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Judy Brown Speaks @ YILB

posted Nov 23, 2011, 1:10 AM by p schafler   [ updated Nov 23, 2011, 2:00 AM ]
 7:30 pm November 27th 2011
Young Israel of Long Beach
120 Long Beach Blvd
Long Beach, NY 11561

In recognition of the Second National Jewish Week for the Prevention of Child Abuse, the Jewish Board of Advocates for Children (JBAC), and the Young Israel of Long Beach are pleased to announce the first New York public appearance of Judith Brown, the acclaimed author of the award-winning book, "Hush" (Walker Pub. 2010), which is based upon the story of a case of child sex abuse in Brooklyn's Chassidic community.

The lecture, free of charge, is scheduled for Sunday, November 27, 2011, at 7:30 p.m. at Young Israel of Long Beach, 120 Long Beach Boulevard, Long Beach, NY.

Also speaking will be JBAC president Elliot Pasik, Esq., who will give an update as to ongoing progress in making our yeshivas and shuls safer and better.

JBAC has been a leading proponent for legislation that would extend all child protection laws that protect public school children to our religious and nonpublic schools - fingerprinting and background checks of all employees; strengthened mandated reporting laws; no silent resignations of abusive employees. This legislative agenda is supported by the entire Rabbinical Council of America; Rav Dovid Cohen; and other leading poskim and rabbis.

In 2007, JBAC was successful in persuading the NYS Legislature to pass a law permitting all nonpublic schools to fingerprint their employees and do criminal history background checks. In the four years since passage of this law, however, Freedom of Information Law requests have revealed that out of 390 nonpublic schools in New York, only 19 are fingerprinting; of those 19, only 1 is a yeshiva. Meanwhile, all state public schools are legally required to fingerprint their employees. JBAC seeks a law that will make the fingerprinting and background checks mandatory for all nonpublic schools.

"Hush" received a Best Book of the Year award from the prestigious Kirkus Reviews. The author was originally known anonymously as "Eishes Chayil", but after the murder of Leiby Kletzky by a suspected pedophile, Mrs. Brown identified herself in a national Huff Post essay in which she called for greater public awareness.

For more information, or questions, please contact:

Elliot Pasik, Esq.; Rabbi Perry Schafler, Chairpersons
Jewish Board of Advocates for Children, Inc.