Cases and Articles: Washington Hebrew Congregation/Edlavitch Tyser Early Childhood

WHC was established in 1852 in Washington DC. The Reform Congregation now has over 3000 members and runs a large early childhood center, Edlavitch Tyser Early Childhood Center.


D.C. attorney general sues Washington Hebrew Congregation preschool, contends it failed to protect children from alleged sexual abuse

"'[The] leadership ensured the school was run under a 'shroud of secrecy' and the parents were not alerted to the warning signs of danger,' the parent said in an email. 'Now, after years of investigation and careful review of untold thousands of documents seized through search warrants, the Attorney General has thoroughly repudiated any lingering claim of innocence by this temple.'"

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Families sue Washington Hebrew preschool over alleged sexual abuse

A group of parents is suing the preschool at Washington Hebrew Congregation, alleging that the school ignored warning signs while a teacher sexually abused at least seven toddlers for more than a year.

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DC Attorney General Sues Hebrew Preschool Over Child Abuse Complaints

"The synagogue's childcare center placed children in the care of unqualified, unsupervised staff, operated in violation of its license, and misled parents about the safety of its programs, according to the Office of the Attorney General (OAG)."

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Exclusive: Officials substantiate child sex abuse allegations at prominent DC synagogue's preschool

"Officials have substantiated multiple accusations of child sexual abuse by a preschool teacher at a prominent synagogue in Washington, DC, according to a cease-and-desist letter sent by the DC superintendent of education to the synagogue in June. The letter says the district's Child and Family Services Agency found that 'more than one child was a victim of sexual abuse by the alleged maltreator' at Washington Hebrew Congregation's preschool."

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John Doe et al vs Washington Hebrew et al

"The sexual abuse reported by the children uniformily revealed that the abuse occured in the educational facility when Silverman was allowed to be alone with them individually or in small groups."

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John Doe 2 et al vs Washington Hebrew et al

"Defendant WHC allowed Silverman to take children alone into a single stall bathroom."

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District of Columbia vs Washington Hebrew

"Washington Hebrew ignored or disregarded laws intending to keep children safe and actively discouraged attempts by parents and staff to flag clear dangers."

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