1880 and 1939, the Jews played a conspicuous role in 'white slavery,'
as the commercial prostitution of that era was dramatically called. Not
only was this Jewish participation conspicuous, it was historically unprecedented,
geographically widespread, and fraught with collective political dangers
... Jewish trafficking was anchored in brothel keeping, women freelanced
or kept houses while their husbands procured ... Jewish traffickers also
supplied Gentile-run houses ... By 1900, Jewish commercial vice was largely
incorporated in underworld elements and many of its participants were
of the poor."
Prostitution and Prejudice: The Jewish Fight Against White Slavery,
1870-1939, 1983 p. 1, 56-57, 89]
"Publishers Weekly took me to task for that 'offensive generalization'
about Jews but it's true. The big machers [in the pornography]
industry are Jewish -- Steve Hirsch, Paul Fishbein (who runs and publishes
Adult Video News) and David Sturman [who owns [production company]
author of A History of X. 100 Years of Sex in Film, 1999, [Village
Voice, March 3-9, 1999
"David Hebditch and Nick
Anning, researching the pornography business in the mid-1980s, report
that 'some industry insiders claim that porn in the United States is essentially
a Jewish business.'"
Bookleggers and Smuthounds. The Trade in Erotica, 1920-1940, University
of Pennsylvania Press, Philadelphia, 1999, p. 289
"The rest of the country thinks of us [New
Yorkers] as homosexual Jewish communist pornographers. I think of us that
way, and I live here."
Jewish comedian Woody Allen,
in Brown, A., Restless Natives, Times of London, November 2, 1997
When Jack Ruby (Rubenstein) murdered Lee Harvey Oswald
in 1963, he owned the Carousel, a local strip tease joint. As Gerald Posner
notes, "Ruby's main competition was from the Theatre and Colony Clubs,
owned by two brothers, Abe and Barney Weinstein. In 1961, they had introduced
amateur strip-tease dancing."
Case Closed. Lee Harvey Oswald and the Assassination of JFK, Random
House, NY, 1993
Curiously, the person who filmed the assassination of President Kennedy
in Dallas was also Jewish, Abraham Zapruder. In 1999, his family sold
the original film, after arbitration, to the U.S. government for $16 million.
[Reichman, Deb. Government Must Pay $16 Million for Movie of JFK.,
Associated Press, August 3, 1999
In 1960, the Chairman of the Democratic National
Committee praised Paul Ziffren [who is Jewish], saying he "has been the greatest
single force and most important Democrat in the resurgence of the Democratic
party in California." Not long after, a Reader's Digest article
outlined "Ziffren's long-standing
ties to major organized crime figures."
Dark Victory. Ronald Reagan, MCA, and the Mob, Viking , 1986, p. 137
According to a Los Angeles Police Department report, Ziffren
was also a supplier of prostitutes to the wealthy and powerful: "It is a matter of general police knowledge
that Ziffren's name appears
in many of the call girl trick books which are confiscated by police when
these individuals are arrested ... All readily admit to being in the Ziffren service department."
The Last Mogul. Lew Wasserman, MCA, and the Hidden History of Hollywood,
Crown Publishers, 1998, p. 278]
first Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion] could hardly imagine
that Jewish women would stoop
to crime or prostitution. When an associate, Meyer Weisgal,
who resembled David Ben-Gurion, once told him humorously that a girl had walked up to him on a London
street and offered her services, overwhelmed by the idea
of sleeping with the 'Israeli prime minister.' Ben-Gurion, clearly
troubled, was interested in only one thing: 'Was she Jewish?'"
Ben-Gurion. Prophet of Fire, Simon and Schuster, 1983, p. 39
1912, Dr. Louis Maretsky, the head of B'nai B'rith in Germany, noted that
at least 271 of 402 prostitution traffickers in Hamburg were recognizable
In 1889, Jewish women ran 203 of 289 (70%) of licensed brothels in Russia's
'Pale of Settlement' area (where Jews constituted 12% of the population).
In the same era, 16 of 19 licensed brothels in Warsaw, Poland, were headed
by Jewish women. [p. 61]
In Minsk, Russia, Jews ran all four of the legal brothels. In the Russian
province of Kherson (which includes Odessa), 30 of 36 licensed brothels
were Jewish-owned. [p. 56]
Prostitution and Prejudice,
Schocken Books, NY, 1983
shortly after the Holocaust -- when there were only a few thousand Jews
left in Germany, they remained prominent in the prostitution business
there. In 1961 Rabbi Richard L. Rubenstein interviewed Dean Heinrich
Gruber of the Evangelical Church of East and West Berlin. Rubenstein
notes that Gruber nearly himself perished in a Nazi concentration camp,
and he "had a long and heroic record of opposition to the Nazis
on Christian grounds as well as friendship and succor for Nazism's chief
[RUBENSTEIN, p. 5] "The problem in Germany is that the Jews haven't
learned anything from what happened to them," the Dean told a startled
Rubenstein, "I always tell my Jewish friends that they shouldn't
put a hindrance in the way our fight against anti-Semitism." [RUBENSTEIN,
p. 7] Gruber then complained that "many of the brothels and risqué
night clubs, for example, were in Jewish hands, especially those in
close proximity to army camps." [RUBENSTEIN, p. 71] And Rubenstein's
response to the clergyman? "Look," the rabbi said, ' I don't
understand why you are so troubled about a pitifully small number of
Jews in shady positions or interested in making money rather than following
more edifying pursuits. It seems to me
that every person pays a
price for the kind of life he or she leads. Why should Germany be upset
about a few such Jews unless they are overly involved in other peoples'
lives? Must every Jew make himself so pale, so inconspicuous, even invisible,
that he will give no offense to Germans? ... After what happened [in
the Holocaust], why should any Jew remain and worry about German approval?"
Rabbi Richard L. Rubenstein,
After Auschwitz. History, Theology, and Contemporary Judaism,
John Hopkins University Press,
1992, p. 78
1994, a US News and World Report reporter noted the observations
of a Frankfort, Germany, policeman patrolling
"'It's all owned by Jews,' [Bernd] Gayk says of the train station's
'Practically everything in this area is owned by German Jews.
is a single cabaret here owned by a German, but the rest belongs to
US News and World Report, The Growing Pains of New Germany,
May 16, 1994, p. 42, 44
THE HOLLYWOOD 'CASTING COUCH':
his more delicate personal relations with established and aspiring actresses,
[Louis B.Mayer, head mogul at MGM] was naturally careful and
decorous, but none the less vigorous in pursuit of those he lusted after,
frequently in vain ... He once said to [actress] Luise Rainer, 'Why
don't you sit on my lap when we're discussing your contract the way
the other girls do?' A little adroit lap-sitting would go a long way,
Hollywood Rajah. The Life and Times of Louis B. Mayer; Holt,
Rinehart & Winston, 1960
"[An assistant director] stumbled into [MGM (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer)
mogul Samuel] Goldwyn's office during the making of Whoopee!
and discovered the producer in a comprising position with a girl
who did not even get into the picture. Most of the girls on the lot
had heard about Sam Goldwyn's 'casting couch.'"
Goldwyn. A Biography, Alfred A. Knopf, 1989,
"While their wives were meant to be decorous and refined and sexless,
many of the Hollywood Jews found sexual release elsewhere -- sometimes
flagrantly ... Sex, like family, power, wealth, and culture, was meant
to be conspicuous in Hollywood. It was a symbol of power, which may
be why so many of the Hollywood Jews behaved with such little discretion.
Jack Warner [one of the heads of Warner Brothers] bragged
about his conquests as if they were trophies. Bess Lasky knew
that when her husband [the head of Universal] sneaked away to
make a quick business call he was not talking to Adolph Zucker
... David Selznick [was] a bearish hedonist with the appetites
and discipline of a child."
An Empire of Their Own. How the Jews Invented Hollywood, Crown
p. 246, 248
Jewish mogul Joseph Schenck, head of 20th Century Fox, says film historian
Neal Gabler, "embodied just about every cliché of Hollywood decadence
and debauchery." Neal Gabler,
An Empire of Their Own, 1988, p. 259
Early in Marilyn Monroe's career as a struggling actress, the head of
Columbia, Harry Cohn, also Jewish, once invited her, "and
no one else," to an overnight cruise on his yacht. According to
close friend Ted Jordan, Monroe was required to strip naked for Cohn
in his office. As she bent over, at his direction , he approached her,
penis in hand. When she declined his advances, said Monroe, "I
had never seen a man so angry."
Norman Jean. My Secret Life with Marilyn Monroe, William Morris
& Co., 1989, p. 91; also: Donald Wolfe, The Last Days
of Marilyn Monroe, William Morris & Co., 1988, p. 211-212
"In olden times Jewish traders sold Christian girls into concubinage
and into prostitution, and even today they display the same activity
in the same field in southern California where I live."
famed muckraking journalist, in Gould, Allan. What Did They Think
of the Jews? Jason Aronson, p. 305
According to a (1994) survey by the National Opinion Research
Center at the University of Chicago, Jews are the most sexually promiscuous
ethnic group in America. According to their responses, 34% of American
Jews have had sex with more than 11 partners by age 18.
Schmoozing. Private Conversations of American Jews, A Perigree
Book, NY, 1997, p. 141
"Although [Sigmund] Freud was considered a
non-believer [of Judaism] and even stated his disavowals of the rituals
and rites, he did feel that he retained the best attributes of the faith.
Numerous biographers noted that his home life was warm and loving, that
learning occupied and extremely high priority and that he had a strong
feeling of identification with other Jews. Even his doctrine concerning
the powerful drive of sexual urges grew out of Freud's interpretation
of the basic ingredients of Jewishness."
Earl A. Grollman,
Judaism in Sigmund Freud's Works, Appleton-Century/Bloch Publishing,
NY, 1965, p. xxiv
"One could discern in some of the anti-Jewish agitation [in early
20th century Christian Europe] more than a passing undertone of sexual
jealousy. The Jew, as we have seen, was thought to be in league with
the devil and prone to every variety of dark practice, and what could
be darker and more devilish than sex? (The Jew, in ancient times at
least, also had an extravagant idea of the sexual tastes and aptitudes
of the gentile. The Talmud, for example, decreed that one shouldn't
stable one's ass with a non-Jew in case it should be buggered). That
the Jew had and has a robust sexual appetite is well attested from even
the most cursory reading of the Bible, the Talmud, and more recent,
if less sacred, texts. 'Be fruitful and multiply' is the first commandment
in the Torah and what was traditionally regarded amongst the Christians
as a sordid if necessary act was raised by the Rabbis to the level of
a holy sacrament. But as the Rabbis themselves were to lament, it was
carried to unholy lengths."
Times Mirror, 1977, p. 28
"Decent, ordinary Americans are forced to begin to question
whether Jews are bad for this country. I realize how inflammatory this
statement is ... I do know that I am not alone in this concern ... [LAPIN,
D., 1999, p. 41] The spokesmen for groups like the Gay, Lesbian and
Bisexual Veterans of America and Lesbian Task Force are all too often
Jewish. Many of the member organizations of the Religious Coalition
for Reproductive Choice are Jewish. The membership of the American Civil
Liberties Union (ACLU), a champion of ultra-liberal causes, is disproportionately
high in Jews. The ACLU's leadership is almost reminiscent of a temple
board meeting ... [LAPIN, D., p. 279] ... So many of the enthusiasts
for the radical homosexual agenda, increased immorality, and expanded
abortion rights are Jewish." Rabbi Daniel Lapin, America's
Real War, Multnomah Publishers, Oregon, 1999, p. 293]
again anti-Semites portrayed us as a sexual libertines and
our moral authority. Today we cheerfully
and imagine ourselves beloved by the world
for it. Are we and
culture similarly honored when a CNN
that we [in Israel] have the highest rate of prostitution
For This We Yearned?, Jerusalem Post, May 15, 1998, p. 9
harassment is also rife within Jewish communal organizations.
the [1991 Anita Hill] scandal broke, we have been inundated with stories
who work within Jewish agencies, anxious to share their
of sexual harassment by lay and professional men ... multiplied
almost without end. All the women we spoke
believed that sexual harassment is endemic and deeply engrained in
Diana Aviv and Gary Rubin, (Aviv is the Associate Executive
Vice President of the National Jewish Community Relations Advisory
Council. Rubin is the Director of National Affairs for the American
Jewish Committee. Sexual Harassment Pervades Jewish Agencies,
Jewish Bulletin of Northern California, October 25, 1991,
"I believe very much that the quintessence of Jewish writing and
of Jewish culture is eroticism, more than anything else. I think the
Jew had always that image of being an erotic creature and this is what
frightened others, that he wanted to penetrate their culture, that he
wanted to change it. It was true. And it was rightfully so, I think,
because this is a lively contact with others."
Judaism: A Quarterly Journal of Jewish Life and Thought, Fall
-- linked here
"But the shikses [non-Jewish women], ah,
the shikses are something else ... Amidst these flushed and giggling
girls, I lace up my skates with weak, trembling fingers, and then out
into the cold and after them I move, down the wooden gangplank on my
toes and off onto the ice behind a fluttering covey of them -- a nosegay
of shikses, a garland of gentile girls. I am so awed that I am
in a state of desire beyond a hard-on. My circumcised little
dong is simply shriveled up with veneration. Maybe it's dread. How do
they get so gorgeous, so healthy, so blond? My contempt for what they
believe is more than neutralized by more adoration of the way they look,
the way they move and laugh and speak -- the lives they must lead behind
those goyische curtains!"
Random House, New York, 1969, p. 144-145
"'Why do Jewish men like to watch pornos backwards? ... So that
they can watch the prostitutes give back the money,' goes the joke [Jewish
intern Monica] Lewinsky told Mr. Clinton, according to the transcript
of the Tripp tapes."
[a Jewish ethnic news journal]
October 23, 1998,
"I also take a kind of perverse pleasure
in the thought that the most important and influential book ever written
is the product of Jewish thought ... I call it 'perverse' becaue it
is an instance of national pride which I don't want to feel and which
I fight against constantly ... I remember once a fellow Jew remarking
with satisfaction on the high percentage of Nobel Prize winners who
were Jewish. I said, 'Does that make you feel superior?' 'Of course,'
he said. 'What if I told you that sixty percent of the pornographers
and eighty percent of the crooked Wall Street manipulators wre Jewish?'
He was startled. 'Is that true?'
'I don't know. I made up the figures. But what if it were true? Would
it make you feel inferior?'
He had to think about that. It's much easier to find reasons to consider
oneself superior than inferior. But one is just the mirror image of
I. Asimov, A Memoir,
1994, p. 322
"'But where do Jews enter the picture?'
I asked him. 'Ah!' said Simon [Wiesenthal], slapping his knee. 'I
haven't told you something else. A few years ago, I have a talk with
a man who went to school with Hitler. I ask him what Hitler was like
in school and he says, 'Normal. But maybe this hatred began after
got this infection from a Jewish whore.''
'Are you saying that Hitler caught syphillis from a Jewish prostitute?'
I asked increduously.
Wisenthal laughed and said: 'What's the matter? You think only Jews
can catch diseases from prostitutes?'
'No, but were Jewish prostitutes common in Austria?'
'Why not? Is there a Gentile monopoly on prostitution?'
'I just don't see it as a vocation for a nice Jewish girl.'
'A nice Jewish girl,' Simon mimicked. 'You have those 'nice Jewish
girls' in Israel, too, these days and they had them in Vienna years
ago -- when there were more Jews.'"
The Wiesenthal File. William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, Grand
Rapids, MI, 1993
Men and Stout-Hearted Sisters. Jerusalem Post,
March 9, 2000
[Book review of Jewish scholar Jay Gertzman's Bookleggers an Smuthounds]
"A great many of the publishers and peddlers of what was variously
called flagitious, pornographic, or erotic literature were Jews, and
most of those were German Jews who had learned the printing trades in
the old country. This fact of course fed right into the animosity of
anti-smut crusaders who constantly decried the 'foreign, radical, corrupting'
character of the smut peddlers. The main protagonists in this battle
for the soul, if not the groin, of America were the patrician John Saxton
Sumner of the New York Society for the Suppression of Vice, and Samuel
Roth, a writer, poet and genuine man of letters and an equally authentic
purveyor of sleaze. Roth, for example, not only published (and often
pirated) works by Lawrence, Joyce, Miller and legitimate classics, but
also printed and peddled flip books, pornographic playing cards, albums
of 'French postcards' and the vulgarities known as 'Tijuana Bibles.'
Just to compound matters, during his various stints in prison Roth wrote
works like Jews Must Live, a book of rabid anti-Jewish sentiment
that Gertzman says still circulates in antisemitic circles today ...
Gertzman himself acknowledges towards the end of his book that his uncle
once ran the most notorious 'dirty bookshop' in Philadelphia. For that
matter, Sam Roth's grandson is none other than Prof. James Kugel,
the eminent Bible scholar at Harvard University. If there's a more complicated
and surprising tribe on earth, I've yet to hear about it."
Live. San Francisco Bay Guardian, October
"The story of the Web's most influential pornophile is nearly unbelievable:
the son of an Australian Christian evangelist, Ford converted to Orthodox
Judaism in 1993 – a 'porn-again Jew' in Fordspeak – under the theological
influence of right-wing Jewish talk-radio demagogue Dennis Prager (whose
Web site Ford also runs). As a result, Ford's site is not really a porn
site at all. It's a daily chronicle of how devout Judaism and devout
pornology play themselves out in one man's endless public arguments
with himself. The basic premise: how can someone devote his professional
life to an industry he believes is, in Ford's own words, 'profoundly
destructive and hence immoral ... another form of rebellion against
God.' Ford is a religious Jew, not a cultural one, yet it is cultural
Jews – 'non-Jewish Jews,' he calls them – with whom Ford's site is most
invested, specifically all those non-Jewish Jews who get it on and buy
and sell the getting-it-on in the porn industry. Like all of his polemics,
Ford's essay on these Jews is a rambling collage of theories, interviews,
and uncited historical references that never really coalesce into an
identifiable argument. Ford is less of an opinion maker and more of
an archivist-chronicler, his agenda always buried beneath layers of
deferral and ambiguity. In the piece, Ford turns the Jews-run-Hollywood
riff into a Jews-run-porn riff, listing off the secret Hebraic roots
of all the key players – Randy 'Andy Abrams' West, Barbara
'Stacy Mitnick' Dare. He also feeds the age-old anti-Semitic connection
that Hitler turned into grounds for genocide in Mein Kampf –
Jews as dirty, parasitic merchants of smut, disease, and moral pollution
– by emphasizing the high number of Jewish porn publishers throughout
[in pornography]. lukeford.com [See
above link], 2001
"Secular Jews play a disproportionate role throughout the sex industry
... Jews accounted for most of the leading male [pornography] performers
of the 1970s and '80s ... If the Torah [Pentateutch] command Jews 'to
be a kingdom of priests and a holy nation,' and Judaism strongly opposes
porn, why do Jews dominate porn? ... Pornographer Seymore Butts
attributes the large number of Jews in porn to the desire for profits.
Jews gravitate towards money ... 'I have not yet met a Jewish guy who
wasn't horny as a rabbit,' says [Jewish porn star] Nina Hartley,
'Culturally it's OK for Jews to act and for WASPs its different ...
Plus, they get to have sex with all these beautiful blonde women ...
Where else are you going to get a succession of shiksas [non-Jewish
women] to bed you down?'"
Fraud and Sex.com. The Industry Standard,
November 29, 2000
"Sex.com is one of the more lucrative properties on the
Web. InternetNews cited 'some industry experts' as estimating
its worth at $250 million. Reuters went with a guesstimate by
'lawyers' of $100 million, and added that court documents indicate that
the site's former owner, Stephen Cohen, who had been running
the site since 1995, took home $17 million in salary and holds stock
options worth $100 million. In the court case, filed in 1998, Gary Kremen
accused Stephen Cohen of stealing the domain name that he, Kremen, had
first registered in 1994. Cohen, who all the stories noted has done
prison time for fraud, allegedly forged a letter that persuaded Network
Solutions (dossier) to transfer the name to him in 1995. Cohen then
built sex.com into a destination that attracts 25 million visitors a
day, according to Reuters. All the reporters noted that the judge had
ordered Cohen to pay $25 million into a court-controlled fund until
damages (if any) are determined, because the court feared that Cohen
was hiding his assets offshore." [Stephen Cohen should not be confused
with BENJAMIN Cohen,
of England, who, at 18 years of age, became a millionaire with the founding
of JewishNet and has since founded cyberbritain (featuring
huntforporn.co.uk and dotadults.com). As mere sampling,
other premiere Jewish Internet porn moguls include Seattle-based
Seth Warshavsky, called "the Bill Gates of Smut" by
the Los Angeles Times [Ehrman, M. 6-13-99, p. 26; read The
Prince of Porn at wired.com] ; Jonathan Silverstein, the
president of Cybererotica [Chairman: Ron Levi]; Peter
Asher, the president of Vivid Entertainment Group (the "world's
leading producer of adult films and videos" -- founded by Steven
Hirsch and David James; read about the VEG porn team
Valley: When Porn Goes Public at the Industry Standard);
and Danni Ashe, one of the major women entrepreneurs in the online
porn field -- read the The
Brains Behind the Boobs, at wired.com]
Windfall is Anticipated for Winner of Sex.com.
Mercury News, December 2, 2000
"When Gary Kremen bought the domain name sex.com in 1994,
he didn't plan on being a purveyor of pornography. 'I thought it might
be cool,'' he said. 'Maybe I'd get to meet the Dr. Ruths [Dr. Ruth
is also Jewish] of the world.' He considered penning an advice column
on what women should know about men. But he didn't get around to doing
anything with the site. And a year later, it was taken over by a man
named Stephen Cohen. For the past several years, the two men
have been locked in a legal battle over the site -- a battle that ended
Monday when a San Jose federal judge stripped ownership of the choice
Web address from Cohen, ruling that he most likely stole the rights
to the domain name from Kremen. Cohen, who turned the site into a popular
portal to scores of X-rated Web sites, also was ordered to place $25
million into a federal court account until the litigation is completed.
Kremen argued in court that the name was stolen from him ... As for
the future of sex.com, Kremen hopes to change the site into something
classier, focusing more on erotica than pornography."
Sordid Saga of Sex.com. wired.com,
April 15, 1999
"Never mind the porn on Sex.com. If even half the allegations that
[Gary] Kremen makes are true, the tale behind Sex.com is the most sordid
in the short history of the Internet economy ... [Stephen] Cohen
was convicted in 1991 for posing as a lawyer in a bankruptcy court in
a scheme to bilk an elderly woman's creditors out of $200,000. According
to court records, Cohen assumed the identity of several attorneys, forged
phony deeds and cashier's checks, and attempted to hide the woman's
assets. Cohen was sentenced to 46 months. It was his second conviction.
In 1975, he was found guilty of grand theft and check kiting ... Within
eight months of his prison release, Cohen controlled the Sex.com domain
name. Cohen allegedly pulled off of the domain heist with a forged letter,
dated 15 October 1995, to Network Solutions, the Net's registrar ...
In an early interview, before Kremen raised his allegations, Cohen claimed
that he had been using the Sex.com name since 1979, as part of The
French Connection, an electronic bulletin board he founded for 'swingers,
nudist camps, and alternative lifestyles.' BBSs were the primary source
of digital porn before the Web. Back then, he said, Sex.com stood for
'Sex Communications ... By the late '80s, Cohen had set up a real-world
meeting place for French Connection swingers at a home in Orange County,
California. Hundreds of couples met at 'The Club' on Friday and Saturday
nights to swap partners. After neighbors complained, police arrested
Cohen in 1990 on charges of operating a sex club in a residential zone.
Cohen moved The Club elsewhere, and the charges were dropped ... In
late 1995, with Kremen temporarily stymied in his attempts to regain
the domain, Cohen and four Orange County entrepreneurs dreamed up big
plans for Sex.com. The grandest plan had little to do with the Internet.
In January 1996, the group unveiled its bid to buy a Nevada brothel
called Sheri's Ranch and transform it into a $100 million 'adult
fantasy resort.' Named Wanaleiya, the Polynesian-themed resort
would feature 500 exotic women who 'would not hesitate to see to your
comfort and pleasure.'"
Jewry -- A Concise History. JewishGen: The
Home of Jewish Genealogy.
"We now come of a very sordid period in Jewish history. Late in
the 19th and early 20th centuries, Jews controlled the trade in white
slavery, which is a polite way of saying prostitution. And they did
so worldwide. Reputable historians claim Jews ran brothels in Shanghai,
India, Turkey, Argentina, Brazil and New York City ... One unfortunate
result of Jewish-controlled white slavery was that anti-semites in Europe
used the information to paint all Jews as unworthy, as criminals, and
deserving of expulsion from their country. Fortunately, Jewish communities
that had been initially timid in dealing with this issue eventually
rallied and worked throughout the world to stamp out this blemish, finally
succeeding. So much so that today many Jews have not heard of this shameful
episode in Jewish history."
Rape By Any Name. Citizens'
Commission on Human Rights
"Dr. Jules Masserman, past president of the American Psychiatry
Association, sexually assaulted four of his female patients during drug-induced
sleep ... Although only ten percent of psychiatrists admit to sexually
abusing patients, interestingly, 65 percent say new patients tell them
of being abused sexually by their former psychiatrist." ["That
vast apparative of putative concern, psychiatry, is largely a Jewish
monopoly." -- Kahn, Roger. The Passionate People, William
Morris, Inc., 1968, p. 53 / "All over the world, Jews are drawn
to the profession of psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic therapy. The
1990 roster of the International Psychoanalytical Association reads
like the membership list of a synagogue." -- Earl Hopper, Psychotherapy
and the 'Jewish Experience.' European Judaism, Spring 1996, p.
17-25 / "An area of medicine which Jews have made almost their
own is psychiatry, though it is perhaps still too early to say whether
it constitutes a positive advance in human welfare." -- Chaim Bermant,
The Jews, Times Mirror, 1977, p. 119]
Figure Sturman Dies. Las Vegas Review-Journal,
October 29, 1997
"[Jewish] Pornography czar Reuben Sturman, who was the focus
of a high-profile 1992 obscenity case in Las Vegas, died Monday at a
federal prison in Kentucky, where he was serving terms for tax fraud
in Cleveland and extortion in Chicago ... During his first trial in
Las Vegas on obscenity and racketeering charges that ended in a mistrial
in October 1991, news accounts described a jovial Sturman who laughed
as jurors watched films of men and women having sex with animals ...
In the 1980s, Sturman was identified by the Justice Department as the
No. 1 distributor of hard-core pornography."
Department of Criminal Justice and Police Studies,
Eastern Kentucky University.
"Of the individuals indicted by the federal government in the MIPORN
[Miami Pornography] operation, [Jewish porn mogul] Reuben Sturman
was clearly the most important. Sturman presided over his business enterprises
from his Sovereign News Company, headquartered in Cleveland. Sovereign
News was housed in a three-story, red-brick building, surrounded by
chain-link fences and barbed wire and protected by the most modern and
sophisticated electronic surveillance devices money can buy (Potter,
1986; Satchell, 1979). Sturman controlled pornography distribution warehouses
in Baltimore, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Denver, Milwaukee, Buffalo, Toronto,
Los Angeles, and Detroit. In addition, he was the principle owner of
between 300 and 800 retail pornography stores around the country (May
and Hosenball, 1981). Sturman's Sovereign News Empire dominated the
pornography industry and created an environment in which smaller operators
and their distributors were dependent upon Sovereign News for their
survival. A confidential FBI memorandum on the pornography industry
said that [Sturman's business practices] have included the strong-arm
shakedowns of other dealers, distributors, and suppliers throughout
the United States, particularly on the West Coast."
Business Booms in Jail for Our Top Pornographer, Sydney
Morning Herald [Australia], [posted at lukeford.com], January
"An American criminal, David Sturman, whose father was once
the largest distributor of hard-core pornography in the world, has been
able to gain a substantial slice of the Australian pornography industry
while serving a jail sentence in California. By using Australians to
act as owners of his businesses in Sydney and Canberra, Sturman avoided
probity checks which are essential in gaining a licence to operate.
Two years ago, Sturman and his American partner, Mark Franks,
set up a group of companies to control the importation, sale and distribution
of pornographic videos from outlets such as the Adam and Eve shop in
Put Pornography on Hamas Web Site.
FreeRepublic.com (from Reuters), March 26, 2001
"Hackers invaded the Internet site of the Muslim militant group
Hamas to make it show pornography on Tuesday, after the fundamentalist
organization claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing that killed
three Israelis. Web surfers trying to access www.hamas.org were
re-routed automatically to a pay-for-view pornographic site offering
a fare ranging from 'kinky co-eds' to 'Latina fetish.' Sheikh Ahmed
Yassin, spiritual leader of the political wing of Hamas, accused Israeli
intelligence of being behind what appeared to be the latest attack in
an Israeli-Arab cyberwar on the sidelines of a five-month-old Palestinian
Reps. Salon.com, June 7, 2000
"Israeli porn producers are hiring actors who look like Egyptian
stars ... According to the Nasserist Al-Arabi weekly publication
... film producers are tracking down actors who look like current Egyptian
stars, and using them to shoot porn flicks in Israel. The films are
then imported to Egypt and screened for paying customers. Appeal is
broad for such materials, because Egyptian cinema is the most popular
in the Middle East. Al-Arabi said the goal of the porn films
was to 'tarnish the reputation of Egyptian film stars.' The original
actors are, of course, not pleased with the alternative personas that
have been handed to them ... Yusra Alawi told reporters she is asking
her attorney to obtain copies of the films and to pursue legal action
against those responsible."
Establishing Boundaries. High Profile Cases Refocus Attention on Sexual
Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles.
December 15, 2000
"For those who look up to the American Jewish clergy, it has not
been a good year. Last week, one of the Reform movements most prominent
rabbis was suspended from the movement's rabbinical association for
past sexual misconduct ... The news about [Rabbi Sheldon] Zimmerman
came on the heels of several other widely publicized incidents involving
Months After HUC Resignation,
Zimmerman Hired By Birthright,
JTA (Jewish Telegraphic Agency), April 5, 2001
"A rabbi recently suspended from the Reform movement's rabbinic
organization because of sexual impropriety has been hired to a top position
by a program that sends thousands of young Jews on free trips to Israel.
Rabbi Sheldon Zimmerman, who resigned as president of the Hebrew
Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in December, will become
executive vice president of Birthright Israel USA, Inc., based
in New York. He was recruited for the position by Michael Steinhardt,
the hedge fund manager-turned-philanthropist who co-founded the Birthright
program. Zimmerman's hire is raising some eyebrows in the Jewish community,
though many leading figures praised the appointment ... Susan Weidman
Schneider, editor of the feminist Jewish magazine Lilith,
said, 'Although the specific nature of Zimmerman's actions have not
been made public,' his hire 'seems to repeat a pattern in Jewish life
where male rabbis known to have transgressive behaviors in their past
have not often suffered professionally for it.' The appointment comes
on the heels of another controversy surrounding the program: the fact
that two of Birthright's top lay leaders wrote pardon letters
on behalf of [fugitive] financier Marc Rich, who gave $5 million
to the organization."
by Rabbis. Lilith [Jewish Womens' Magazine]
"The denials and cover-ups by religious authorities in the case
of Rabbi Baruch Lanner closely parallel a report Lilith Magazine
has published, investigating accusations of sexual misconduct by the
rabbi and popular singer Shlomo Carlebach. Lilith, the independent
Jewish women's magazine, exposed 'The Paradoxical Legacy' of the late
Rabbi Carlebach, known around the world for his neo-Chassidic spirituality,
his charm and his music. Like Lanner's, Carlebach's alleged sexual misconduct
was denied, ignored and covered up by his partisans. And like the Jewish
Week's editor, Lilith's staff was beseeched not to publish, for
fear that the allegations brought against Carlebach would undo all the
ostensible good he had done."
Jewish Bulletin of Northern California, October 18, 1996
"[Rabbi Robert] Kirschner was once a rising star
in the Reform [Judaism] movement. While still in his 30s, he became
the religious leader of one of the two largest synagogues in Northern
California and the youngest rabbi ever to head such a sizable Reform
congregation. He was destined for a major leadership role in the Reform
movement. Some say he would have been on the short list of candidates
to succeed Rabbi Alexander Schindler as president of the movement's
Union of American Hebrew Congregations. But after serving Emanu-El for
11 years, Kirschner suddenly resigned from his pulpit on New Year's
Day 1992 amid accusations from three congregants and a temple employee
that he had sexually exploited or harassed them. Eight other women later
came forward to the temple board to complain about the rabbi's conduct,
including members of his congregation and two students from the Graduate
Theological Seminary in Berkeley. According to parties involved, at
least three of the accusers later reached financial settlements with
the temple's insurance company."
Sources on Sexual and Domestic Violence in the Jewish Community. Minnesota
Center Against Violence and Abuse [linked from
Women in Judaism, Winter 1999]. A listing of articles -- 25
paper pages long -- that addresses this subject.
No Longer Taboo.
Jewsweek [from JTA], August 2001
"Orthodox pedophiles? For years, most people in the Orthodox world
assumed their religious way of life and tight-knit communities insulated
them from problems rocking the larger world, like sexual abuse. There
is still a great deal of resistance to discussing the issue, and a lingering
feeling among many victims and advocates that Orthodox institutions
are more concerned with protecting the reputations of men accused of
sexual abuse than with believing or helping victims ... In the wake
of public allegations last year that a high-ranking professional in
the Orthodox Union's National Conference of Synagogue Youth had
sexually abused more than 20 teen-age girls, sexual abuse has become
a household world among centrist Orthodox Jews ... Four years ago, at
the request of the Brooklyn District Attorney, Ohel — which already
treated Jewish survivors of sexual abuse — created the first- ever treatment
program specifically for Orthodox sex offenders. More than 30 people,
half referred through the criminal justice system and half through rabbis
and Jewish communal leaders, have received evaluation or treatment through
the program; more are on a waiting list ... In the aftermath of two
publicized cases of pedophilia — one concerning a rabbi teaching at
a day school and another concerning a kosher butcher — the Chicago Rabbinical
Council recently created a special Beit Din, or rabbinical court, to
address sexual abuse ... But there are certain aspects of Orthodox life
that make such problems uniquely challenging. Perhaps the biggest obstacle
is the wall of silence and denial."
Shakes Ground Under Barak's Government.
The Independent [Great Britain], March 8, 2000
"First corruption allegations, then a defeat in parliament and
now a sex scandal. The ground under Ehud Barak, Israel's Prime Minister,
seems to be slipping by the day. The latest blow came yesterday, when
the Transport Minister, Yitzhak Mordechai, who deputises for
Mr Barak in his absence, suspended himself pending an investigation
into accusations that he sexually assaulted a female civil servant."
Journalist Arrested on Sex Charge.
Haaretz, [Israeli newspaper], August 15,
"The director-general of the Israel Journalists' Union,
Tuvya Sa'ar, has been arrested on suspicion of having intercourse
with a minor and coercing her for sexual favors. Sa'ar, 65, a resident
of Tel Aviv, was detained two days ago and remanded in custody yesterday
... The charges allege Sa'ar got to know the minor two years through
an Internet chat room and they began meeting at his home and in hotel
rooms in Tel Aviv and Be'er Sheva. Although she was 15 years old at
the time - a year below the age of consent - Sa'ar is suspected of having
had intercourse with the minor and of using his position as a public
figure to cajole and coerce her ... Sa'ar was previously director of
Selling Sex in Israel.
Jewsweek, July 18, 2001
"This disturbing story unfolds all too often at the hotline for
Migrant Workers, a Tel Aviv agency founded in 1998 to protect the human
rights of foreign workers, victims of sex trafficking among them ...
Director and co-founder Sigal Rozen, along with the group’s counsel,
Nomi Levenkron, were in Washington, D.C. ... In an interview,
Rozen called sex trafficking an 'unorganized crime,' based largely on
personal networks of immigrants from the Ukraine, Russia, and Moldova.
... Those three countries alone accounted for 91 percent of the 474
women arrested in brothels and deported from Israel in 2000, according
to figures compiled by hotline volunteers during visits to the Neveh
Tirzah women’s prison. These statistics represent only a fraction of
the problem. Police spokespersons have set the number of women brought
into the country to work in the sex industry at 2,000-3,000 annually,
the number of brothels at 250, Rozen said."
Rights Abuses Affecting Trafficked Women in Israel's Sex Industry.
Amnesty International, May 18, 2000 [MDE 15/017/2000]
"Although official statistics are not available, it is widely believed
that in the past few years thousands of women, including some girls,
from FSU [former Soviet Union] countries have been trafficked to Israel
to work in the sex industry. Under Israeli laws, virtually all these
women are illegal aliens. They are in Israel without work permits or
with false documents, which makes them particularly vulnerable to human
rights abuses at the hands of traffickers, pimps and others involved
in Israel's sex industry. Amnesty International has received many reports
of trafficked women being subjected to various human rights abuses,
such as enslavement and other restrictions on their liberty, as well
as torture, including rape and other forms of sexual abuse ... Amnesty
International has received information indicating that in many instances
women trafficked from FSU countries are literally bought and sold for
large sums of money, often in auctions where they are purchased by the
highest bidder. Some are held in debt bondage where they are forced
to work to pay off large sums of money. Some women are kidnapped against
their will in FSU countires or are lured to Israel under false pretences,
and brought to work in the sex industry. Their 'owners' restrict their
movements in order to prevent them from leaving. There are many reports
of women being imprisoned by their 'owners' in locked houses and apartments
and prevented from going out unaccompanied."
in the Land of the Maccabees: Trafficking in Women in Israel.
Social Action, [socialaction.com], "a Jewish Online Magazine."
"Today, the prostitute in Tel Aviv is more likely to be named Olga
than Rachel, and she's not an Israeli, or in Israel legally. She's one
of the more than 2,000 to 2,500 women from former Soviet republics brought
into Israel by international traffickers to feed a $450 million-a-year
prostitution industry centered around Tel Aviv. The money paid for her
body goes to the man she's been sold to. Assault and rape are common
ways of keeping 'employees' in line in this business, and the only way
a woman will leave Israel's sex industry is if she comes to the attention
of the Israeli authorities who will deport her, penniless and traumatized,
back to Eastern Europe ... Very rarely, a particularly horrific story
will make its way from the Israeli press to American Jewish listserves.
When the most recent of these motivated me to get out there and see
what I could do to help, I discovered that there is apparently no Jewish
organization in the United States or Canada working to raise awareness
of trafficking issues in Israel, or bring American Jewish money and
influence to bear on the situation. Why should this be an issue for
the American Jewish community? After all, most of the women affected
are not Jewish."
on Global Sex Exploitation: Israel.
Coalition Against Trafficking in Women
"Traffickers and pimps earned US$50,000 - 100,000 a year from each
prostituted woman, resulting in a US$450 million sex industry. ('A modern
form of slavery,' The Jerusalem Post, 13 January 1998)
1,500 Russian and Ukrainian trafficked women have been deported from
1995-1997. (Michael Specter, 'Traffickers’ New Cargo: Naive Slavic Women,'
New York Times, 11 January 1998)
Russian women are bought and sold by pimps in Israel for prices ranging
from US$5,000 to $20,000. (Police sources, ''Invisible' Women Shown
In Russia's Demographics,' Martina Vandenberg, St. Petersburg Times,
13 October 1997)
A small brothel with ten women can make up to 750,000 shekels a month
(US $215,000). (Michael Specter, 'Traffickers’ New Cargo: Naive Slavic
Women," New York Times, 11 January 1998)
Women trafficked from Eastern Europe, were stripped and sold naked as
slaves to Tel Aviv traders for US$500-1,000.
Smuggling, fraudulent documents, collaboration between police and brothel
owners are involved. There are routine brutal beatings and sexual abuse.
(New York Times 11 January 1998)."
Publishes First Study of local Prostitutes. Jerusalem
Post, July 31, 2001
"A first-ever Israeli academic study on the medical and emotional
condition of prostitutes has found that most risk HIV and hepatitis
C infection through unprotected oral sex, and many suffer from depression
and post-traumatic stress disorder ... They reported in private interviews
of having an average of 12 clients a day during the week, and during
peak days (weekends and holidays) about 30 in a 24-hour period. Two-fifths
worked daily except for a single day off a month. They earned a monthly
average of only $1,285, and those with family abroad sent most of it
to support them, while their personal expenses were paid by the brothel
Ron Jeremy: Porn
Buddha. Austin Arts Downtown, May-June
"People call Jeremy addicted (to food), a tightwad, a clown,
a spotlight hound and a man who can maintain an erection longer than
any man in pornography. He claims not to use Viagra. He was born Ron
Hyatt into a Jewish family who don't seem too put off by his ultimate
career choice, although after the first porn film, his dad told Ron
not to use his last name ... We are talking about a man who can count
a film called Blow it Out Your Ass, as a typical title among the 1600
or so films he has appeared in."
without Clothes. New Haven Advocate.
"To many people, Nina Hartley would appear to be the embodiment
of contradiction: a feminist who's also a veteran porn star and damn
proud of it. Further confounding stereotypes, she's a public speaker
as comfortable in a college lecture hall as on a strip club stage and
a politically aware progressive -- a 'third-generation socialist,' she
called herself in a wide-ranging 1989 interview in Shmate, a
now-defunct progressive Jewish journal. She's a 1985 graduate of San
Francisco State University with a B.S. in nursing. Magna cum laude,
at that. She entered the sex business in 1982, working as a stripper
at a San Francisco club while she was in college. Hartley, who estimates
she has appeared in 360 movies or videos, made her first film in 1984
... Hartley's emergence as one of porn's top stars coincided with a
burgeoning public debate over the medium ... The opinionated and articulate
Hartley entered the fray and has become the foremost spokesperson for
women working in the porn industry.
Block's Little House of Sexual Horrors. Salon.com,
February 18, 1999
"There must be an explanation for the scene taking place just five
feet away. A blond, large-breasted woman and a massive black man are
fornicating with methodical, casual self-consciousness, like two body-builders
pumping iron after an injury. He is on top, banging away unhurriedly,
holding himself away from her with two knuckled fists planted on either
side of her hips. She doesn't touch him but fidgets with a silver vibrator
while preening at the small live audience and the roving, carnivorous
camera. The peanut gallery continues with its kibitzing, trying to make
sense of how such an explicitly sexual spectacle -- the climax to an
evening of broken taboos -- can be so deeply, utterly unsexy. The event
seemed too good to pass up. Dr. Susan Block, a [Jewish] sex celebrity
who is, among other items on a groaning résumé, an advice columnist,
a maker of videos bearing such titles as 'The Fine Art of Fellatio,'
the author of 'The 10 Commandments of Pleasure,' the holder of a doctorate
in philosophy, a radio and cable access talk-show host and the cleavage-friendly
poster child for all things sex-enlightening and self-promoting, was
throwing a Valentine's Day party to celebrate the opening of her new
sexual institute, located in an old 1920s speakeasy in the heart of
downtown L.A.'s art, fashion, financial and convention district ...
Max, Susan Block's self-declared publicist, footman, butler, husband
and sex slave, offers to show me the art ... 'We've got everything,'
he says proudly, then segues into interview mode. 'I'm the most prosecuted
publisher in America. I've been prosecuted 20 times and I've spent 18
months in jail.' He ticks off the charges on his fingers. 'Industrial
espionage, rack ordinances (I put the first pair of tits on the streets
of L.A.), conspiracy to publish.'" Block's online sex shop and
altar to hedonistic self-indulgence is The
Dr. Susan Block Institute for the Erotic Arts and Sciences.
Cantor Charged in Prostitution Ring. Jerusalem
Post, January 31, 2000
"Members of Chicago's Jewish community are expressing shock and
dismay about the arrest of a former synagogue cantor and his wife of
a few weeks. The two were charged in connection with a prostitution
ring. Joel Gordon, 51, who has served at several Chicago-area
synagogues, was charged November 21 with keeping a house of prostitution
following a police raid on three massage parlors, operated out of private
apartments in the northern suburbs. His wife, Alison Ginsberg,
23, was charged with prostitution and keeping a house of prostitution.
Gordon was most recently the cantor and spiritual leader of Congregation
Shirat Emet, a now-defunct synagogue in the Chicago suburb of Buffalo
Police Stake Out Diplomat Accused of Running Kiddie-Porn Ring. Jerusalem
Post, July 6, 2000
"Brazilian police continued to surround the Israeli consulate in
Rio de Janeiro in the belief that Israeli vice-consul in Rio Aryeh
Scher, wanted on suspicion of running a child pornography ring,
had taken refuge there. However Foreign Ministry officials said Scher
has been en route to Israel for the past two days. Scher, who was at
one point consul-general in Rio, was declared a fugitive by Brazilian
authorities after a search of his apartment on Tuesday yielded what
police officials described as evidence it was used for the manufacture
of pornographic material, some of them involving underage girls ...
Brazilian authorities notified the Israeli embassy of plans to revoke
Scher's diplomatic immunity on Tuesday, prior to the search. By the
time police were able to obtain a warrant to search Scher's penthouse,
the vice-consul was already on his way back to Israel, where he will
face a Foreign Ministry inquiry ... The investigation that culminated
in the search of Scher's apartment began when a 17-year-old girl accused
Georges Schteinberg, a 40-year-old Hebrew teacher of using her
as a model in pornographic pictures and of distributing them on the
Internet. Photographs of nude minors posed on a car with diplomatic
plates were discovered in a search of Schteinberg's residence earlier
in the week, in addition to massive quantities of pornographic material.
Police then traced the car in the pictures back to Scher."
Teacher Accused of Molesting Students.
Jerusalem Post, January 12, 2000
"Police three weeks ago launched an investigation into alleged
sexual abuse by a teacher at Jerusalem's Mercaz Harav yeshiva
14 years ago ... In mid-December, police were alerted to accusations
by three men - now in their late 20s - who studied at the yeshiva in
their teenage years and said they were sexually molested by the man.
Police then began investigations into other men who reportedly were
also sexually abused, but did not come forward ... The head of the yeshiva,
former Ashkenazi chief rabbi Avraham Shapira, was alerted to
the complaints several months ago in an anonymous letter and soon after
in an anonymous phone call ... Senior National Religious Party figures,
meanwhile, reacted to reports that Shapira attempted to silence those
who made the allegations of sexual misconduct ... This is not the first
time that Shapira has been suspected of trying to prevent a police inquiry
into the improprieties of yeshiva teachers. Last year, he received a
warning letter from Attorney-General Elyakim Rubinstein after
he was said to have tried to cover up the illegal sexual behavior of
Ze'ev Kopolevitch, formerly head of Jerusalem's Netiv Meir Yeshiva,
who was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison."
Prosecutors Try to Keep Boca Rabbi Jailed, Calling Him a Menace.
Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, July 20, 2001
"Responding to a jailed rabbi's appeal that he be allowed to await
trial in a psychological program, federal prosecutors this week argued
that Jerrold Levy remains a threat to the community and a flight
risk ... Prosecutors said they have developed additional evidence that
Levy distributed child pornography to other people, received child pornography
from a minor contacted in an Internet chat room, and pursued other minors
... In their response to Levy's appeal, prosecutors said there is 'overwhelming'
evidence against Levy to support their existing nine charges of child
pornography and using the Internet to entice a juvenile. Last week,
Levy, a former associate rabbi at Temple Beth El in Boca Raton, filed
an emergency motion for release from prison as he waits to hear about
Lanner Indicted on Sex Abuse Charges. Jewish
Week, March 16, 2000
"Nine months after The Jewish Week reported on allegations
that Rabbi Baruch Lanner had abused teenagers in his charge for
three decades, a Monmouth County, N.J., grand jury indicted him Wednesday
on six criminal charges. The rabbi faces two counts each of aggravated
criminal sexual conduct, criminal sexual conduct and endangering the
welfare of a child. The crimes are second-, third- and fourth-degree
offenses. A second-degree offense carries a maximum penalty of 10 years
in prison ... The first woman, now 19, alleged that Rabbi Lanner sexually
abused her almost daily in his office at the yeshiva when she was a
14-year-old ninth-grader there in 1995 and 1996."
Arrest of Ex-Employee
Sparks Concern. compcocity.com [originally
from Edmonton Jewish Life], [Undated, 1990s]
"A former employee of Calgary Jewish Community Council has been
charged with possession of child pornography, sexual assault and sexual
interference with a child under 14 years of age. David Webber,
35, was arrested on February 22. On that date, police executed a search
warrant on his apartment. In the search, they seized a large number
of Polaroid photographs of nude boys aged 10 to 14 and written materials.
Several children have already been interviewed and are alleged to be
victims of sexual assault ... Before moving to Calgary, Webber was youth
director of the Beth Israel Synagogue in Edmonton. In 1990, he was charged
with sexual assault in Edmonton, but the charges were subsequently dismissed."
Guilty of Pedophilia. Haaretz [Israel],
June 22, 2001
"A garbage truck driver with a part-time job as a synagogue sexton
in a town in the center of the country was convicted yesterday by a
Jerusalem District Court for sexually assaulting children who went to
synagogue to pray with him ... At least three children were involved,
with one, the 13-year-old, being the son of another synagogue official.
That boy was so disturbed by the sexual abuse that he took up drugs,
and the sexton then exploited that knowledge to blackmail the youth
into more sexual intercourse. The other two children were subject to
his fondling, often on the back porch of the synagogue during prayers,
in exchange for sweets."
of Sexual Assault and Rape.
Haaretz [Israeli newspaper], June 4, 2001
"A 44-year-old man from Ma'aleh Efraim who passed himself off as
a rabbi and healer was yesterday found guilty by the Tel Aviv District
Court of sexually assaulting two women and raping one of them ... Cohen
claimed to have been blessed by God with healing powers and met with
people suffering from a variety of ailments, physical and otherwise,
twice a week in a room in a house in Rosh Ha'ayin."
Miss Universe Rapist Receives 16-Year Sentence.
Jerusalem Post, December 29, 1999
"Shlomo Nur, who was convicted this fall of raping Miss
Universe beauty queen Linor Abergil, was sentenced today to 16
years in prison by a Tel Aviv district court. Shlomo, who was convicted
on two counts of rape and another two counts of sodomy, received a suspended
sentence of another four years. Shlomo raped Abergil while the beauty
queen was in Italy last year working as a model after receiving her
crown. The judges, legal observers said, were persuaded that Shlomo
had entrapped the young woman unwillingly at a period when she was alone
in a foreign country and vulnerable to his approaches."
Strip Club Scandal Marks Return of 'Our Gang.'
[Jewish] Forward, June 29, 2001
"Our boys are still out there, I'm very proud to say,' said Alan
Block, a professor of Jewish studies at the University of Pittsburgh
and a noted authority on Jewish organized crime in America and overseas.
They're running penny-stock scams and providing support for Colombian
drug cartels, Mr. Block said. And they're still, in many cases, chummy
with the leaders of the old time Italian mob. That is certainly what
federal prosecutors are alleging against the flamboyant bar owner Steve
Kaplan in the United States district court in Atlanta ... Prosecutors
are trying to prove that the flashy 40-year old used his popular Atlanta
strip club, the Gold Club, as a front for a prostitution ring that provided
high-priced hookers to big name athletes, laundered money and paid protection
money to the Gambino crime family in New York ... Over the past several
years, Jewish names have surfaced in connection with penny stock scams,
in which gangs of aggressive young mobsters corner the market on low-valued
stocks, then drive prices up before unloading them ... The ability to
adapt has made Jewish mobsters a more difficult target for organized
crime investigators ... That sense of internationalism, Mr. Block said,
has always been an ace-in-the-hole for Jewish crime syndicates ... Although
Jewish mobsters are not immune federal prosecution ... investigators
... have tended to overlook Jewish connections in organized crime, Mr.
Block said. The result, he said, is that the Jewish American syndicates
have been pretty much free to continue their work in a kind of comfortable
Gets 3 Years. E Online, January 7,
"A Los Angeles judge gave 'Hollywood madam' Heidi Fleiss
37 months for federal charges of tax evasion and money laundering today,
far less than the 7 to 9 years asked by prosecutors. She'll also perform
300 hours of community service and pay a $400 fine ...Since her arrest,
Fleiss has opened a legitimate business, a lingerie company. On the
other hand, she was also busted for violating probation by using methamphetamine
... Fleiss still faces state charges of pandering (she was convicted
in state court in 1994 but ordered to stand trial again after juror
misconduct came to light) ... The feds claimed that Fleiss laundered
at least $300,000 in illicit income through her family's bank accounts.
Her father, pediatrician-to-the-stars Paul Fleiss, pled guilty
to income tax evasion for his role in the scheme."
The Fleiss Family Bed. LA Weekly, April
27-May 3, 2001
"'Children are our ultimate investment,' Los Feliz pediatrician
Paul Fleiss says at a signing for his newly released book, Sweet
Dreams: A Pediatrician’s Secrets for Your Child’s Good Night’s Sleep.
'We want them to grow up strong and smart. Most importantly, we want
them to take care of us.' This wish hasn’t always come true for the
gray-, curly-headed Fleiss, the father of notorious Hollywood Madam
Heidi Fleiss. Four months after Heidi was convicted on felony
pandering charges, authorities charged him with hiding the profits from
his daughter’s call-girl ring and with acting as the go-between in the
purchase of her home, a $1.6 million spread once owned by Michael
Douglas [son of Jewish actor Kirk Douglas]. Dr. Fleiss pleaded guilty
to making false statements to the IRS and conspiracy, and received a
sentence of three years’ probation and community service, which included
volunteering at the Los Angeles Free Clinic. In addition, the medical
board put him on probation for one year."
Hooker. Moment, February 1, 2001
"[Xaviera Hollander] invited me to Amsterdam to perform,
telling me that she, too, was the child of a Holocaust survivor. When
I heard that, I was speechless. I remembered Xaviera Hollander as a
blonde, long-legged shiksa, the author of a sexually explicit
tell-all book—the most famous prostitute in the world. As it turns out,
Hollander (her nom de plume, an homage to her birthplace; she was born
Xaviera De Vries) is no shiksa. Her father was a Dutch Jewish
psychiatrist ... She took a job at a New York call-girl agency to augment
her meager salary, eventually becoming a full-time prostitute. But it
was not just an economic decision: 'I loved having sex,' she says. 'Since
I was sleeping around every night anyway, I figured I might as well
get paid for it.' That’s when a business opportunity came along, and
she grabbed it, spending her entire savings—$10,000—on the client list
of a retiring Park Avenue madam. She began running a high-end brothel
out of a brownstone on the Upper East Side, where her clients included
a man who asked a lot of questions, soon arousing Hollander’s suspicion.
The man turned out to be Eric Kohn, a Jewish journalist researching
a book. The two decided to collaborate on an autobiographical account
of Hollander’s life, and one year later The Happy Hooker exploded
onto the scene—eventually selling 16 million copies ... She even lived
for a while with Penthouse publisher Bob Guccione. But shortly
thereafter she came under the scrutiny of the Knapp Commission, which
had been set up by Mayor John V. Lindsay to investigate malpractice
and corruption in the New York City Police Department. (The commission
was investigating cops who had gone to Hollander’s brothel.) Hollander
decided to move to Canada to avoid prosecution ... Addicted to diet
pills and unable to control her kleptomania ('I got orgasms from stealing,'
she says), she was arrested for stealing a $40 nightgown. That theft,
coupled with the fact that she was a confessed criminal in the States,
led to her eventual deportation and divorce."
Around. Metroactive, February 8-14,
"Today [Melvyn] Rosenstein, one of the first and
most famous penile enlargement surgeons, faces the end of his career.
As of Jan. 25, Rosenstein's medical license was restricted, to protect
'public health and safety' pending a medical board hearing. The celebrated
surgeon of schlongs faces permanent suspension from the California Medical
Board based on complaints from patients--including Ron Nance--whose
enlargements have gone wrong. Ron Nance's story may mark the beginning
of the decline of the man they call Dr. Dick ... Melvyn Rosenstein is
one of few doctors in the country with his own public relations office
... There is no doubt that Rosenstein, who once bragged of performing
up to 10 surgeries per day (he now claims to do five or six), has done
more penile-enlargement surgeries than anyone else in the known universe.
And Rosenstein has worn the 'Dr. Dick' mantle as only a man who believes
he holds the power to bestow manhood in a man's world can. The cocky
doctor has shelves filled with phallus fetishes. Ron Nance claims to
have seen a sign in Rosenstein's office that read, $56 million in
Lady Is a Pornographer. Salon.com,
June 26, 2000
""I'm the kink controller here at Click + Drag, which means
I have to keep people in line,' says the 40-year-old [Abby] Ehmann.
'I make sure that nothing gets out of control -- just kinky' ... Ehmann
has many titles in addition to kink controller. She is the 'editrix'
of Extreme Fetish magazine -- dubbed 'The best alternative sex
publication in New York' by TimeOut magazine. She is on the board
of directors of Feminists for Free Expression, an organization
that fights restrictions on free speech, and she is a writer and a performer.
But for all her roles, Ehmann has only one mission: to satisfy the appetites
of New Yorkers who are not sated by polite and sterile living ... She
started a fanzine called Porn Free with the idea of giving away
pornography. 'I thought, hey, there's a niche that no one is filling.
Of course, it wasn't very profitable.' Ehmann gave up Porn Free
after being approached in 1997 by D&L Enterprises, a publishing
company, to be the editor of a fetish magazine. It was Ehmann's goal
to create a sex publication that would provide fetishists with content
suited to their needs. Each monthly issue of Extreme Fetish has
a particular theme, such as latex, shoe fetishes or musclebound divas."
When a "Nice
Jewish Girl' Gets Embroiled in a Scandal.
Jewish Bulletin of Northern California, January 30, 1998
"Monica Lewinsky, the 24-year-old former White House intern
whose allegations brought on the worst political crisis of the decade,
is one of our own. Will a "nice Jewish girl" from a wealthy upwardly
mobile family bring down the Clinton White House? The question is too
titillating to ignore, too unnerving to bear. This is a question we
in the Jewish community must come to grips with on our own. We know
this young woman. She is us, a product of our homes. She is our daughter.
She is our younger, more naive selves. Don't be fooled by the $1.6 million
price tag on the house where she was raised, or the $20,000 vacations
or the fancy cars ... In fact, on the surface, America seems not to
know or care about Lewinsky except as a variation on a Clinton theme.
The tabloids have been kind to date: I have seen not a single mention
of Lewinsky's Jewish roots including her start in Los Angeles' Conservative
Sinai Temple Hebrew school, where her mother, now called Marcia Lewis,
did her turn assisting at Purim and Passover programs. As with Heidi
Fleiss ['Madam to the Stars'] and Ron Goldman [murdered with
Nicole Simpson, allegedly by OJ Simpson], code words are today used
to imply what once would have been explicitly named. 'Beverly Hills'
or 'wealthy doctor father' have been allowed to suffice. And yet, this
very lack of cultural specificity is dangerous, for a Jewish community
that still doesn't know who it is. We have yet to accept our history
for its good and its ill. We have yet to find a way to discuss constructively
the personal cost of the 20th century on our psyches and our homes:
the diaspora, the pogroms, the constant uprooting only to strive again.
Silence is deafening. 'There's no Jewish issue here,' I heard over and
over the past week. Instead, the Jewish community is shutting down.
A Jewish community leader told me he was wearing his gold saxophone
pin, hoping the scandal will blow over. On America Online's Jewish Community
(keyword: JEWISH) chat last week I repeatedly heard this script: 'Monica's
Jewish?' 'Then how Jewish?' 'Does she belong to a synagogue?' 'Well,
then does she keep kosher?' This is the kind of denial that can turn
into blindness. I understand the impulse. I, too, want this scandal
to end. In fact, I am prepared to argue that Clinton's sex life, even
with a nice Jewish girl, is his own business. But I'd also argue that
the character and lack of judgment of that nice Jewish girl is our business."
Until ..., by Andrew Sullivan, New Republic,
August 30, 2001
"I hate to interrupt a thoroughly enjoyable lynching, but what
exactly has [Congressman] Gary Condit done wrong? I know I must be deranged
not to appreciate his obvious guilt, venality, loathsomeness, and every
other human failing now pinned to his blow-dried head. But bear with
me. The case against him comes down to two essential points. The first
is that Condit impeded the police investigation into the disappearance
of Chandra Levy. The second is that, since he was her adulterous,
secret lover, he is rightly a prime suspect in any foul play that may
have occurred. Hence it is legitimate for the media to pursue him as
part of the story of the missing intern. Neither of these claims bears
scrutiny ... The second question is why Condit is the only suspect we
ever hear about. Levy appears to have had many affairs. The dynamic
of the media coverage has prevented this vital background from being
discussed. The preordained story has a naive young girl betrayed by
a predatory adulterer. But Levy was not naive. In high school, she interned
at the Modesto Police Department, where, according to a source cited
by [Talk magazine's Lisa] DePaulo, 'she did a lot more exploring
than the program was designed to handle.' She reportedly dated one married
man for several years. According to DePaulo, an intimate 'knew that
she'd had lots of relationships--including several with other cops and
several with other married men.' If you parse DePaulo's story closely,
as the writer Bob Somerby has, it suggests that Levy had at least four
separate married lovers before Condit. And she was 23 when she first
locked eyes with the congressman. I'm not criticizing her; Levy had
every right to have an adventurous sex life with married men. But if
such a person suddenly disappeared, would there be only one possible
Sex and the Single JAP, by Elissa Silverman.
Washington City Paper, July 20-26, 2001
"Monica [Lewinsky] and Chandra [Levy]
—with their Jewish, upper-middle-class California upbringings, complete
with oncologist fathers and gardeners and hours clocked at Neiman
Marcus and Bloomingdale's—take a blowtorch to the stereotype
of Jewish American Princesses being frigid in bed and uncomfortable
with sex. Finally. At last, we've truly assimilated. In fact, America
seems downright entranced with our sexual exploits and indiscretions.
First Middle America embraced bagels, and then Seinfeld and klezmer
and Joe Lieberman. Now we've seamlessly insinuated ourselves
into our country's political sex scandal obsession. Bimbo dyed blondes
like Donna Rice and Gennifer Flowers have been pushed aside, of late,
in favor of Semitic, thick-haired brunettes like Monica and Chandra.
God bless America. Is it good for the Jews? Some say so. Though many
within the Jewish community have expressed embarrassment at these tabloid
gems, others see liberation. In January 1998, Lewinsky's sexual relationship
with President Bill Clinton made headlines right as then–Israeli Prime
Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority leader
Yasser Arafat were meeting at the White House. But Clinton was too preoccupied
by the stained blue dress to force Netanyahu to give up land for peace
in the Middle East."
Pilgrimages to Poland.
World Jewish Congress [Policy Dispatches, No. 44], December 1999
"It is the often boisterous, raucous behavior of Israeli students
and even teachers [who visit Poland on yearly tours to old concentration
camps] that has attracted more attention than the trips themselves,
and raises questions far deeper than the wisdom of sending thousands
of Israeli youth to Poland every year. In recent years Israeli Army
officers were criticized for playing cards on a bus carrying them to
an official visit to Auschwitz; Israeli tour operators advertised a
trip to casinos in Poland with an Auschwitz-visit option; and an Israeli
rock group wanted to stage a concert on the site of the death camp.
In November, when it was revealed that students from a kibbutz group
had invited strippers (both male and female) to perform before them
in their hotel rooms, Israeli society, and especially the survivor community,
were scandalized at what they saw as behavior that dishonored Israel
and the Jewish people; and moreover, indicated that they had neither
understood, nor respected, the unspeakable tragedy of the Holocaust.
The same week in which the behavior of the kibbutz youth was revealed,
the press was filled with headlines about Israel's crushing 5:0 defeat
in a soccer match against Denmark. It was suggested in the media that
the sluggish performance of the Israeli squad was in part due to the
fact that the Israeli athletes had spent the night before the match
dallying with local prostitutes who came to their hotel rooms. Again
there was indignation about the dishonor brought to the Jewish state
by its representatives. These two unconnected events can be seen as
flagrant examples of a malaise that plagues Israeli society ... Symptomatic
of this is the widespread use of drugs in Israeli high schools and the
increasing level of violence, including rape."
of Return [from Israel: Whose Country Is It Anyway?, by well-known
Jewish lesbian feminist Andrea Dworkin,
1990 [posted here at igc.org]
"You have to see it to believe it and even seeing it might not
help. I've been sent it over the years by feminists in Israel--I had
seen it--I didn't really believe it. Unlike in the United States, pornography
is not an industry. You find it in mainstream magazines and advertising.
It is mostly about the Holocaust. In it, Jewish women are sexualized
as Holocaust victims for Jewish men to masturbate over. Well, would
you believe it, even if you saw it? Israeli women call it 'Holocaust
pornography.' The themes are fire, gas, trains, emaciation, death ...
. Monitin is a left-liberal slick monthly for the intelligentsia
and upper class. It has high productions and aesthetic values. Israel's
most distinguished writers and intellectuals publish in it. Judith Antonelli
in The Jewish Advocate reported that Monitin 'contains
the most sexually violent images. Photos abound of women sprawled out
upside-down as if they have just been attacked.' Or, in a magazine for
women that is not unlike Ladies' Home Journal, there is a photograph
of a woman tied to a chair with heavy rope. Her shirt is torn off her
shoulders and upper chest but her arms are tied up against her so that
only the fleshy part of the upper breasts is exposed. She is wearing
pants--they are wet. A man, fully dressed, standing next to her, is
throwing beer in her face. In the United States, such photographs of
women are found in bondage magazines. For purists, there is an Israeli
pornography magazine. The issue I saw had a front-page headline that
read: ORGY AT YAD VASHEM. Yad Vashem is the memorial in Jerusalem to
the victims of the Holocaust. Under the headline, there was a photograph
of a man sexually entangled with several women. What does this mean--other
than that if you are a Jewish woman you don't run to Israel, you run
Wife Walking Out After 20 Years.
The News Times [from Associated Press], January 6, 1997
"Former [Bill Clinton] presidential adviser Dick Morris [also
, who resigned after a $200-an-hour prostitute said she had a longtime
affair with him, said he is saddened his wife has decided to leave him
... Shortly after her husband resigned in August, Ms. McGann, 48, appeared
at his side during a news conference at their Connecticut home. But
she was further scandalized by a subsequent report of another Morris
infidelity, this one involving a 15-year relationship with a Texas woman
that produced a child ... A top political advisor to President Clinton,
Morris resigned when Washington prostitute Sherry Rowlands claimed he
had hired her many times. She said he even shared sensitive information
with her and let her listen in on phone calls with the president."
and Politics: As America Becomes More Forgiving, Honesty May Be the
Best Policy When It Comes to Sex Scandals ... Even Gay Ones.
The Advocate, March 17, 1998
"When U.S. representative Barney Frank [also Jewish]
heard the allegations that Bill Clinton had had an affair with a young
White House intern, he must have felt a touch of empathy. The openly
gay Democrat from Massachusetts was once embroiled in his own sex scandal,
involving a young male prostitute who had launched an escort service
out of the basement of Frank's Washington, D.C., town house. When Frank,
who had a sexual relationship with the hustler, discovered the enterprise
in 1987 -- the same year he made his sexual orientation public -- he
threw the man out of his home. Two years later the prostitute, Steve
Gobie, went public with the story, plunging Frank into a scandal that
many predicted would cost him his political career. But nine years later
Frank has been reelected by his suburban Boston district four times
and is one of the most powerful and highly regarded members of Congress."
Your Life. Sing in Drag. Salon.com,
October 10-17, 2000
"In career No. 2, I became executive director of the Gay and
Lesbian Medical Association, a national organization of queer doctors
that addressed issues like the plight of HIV-infected health care workers,
lesbian health and homophobia in organized medicine. I wrote position
papers on AIDS and gay issues for Bill Clinton, boosted my profile in
the talking-head food chain and survived the joys of executive director
roundtables ... So for several years I passed during the day as Ben
Schatz, earnest and well-spoken Important Gay Leader, while blossoming
into Rachel, slutty chanteuse with the Kinsey Sicks at night
... Still, it took me years to find the lunacy to give up a secure and
well-paid Meaningful Job to try to make a go of a singing drag queen
career. For one thing, as a single gay man with a love life already
on life support, I did not relish the thought of having to tell prospective
dates I was a professional singing drag queen. (But who knew? Now that
I have the time to go to the gym 17 days a week, lots of men seem willing
to lower their standards and go out with me.)"
Slams Woody Allen in Tell-All Book. CNN,
February 5, 1997
"Mia Farrow's long-awaited memoir on life with Woody Allen
hit bookstores Wednesday, painting the director-comedian as more neurotic
than anyone he ever played in one of his films. Forget Valentine's Day.
In 'What Falls Away,' Farrow wrote a poison pen letter accusing Allen
of bizarre behavior culminating in his seducing one of her adopted daughters
and possibly sexually molesting another ... Farrow said that in her
years with Allen, 'There were three of us in the relationship: Woody,
his shrink and me. No decisions were ever made without her. He didn't
even buy sheets without talking to her. I know that part of several
sessions went into his switch from polyester-satin to cotton.' In the
book Farrow described her shock at first discovering Allen had taken
pornographic photos of her adopted daughter Soon-Yi Previn and then
that he was having an affair with the 17-year-old. Farrow also wrote
of her 7-year-old daughter Dylan, accusing Allen of sexually molesting
her -- a charge Allen strongly denied. He was never charged. Farrow
described Allen as being obsessed with Dylan, saying, 'He whispered
her awake, he caressed her and entwined his body around her as she watched
television, as she played on the floor, as she ate, as she slept. He
brought her into bed when he was wearing only his underpants. Twice
I made him take his thumb out of her mouth.'
H.G. Lewis Goreography.
dvdtalk.com April 27, 2000
"It was when [Herschell Gordon Lewis] answered the siren's
call to filmmaking, that his life began to follow a weird-wild path
through America's drive-ins. He partnered with exploiteer David F.
Friedman for his feature debut in 1960 with The Prime Time
(as producer), which chronicled a young woman's quest for excitement
at the cost of her virtue. And for the next three years, the duo made
many of these sexploitation pictures, of those, only a half-dozen survive
today. It was a decidedly prolific genre, and Lewis happened upon a
notion that would take he and Friedman along a divergent path, one not
merely less traveled, but one completely uncharted. The idea was simple:
graphic, on screen G-O-R-E in screaming color. The film was Blood
Feast (1963) and it would FOREVER change the horror genre."
CONTEXT: Not noted here is that Lewis, "an ex-college professor
with a Ph.D in English and the self-styled 'Wizard of Gore,' lost most
of his capital in the courts when he was arrested for his part in a
fraudulent car rental agency, along with a series of other mail fraud
convictions, including a fake abortion referral agency and a phony gas-saving
device. The arrest brought his filmmaking career to an abrupt end."
[BROTTMAN, M., OFFENSIVE FILMS, TOWARDS AN ANTHROPOLOGY of CINEMA VOMITIF,
Greenwood Press, 1997, p. 180]
Once, in the Jungle: Tobias Schneebaum Confronts His Memories of Going
Native, New York Times Magazine, March
"After a while, meat was removed from the fire. Portions were passed
around, one by one, to each member of the group. Eventually, a piece
was placed in [Tobias] Schneebaum's hands. He put the
human flesh in his mouth and ate it ... The vision of liberation is
clearly what attracted Schneebaum to the [Peruvian] jungle in the first
place [in 1956] ... 'I'm not an anthropologist, and I didn't go to Peru
to gather information,' he says with mild distaste. 'I wanted to meet
people and have a good time. I never thought about if I was exploiting
anybody. I was doing something that thrilled me, and that was the only
thing in my mind' ... He lights up when asked about his days with the
Arakmbut. 'To have made the first contact with an indigenous group of
people -- one that was naked -- was the most exciting thing that ever
happened in my life,' he says. 'I ached with pleasure' ... The raid,
however, taught Schneebaum the limits of his sylvan fantasy. Although
he went into the jungle to escape the oppressive mores of Western culture
[Schneebaum is homosexual], he has struggled ever since with the fact
that he broke one of its biggest taboos [cannibalism] ... 'I can't remember
the taste,' he says. 'All I'll say is that I like my meat well done,
and this wasn't ... In 1973, he went on the first of many sojourns in
New Guinea. Schneebaum spent several years living (and sometimes sleeping)
with men of the Asmat tribe ... Schneebaum's story is the only personal
account of ritual cannibalism on record ... Last Fall, Patrick Tierney
condemned anthropologists in his book 'Darkness in El Dorado'
for turning the Amazon into a playground for their personal fantasies'
... One suspects that if [Schneebaum] was growing up today, he wouldn't
feel compelled to escape to the jungle to express his desires. It's
too facile, however, to attribute his interest in the exotic with his
Sex Sting Nabs Man in Yonkers. Westchester
News 12, 2001
"Another person is nabbed in the Westchester District Attorney's
undercover online sex sting. Steven Gary Cohen of Warburton Avenue
in Yonkers is the 43rd person accused in the two-year-old sting operation.
He's charged with soliciting someone he thought was a 14-year-old boy
for sex. But that 'boy' was really an undercover agent."
Berkoff to Face Rape Rap. Totally Jewish,
August 16, 2001
"Actor and playwright Steven Berkoff will face a rape trial
in a rare civil action after he lost his battle to have the case dismissed
on a legal loophole. Mr Berkoff, 64, will have to fight a £500,000 damages
claim brought by an actress who alleges that he sexually assaulted her
in 1994. The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, claims the
Jewish performer raped and racially abused her."
A Cry for Help that Went Unheeded. philly.com,
April 6, 2000
"Prosecutors say the Kensington man repeatedly raped and sodomized
two girls whom his wife was baby-sitting at their rowhouse. He allegedly
employed a plastic baseball bat on one occasion. But the ugliness of
the details is not all that makes the case stand out. Philadelphia police
were called in four years ago, when the attacks allegedly began. One
of the girls, then 8, described the assaults in graphic detail. But
the sex-crimes unit closed the case after a cursory investigation. Investigators
did not interview the man, Samuel Cohen, or inform child-welfare
authorities of the allegations against him, The Inquirer has
learned. Cohen continued assaulting one of the girls, then 7, for five
more months, police now say. One of the assaults was so brutal that
the child was taken to a hospital with vaginal injuries, records show."
Sentenced to at Least 45 Years in Child Sex Cases.
Las Vegas Review-Journal, July 4, 2000
"A 41-year-old man with a prior felony conviction for child molestation
was sentenced Monday to a minimum of 45 years in prison. In March, Russell
D. Cohen pleaded guilty to one count each of sexual assault with
a minor under 14, sexual assault with a minor under 16, and use of a
minor in producing pornography. Incidents involving about 10 victims
were combined into the three charges. Cohen was arrested in August and
accused of forcing two boys into sex acts. Authorities said Cohen met
young boys by employing them to distribute fliers throughout the Las
Vegas Valley and then took them to his home, where they were sexually
abused. Shortly after news of Cohen's arrest was circulated in the Las
Vegas media, police received a videotape in the mail that showed a man
engaging in sex acts with several male juveniles. In October, additional
charges were filed against Cohen in connection with the videotape."
with History of Badgering U Women Arrested.
daily.umn.edu, June 26, 1991
"Since 1984, Bruce Cohen has been asking University women
for dates, but he doesn't seem to take no for an answer. University
Police say Cohen allegedly swore at and sometimes pushed at least 10
of the women who turned him down. He has pleaded guilty to at least
one of the charges. Cohen, 29, was charged Tuesday with fifth-degree
assault in connection with the most recent incident, according to University
Police. The maximum penalty for fifth-degree assault -- a misdemeanor
-- is 90 days in jail or a $700 fine. In a June 3 incident in Diehl
Hall, Cohen asked a woman for a date, then swore at her and shoved her
against a brick wall when she declined his offer, said University Police
Officer Larry Anderson."
Sexual Blind Spot, Village Voice, October
31-Novembe 6, 2001
"[New York mayoral candidate Michael] Bloomberg's
comments are drawn from one of three sexual harassment lawsuits that
have dogged him since 1996, all of which contended that 'a hostile environment
of persistent sexual harassment and the general degradation of women'
existed at the 8000-employee company of the same name that Bloomberg
founded and ran. In addition to his uninformed testimony about rape,
Bloomberg also displayed a chilly indifference to sexual harassment
laws and guidelines during the deposition ... The [Sekiko] Garrison
case focused on a claimed pattern of gender discrimination, with several
women quoted in court documents as saying that they'd 'lost lucrative
portions of their sales territory, were denied business opportunities
and received inferior bonuses' once they got married or had children.
Garrison alleged that Bloomberg told her twice to 'kill it' when she
informed him she was pregnant, adding 'Great! Number 16,' a reference
to the number of women then on maternity leave."
Phoenix New Times, June 17-23, 1999
"Step inside the 'Vaginal Vault,' Dr. Brian Finkel's nickname
for the clinic where he performs more than 2,000 abortions a year. Finkel's
clinic, the Metro Phoenix Women's Center, feels more like a pawn shop.
Elvis Presley collectible plates and Native American rugs cover the
walls, fertility goddesses and a steer skull crowd the hallway. The
place is wired: security cameras, auto-lock doors, alarms. John Cafferty
and the Beaver Brown Band croons over the piped-in stereo system after
work on a recent Wednesday ... Finkel doesn't merely revel in his work.
He rubs your nose in it. He's the Joe Arpaio of abortionists, and his
self-promoting antics, chauvinism and gallows humor are enough to make
a devout pro-choicer queasy ... His father is Jewish and his mom was
Irish Catholic, so they decided to raise their four kids without formal
religious training ... Finkel says he's been estranged from his entire
family for years. 'My mother's dead, but I'm looking forward to being
an orphan. I can't wait for that nasty son of a bitch to die, so I can
go piss on his grave,' he says of his father ... Years ago, [pro-life
activist John] Jakubczyk got hold of Finkel's confidential file at the
Arizona Board of Osteopathic Examiners and began handing out shorthand
descriptions of complaints that were never substantiated. It took a
large law firm and thousands of dollars to stop him and keep the board's
staff from doing it again. 'I have this law firm that works for me,
I call them the eight gnawing Jews -- Sacks Tierney -- and they just
. . . bit their ass for me,' Finkel says."
About 40 Accusing Doctor of Sexual Abuse,
Arizona Republic, October 26, 2001
"The number of women accusing a Phoenix abortion doctor of sexual
abuse more than tripled Thursday, a day after the doctor was jailed
involving misconduct with patients going back eight years. Nearly 40
women have now told authorities that Dr. Brian Finkel, 51, inappropriately
touched them before or during examinations and abortions, authorities
said Thursday ... Finkel, owner of the Metro Phoenix Women's Clinic,
faces 16 counts of sexual abuse, including fondling patients' breasts
and genitals, as well as one count of sexual assault involving oral
contact with a patient's genitals."
Jam, Jerusalem Post, July 13, 2000
"Women who are being forced to work as prostitutes against their
will are considered criminals rather than victims. Kidnapping, threats,
forgery, assault, pimping, rape, and holding prisoners. These are the
charges against 18-year-old Boris Yasser from Ashdod, who was
remanded last week by Ramle Magistrate's Court. He is accused of helping
his father smuggle four women into the country from the Ukraine and
forcing them to work as prostitutes. The women (aged 19 to 22) who were
subjected to these acts were also arrested. Their crime was entering
the country illegally and holding false IDs. That they were victimized
while they were here does not mitigate the fact that they violated Israeli
law by entering the country illegally, Central District Police Spokeswoman
Ch.-Supt. Sivan Kedmi said ... The women told police that they
had been offered jobs as saleswomen. Upon accepting the jobs, they were
brought here from the Ukraine via Cyprus. They were smuggled into Haifa
Port on April 31. Their employers then confiscated their passports and
gave them fake IDs, which listed them as Jewish Israelis. Two of the
women were 'sold' to a brothel in Tel Aviv for $3,000 each. The other
two were imprisoned in a Rishon Lezion apartment and forced to work
as prostitutes. Customers would call the apartment to order prostitutes.
Yasser would drive the women to various locations to serve between 15
and 20 customers a day. The women were virtual prisoners and did not
receive a share of the money the pimps collected from customers. One
of the women was severely beaten when she tried to escape. She later
managed to telephone her parents in the Ukraine to ask for help. Her
parents contacted the Ukrainian Embassy here, which passed the complaint
on to police this week."
Pair of Congressmen Get Snookered By Argentine School of Scandal,
Insight on the News, December 7, 2001
"Cries of anti-Semitism and human-rights abuse sprang from Congress
last February when a yoga school was shut down by the Argentine government.
Its defenders claimed it was being closed because 50 percent of those
involved were of the Jewish faith. U.S. Reps. Tom Lantos (D-Calif.)
and Edolphus Towns (D-N.Y.) were quick to express concern, accusing
the Argentine government of grossly abrogating due process. In a toothless
'Sense of Congress' resolution Towns drafted last February (H.Res.51)
he airily called for an end to discrimination against yoga enthusiasts
by the Argentine government. In the resolution he linked the bombing
of a Jewish center in Buenos Aires six years ago to a long pattern of
Argentine anti-Semitism. Towns called on the Argentine government to
lay off the Buenos Aires school, whose court case has been pending for
more than a year. But, according to new information obtained by Insight,
the congressmen may have been snookered by those accusations of anti-Semitism.
Their lofty resolution failed to mention some of the other 'practices'
of the Escuela de Yoga. According to reports, the learning center, run
by a certain Juan Percowicz, teaches lessons that are sui generis,'
in that they involve practices that most people would call 'sexual freedom.'
There even have been some allegations of child exploitation, which local
police were compelled to investigate ... ." Since its founding
in the 1980s, the school has been raided by the police more than 300
times ... Capitol Hill sources were shocked that U.S. congressmen could
have been so easily manipulated."
Jailed. Instructor at Cheder Menachem Grade School Accused of Molesting
Boys, Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles,
December 14, 2001
"A rabbi accused of molesting three boys at a Chabad elementary
school was arrested Dec. 3 and remained at the L.A. Men’s Central Jail
in lieu of $500,000 bail as The Journal went to press. Rabbi Mordechai
Yomtov’s arrest on 10 felony counts of committing lewd acts with
children came following an investigation by the LAPD after three boys,
ages 8 to 10, reported last month that Yomtov was keeping each of them
alone in the classroom and molesting them while the other children were
at recess. Yomtov, 36, an Australian-born rabbi with a wife and four
children, pleaded not guilty. A preliminary hearing in Los Angeles Superior
Court is set for Dec. 17. Yomtov has taught 8- to 10-year-olds for six
years at Cheder Menachem, a school with 220 boys, kindergarten through
eighth grade, on Melrose Avenue in the Beverly Boulevard-La Brea Avenue
neighborhood. The school issued a written statement following the arrest:
'Due to the sensitivity of the issues involved and to protect the privacy
of our students, parents, teachers and staff, the school will be making
no public comment.' The statement went on, 'We request that our privacy
be respected. The school is cooperating fully with all applicable authorities.'"
Might Go Free, New York Post, December
"The accused pedophile scoutmaster of the Upper East Side's Boy
Scout Troop 666 will seek a no-jail deal today - and the young sodomy
victim's anguished family is furious. 'He is a wolf of the worst kind
under that sheep's clothing,' the victim's mother said of the since-fired
scoutmaster - married Upper East Sider Jerrold Schwartz, 42.
'Anything less than the maximum sentence would be unfair to my son,'
the mother - whose name is being kept confidential - said in a Dec.
13 letter to the judge, who will consider a possible plea deal today
in Manhattan Supreme Court. Prosecutors say a total of five credible
victims have accused Schwartz - who also ran a Colorado-based youth
travel company - of turning Troop 666 into Boy Scout hell through a
pattern of winning kids' trust, tempting them with overnight ski and
camping trips - and then molesting them. 'I say 10 minutes in a room
with me - that's a fair sentence,' one of these alleged victims, a now
30-year-old Queens man, angrily responded when informed of the negotiations
yesterday. But Schwartz is only charged with sodomizing one boy - a
total of 36 times - because the statute of limitations has run out on
the other cases. That boy is now 20 years old. He's in in-house rehab
for cocaine addiction and alcoholism, his parents wrote the judge. He
bathes compulsively 'because he feels so dirty,' they said. He also
has nightly nightmares, and self-mutilates."
11, Suspected in Rape of 4-Year-Old Boy, by Amit Ben-Aroya,
Haaretz [Israeli newspaper], December 21,
"An 11-year-old boy from central Israel is suspected of raping
and sexually assaulting another boy just shy of four years of age. Two
of the suspect's friends are believed to have witnessed the rape but
did not stop it. According to his own testimony, the suspect says that
the idea for the acts stemmed from watching pornographic films. No charges
will be brought against the suspects because of their young age ...
[Ayalon Police Station chief Irit] Amer described the
suspects as 'ordinary children' with good communication skills. 'They
did not express any regret,' she noted."
Ruling a Setback for U.S. Couple in Dog Mauling, Reuters,
January 6, 2002
"A San Francisco couple facing charges in a grisly dog mauling
has suffered a major legal defeat when a judge opened the door to testimony
on allegations they were involved in everything from animal sex to racist
prison gangs. Superior Court Judge James Warren also ruled that Robert
Noel and Marjorie Knoller must face trial together, denying
their bid to separate the proceedings. The trial -- which has grabbed
international headlines with bizarre accounts of bestiality, illegal
dog breeding rings and a vicious attack in one of the city's most luxurious
neighborhoods -- is due to start next week in Los Angeles, where it
was moved because of extensive publicity. Knoller and Noel, a husband-and-wife
team of lawyers, owned the giant Presa Canario attack dogs that savaged
and killed 33-year-old Diane Whipple in her own apartment building last
January 26 ... Prosecutor Jim Hammer, in arguments on Monday, said Noel
and Knoller 'blurred the boundaries between dogs and humans' and cited
statements from Knoller that the larger of the two dogs, a 125-pound
(53 kg) male named Bane, had responded to Whipple as if she were 'a
bitch in heat' ... The judge also emphasized that lawyers for both sides
remained bound by a gag order. 'You can't put the words sex and dog
in the same sentence without causing a sensational response in the media,'
he said." [See also next article]
Owner's Comments Irk Holocaust Survivors,
"A case loaded with peculiar twists and turns grew even stranger
last weekend, when the owner of the massive dog that killed a San Francisco
woman last month compared a surprise police search of his apartment
to Gestapo tactics, angering several survivors. San Francisco District
Attorney Terrance Hallinan 'chose a time when we were out of town to
come over and kick down the doors of a Jewish home,' Robert Noel
was quoted as saying in the San Francisco Chronicle. 'My relatives went
through this in Germany.' The allegation comes on the heels of a number
of questionable public statements by Noel. He and his wife, Marjorie
Knoller, owned the 120-pound Presa Canario dog that mauled neighbor
Diane Whipple to death in the hallway of their Pacific Heights apartment
building Jan. 26. Noel had previously speculated that Whipple may have
brought the attack on herself by wearing a pheromone-based perfume or
using steroids. Hallinan's spokesman, Fred Gardner, said the D.A.'s
office has declined to comment on Noel's accusations of anti-Semitism.
But the dog owner's latest comments in this highly publicized case caught
the eye of Bay Area Holocaust survivors and survivor advocates, whose
reactions ranged from shock to anger to disbelief ... Several survivor
advocates questioned Noel's rationale for raising accusations of anti-Semitism
considering he and his wife recently adopted a 38-year-old inmate at
Pelican Bay State Prison, who prison officials believe is one of the
leaders of a white-supremacist prison gang called the Aryan Brotherhood."
Posts Bail in Porn Case,
San Ramon Valley Times, January 5, 2002
"FEDERAL OFFICIALS SUSPECT A WALNUT CREEK MAN OF BEING A MAJOR
DISTRIBUTOR OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY FROM RUSSIA. A Walnut Creek man accused
of being the 'best customer' of Russian child pornography kingpins is
now himself suspected of being a 'major distributor' of illegal sexual
materials, federal officials disclosed Friday. As the investigation
of Seth Bekenstein, 39, continues to evolve, authorities are
diving deeper into the world of a man they believe trafficked in vast
amounts of kiddie porn, said Elise Becker, an assistant U.S. attorney.
'At this time, we do actually think he is a major distributor both in
the United States and abroad,' Becker told Magistrate Wayne Brazil during
a bail hearing Friday in U.S. District Court in Oakland. 'This has been
his life for the past year.'"
Porn, World Union of Jewish Students
"After things like Jewish calendar, Jewish singles, Jewish dating,
and Jewish festivals comes 'Jewish porn' in the list of top search keywords
that GoTo.com provide. That is to say that 1000s of people are searching
for Jewish porn. Why? ... Sam Stern is a guy. A guy who went
on Young Judea year course in the early 90s. He lives in LA, spends
his time making porn movies starring himself, and selling them on E-Bay.
The guy is quite philosophical about his calling. Talks a lot about
the strangeness of making porn on Yom Kippur, bits of guilt in the background,
that sort of thing. Although mostly it really does seem that he is just
kind of glad that he can make a living and have sex with porn stars.
So, for circumcised hard-core porn, with a Jew in, find Sam."
Suspect in '86 Slaying' Nabbed, New York Daily
News, February 10, 2002
"A wealthy New York bar owner who vanished after standing trial
for the 1986 murder of his boyfriend's new lover in 1988 has been captured
in Panama, authorities said. Louis Katz, 72, former owner of
a chain of Uncle Charlie's gay bars in New York, was arrested Thursday
night in Panama City by federal agents who flew him to Miami on Friday,
according to law enforcement sources. Katz fled New York after his first
trial in 1988 — on charges of fatally slashing his 20-year-old lover's
new companion, Michael Moriarty, 37, and wounding Moriarty's roommate
— ended in a mistrial. Defense attorney Jack Litman, who argued that
the slaying was in self-defense, persuaded the court to set a relatively
low bail of $400,000. Katz, then 58 and a millionaire who had sold his
bars, his swanky Park Ave. apartment, his Mercedes-Benz and his palatial
Fire Island home, then disappeared."
Cantor Arrested on Sexual Abuse Charges,
Newsday, February 20, 2002
"The longtime cantor at one of the nation’s largest and most prominent
Reform synagogues was arrested in New York on Wednesday on charges that
he sexually abused a nephew, a prosecutor said. Howard Nevison,
61, of Congregation Emanu-El, on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, was arrested
at his apartment, said Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce L.
Castor Jr. Police in Lower Merion, a suburb of Philadelphia, charged
Nevison with sexually assaulting the boy on three occasions between
1993 and 1997 while the boy was 3 to 7 years old. 'Like anyone else,
we in law enforcement tend to believe that religious figures are beyond
reproach. You want to make very sure before you go accusing one,' Castor
said. Police have known about the allegations since about 1998 but did
not pursue charges until the victim, who was undergoing therapy, was
ready to confront the uncle, Castor said. 'He had terrorized the child
to the point that, in the judgment of his parents, his therapists and
our investigators, he was too traumatized to go forward,' Castor said."
2 Communities, Concern Over the Arrest of a Cantor,
New York Times, February 22, 2002
"The proper, prosperous residents of the Upper East Side of Manhattan
and of the Main Line Philadelphia suburb of Lower Merion Township stood
united yesterday in sheer disbelief over the same sordid tale — a synagogue
cantor accused of molesting his prepubescent nephew. The lawyers, investment
bankers, politicians and other prominent members of Temple Emanu-El
in Manhattan struggled to square their image of the cantor, Howard
Nevison, the golden-voiced tenor who led them in prayer for 23 years,
with the Lower Merion police's description of him as a violent sexual
abuser of a child. The imposing temple at Fifth Avenue and 65th Street,
said to be the largest synagogue in the world, is home to one of the
nation's most prominent reform congregations. It counts among its members
the new mayor of New York, the Manhattan district attorney and familiar
names from the media and the arts."
Has 'Screw Loose' with Trial Blow-Up,
New York Post, February 22, 2002
"The harassment trial of Al Goldstein [founder of 'Screw'
magazine] turned from profane to contemptible yesterday when the porn
baron was handcuffed for a bizarre outburst in court. While he was being
cross-examined by Assistant DA David Cetron regarding an editorial that
ran in Screw magazine - suggesting someone 'slam a 747' into the office
of Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes - the portly pornographer
lashed out in a tirade. 'Haven't you heard of the First Amendment? That's
protected speech!' he said, slamming his hand on the table. 'My First
Amendment rights will not be squelched . . . How dare you!'"
Selling Sex in Israel,
Jewsweek, February 22, 2002
"They come to Israel from the Ukraine, Russia, and Moldova looking
for freedom. Instead they are sold as sex slaves. And you thought Israel
was holy ... Their names are Natalya, Oxana or Svetlana. They come to
Israel, as immigrants do, for a better life. But their dreams of working
as a waitress, nurse, or au pair turn nightmarish upon their arrival.
Their fellow countryman who met them at the airport, speaking the language
of home, takes them to a locked apartment with barred windows and a
phone that only takes incoming calls, where they are forced to provide
sexual services to strangers. Those who rebel risk being raped, beaten,
or starved. Even those who knew they were going into prostitution are
shocked by the stark conditions, the pay of roughly 20 shekalim ($5)
a day or less for their labor ... Police spokespersons have set the
number of women brought into the country to work in the sex industry
at 2,000-3,000 annually, the number of brothels at 250 ... [F]ew pimps
involved in trafficking ever face a judge, with the majority of prostitutes
deported without ever facing a trial that might involve their testimony
against their pimps. Out of 459 women deported in 1998, only 35 cases
went to trial; out of 253 in 1999, a scant five ended up in the courtroom.
Judicial indifference is compounded by police complicity, [Nomi] Levenkron
argued. The 18-year-old Moldovian, it turned out, had at one point in
her misadventures, found herself in a Tel Aviv police station where
some of the officers, who were her clients, recognized her and moved
to call her pimp."
Pleads Guilty to Sex Crimes,
Detroit Now News (ABC, Channel 7), February
"A dentist accused of betraying patients in the worst way issued
his own verdict before the case had a chance to go to trial. Dr. Kenneth
Friedman pleaded guilty to more than a dozen sex crimes. He admits
molesting patients while they were in his dentist chair. Most of the
victims are patients, but two of them actually worked in the dentist's
office. Wednesday they were all in court as the judge ordered the dentist
to spell out exactly what he did to them: 'I touched the woman's breast
over the drape, over the plastic drape,' Dr. Friedman explained. 'All
the women that you mentioned?' the judge asked. 'Yes.' 'And in all those
cases did you know that the victim was mentally incapacitated and physically
helpless?' 'Yes.' Without benefit of a plea bargain, the doctor pleaded
guilty to 15 counts of criminal sexual conduct, sparing a dozen victims
the additional trauma of taking the stand."
Charges Filed Against OKC Rabbi,
Channel Oklahoma (Channel 5), February
"Prosecutors filed 11 criminal charges against a rabbi Tuesday,
alleging lewd acts with two girls who attended a religious school and
sexual battery involving two women who worked there. Richard Marcovitz,
64, was arrested last week and was freed on $80,000 bond. He has been
placed on administrative leave from Emanuel Synagogue, where he has
worked for the past six years."
N.J. Rabbi Admits Having Child Pornography,
Newsday, February 26, 2002
"The former rabbi of a Morris County synagogue pleaded guilty Tuesday
to having child pornography on his temple computer. Juda Mintz
Jr., who now lives in Georgia, faces 27 to 33 months in prison and a
fine of up to $250,000 ... Mintz admitted that at that time he had at
least 10 computer files containing photographs of minors engaging in
sexual activity, including some images of children under 12. The synagogue
said it cooperated with authorities. 'We deplore his actions and, indeed,
relieved him of his duties because of them,' according to a statement
released by synagogue vice president Jonathan Ramsfelder. 'During
his tenure, (Rabbi Mintz) was viewed by many congregants as a warm,
generous and dynamic rabbi and teacher. This was a loss.'"
League Administrator Faces Child Porn Charges,
KFWB, March 6, 2002
"A former Long Beach Little League administrator is facing federal
child pornography charges, according to the FBI. Signal Hill police
and FBI agents arrested Laurent Blumenthal Tuesday after he was
indicted on charges of possession of child pornography. Court documents
allege the 65-year-old placed a hidden camera in his bathroom to secretly
record young boys. The allegations were in an affidavit filed in support
of a search warrant executed at Blumenthal's Signal Hill home on Jan.
14. Investigators also seized a computer at Blumenthal's home which
allegedly had child pornography on the hard drive, according to the
Nix Plan to Shoot Porn Film at the Site of Terezin Transit Camp,
JTA (Jewish Telegraphic Agency), March
"Czech officials have quashed plans to shoot scenes from a porno
film at the former wartime transit camp of Terezin. Officials banned
the use of video cameras at Terezin after reports that a porn movie
would be shot there. 'I did the only thing I could do,' Jan Munk, director
of a monument to Terezin victims, said. Munk´s move came after the Czech
tabloid Super reported Saturday that the film, starring top Czech
porn star Robert Rosenberg, who is also the film´s producer,
is set at the end of World War II and will tell the story of how women
at the camp were raped by Nazis. The ban might be too late, however,
since Rosenberg has already filmed some parts of the camp. The
paper that printed the original article on the film, which also printed
a collage of a semi-naked woman posing in front of a picture of Terezin,
said the film´s working title is 'How it Was.'"
Abuse by Clerics -- A Crisis of Many Faiths,
Los Angeles Times, March 25, 2002
"The wave of clergy sex scandals now engulfing the Roman Catholic
Church has battered other denominations as well, producing an uneven
record of response that ranges from the Episcopal Church's aggressive
and detailed policies to the Southern Baptist Convention's widespread
lack of written standards ... The Conservative [Judaism] movement is
currently working on policies, and the Orthodox movement has been recently
rocked by a case involving Baruch Lanner, a nationally known
youth official who was indicted last year in New Jersey on charges of
sexually abusing teens. The case was first reported by the New York-based
Jewish Week newspaper in stories that detailed allegations by
scores of teens of sexual, physical and psychological torment. It has
forced the resignation of the Orthodox Union's top official and led
to the development of new policies. At least one Jewish researcher says
that sexual misconduct is still routinely covered up by rabbis. Charlotte
Rolnick Schwab, a New York psychotherapist and author of a forthcoming
book on rabbis and sex abuse, said she has received hundreds of complaints
from women across all movements and still sees rabbis denying them publicly.
Congregations themselves sometimes exacerbate the problems, she said.
In one recent case involving a Florida rabbi convicted of using the
Internet to find boys and sexually abuse them, congregant support prompted
the judge to sentence him to six years in prison instead of the maximum
60 years, Schwab said. 'It's outrageous.'"
The Advertiser, March 31, 2002
"Porn movies and programs in Hebrew are being broadcast by Israeli
troops who have taken over three Palestinian television stations of
Ramallah, irate residents of the besieged West Bank town have told AFP.
The offices of three local television and radio stations were occupied
by soldiers yesterday morning, a few hours after tanks and hundreds
of troops stormed the town in Israel's biggest offensive against the
Palestinian Authority and its leader Yasser Arafat. The soldiers started
broadcasting the porn clips -- considered extremely offensive by most
Muslims -- intermittently this afternoon from the Al-Watan, Ammwaj,
and Al-Sharaq channels, the residents said. 'The pornographic movies
started on Al-Watan television at around 3:30 pm,' one 34-year-old Palestinian
mother named Reema told AFP. 'I have six children at home, they have
nowhere to go with what is going on here and can't even watch TV,' she
said angrily. 'It's not healthy really. I think the Israelis want to
mess with our young men's heads,' she said. Anita, a 52-year-old mother
of three children, complained about "the deliberate psychological damage
caused by these broadcast.'. 'I am furious, these are the people who
are shooting at us that also play this disgusting trick on us,' she
said. 'We are desperate for news and constantly flipping channels and
get these terrible pictures instead,' adding that videos of the intifada
were also shown backwards with 'ideal terrorism' written in red across
the screen. 'Luckily, there is no electricity in half of Ramallah,'
she said from her house in east Jerusalem where the channels are also
available. A fourth local station, whose premises were not seized by
the army, ran a written message across its screen letting people know
it was the Israelis who were behind the graphic scenes. 'Anything currently
shown on Al-Watan and other local TV channels has nothing to do with
Palestinian programs but is being broadcast by the Israeli occupation
forces, we urge parents to take precautions,' the message said. The
Israeli military denied that it had anything to do with the pornographic
programming and instead blamed the Palestinian leaders."
Queens Yeshiva Boss Is a Molester: Boy's Mom,
New York Post, March 31, 2002
"Sara Leven found her 17-year-old son Daniel blue-faced,
hanging from the shower curtain rod - a tie pinched around his neck.
The vision gnaws at Leven's heart because the rabbi she claims
molested her boy when he was 5 - which she believes drove her son to
suicide - is free and teaching kids at a Queens yeshiva. The 57-year-old
Canadian has pursued Rabbi Ephraim B. Bryks, 49, since her son's
death in 1993. Winnipeg. Montreal. Queens. 'It never goes away,' said
Leven in a shaken voice. 'It's unfinished business. He's never
been brought to justice and I live with it every day. He's alive. He's
thriving. I have to reveal who he really is.' Bryks, a respected
scholar, a Queens religious-court judge and a Renaissance man in the
city's Orthodox community, was never charged after investigations by
police, a social-service agency and Orthodox Jewish leaders here and
in Canada. 'She's chasing him," said Rabbi Shlomo Nisanov, administrator
at the Yeshiva Berachel David-Torah HS in Flushing, which Bryks created
and operates. 'The accusations are baseless, they keep coming up. He
is not an animal.' Yet there have been at least three other known child-molestation
allegations against Bryks, in Winnipeg, Canada, dating to 1988
when he ran a yeshiva attended by Daniel Leven. A claim by a
14-year-old girl spurred a 1988 investigation by Winnipeg Child and
Family Services, which cleared Bryks of any criminal wrongdoing but
criticized the rabbi for tickling, hugging and letting students sit
on his lap. The report also noted that accusers faced a backlash so
intense in the close-knit Jewish community, it 'might prevent any child
from coming forth with the disclosure.'"
NBC 6, November 8, 2001
"Skimpy clothes, camera close-ups, and grown-up poses. Barely legal,
experts say, but a growing industry on the Internet called child erotica.
And a major player is right here in South Florida, where many of the
pictures are taken. Our investigation found a Fort Lauderdale company
called Webe Web runs eight child modeling Web sites. The same company
also sells sex online, having operated at least 14 sites that market
adult pornography. Webe Web is run by Marc Greenberg and Jeff
Libman. Libman photographs the girls and even appears in one of
the videos. We went undercover to meet Libman and learn more about his
web sites. His most popular child site features a 12-year-old nicknamed
'Little Amber.' Libman told us her site is purely professional."
Paradoxical Legacy: Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach's Shadow Side,
rickross.com, (originally from Lilith,
"Described as a musical genius, Rabbi Carlebach's melodies,
including Adir Hu, AmYisroel Chai, and Esa Ena, are sung throughout
the world in Hasidic shteibels and Reform temples alike; have sunk so
deeply into Jewish consciousness that many don't realize these are not
age-old tunes ... It is an alarming paradox, then, that the man who
did so much on behalf of women may also have done some of them harm.
In the three years since Rabbi Carlebach's death, at age 69, ceremonies
honoring his life and work have been interrupted by women who claim
the Rabbi sexually harassed or abused them ... Among the many people
Lilith spoke with, nearly all had heard stories of Rabbi Carlebach's
sexual indiscretions during his more than four-decade rabbinic career.
Spiritual leaders, psychotherapists, and others report numerous incidents,
from playful propositions to actual sexual contact. Most of the allegations
include middle-of-the-night, sexually charged phone calls and unwanted
attention or propositions. Others, which have been slower to emerge,
relate to sexual molestation."
Good Priests, Bad
"Jewish control of the media permits Jews to launch a preemptive
disinformation strike at others for sins of which they themselves are
most guilty. For example, when Jews themselves have been among the leading
war criminals throughout the interval of living memory, they stage show
trials featuring the exaggerated or imagined war criminality of others.
What the evidence presented in the present letter suggests is that Jewish
clerics find themselves in an extremely vulnerable position. Rabbinical
sex crimes are widespread and egregious. Rabbinical doctrines and practices
would, if exposed to Western eyes, be considered more backward and savage
than those of the Taliban. And rabbinical economic crimes are staggering.
The response of Jews to their high, and perhaps increasing, vulnerability
is not to reform themselves, but to attack others. Already losing their
war against Islam, Jews launch a second front against Christianity —
one might think an ill-advised tactic, but given the flight of their
intelligentsia away from Judaism, those Jews who still remain find themselves
without the intellectual resources to devise a superior plan."
Petaluma rabbi pleads no contest to charges of sexual misconduct,
Jewish Bulletin of Northern California,
February 21, 1997
"The Petaluma rabbi accused of sexually molesting a bat mitzvah
student has pleaded no contest to the charge and faces up to eight years
in prison. Rabbi Sidney Goldenberg, formerly of Petaluma's Congregation
B'nai Israel, entered his plea at Santa Rosa Municipal Court Tuesday
to a felony charge of lewd and lascivious conduct with a minor under
the age of 14. The sexual misconduct allegedly took place over several
months late last year while Goldenberg was tutoring the victim, a 12-year-old
girl, for her bat mitzvah. Police said Goldenberg, 58, took the
girl into his office, made lewd remarks, touched her breasts and asked
that she put her hands into his pockets ... Several women from New York
have contacted the Santa Rosa district attorney's office claiming to
have been molested by Goldenberg while they were teenagers, Medvigy
said. Their calls came amid national media attention to the case."
in Israel, by Sigal Rozen,
National Council of Jewish Women, Fall
"Each year, an estimated two to three thousand women are brought
from the former Soviet Union to work in the Israeli sex industry – a
business of modern slavery that puts millions of dollars a year in the
pockets of pimps and traffickers. For the last decade, this buying and
selling of women has been conducted in Israel with almost no interference
... Most trafficked women arrive in Israel from countries formerly in
the Soviet Union. According to a Hotline survey of 392 prostitutes arrested
and deported from Israel in 2000, 91 percent of the women come from
only three countries: 46 percent from Ukraine, 28 percent from Russia,
and 17 percent from Moldova – statistics that reflect the good relations
between traffickers in Israel and those countries. The remaining 9 percent
are from other former Soviet republics. Initially, traffickers transported
the women to Israel as tourists through the airport. But a crackdown
by authorities forced the women to travel on ships stopping overnight
at Haifa. The women would go ashore, deposit their passports with the
border police, and disappear. Traffickers provided them with forged
identities of Jewish immigrants, or arranged marriages with Israeli
citizens – granting pimps the further benefit of economic aid offered
by the Israeli government ... Upon arrival in Israel, such women are
routinely sold to pimps to whom they must repay their debts (i.e. their
cost) before earning money for themselves. Four to five clients a day
soon become fifteen or twenty, some with perverse requests. If the women
are not cooperative, if they fail to clean the room on time, if they
try to leave without permission – they have to pay 'fines'or worse,
they are sold to another pimp who wants to recoup his investment. And
the cycle begins again. If the women stop cooperating altogether, the
pimp “arranges” for the police to pick them up."
Song of Sorrow,
New York, April 15, 2002
"Joel's parents were as baffled as they were horrified. Almost
a year would pass before they'd come to understand the source of his
demons, a year in which their curly-haired boy was frequently suicidal
and obviously terrified. In therapy over the subsequent months, he slowly
started revealing the torments he'd endured at the hands of his own
family. He'd been sexually abused by his uncle Larry (his father's
older brother, who confessed in 1999 and is currently in prison), and
also by Larry's adult son Stewart, who pleaded guilty
and served a year before being released on parole. Finally, the boy
charged, he was sexually abused by his uncle Howie (his father's
oldest brother, fourteen years Henry's senior). Uncle Howie is better
known to New Yorkers as Cantor Howard Nevison, part of the rabbinical
hierarchy at Congregation Emanu-El, the city's most prominent Reform
Jewish synagogue, for 23 years. In the early-morning hours of February
20, police arrested him in his Upper West Side home. On April 17, a
preliminary hearing will determine whether there is enough evidence
for the case to go to trial. He is contesting the charges. 'Howard
Nevison is innocent, and we are confident he will be exonerated,'
says his attorney, Ralph Jacobs. These accusations are very different
from the suddenly ubiquitous stories of priests molesting parishioners.
This is strictly a family affair ... .But for Nevison, the blow had
been coming for years; the cantor first learned he was a suspect not
long after Joel's parents initially approached the police in 1998. Linda
Fairstein, former longtime chief of the New York district attorney's
sex-crimes-prosecution unit, says she's "stunned" that it took so long
to file charges against the cantor. "I've never heard of that," she
says. "It's quite extraordinary that people who already gained the trust
of a child for the prosecution of relatives couldn't then also elicit
his consent in prosecuting another one at the time." Why the delay?
Joel, according to the Pennsylvania district attorney bringing
the charges, was too afraid to testify against the cantor, allegedly
the most terrifying of the three men accused of molesting him. In the
affidavit of probable cause that resulted in Howard Nevison's
arrest, the boy describes him as 'a big man with a mean, powerful voice
and frightening glare,' who threatened to kill him if he spoke up ...
Some parents were outraged to learn that the temple leadership had known
since 1998 about an investigation of the Nevison family yet continued
allowing the cantor to meet with boys and girls preparing for their
Rabbi Issues Warning on Sexual Abuse,
[Jewish] Forward, May 3, 2002
"The rabbi of a prominent Manhattan synagogue is using the occasion
of the Catholic Church's sex scandal to warn that Orthodox institutions
are often "dismissive" of abuse complaints. Rabbi Ari Berman,
the religious leader of the Jewish Center, a well-heeled Modern Orthodox
congregation on the Upper West Side, issued the warning last weekend
during a Saturday morning sermon. Berman said the Orthodox community
needs to learn from the sex abuse scandal racking the Catholic Church.
While asserting that sexual abuse cases are far more common in the Catholic
community than in Orthodox circles, Berman criticized Orthodox institutions
for dismissing many of the claims that do arise in their own backyard.
"Perhaps in the outside world there might be an exaggerated tendency
to launch a witch hunt, to fire people and prosecute immediately," said
Berman, whose predecessors at the Jewish Center include Rabbi Norman
Lamm, president of Yeshiva University, and Rabbi J.J. Schachter,
dean of a Modern Orthodox think tank in Brookline, Mass. 'But in the
Orthodox world we have the opposite tendency: to circle the wagons and
deny wrongdoing. The concern for the reputation of the teacher or school
is given greater weight than the child's words ... 'ust a short time
ago, a much publicized case of abuse and negligence in the Modern Orthodox
world raised this issue in the public consciousness," Berman said, in
an apparent reference to the Lanner scandal. 'I wish I could
say that these were the only cases that I have heard in our community,
but they are not. There are others, and some with tragic endings.' To
hammer home his point, Berman told the story of a pre-teen child who
claimed he had been molested by a rabbi at summer camp. According to
Berman, even though the rabbi had been the subject of previous complaints,
the camp rejected the allegation, and a teacher at the child's school
told the student "to stop making up stories, to forget about it and
to move on." The family was ostracized, Berman said, and had trouble
enrolling the child in another school ...[E]ven when rabbis are dismissed
or leave their job under suspicion, they often manage to find educational
work in another city. "
Run Ends for Ira Einhorn, Wanted in U.S. for '77 Killing,
Washington Post, July 21, 2001
"After 20 years on the run, former Philadelphia counterculture
guru Ira Einhorn was returned to the United States in shackles
yesterday to face a possible new trial for the 1977 bludgeoning death
of his girlfriend, Holly Maddux. The man who counted radicals Jerry
Rubin and Abbie Hoffman among his friends stepped onto the
tarmac of Philadelphia International Airport in a bullet-proof vest
at 4 a.m. He was escorted to a waiting car and taken to the maximum
security Graterford State Prison ... His story -- replete with drugs,
sex and a manhunt across Europe -- was no less incredible than the rambling
essays he used to pen under the name 'the Unicorn' for an underground
newspaper before his days as a fugitive. Ultimately tracked to the south
of France, he was living an idyllic life with another woman as Maddux's
grieving family clamored for justice. Einhorn met Maddux in 1972
at the Philadelphia bistro La Terrasse, where he liked to hold court.
He was a local celebrity, a former University of Pennsylvania instructor
who had allegedly stripped naked and passed marijuana around a classroom,
and first made headlines when he helped organize Earth Day in 1970."
Police Bust Country's Largest Prostitution Ring,
Ha'aretz (Israel), May 20, 2002
"An undercover police agent who paid NIS 50,000 to purchase rights
to use three women from Moldavia as sex workers, led to the exposure
of what police called Sunday the 'largest prostitution network' to be
found in Israel. Counting this latest sting operation, Tel Aviv police
have busted five prostitution networks in 2002. The major police crackdown
in recent months has tracked down suspects along the entire 'food chain'
that thrives on the exploitation of sex workers. The prostitution racket
starts in the CIS; middlemen fly the women to Egypt; the women are smuggled
without any snags across the border to Israel, where traders wait for
them in Eilat; these salesmen, the last links in the global chain, bring
the women to massage parlor owners in the center of the country. The
women, who are usually in their 20s, get passed from one handler to
the next, and undergo physical abuse and torments which often involves
rape perpetrated by traders who want to check their 'merchandise.'"
NON-CRIMINAL, SIMILAR THEME:
Meet Miss November, Playboy Playmate of the Month,
[Jewish] Forward, Novembe 1, 2001
"'I consider myself a nice Jewish girl,' said Lindsey Vuolo,
Playboy magazine's 'Miss November.' 'For the most part, I suppose.'
In between posing nude for pictures that feature such all-American props
as apple pie, Ms. Vuolo, 20, chatted with the magazine's editors about
her 1999 teen-tour to Israel. 'I traveled to Israel as part of an exchange
program, and it was an amazing trip,' she said in the Playboy interview.
'Being in Jerusalem was so emotional for me — I broke down and cried.'
'I've always been comfortable with myself and my body,' Ms. Vuolo told
the Forward, recalling that she 'was always the naked one in
the locker room.' Still she added, 'I never anticipated in my entire
life that my body or my beauty would get me anywhere ... Ms. Vuolo said
she has no qualms about being both a practicing Jew and a sex object.
'Some people will look up to this as a positive thing," said Ms. Vuolo,
who has become more religious since moving away from home. "With all
the Chandra Levy and Monica Lewinsky talk, it's a bit
weird. But I think what I'm doing is positive. I'm not doing anything
religiously wrong. I'm not being exploited — it's my choice.'"
Playmate and the Assemblyman, [Jewish] Forward,
December 28, 2001
"If so, you're also probably unaware of the controversy her appearance
in the magazine kicked up. Apart from her Wednesday debate at the Makor
cultural center in New York with Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, author
of 'Kosher Sex,' over the propriety of her posing for Playboy, there's
been an active discussion on the topic at beliefnet.com, a Web site
dedicated to the discussion of religious issues. Beliefnet's coverage
of Ms. [Lindsey] Vuolo's uncovering features an interview
with the vice president of CLAL-The National Jewish Center for Learning
and Leadership, Rabbi Bradley Hirschfield. In the interview,
Rabbi Hirschfield argued that Ms. Vuolo's posing for the magazine is
about more than just her being Jewish. 'If Jews have a problem with
[Ms. Vuolo posing nude], it ought to be a problem with Playboy, not
with her as a Jewish girl,' Rabbi Hirschfield said. 'That is, their
discomfort should be coming from the fact that a magazine is paying
women to get naked for a camera. If it only bothers them when Jewish
girls do it, then they would have to admit that they really believe
there's some kind of moral superiority that Jews possess.'"
Class at ASU Canceled After Protests,
azcentral.com (Arizona's Home Page; from Associated
Press), November 9, 2001
"Arizona State University has pulled a class examining pornography
from its spring calendar after the school was inundated with calls and
letters from pornography opponents. The course, 'Sexuality in Media,'
also explores media representations of male and female bodies, gay and
lesbian sexuality and race and sexuality. The university began receiving
complaints after the East Valley Tribune ran a story detailing
the class. 'People started calling them like crazy from all over the
state, and they just got whacked,' said Rep. Laura Knaperek, R-Tempe.
ASU Provost Milt Glick said the complaints did not cause the
cancelation and said the class will be offered again. Professor Peter
Lehman, who was scheduled to teach the class, had volunteered to
fill a spot teaching a large freshman-level humanities class and postponed
'Sexuality in the Media' as a trade-off, Glick said. He said the cancelation
in the wake of controversy was a coincidence."
the Line at Wesleyan, New Criterion,
"[College students at Wesleyan] also get classes like COL 289,
an 'interdisciplinary' course in the College of Letters called 'Pornography:
Writing of Prostitutes.' Taught by Hope Weissman, a medievalist
who helped establish Wesleyan’s women’s studies program and who has
taught at the university for some two decades, the course is one of
the new-breed sex classes that have recently infested American universities,
especially in the politicized intellectual slums populated by women’s
studies, gender studies, gay and lesbian studies, and kindred forms
of academic grievance-mongering. The official description of Professor
Weissman’s offering tells us the following:
'This course investigates pornographic literature as a body
practices whose 'materials,' according to the cultural critic
Susan Sontag, comprise 'one of the extreme forms
of human consciousness.' The pornography we study
is an art of transgression which impels human sexuality toward, against,
and beyond the limits which have traditionally defined civil discourses
and practices—defined, that is, by regimes of dominance
and submission, inclusion or exclusion, in the domains of
organ and emotional pleasure. Our examination accordingly
includes the implication of pornography in so-called perverse
practices such as voyeurism, bestiality, sadism, and masochism, and
considers the inflections of the dominant white-heterosexual
tradition by alternative sexualities and genders, as
well as by race, class, age, mental
and physical competence. We also attempt to identify the factors,
and extrinsic, which align the pornographic impulse with revolutionary
or conservative political practices. But our primary focus
is on pornography as radical representations
of sexuality whose themes are violation, degradation, and exposure.'
Where should we begin? This passage is at once so repellent and so utterly
representative of the sort of thing being purveyed under the rubric
of the humanities in American colleges today that it might well
make it into a future Guide to What Went Wrong in American
Higher Education, c. 1960–2000. The rhetoric alone is worthy
of attention: the know-it-all tone, the neo-Marxist clichés, the
general air of menace. This is course description as an exercise
in ideological intimidation. We especially savored the use of
the phrase 'so-called': 'so-called perverse practices such as
voyeurism, bestiality, sadism, and masochism.' What, we wondered,
would Professor Weissman choose to call such practices?"
Back Page, Clarion, February 1998
"What apparently must be called the highlight of the conference
[at State University of New York at New Paltz] was the performance of
Mars, a stripper from a bisexual bathhouse. During her performance,
'Whiplash: Tales of a Tomboy,' which featured her simulating sex and
screaming obscenities, Mars collided with the crotch of audience member
Peter Shipley, chairman of a private educational group called the National
Catholic Forum. Shipley's pen went into her nostril, and Mars fell back
shouting that she was bleeding. Then she removed her pants and blouse
and exposed herself. Following the conference, Governor George E. Pataki
ordered an inquiry into the conference, which he called an outrageous
expenditure of taxpayers' dollars. Several trustees of the university
have called for the resignation of university president Roger W. Bowen,
who spoke at the event. Shipley is threatening to sue for sexual assault."
The Pornography Industry's Wet Dream,
On the Issues. The Progressive Woman's Quarterly, Summer 1995
"Nadine Strossen's objective in [her book] Defending
Pornography is to destroy the reputation and achievements of the
feminist movement against pornography. To this end, she dishes up the
same tired old caricature of us as anti-sex prudes, pro-censorship,
and in collusion with the right wing. Not until the very last chapter
does Strossen address the scientific evidence on the harmful effects
of pornography, and her discussion of that evidence is a sham. Most
of the key researchers on the relationship between pornography and violence
against women (Neil Malamuth, James Check, Dolf Zillman, Bryant Jennings,
myself) do not rate a single mention in her book ... Strossen's book
was enthusiastically feted by the media not because it's so brilliant
but because she's president of the American Civil Liberties Union (an
organization that has increasingly become a watchdog for the interests
of pornographers). The fact that Strossen professes to be a feminist
gives her a lot more clout than a man would have doing the same dirty
work for a dirty industry. Men can sit back and applaud the cat fight.
Pornographers can breathe a sigh of relief and get on with their lucrative
business of exploiting women to facilitate men's ejaculations. Strossen
makes no distinction between erotica and pornography ... Here is another
Strossen gem to delight pornographers: 'The more unconventional the
sexual expression is, the more revolutionary its social and political
implications become.' I suppose rape doesn't qualify as unconventional
sexual expression anymore -- but would child porn qualify as revolutionary?
Or images of sexual mutilation and woman-killing?"
Behind the Scenes: How Gays and Lesbians Shaped Hollywood, 1910-1969,
Book Review, amazon.com (from Publisher's
"[Author William Mann] makes a cohesive and persuasive argument
for how their varied sexualities transformed Hollywood and the movies.
Mann also covers a wide range of ancillary topics e.g., the history
and aesthetics of set design; the rise of Los Angeles's 'pansy clubs';
and the special role of Jews (who were more likely than gentiles to
be open about their sexuality)."
Thyself? Therapy and Cruelty in the Days Before Drive-Through Pharmacists,
OC Weekly, March 29-25, 1999
"For whatever reason, the urban Jew remains America's most potent
symbol of impotent urban anxiety. Whether it's Woody Allen's
films, Phillip Roth's novels or Lenny Bruce's acidic tirades,
the American Jew has long seemed to corner the cultural market on psychological
ills. [Playwright Steven] Berkhoff's Kvetch, while
lacking the intellectual edge and literary merit of Allen, Roth, Bruce
and company, certainly does its part in regurgitating the cliché. It's
not a good play, but it's hard to sit through Kvetch unaffected.
Berkhoff, an eccentric English dramatist, once wrote that theater 'should
deal with the profane and the unmentionable. . . . The confession of
angst can heal, but it needs full, frontal attack, not subtlety.' In
Kvetch, he has crafted one of the most vulgar, cruelly direct
plays I can remember seeing on a local stage. His characters are wholly
unlikable. They're bundles of contempt and guilt that can barely mask
the loathing they feel for one another ... Kvetch begins with
Frank (Morgan Christopher) inviting his friend Hal (Jack Thomas) to
dinner. To his chagrin, Hal accepts. This simple change in the family
dynamic dissolves Frank, his wife, Donna (Lorianne Hill), and his mother-in-law
(Jo Black-Jacob) into neurotic engines of guilt and anxiety. The play's
gimmick is one borrowed from Eugene O'Neill's Strange Interlude:
the characters' innermost thoughts and secrets are delivered aloud;
other characters can't hear them but the audience can. And a foul lot
those thoughts are: whining and complaining about the sorry state of
their lives, musings about killing one another, relentless insults.
Donna fantasizes about being gang-raped by filthy garbage men as Frank
gives it to her under the covers, while Frank secretly imagines Hal
sliding his cock up his ass just so he can get it up to shtup
his wife in the first place."
Puritan Sex Stigmas Not
Jewish, Says Rabbi-Teacher,
Jewish Bulletin of Northern California,
November 23, 2001
"'Judaism is about giving pleasure to one another and having no
qualms or inhibitions about it,' said [Rabbi Leslie] Alexander,
the chaplain for the Jewish Federation of Greater San Jose. 'When a
Jew goes before God, they are going to have to answer for every pleasure
they didn't take' ...In the Iggeret HaKodesh, or Holy Letter,
for example, Nachmanides (1194-1270) wrote an entire section
on the ways to improve sexuality. 'It is all about God making our bodies
for sexual pleasure,' she said, likening it to the Jewish Kama Sutra.
'The Jewish texts are very blunt and very direct,' she added. 'Teaching
it is lots of fun. My students usually say, 'Whoa! They really said
that?' We spend so much time as a society trying to free ourselves from
sexual mores. If we had just learned from our own tradition, we wouldn't
have to try.' These kinds of lessons are everywhere among the Jewish
texts, including the Talmud, the Mishnah and the Torah, according to
Alexander, whose course focused on this spectrum of classical texts
to expose the reality of Jewish teachings on sexuality. As for later
Jewish texts that contain messages about sexual inhibition, she said,
'They are really just seepages of later Western cultures.' In fact,
Alexander remembered once reading a text in which a rabbi was telling
a group of other rabbis about the various things he would consider sexual
perversions. 'And then, at the end of his speech the rest of the rabbis
told him he was wrong' ... In addition to loving the 'racy' nature of
the subject, Alexander enjoyed teaching about Jewish sexuality because
it's a way to pique people's interest in Judaism."
Ex-yeshiva Boy Isaac Mizrahi Now Sells Women $3,000 T-Shirts,
Jewish Bulletin of Northern California,
January 2, 1998
"The young designer [Isaac Mizrahi] has a highly respected
firm of his own, and his clothes are sold all over the United States
and Europe ... Mizrahi grew up in Brooklyn's Midwood, in a family with
Syrian roots. His father was a cutter in the garment industry. 'My family
was upper middle-class Jewish, and we always went away every summer.
I always had piano lessons and every kind of lesson I could want. I
always had beautiful clothes. We had beautiful everything' ... Viewers
saw little-known sides of Mizrahi in 'Unzipped,' the 1995 documentary
about him. Filmmaker Douglas Keeve was, at the time, in a relationship
with the designer. In one scene, Mizrahi put a sheer scrim behind the
catwalk and had models change their outfits in full view of the audience.
That kind of chutzpah gave viewers insight into his bold personality.
And that, in turn, helps him charge large sums for his designs, something
he even pokes fun at in his comic book ... To this day the designer
remains active in Jewish charities. 'I do what I can," he says. "I'm
a zealot, a real lover of the Jewish faith.'"
Helmut Newton's Internal Battlefield, [Jewish] Forward,
December 28, 2001
"Helmut Newton has never seemed particularly interested
in self-portraiture. Yet one of the first photographs to greet the viewer
in 'Helmut Newton: Work' — at the International Center for Photography
... could easily be interpreted as a proxy for the artist himself. It's
a portrait of the famous late art collector Daniel Wildenstein,
along with his two sons, Alec and Guy, each of them looking
simultaneously paranoid and accusatory. Like Mr. Newton, they're German
Jews associated with glamour, wealth and, yes, forbidden sex and violence:
Alec Wildenstein's wife famously accused him of pulling a gun on her
when she stumbled on him with his young Slavic mistress (a story recounted
breathlessly in some of the same glossies that publish Mr. Newton's
work). But there's a more complicated parallel at play, as well, in
that the Wildensteins also represent an unproved collusion between Jew
and Nazi, with art at the heart of the relationship. The Wildenstein
family has long tried to shake accusations that it traded in and profited
from art that the Nazis confiscated from Jews. Mr. Newton himself fled
Berlin in 1938, but his work, taken as a whole, reflects his own uneasy
relationship with Nazi-inspired idealizations of Aryan beauty, a guilty
reluctance — or perhaps rebellious refusal — to turn his back on its
allure. As late as 1996, he was photographing the repentant neo-Nazi
Ingo Hasselbach for a portrait in The New Yorker. And his own
images of tall, mathematically proportioned young women, some with Heidi-perfect
blond braids, reflect the influence of propaganda shots of Hitler youth
he witnessed during his early teenage years when, needless to say, he
was sexually coming of age. That Mr. Newton seems to find himself guilty
of an unnamed crime is attested to by the punishment he seems to crave
at the hands of the black-leather-clad women who so often dominate his
Journalist Calls for Castration as Anti-Terror Step,
Haaretz, January 19, 2002
"An article calling for the castration of Israeli Arabs as a means
of fighting terrorism was published last week in the leading Israeli-Russian
daily Novosti. The article, called 'How To Force Them To Leave]
and written by Marian Belenki, one of the paper's prominent journalists,
said that the threat of castration may be strong enough to encourage
the Arabs to leave the country. The author also proposed that the Chinese
method for lowering birth rates be implemented in Israel for the Arab
population in order to lower their birth rates. According to this method,
people who have more than one child are deprived of various benefits,
lose their jobs, and are under threat of exile. Cash prizes for young
men who voluntarily agree to the castration will also be provided, according
to the proposed method ... [W]hat is even more surprising than the fact
that the piece got published, is that the paper did not receive any
responses from readers or public representatives of the Russian community.
It should be noted that the paper is one of two leading dailies of the
Russian community in Israel."
Marks and Katz, LLC.
Attorneys at Law (Law firm web site),
"ADULT ENTERTAINMENT. MARKS & KATZ, LLC provides comprehensive
legal services to the adult entertainment industry. We also work closely
with the nation's adult entertainment industry's trade association,
the Free Speech Coalition, serving as its Washington, DC, representative.
At the regional level, [Jay] Marks & [Jon] Katz,
LLC, is a charter member and founding Board member of the Free Speech
Coalition of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia, with
partner Jon Katz as President."
Runs Rampant, Christian Science Monitor,
February 1, 2002
"Ever-stronger sexual content is showing up across the landscape
of mainstream media: in network TV, in movies, even in catalogs ...
Pornographic images, erotic paraphernalia, and raunchy sexual talk are
reaching a near-saturation point in the daily lives of Americans, through
television, movies, magazines, and the Internet, say a growing chorus
of expert voices. And the target market is an increasingly younger audience
... .One network, NBC, has been frank and unapologetic about its need
to compete with the more explicit world of cable TV. It recently decided
to be the only big broadcast network to air ads for hard liquor. As
for the choice to put Playmates in prime time, Jeff Zucker, president
of NBC Entertainment, responds, 'It's been a difficult year; we're just
having fun' ... One voice saying it's possible to resist this slide
toward a sexualized environment comes from Robert Halmi, one of television's
most prolific producers of family-oriented entertainment ('The Odyssey,'
'Merlin,' 'Gulliver's Travels'). This trend towards explicit sexuality
exists because there's a creative void,' says the entertainment magnate,
whose shows - nearly 200 and counting - air on all the major networks
as well as on the new Hallmark Channel on cable. 'It reflects the taste
of the executives,' Mr. Halmi says, 'but it's also pressure from the
corporate heads who want networks to perform like stock portfolios,
with a 26 percent growth rate.'"
Back with the Director of 'Stunt Man,'
Los Angeles Times, February 12, 2002 [This
item appears half way down the page]
"[Jewish] porn star Nina Hartley will be the guest of honor
at a Santa Clarita synagogue this month as part of Temple Beth Ami's
adult education series. On Feb. 19, Hartley, who appeared in the film
'Boogie Nights' and has starred in more than 570 adult films, offers
'Love & Sex in the 21st Century,' a free lecture on the porn industry
that also features sex tips for monogamous couples. Rabbi Mark Blazer
said he invited Hartley to participate in the lecture series
after meeting her through a mutual friend. Her appearance will broaden
his congregation intellectually, he said. 'My goal as a rabbi is to
push the envelope,' Blazer said. While Temple Beth Ami is located
in a conservative community, the members of the reform Jewish congregation
are very open-minded, Blazer said, and no one has expressed any
concern that Hartley's presence will be offensive. 'Part of Judaism
is to engage and learn about as much of the world as we can--not to
be closed to the world,' he said. 'This is really an opportunity that
most people would never have.'"
Class Suspended at UC Berkeley After Lurid Allegations,
San Diego Union-Tribune, February 18, 2002
"A male sexuality class at University of California, Berkeley has
been suspended after reports of lurid extracurricular activities surfaced
late last week in the student newspaper. The suspension of the class,
run by students and sponsored by the university, was announced Friday.
Students who had taken part in the two-unit course told the Daily
Californian that several of their classmates were involved in an
orgy at a class party and that another group of students chose to go
to a strip club for their final project. At the club, the students looked
on as one of their student instructors had sex on stage, Jessica McMahon
told the campus newspaper ... Caren Kaplan, chair of the Woman's
Studies Department and sponsor of the sexuality classes, reviewed the
male sexuality course description but had not seen a detailed course
syllabus, said David Dowall, chairman of UC Berkeley's Academic Senate."
of Minnesota Book Challenges Anxiety about Pedophilia,
Minnesota Star Tribune, March 26, 2002
"Sex between adults and children has been a societal taboo so strong
that it's considered one of our few unquestioned moral principles. But
arguments have emerged in academic journals, books and online that at
least some such sex should be acceptable, especially when children consent
to it ... A soon-to-be-released book, "Harmful to Minors: The Perils
of Protecting Children From Sex," is being advertised by its publisher,
University of Minnesota Press, as challenging widespread anxieties about
pedophilia. In an interview, the book's author, journalist Judith
Levine, praised the Rind study as evidence that 'doesn't line up
with the ideology that it's always harmful for kids to have sexual relationships
with adults.' She said the pedophilia among Roman Catholic priests is
complicated to analyze, because it's almost always secret, considered
forbidden and involves an authority figure. She added, however, that,
'yes, conceivably, absolutely' a boy's sexual experience with a priest
could be positive. 'When I was a minor, I had sex with an adult,' she
said. 'He was one of my first lovers. My heart was broken, but my heart
was broken by a lot of boys, too. I'd say on balance that it was a perfectly
of Adult-child Sex on Rise,
overthrow.com (from Washington Times),
April 19, 2002
"A new book that says child molesters are not a major peril to
children is part of a larger movement within academia to promote "free
sexual expression of children." Top Stories The movement to legitimize
sex between adults and children is "gathering steam," warns Stephanie
Dallam, researcher for the Leadership Council for Mental Health, Justice
and the Media in Philadelphia, an organization that deals with prevention
and treatment of child abuse. "Some people view children as the next
sexual frontier," Ms. Dallam says. Feminist writer Judith Levine's
book 'Not Harmful to Minors: The Perils of Protecting Kids from Sex'
has been condemned by those who say she excuses sexual abuse of children
— a charge she strongly denies ... Harris Mirkin, a professor
at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, published a 1999 article
in the Journal of Homosexuality complaining that boys who have sex with
men 'are never considered willing participants, even if they are hustlers.'
He has also written that 'children are the last bastion of the old sexual
morality ... One co-author of the 1998 study was Robert Bauserman,
now employed by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
As early as 1989, Mr. Bauserman had written about 'man-boy sexual relationships'
says he hacked al Qaeda 'I wanted to do something ... I know the Internet',
CNN, August 9, 2002
"A self-proclaimed Web warrior says he enlisted in the United States'
war on terror by mounting an incursion into an Internet site said to
be run by al Qaeda. From his beachfront home, Jon Messner uses
his keyboard as a weapon against the enemy's site -- first reported
by CNN four months ago -- that posts statements from high-ranking al
Qaeda members. When Al Neda site visitors, who he says he believes are
al Qaeda members, discovered the covert operation, they cried 'Infidel!'
Messner 's real job? He runs an Internet porn site. 'I created the amateur
housewife-next-door genre,' he explained. 'I bought a digital camera
and convinced my wife to get naked for the Internet.' He decided to
turn his expertise against al Qaeda ... His Porsche and its 'WIVES'
vanity plates memorializing his success in adult entertainment are,
he believes, a testament that he and his family are living the American
dream. And, in his own way, Messner said, he is fighting an American
SEE ALSO: JEWISH INFLUENCE IN POPULAR CULTURE for
related subjects, for example, sex therapist "Dr. Ruth,"
Wilhelm Reik, Larry Levenson's famous sex club "Plato's
Retreat," etc. and Professor Peter Singer's homage to bestiality:
* Not Enough? There's
much, much more about WHITE SLAVERY and PORNOGRAPHY
[in the Mass Media 2 chapter]