Monday, December 20, 2004

Rabbi Gafni/Winiarz revelations: censured by FL rabbinical association for inappropriate behavior (censure later withdrawn), supported JFK at age of 3

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At 11:28 AM, Blogger jewishwhistleblower said...

Letter by Rabbi Causes Flap in House Race
November 2, 1990
The Associated Press Political Service

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) _ An endorsement letter sent to 50,000 Jewish voters was written by a controversial rabbi using a different name, the Republican congressional candidate has acknowledged.

Scott Shore faced a jeering political crowd Thursday when he confirmed the letter was written by former Boca Raton Rabbi Mordechai Winyarz. He was once censured by the local rabbinical association for inappropriate behavior, but the censure was later withdrawn.

The letter was signed by Rabbi Marc Gafni, a name Winyarz said he adopted when he moved to Israel two years ago.

It also was addressed to "my fellow Democrats" even though Gafni's last registration was as a Republican.

Shore refused demands from the audience at Temple Beth El that he apologize for the letter.

The audience of more than 250, including many supporters of the incumbent Democratic U.S. Rep. Harry Johnston, hooted when Shore claimed he wasn't trying to deceive voters about Winyarz's true identity.

Johnston, who attended the forum to debate Shore, also noted Gafni said in the letter that he had been a supporter of John F. Kennedy. Winyarz was 3 years old when Kennedy was assassinated in 1963, Johnston said.

Gafni, who was Shore's rabbi while in Boca Raton, was active in protests such as one against Pope John Paul II's visit to Miami in 1987, where he dressed in concentration camp clothing.

 
At 11:54 AM, Blogger jewishwhistleblower said...

For readers interested in Gafni/Winiarz's political friend:

Disenchanted Republican candidate jumps ship *Howard Scott Shore, an unsuccessful GOP candidate for City Council this year, says the Republican Party has become ''rudderless.''
by Gregory Smith - Journal Staff Writer
December 1, 1998
The Providence Journal

Howard Scott Shore, an unsuccessful Republican candidate for Congress in Florida in 1990 and for Providence City Council this year, is fed up. He has defected from the Republican to the Reform Party.

"This was one of the most difficult decisions in my life," Shore said in a written announcement. "For over 25 years, I have been a died-in-the-wool Republican.

"Nevertheless, I believe the party has become rudderless in the last decade and has failed to keep its 'contract' with Americans."

In Providence, independent Mayor Vincent A. Cianci Jr. has usurped both the Republican and Democratic parties, he said. Locally and statewide, the Republicans have no agenda, he asserted.

The Reform Party probably will become the major opposition party in Rhode Island by the year 2002, Shore predicted. It certainly will have more candidates than the Republicans for General Assembly by then and eventually for city councils and other statewide offices, Shore said.

"I believe the Reform Party will attract disaffected Republicans, independents and thoughtful Democrats," he said.

The Rhode Island branch of the Reform Party was founded only three years ago and has not elected any candidate to public office. The party had nine candidates for statewide office, Congress and the legislature this year.

Rhode Island seems ripe for his new party because the established state parties are eroded and so many voters are registered "unaffiliated" statewide, he said, and because H. Ross Perot, the Reform candidate for president in 1996, gained one of his higher statewide voter percentages in Rhode Island.

Perot, a Texas businessman, founded the national Reform Party and ran twice as the party's presidential candidate. He gathered 8.5 percent of the national vote in 1996 and 11 percent of the Rhode Island vote.

In Rhode Island, Shore said, labor unions keep the Democrats in power while Republicans are perceived as the party of the rich and corporate interests. The Reform Party does not have that Republican baggage in appealing to swing and Democratic voters, he said.

Shore said he began to grow unhappy with the national Republican Party when it went along with President George Bush's cancellation of his "no new taxes" pledge as part of a deficit-reduction budget agreement.

His disaffection grew this year, he said, when the Republican-controlled House and Senate followed the traditional Democratic blueprint and enacted a budget with a considerable amount of "pork."

Shore, who has degrees from Harvard College, Columbia University and the University of Sussex in England, is an investment executive. He formerly was a Bush appointee to the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, an international business consultant and political director of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

Shore said he has formally affiliated with the Reform Party and is a candidate for treasurer of the state party at its organizational meeting Sunday. He said he would consider becoming a candidate for public office under that banner.

June Spink, party chairwoman, yesterday said she welcomes Shore.

But Patrick Koelle, chairman of the Providence Republican Party, replied, "Who cares" when told Shore had defected.

Republicans have run very competitive contests for the Ward 2 City Council seat in recent years, Koelle recalled. He said that it was Shore's inadequate campaign for that seat, not any inadequacy of the local party, that brought on Shore's defeat by Democrat Rita M. Williams. Shore lost by a ratio of about two to one.

"He wasn't out there enough" meeting people, Koelle said. "The voters will not vote for someone (in a local race) they haven't met."

"Despite his obvious brilliance and credentials . . . he's a (conservative) ideologue"' who does not seem to understand that in order to be successful, a candidate for public office must reach out to people on a broad spectrum of interests and philosophies, Koelle said.

 
At 12:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Jewish community should be on its knees thanking God for the tremendous efforts JW/Me continues to take to promote Rabbi Gafni. I'm sure it took countless hours of enormous effort to track down this 14 year old article...an article which proves that, uh, well, we're not sure. But nevertheless, Gafni's obviously a dangerous man and must be stopped!!! We can't prove it so we'll keep putting out all this tangential stuff and pray that nobody reading it has a mind of their own!
JW's obsession with Gafni brings to mind nothing less than a spurned lover who can't stop thinking about their denied object of affection, so their attraction turns to non-stop hatred and obsession.
Honey, you're looking more pathetic every day. It's time to let go of Gafni and get a life. You'll be a lot happier, I promise.

 
At 12:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So who did JWB support when he was 3 years old? Or 8?

 
At 1:03 PM, Blogger jewishwhistleblower said...

I'm happy and I have a life, thank you.

But thanks for the regular nasty, obsessive comments.

I think you missed the points made in the article:

1) The letter was signed as Rabbi Marc Gafni, even though he was known as Rabbi Mordechai Winyarz in the community.

2) It also was addressed to "my fellow Democrats" even though Gafni's last registration was as a Republican. So he was never a Democrat that Shore had convinced to change colors as the letter indicated.

3) Gafni said in the letter that he had been a supporter of John F. Kennedy. Winyarz was 3 years old when Kennedy was assassinated in 1963.

4) Mordechai Winyarz was once censured by the local rabbinical association for inappropriate behavior, but the censure was later withdrawn. Interesting how he then ended up in Israel with a new name.

5) This endorsement letter was sent to 50,000 Jewish voters in Florida.

More misrepresentation, lies and inappropriate behavior by Gafni/Winiarz/Winyarz.

 
At 10:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://www.theawarenesscenter.org/gafni_mordechai.html

 
At 5:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Winiarz/Winyarz confusion seems confined to this one article. Apparently the journalist neither asked for the spelling of Gafni's old name, nor Googled to find out which name actually exists.

 
At 7:05 PM, Blogger jewishwhistleblower said...

>The Winiarz/Winyarz confusion seems confined to this one article.
>Apparently the journalist neither asked for the spelling of
>Gafni's old name, nor Googled to find out which name actually
>exists.

Actually, your premise is wrong. Gafni/Winiarz/Winyarz was at the time using a different spelling of his last name. He switched a "y" for the "i". There are numerous articles with this spelling "Winyarz". It's clear he was altering the spelling of his last name. This appears to be some sort of attempt by Gafni/Winiarz/Winyarz to hide from something. Anyone have any further information on this?

Another lie and deception by Gafni/Winiarz/Winyarz documented.

1. The Associated Press, November 3, 1990, Saturday, PM cycle, Political News, 810 words, 'Voters Revenge' On TV For Texans, DALLAS

2. Los Angeles Times, August 18, 1987, Tuesday, Home Edition, Calendar; Part 6; Page 2; Column 2; Entertainment Desk, 112 words, MORNING REPORT: POP/ROCK, By Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press.

3. The Associated Press, August 17, 1987, Monday, PM cycle, Domestic News, 195 words, BOCA RATON, Fla.

4. The Palm Beach Post - November 2, 1990
SHORE REFUSES TO APOLOGIZE OVER LETTER
Facing a jeering political crowd Thursday, Congressional candidate Scott Shore admitted that the rabbi who signed an endorsement letter mailed to 50,000 Jewish voters was actually controversial Boca Raton rabbi Mordechai Winyarz. Shore refused demands from the audience at Temple Beth El that he apologize for the letter, mailed under the signature of Rabbi Marc Gafni. Shore said Winyarz changed his name to Marc Gafni before he left last year to live in Israel. The audience of more...

Complete Article, of 560 words

5. Miami Herald, The (FL) - November 1, 1990
RABBI ACCUSED OF MANIPULATION IN SHORE CAMPAIGN LETTER
An orthodox rabbi censured two years ago by a local rabbinical association has penned a campaign mailing that charges U.S. Rep. Harry Johnston with ethical lapses while in Congress.The rabbi wrote the letter using his new name.Marc Gafni, previously known as Mordechai Winyarz, was Republican challenger Scott Shore's spiritual leader at the Boca Raton Synagogue from 1987 to 1989. In 1988, he was censured. Gafni, 30, introduces himself in the letter by saying he has supported...

Complete Article, of 412 words

6. The Palm Beach Post - July 22, 1989
BOCA RABBI ACCEPTS JOB ON WEST BANK
An Orthodox rabbi whose activist style won both friends and enemies among local Jews has accepted a religious post in the Middle East. Rabbi Mordechai Winyarz, 28, said he will leave in September or October for a two-year post as rabbi of Zufim, a Jewish settlement on the West Bank. The new community is on the western edge of the occupied territory, about 2 miles east of the Israeli city of Kefar Sava. Winyarz said the community has only 10 families now, but has plans for about...

Complete Article, of 322 words

7. The Palm Beach Post - January 6, 1989
RABBI URGES `REVOLUTION' IN VALUES WINYARZ'S CONTROVERSIAL SPEECH PART OF CLASSES
Nothing less than a "revolution" will stir south county Jewry out of complacency and into a life devoted to Judaism, Rabbi Mordechai Winyarz said Thursday night. Speaking to about 250 people at Spanish River High School, Winyarz said: "To my mind, there is no greater tragedy than South Florida. . . . We'd like to start a revolution of Torah values." Winyarz, who left the pulpit of the Orthodox Boca Raton Synagogue last year amid differences with...

Complete Article, of 436 words

8. The Palm Beach Post - January 5, 1989
CONTROVERSIAL RABBI STARTS JEWISH OUTREACH ORGANIZATION
An Orthodox rabbi whose activist style has sometimes made him the center of controversy is starting a Jewish outreach organization with classes and other programs designed to draw more people into Jewish life. Rabbi Mordechai Winyarz will kick off the new enterprise, called the Center for Jewish Living, with a lecture at 7:30 tonight at Spanish River High School, 5100 Jog Road, in Boca Raton. "What we're offering is real Jewish exposure to real Jewish ideas which make a...

Complete Article, of 417 words

9. Miami Herald, The (FL) - September 11, 1987
PROMISED PROTESTS FALL FLAT AMID FESTIVITIES
The traffic, a sudden illness and the sheer joy of a papal visit all took blame Thursday for dampening -- and in some cases washing out -- a series of demonstrations by TWA flight attendants, AIDS activists and Mariel refugees.The day's loudest demonstration, an afternoon of sign waving and fund raising for AIDS victims, drew as many journalists as protesters, 75 of each. And only a handful of out-of-work TWA flight attendants turned out to protest the pontiff's use of TWA jets...

Complete Article, of 566 words

10. Miami Herald, The (FL) - September 10, 1987
RABBI TO MARK PAPAL VISIT BY WALKING A PICKET LINE
When Pope John Paul II meets with Jewish leaders Friday, Rabbi Mordechai Winyarz will greet him, but not like everyone else. Instead of waving and cheering, the rabbi will shout and walk a picket line -- in the uniform of a concentration camp survivor.Why did the pope meet with and praise Austrian President Kurt Waldheim, the former Nazi? Why...

Complete Article, of 578 words

11. Daily News of Los Angeles (CA) - August 21, 1987
ROCK NEWS & NOTES, THIS ELVIS REPLICA AIN'T NOTHING BUT A SOUND DOLL
Elvis Presley sang of his desire to be a teddy bear, but the late rock legend will have to settle for being a battery-operated doll. Starr Associates of Greenvale, N.Y., will market a 20-inch replica of the King in his famous white, rhinestone-studded jumpsuit and mounted on a sound stage. The doll, which is being marketed as "Elvis in Concert," features multicolored lights that flash as a built-in cassette player plays one of Elvis' original RCA gold records with "true...

Complete Article, of 682 words

12. The San Diego Union - August 18, 1987
True colors It's kosher! Dead days Wed head Couch potato alert
So you think Lt. Col. Oliver North is a hero? Fine. Color him red, white and blue. Or maybe you're sure he's a crook. That's OK, too. You can give him fangs and facial hair if it will make you feel better. In fact, you can do whatever you want with Ollie North -- now that he's got his own coloring book. Although it is just getting to bookstores this week, Mort Drucker's "The Ollie North Coloring Book" already is in its third printing because 200,000 copies...

Complete Article, of 787 words

13. St. Petersburg Times - August 17, 1987
Rabbi rolls out Jewish rock album
BOCA RATON - A 26-year-old rabbi is using rock 'n' roll to appeal to Jewish youth in a way they can understand.Mordechai Winyarz, spiritual leader of the Boca Raton Community Synagogue, has produced what he calls the first Jewish rock 'n' roll album, set for national release Sept. 1. ''I'm looking to create a revolution in Jewish life,'' he said. ''Music speaks to people. I want this to become a major outreach tool to bring...

Complete Article, of 168 words

14.
THE RABBI ROCKS
by Tracey Wong Briggs
USA Today
August 17, 1987

Rabbi Mordechai Winyarz of Boca Raton, Fla., has produced Jewish Pride, a rock album appealing to Jewish youth. The LP, set for USA-wide release Sept. 1, includes songs written by Lenny Solomon and performed by young Jewish musicians. Rappin' Jewish, by Danny Furst, says: ``La-die-doo, I'm a Jew 'cause I think it's cool/ Yeah, I eat kosher meat 'cause I ain't no fool/ Ask me anything you want to, but I will repeat/ I say being Jewish makes me groove to the beat.''

15.
Rabbi rolls out Jewish rock album
Associated Press
St. Petersburg Times
August 17, 1987

BOCA RATON - A 26-year-old rabbi is using rock 'n' roll to appeal to Jewish youth in a way they can understand.

Mordechai Winyarz, spiritual leader of the Boca Raton Community Synagogue, has produced what he calls the first Jewish rock 'n' roll album, set for national release Sept. 1.

``I'm looking to create a revolution in Jewish life,`` he said. ``Music speaks to people. I want this to become a major outreach tool to bring young people back to Judaism.``

The album, titled Jewish Pride, includes a danceable theme song of the same name, a ballad called Minyan Man and a rap song Rappin' Jewish written by Danny Furst.

A sample of the lyrics:

``La-die-doo, I'm a Jew 'cause I think it's cool

``Yeah, I eat kosher meat 'cause I ain't no fool

``Ask me anything you want to, but I will repeat

``I say being Jewish makes me groove to the beat.``

 
At 9:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So this Gafni character has tried to be a rabbi? rock star? Politician? He's trying to be TV show guru in Israel with his own talk show? What's next? How many other names does this character have? Does anyone know his middle name? If you do, have you tried googling that? also try using his mother's maiden name?

 

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