Monday, January 01, 2001

Cults, Mind Control, Sex Crimes and the Jewish Community

Cults, Mind Control, Sex Crimes and the Jewish Community


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Table of Contents: 

Jewish Resources
Online Videos 

  1. Background Information and The History of Rabbinical Ordinations (0719//2007)
  2. AGUDATH ISRAEL OF AMERICA: Stop Manipulating Our People -- Allow Them to Them To Think For Themselves!
  3. Are some Ultra-Orthodox Jewish Kiruv Organizations Feeder Groups for Cults? (10/22/2012)
  4. Deb Tambor and the Quasi-Chasidic Town of New Square (10/01/2013)
  5. In death of Ex-Hasid estranged from her religious children, a mirror for trauma of many  (10/02/2013)
  6. The quasi-orthodox Jewish world compared to the "BITE" Model of Cult Mind Control (11/06/2013)
  7. Jewish Survivors of Spiritual Abuse 

Cults / Mind Control
  1. Biderman's Chart of Coercion
  2. Characteristics Associated with Cultic Groups - Revised
  3. Characteristics of a Destructive Cult
  4. Children and Cults
  5. CULTS: Deception, Dependency & Dread
  6. Cults on campus  (09/01/1999)
  7. Getting Better
  8. It Hurts Leaving A Cult
  9. How to know when someone is trying to convert you
  10. Mind Control 101: Being told what to do (09/02/2012) 
  11. Protecting Children and the basics of combating mind control (09/09/2012) 
  12. Marshalling the News Media - False Memory Syndrome Foundation (04/1995)
  13. Mind Control: Stockholm Syndrome (09/14/2012)
  14. Missionaries Impossible  (2002)
  15. A Mother Experiences the KLC (The Kabbalah Learning Centre) (2002) 
  16. Questions Regarding G-d, Mind Control and "Truth"  (03/01/2010) 
  17. Question Agudath Israel of America (05/12/2012)
  18. Soul Searching: Sexual Abuse, Cults, and Missionaries (2003)
  19. Storming Heaven - The Perils of Jewish Messianism  (05/1999)
  20. The right to heal from child sexual abuse  (11/28/2012)
  21. Common Coping Mechanisms Used by Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse (1994)
  22. When A Family Member Molests: Reality, Conflict, and The Need For Support (2003)
  23. Storming Heaven: The Perils of Jewish Messianism: The Rise and Fall of Shabbetai Zvi (05/01/1999)

Cases Involving Cult Like Practices / Mind Control within Jewish Communities
  1. Cases Involving Cult Like Practices / Mind Control 
    1. Case of Rabbi Yoram Abergel (Netivot, Israel)  (AKA: Rabbi Yoram Aberjil.  Accused of cult like practices and sexual harassment of young women and threatening the lives of the survivors and those who support them.)
    2. Case of Rabbi Eliezer Berland (Accused of cult like practices.  Allegations made that Rabbi Eliezer Berland sexually assaulted a woman.)
    3. Case of Rabbi Elior Chen (Jerusalem, Israel) (Accused of cultic type practices)
    4. Case of Werner Erhard (AKA: John Paul Rosenberg) Founder EST (now called Landmark Forum) (Accused of incest, which were later recanted.  Also accused of cult like practices)
    5. Case of Rabbi Jacob Frank (AKA: Yaakov Frank) and the Frankist Movement   (Convicted of cult like type practices and various forms of sexual offenses including clergy sexual abuse and incest)
    6. Case of Rabbi Marc Gafni  (New York, FL, Israel Fairfield, CA) (AKAMordechai Gafni, Marc Gafni, Mordechai Winiarz, Marc Winiarz)  (There is a Call for Action on this case.  Accused sexually abusing teenage girls, attempted sexual assault of a young adult, and also accused of cult like practices).
    7. Case of Rabbanit Bruria Keren (AKA: Burka Wearing Mother) (Beit Shemish, Israel) (Arrested on charges of child sexual abuse and physical abuse of her twelve children. She has also been accused of cult like practices)  
    8. Case of Rabbi Harlan Kilstein (AKA: Tsvi Kilstein) 
    9. Case of Michael Lytton (Ilford, England, Essex, England)  (Convicted of sexually assaulting a woman after posing as a clinical psychologist and utilizing mind control techinques).
    10. Case of Rabbi Yaakov Menken (Baltimore, MD)  (There is a Call for Action on this case. Serious allegations have been made against Rabbi Yaakov Menken which include sexual harassment, sexual misconduct and sexual assault. Menken's alleged modus operandi (M.O.) is of becoming a father figure to vulnerable young women and eventually allegedly sexually assaulting them.  Accused of cult like practices and mind control)
    11. Case of Foye Minton, Jr. (Foye C. Minton plead guilty to second degree assault on December 19, 2013. He received twenty years probation).
    12. Case of Goel Ratzon (Tel Aviv, Israel) (Arrested on charges of incest, sexual assault and cult like practices)
    13. Case of Michal Schwartz Shenbaum (Jerusalem, Israel) (AKA: Unnamed Abusive Mother From Jerusalem.  Arrested on charges of child abuse.  Allegations were made of cult like practices) 
    14. Rabbi Ben Zion Sobel (New York, NY; Jerusalem, Israel)  ("Rabbi Ben Zion Sobel is one of the most notorious pedophiles he has known, leaving hundreds of boys he has victimized. At one point Rabbi Shach made a rabbinic decree stating that Rabbi Ben Zion Sobel could NEVER teach again." "Ben Zion has left survivors in both the United States and Israel." "His modus operandi was extremely violent and barbaric." )
    15. Case of Rabbi Mordecai Tendler (AKA: Mordechai Tendler) (Monsey, NY) (Accused of innappropriate sexual behavior with women in he counseledalong with cult like practices).
    16. Case of Rabbi Isadore Trachtman (Chicago, IL and Jerusalem, Israel) (Accused of cultic type practices and sexual offenses)
    17. Case of Rabbi Matis Weinberg (Baltimore, MD, Santa Clara, CA and Har Nof, Israel)  (There is a Call for Action on this case.  Accused of cultic type practices and sexual offenses).
    18. Case of Rabbi Hershel J. Worch (Manchester, England, Mbale, Uganda; Melbourne, Australia; Pawtucket, RI; Chicago, IL; Istanbul, Turkey)  (There is a Call for Action on this case. Formerly known as the Case of the Unnamed Rabbi in West Rogers Park).  Accused of cult like practice which include BDSM (Bondage, Domination, Sadism, Masochism).  The alleged offender originially mmets his victims on line. Allegations include using a mixture of kabbalah, hypno-eroticism and other manipulative techniques to enagage his potential victims prior to sexually assaulting them.  
    19. Case of Sabbatai Zevi  (Accused of cultic type practices and sexual offenses.)

  1. How to know when someone is trying to convert you. - By Author Unknown
  2. Missionaries Impossible By Rabbi Avi Shafran

Secular Resources
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