Wednesday, September 16, 2009

In Memory of Daniel Levin, who ended his life 14 years ago this coming Yom Kippur

The Awareness Center, Inc.
(The Jewish Coalition Against Sexual Abuse/Assault)

September 16, 2009
Dear Friends,
Each year prior to the High Holidays we send out the following CALL FOR ACTION in memory of Daniel Levin, who took his own life fourteen years ago on Yom Kippur.  Daniel was a victims of child molestation.  His alleged sexual predator was Rabbi Ephraim Bryks.  To learn about this case watch the documentary, "Unorthodox Conduct "
My hope is that this year Herzlia-Adas Yeshurun Synagogue in Winnipeg, Canada will finally take down the plaque they have honoring this alleged serial child molester.  
Due to financial restraints The Awareness Center was forced into a sabbatical, while we attempt to regroup and secure funding.  Please do not forget about us during your holiday giving.  Though we are unable to return calls or answer e-mails at this time, we still have bills that must be paid.  Our hope is that within several months we will be able to be up and running once again.
If you would like to make a donation by credit card you can do so by going to our home page and clicking on the donate button.  If you would like to send a check, make it payable to The Awareness Center and send it to the address posted above.
Vicki Polin, Founder/Director
Asking Herzlia-Adas Yeshurun Synagogue to have the plaque removed honoring Rabbi Ephraim Bryks.

Contact Information:  
 Adas Yeshurun Synagogue

Rabbi Ari Ellis
Sherman Greenberg, President
620 Brock St., Winnipeg, MB, Canada, R3N 0Z4
Phone: (204) 489-6262    Fax: (204) 489-5899

This Yom Kippur marked the 14th anniversary of the suicide of Daniel Levin an alleged victim of Rabbi Ephraim Boruch Bryks 
. It is a difficult time in particular for his family and friends as Daniel's alleged abuser has never been brought to real justice (if such a thing is even possible at this point) and continues to thrive and work with women and children, not in some small Jewish community but in the New York Orthodox Jewish community.
The Winnipeg Jewish community and Bryks' former Orthodox Union affiliated synagogue, Herzlia Adas Yeshurun (the site of Daniel's abuse), continue to refuse any acknowledgment or responsibility. No apology, no compassion. A plaque honoring Rabbi Ephraim Boruch Bryks remains on the synagogue's "Tree of Life." All Daniel has is a tombstone in a cemetery.

The Awareness Center Has A Call to Action asking everyone to contact Herzlia Adas Yeshurun and ask them to remove the plaque, and perhaps replace it with a plaque honoring the memory of Daniel Levin (see contact information above). Click here for more information regarding the Case of Rabbi Ephraim Bryks 

Vicki Polin, MA, NCC, LCPC, ATR-BC
Executive Director - The Awareness Center, Inc.

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