Above: Chief Rabbi of the UK Ephraim Mirvis
British Rabbis Hold Child Sex Abuse Training
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
Chief Rabbi of the UK Ephraim Mirvis led a training seminar on child sex abuse attended by more than 120 rabbis and other Jewish religious leaders, The JC reported.
Among the speakers were Mirvis’s wife Valerie, a social worker involved in child protection issues; senior police officers; and other experts. Therapists reportedly taught the rabbis how to
counsel victims of child sex abuse and the rabbis were also were informed of halakhic issues related to child sex abuse. (The JC inexplicably does not explain what those halakhic issues are or what the rabbis were told to do about them. The JC also does not report if the rabbis from the über-haredi Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations, a rival to Mirvis’s United Synagogue, participated.)
Meanwhile, Yehudis Goldsobel, who was sexually abused as a child by a member of her Chabad community, will reportedly appear in a new BBC2 documentary, The Truth About Child Sex Abuse, which will air at 10pm Tuesday London time.
Goldsobel founded and runs Migdal Emunah, a nonprofit that works to prevent child sex abuse.