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Mar 26, 2021, 5:40 PM
Pesach is a triggering time for many victims of sexual abuse
Every year at the start of Spring Jewish households across the world mark the holiday of Pesach, we spend hours recounting our ancestors liberation from Egypt, freedom from slavery and essentially the very survival of the Jewish nation. The level of detail my family and...
Feb 3, 2021, 2:22 PM
If Charedi rabbis banned broccoli, overnight no one would buy broccoli
The government made allowances for houses of worship to remain open, provided they are COVID compliant. Many shuls made the tough decision to close, emphasising that congregant safety comes first. But, in some shuls, the only way you would know we are mid pandemic is...
Aug 19, 2020, 12:58 PM
We need reform for more effective child protection
This past Friday we heard the closing statements to the governments Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) for the Religious Organisations and Settings strand. Chaired by Professor Alexis Jay OBE, the inquiry was set up because of serious concerns that some organisation had failed...
Apr 3, 2020, 1:00 PM
Supporting those being abused during the living nightmare of lockdown
Any other year, in the weeks leading up to Pesach we at Migdal Emunah would be preparing ourselves for the influx of new clients, as families reconvene to spend the festival together leading to genuine trauma for victims of sexual abuse. This year however, it...
Jun 4, 2019, 12:23 PM
The recent IICSA report into child sexual abuse rings true
Last week the UK’s Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse issued an in depth report into victims’ and survivors’ experiences of sexual abuse in religious institutions. It provides valuable data that confirms what many of our clients at Migdal Emunah have shared with us, as...
Feb 8, 2019, 3:41 PM
#ItsNotOK: Responding to disclosures of sexual abuse
We had a call from a classroom assistant working in a Jewish school. The individual was concerned that they were untrained vis a vis what would be best practice response to a six-year-old student’s disclosure in a class setting. The child in question had drawn...
Feb 1, 2018, 3:49 PM
Offenders must repent before they are forgiven
A familiar theme has been established in the fallout of Chabad Lubavitch UK’s shameful behaviour in honouring a convicted sex offender’s Torah scroll donation. While Chabad Lubavitch UK continues to remain unapologetic, our communal leadership focused on the “genuine repentance” and rehabilitation of sex offenders....
Jan 11, 2018, 3:39 PM
Honouring a sex abuser and shunning his victim
An event organised by Chabad Lubavitch UK was held in Golders Green a fortnight ago honouring a Sefer Torah and its donor. Chabad news outlets describe “over 1,000 men, women and children” participating in a “joyous” event. I was made aware of this when a...
Yehudis Goldsobel is the Chief Executive of Migdal Emunah & Founder of Sexual Abuse & Sexual Violence Awareness Week