Monday, November 14, 2011

Case of Rabbi Yisroel Bodkins

Case of Rabbi Yisroel Bodkins
(AKA: Steven Scott Bodkins, Steve Bodkins, 
Steven S. Bodkins, Yisroel Z. Bodkins)

Formerly known as the Case of the Unnamed Rabbi At Camp Dora Golding

Rabbi - Yeshiva Elementary, Miami Beach, FL
Nature and Pioneering Director - Camp Dora Golding, East Stroudsburg, PA
Rabbi - Brauser Maimonides Academy - Fort Lauderdale, FL
Elementary School Teacher - Chinuch, St. Louis, MO
Former Student - Mercaz HaTorah, Talpiot, Jerusalem, Israel
San Jose, CA
Palo Alto, CA

Allegations have been made that Rabbi Yisroel Bodkins has been molesting four boys for over twenty years.

November 14, 2011 –– An investigation was conducted by the Pennsylvania State Police into allegations of child sexual abuse at Camp Dora Golding.  There were three separate incident reports made.  Child Protective Services was called in and felt there was enough evidence to indicate that a sex crime had occurred and named Rabbi Yisroel Bodkins as the alleged perpetrator.  

November 17, 2013 –– A mother of an alleged Survivor of Rabbi Yisroel Bodkins wrote a letter to Rabbi Ronnie Greenwald sharing that nearly twenty years ago when her son was in elementary school, he was also sexually assaulted.  At the time she naively believed that the rabbonim would take are of the situation appropriately. Since that time since the child never received appropriate help from a legitimate rape crisis center, the alleged victim has walked away from the observant world.  

Rabbi Ronnie Greenwald has a long history of allegedly mishandling cases of child sexual abuse and is considered to be an alleged enabler of sex offenders.

Just as in several other cases within the Torah observant world, fundraising efforts have occurred to assist the alleged offender to help reduce the cost of his or her legal defense, yet no fund has been established to assist the alleged survivors in this case.

If you or anyone you know were sexually abused by Rabbi Yisroel Bodkins, and are unsure if you should make a police report, contact the National Sexual Assault Hotline or The Awareness Center.

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

Table of Contents: 

  1. CPS Investigation Report (12/22/2011)

  1. Camp Dora Golding - Police Report (10/04/2013)
  2. Letter from a mother (11/17/2013)
  3. Open Letter to the Miami Community (11/17/2013)
  4. Poster - Rabbi Yisroel Bodkins, Program Director (11/18/2013)
  5. Go Fund Me - Rabbi Bodkins (11/19/2013)
  6. More allegations surface against Second Alleged Camp Dora Golding Molester (11/22/2013)

Also see: 


CPS Investigation Report
Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare
Office of Children, Youth & Families - December 22, 2011


Camp Dora Golding - Police Report
Pennsylvania State Police - October 4, 2013


Letter from a mother 
November 17, 2013


Open Letter to the Miami Community
November 17, 2013

Rabbis who signed the Open Letter dated November 2013

  1. Rabbi Elchanan Abramchik, Principal, Shaarei Binah High School
  2. Rabbi Kalman Baumann, Principal, Toras Emes Academy of Miami
  3. Rabbi Yaakov Blejer, Rosh Kollel, Miami Beach Community Kollel
  4. Rabbi Hillel Dudowitz, Machgiach Ruchani, Yeshiva Toras Chaim Dr. Abe Chames High School.
  5. Rabbi Chaim Friedman, Morah D’Astra Congregation Ohr Chaim
  6. Rabbi Yisroel Moshe Janowski, Principal, Yeshiva Elementary School
  7. Rabbi Eliyahu Kutoff, Yeshiva Tiferes Bachurim
  8. Rabbi Dovid Lehrfield, Morah D’Asra
  9. Rabbi Ephraim Leizerson, Dean, Bais Yaakov of Miami
  10. Rabbi Binyomin Luban, Rosh Yeshiva, Yeshivas Toras Chaim
  11. Rabbi Moshe Matz, Director, Agudath Yisrael of South Florida
  12. Rabbi Yisroel Y. Niman, Rosh Yeshiva, Yeshivas Toras Chaim
  13. Rabbi Ephraim E. Shapiro, Morah D’ Asra, Shaaray Tefilah
  14. Rabbi Dovid Sharfman, Mashgiach Ruchani, Bais Medresh Zichron, Ezra
  15. Rabbi Aaron Dovid Singer, Rosh Kollel, North Miami Beach Community Kollel
  16. Rabbi Avohom Yachnes, Bais Medresh of South Florida


Poster - Rabbi Yisroel Bodkins, Program Director
Adelphia-Miami Boys Program - November 18, 2013

Announcement to the Greater Miami Community

Opening the Adelphia-Miami Boys Program

Under the guidance and leadership of HaRav Yerschon Shain, shlita
Rosh HaYeshiva of Adelphia Yeshiva of New Jersey.

The program is designed for young men, age 14-17 who would appreciate and look forward to growth through spending time and connection with other young men and talented caring Rabbis.

There will be activities, MIQ's, Melavah Malkahs and other programs to help every young man enjoy, grow and connect in Judaism.

Program director, Rabbi Yisroel Bodkins

We look forward to notifying you of the details and welcome you to our grand opening program.

Haskomos of the following Rabbonim:

  1. Rabbi Yaakov Tzvi Blejer - Rosh Kollel North Miami Beach
  2. Rabbi David Lehrfield - Young Israel of Greater Miami
  3. Rabbi Ephraim Leizerson - Rosh Menahel, Bais Yaakov
  4. Rabbi Binyamin Luban - Rosh Yeshiva, Yeshiva Toras Chaim
  5. Rabbi Moshe Matz - Director, Audas Yisroel of Miami
  6. Rabbi Yechier Perr - Rosh Yeshiva, Far Rockaway Yeshiva
  7. Rabbi Ephraim Shapiro - Shaaray Tefilla, North Miami Beach
  8. Rabbi Yisroel M. Janowski - Menahel, Yeshiva Elementary School


Go Fund Me - Rabbi Bodkins
November 17, 2013


More allegations surface against Second Alleged Camp Dora Golding Molester
Failed Messiah - November 22, 2013

More allegations against the second alleged Camp Dora Golding molester have been made, and they allegedly come from new alleged victims.



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