Cases and Articles: Yeshiva University

Yeshiva University is a private university located in New York City and is affliated with the Modern Orthodox movement. Four undergraduate schools are part of the university, including Yeshiva College, Stern College for Women, and Syms School of Business.

Articles

Abuse-at-YU – The Forward

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38 sexual abuse victims to sue Yeshiva University

"The documents claim that the Yeshiva University and MTA administrators 'refused to take action against Finkelstein, never reported him to law enforcement authorities, and – despite actual knowledge of his propensity to sexually assault children – never took any significant measures to prevent Finkelsteins future abuse of children.'"

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Yeshiva University High School is sued by 37 men alleging sexual abuse

"Dozens of victims sue Yeshiva University for alleged sexual abuse."

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Popular New Age author Marc Gafni molested 13-year-old girl in 1980, lawsuit says

"Kabakov shared her story with the Forward in 2016, claiming Gafni would sneak into her bedroom at night, wake her up and grope her. "

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Judge’s dismissal order based on Statute of LImitations of pre Child Victims Act lawsuit against Yeshiva University by Mordechai Twersky et al

"'Multiple YUHS students had already been abused, at least by Finkelstein, by the time the first acts of abuse alleged in the Complaint were committed against the plaintiffs here, and school administrators had knowledge of these prior acts of abuse because they were reported to the administration, including to Defendants Lamm and Hirt, and because they sometimes occurred at school facilities and were observed by school employees. Prior sexual assaults by Gordon were also reported to YUHS and YU administrators.' Case was refiled in 2019 after the Child Victims Act Look back window became law in NY."

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Cases

Gutman et al v. Yeshiva University

"Upon learning, in December, 2012, that Defendants had specific and detailed knowledge that Rabbis in their employ were sexual predators and that these same Defendants actively denied that such knowledge existed, lied to those who came forward with information, induced children to attend (and stay at) their school with full knowledge that they would be subject to sexual abuse, and heaped praise on the abusers long after they were no longer employed."

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John Doe v. Yeshiva University and Marsha Stern Talmudical Academy

"Upon information and belief, allegations of sexual abuse against George Finkelstein ('Finkelstein'), an Assistant Principal, Associate Principal, and then Principal of YUHS surfaced prior to the abuse perpetrated upon the Plaintiff herein. More specifically, Finkelstein repeatedly sexually abused multiple student victims for years. Yet, YU and YUHS administrators refused to take action against Finkelstein, never reported him to law enforcement authorities, and – despite actual knowledge of his propensity to sexually assault children – never took any significant measures to prevent Finkelstein's future abuse of children."

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Jerome Engel v. Yeshiva University and Marsha Stern Talmudical Academy

"Plaintiff, as a minor and vulnerable child, was dependent on Defendants YU and YUHSB and Finkelstein. Defendants had custody of Plaintiff and accepted the entrustment of Plaintiff and, therefore, had responsibility for Plaintiff and authority over Plaintiff."

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Sara Kabakov v. Mordechai Gafni and Yeshiva University

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Mordechai Twersky et al vs YU board Trustees

"Rabbi Blau admitted to Jay Goldberg that he did not act on complaints on abuse reports about George CCA oFinkelstein as "nothing could be done." Exact quote presents reason that the plaintiffs request a pre discovery deposition of 80 yr old rabbi blau. The victims need to find out who knew what when among the Yeshiva University Administration and Board of Trustees and why blau says that nothing would change if the abuse by finkelstein was reported. This deposition could prove negligence on the part of exact individuals in charge at YU."

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