not going to get anything done. It’s just going to stress you out. It’s going to complicate things. It could turn against you,' " the man said in an interview with DNAinfo.com Chicago. "I just want to know the truth — who doesn’t want to know the truth?"

    In 2006, the accuser, then 15 years old, and his family worshipped with Dudovitz at a small storefront synagogue, the Moshiach Center, in West Rogers Park. The center adheres to Chabad messianism, a controversial belief that late Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, who died in 1994, was the messiah, or savior, of the Jewish people.

    The accuser looked up to Dudovitz, who he said mentored him before his Bar Mitzvah, and the two spent lots of time together.

    "I didn’t have a really close relationship with my father, and you know, [Dudovitz] was always there," he said.

    One night in October 2006, Dudovitz came back with the family to their West Rogers Park home after celebrating the Jewish holiday Sukkot at a mutual friend's home.

    The accuser said he and Dudovitz went to the teen's basement room, where they drank beer. At some point, he said he felt sick and planned to go to bed, and he told Dudovitz to sleep on a couch.

    But after falling asleep, the accuser said he was awakened by Dudovitz. Court documents allege Dudovitz gave "the victim oral copulation while the victim was sleeping."


    'I felt like I was at fault'
    Afterward, the accuser said he felt he was to blame for the incident, thinking, how could his rabbi do something wrong? Initially, he didn't tell anyone about what had happened.

    "I felt like I was at fault and did something inappropriate in front of my rabbi," he said. "I looked up to him like a father figure. He took advantage of that. I guess that was the hardest thing."

    Dudovitz remained close with the teen's family, and for months after the incident, the accuser said the rabbi continued to make advances toward him. Dudovitz allegedly did so again three months later just before the teen left Chicago to attend a Jewish high school in Muenster, N.Y.

    "He was standing in front of the bed where it happened," said the accuser, recounting the last interaction he allegedly had with the rabbi. "He was really antsy. As soon as I got down [to the basement bedroom] he just started grabbing me, and, you know, he was telling me how much he loved me, and how much he was going to miss me when I was at school."

    The accuser said he pushed Dudovitz away and ran upstairs to his mother. Dudovitz followed, but left the house.

    "She cornered me and made me tell her everything," he said of his mother.

    Dudovitz, who is out of jail after posting 10 percent of a $100,000 bail, could not be reached for comment. Messages left at Dudovitz's home in the 6400 block of North Albany went unreturned. Dudovitz's lawyer, Richard Kling, declined to comment.

    Dudovitz appeared in court Friday, and prosecutors revealed that a grand jury has indicted him on the charges. He is scheduled to be arraigned July 5.

    The accuser said his father wanted to call the police at the time of the abuse, but his mother decided to call a rabbi at the boy's school first. His mother didn't return calls requesting a comment.

    "Then everything went to s---," he said. "We should have called the cops [immediately] — should've listened to my dad and called the cops."

    DCFS investigates
    But authorities did learn of accusations against Dudovitz. The Department of Children and Family Services received a call on its hotline in December 2006 and concluded an investigation on Oct. 5, 2007, that substantiated one serious allegation and seven lesser allegations of abuse involving other children, said spokesman David Clarkin.

    Clarkin said he could not release the identities of Dudovitz's alleged victims or provide additional details on the specific allegations. DCFS, however, does pass on its findings to law enforcement.

    Police then launched an investigation in 2007, but the accuser's parents "refused to cooperate" with detectives, Chicago Police Department spokesman Adam Collins said last week. Collins said it wasn't until the accuser came forward as an adult that a case could be made to charge Dudovitz late last month.

    The police investigation only involved a single victim, Collins said.

    The accuser and his father denied the family wouldn't cooperate in the police investigation six years ago. The accuser said he recalls talking to a detective as a teen, and his father said his wife "spent months trying to get the detective to respond to her calls."

    Members of the Orthodox Jewish community also were aware of the allegations, the accuser and his father said.

    Rabbi Gedalia Dov Schwartz
    The accuser said he met one-on-one with Rabbi Gedalia Dov Schwartz, the "chief rabbi" of Chicago's Beth Din, a local Jewish rabbinical court, and outlined the allegations against Dudovitz. He said he also met with other high-ranking rabbis on the council.

    Schwartz didn't respond to multiple requests for comment.

    Rabbi Moshe Kushner
    Rabbi Moshe Kushner, executive director of the Chicago Rabbinical Council, which administers Chicago's Beth Din, initially denied Dudovitz came before the Beth Din, which is supposed to deal with issues of Jewish law and conversions, its website says. The website makes no mention of investigating serious allegations of abuse.

    "He had nothing to do with us," Kushner said of Dudovitz.

    However, Kushner said Dudovitz's case might have been heard by an independent Beth Din that hears more serious cases, especially those regarding sexual abuse.

    But he said Schwartz would be the only rabbi at the council who could answer questions about the Beth Din.

    Lynn Schollett
    It's unclear if the rabbis ever communicated with authorities or took any action regarding the case. The rabbis, like counselors and school teachers, would be considered mandated reporters of child abuse under state law, said Lyn Schollett, an attorney with the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault.

    The accuser said he wasn't aware of any action being taken.

    "They do their own thing. It’s a problem, especially when it comes to these types of cases in the community. They still feel like Jews are living in the citadels," said the accuser, referring to fortifications in ancient Jerusalem.

    "Maybe they felt like they didn’t have responsibility to handle the Dudovitz case. It hurts my tongue to say that. That’s why I want to get to the bottom of it."

    The accuser and his father have been told Dudovitz was still a rabbi at the Moshiach Center, an Orthodox synagogue in a storefront at 6738 N. California Ave., at the time of his arrest, but his status there remains unclear. Messages left at the synagogue were unreturned.

    Vicki Polin, MA, LCPC
    Vicki Polin, who runs a nonprofit called The Awareness Center that advocates for victims of sexual abuse in the Jewish community, said she had been in touch with the accuser since he first reached out to her when he was 16, when he found her website. She said the family was conflicted and under a lot of pressure to keep the incident quiet.

    "What rabbis usually tell parents in cases like this is, it's better for the kids to go to school and not open any wounds," she said.

    Rabbi Moshe Soloveichick
    Chicago Rabbi Moshe Soloveichik, who advocates against the insular practice of not reporting sex crimes within Orthodox communities, said a woman who didn't identify herself called him about seven years ago and told him about Dudovitz.

    Soloveichik said the woman contacted him anonymously for advice about whether or not to report the abuse — and said that her son had been acting aggressively after an alleged attack.

    'If you don't cooperate, you better watch out'

    "In this community," he said, "there is to some degree an implicit reign of terror that if you don’t cooperate [with religious leaders], you better watch out."

    Soloveichik said the rabbis of the Beth Din, when it comes to sex crimes, "do not handle it properly.
    "The best way to handle it is when a parent feels sure, or even relatively sure, that the child was molested, the parents should call up the authorities," Solveichik said.

    But often the pressure from the community, he said, forces the abused to stay silent.

    The accuser said when he was 18, he started using drugs to deal with emotional pain. Shortly after, he went into rehab, and then a halfway home.

    "I was violated, but I was violated by someone that I put all my trust into," he said.

    "It was hurtin’ me. Emotionally, I was a wreck. I mean, I was so young — and I had thoughts of doing, you know, suicide. I won’t forget to this day what I wanted to do."

    In May 2012, the accuser said he returned from Israel where he served a year in the Israeli Defense Forces. He is now back living at home in West Rogers Park, and worked at a restaurant until he was involved in an accident while riding his bicycle.

    It was during his time in Israel, he said, that he found the "courage" to reconnect with Polin, the advocate, and push the police department to restart its investigation.

    "I came back, and I just wanted to correct things," said the accuser, who no longer considers himself religious. "We got it done."

    Added his father: "It was a bad situation, and hopefully he’ll be brought to justice and it will be over."


    Chicago Reporter/Producer Erin Meyer contributed to this report.




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    Rabbi Accused of 2006 Rogers Park Sex Assault Enters Not-Guilty Plea
    By Benjamin Woodward
    DNAinfo Chicago - July 10, 2013


    WEST ROGERS PARK — A rabbi charged with sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy in 2006 has pleaded not guilty to the charges in Cook County Criminal Court.
    Aryeh "Larry" Dudovitz, 45, entered the plea last week.
    Dudovitz, who has been free on bond, is scheduled to appear back in court on Aug. 22.
    His lawyer, Richard Kling, didn't immediately return a request for comment.
    Dudovitz wasn't arrested until late May, despite the fact a state agency substantiated abuse allegations involving the boy and seven other victims in 2007.
    Police say they couldn't get cooperation from witnesses at the time, and it wasn't until recently that the boy, now 22, came forward to detectives to seek the prosecution of his alleged attacker.
    Meanwhile, Vicki Polin, who runs a nonprofit called The Awareness Center that advocates for victims of sexual abuse in the Jewish community, has launched an online fundraiser for the alleged victim.
    She said she was working "to find more people who are willing to help survivors" of sexual abuse.
    Dudovitz's accuser injured his knee in a bicycle accident and has been living at home.
    Any money raised would go toward living expenses.
    "He needs to live on his own," Polin said.
    The accuser said Tuesday that his knee had "gotten a lot better," but he hadn't been able to find employment since he had to stop working a job at a restaurant.
    The fundraising, he said, "helps me out tremendously."
    DNAinfo.com Reporter/Producer Erin Meyer contributed to this report.

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