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Resource ID: #25910
Subject: Abuse
Source: The Forward
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Date: December 21 and December 28

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A groundbreaking investigation of alleged sexual abuse at Yeshiva University High School for Boys in New York. The stories, published in December, revealed how the leaders of a respected religious institution failed to act on repeated warnings that two of its top staff members had physically, sexually and emotionally abused students for years. The first story, published December 13 online (December 21 in print) had immediate impact. The two men accused of abuse were forced to step down from their posts in Israel. Rabbi George Finkelstein resigned as a director of a major synagogue in Jerusalem. Rabbi Macy Gordon was put on indefinite leave from his teaching job in Israel. More and more students called the Forward with their own, horrifying tales. As a result, Yeshiva University hired an international law firm to conduct an investigation and former students turned to lawyers raising the possibility of a civil lawsuit. Meanwhile, Yeshiva University remains under pressure to explain how abuses could have continued for so long and been so widespread and no one was called to account.

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