Friday, February 25, 2005

child molester (once attacked legitimacy of reform) lecturing at California's largest Reform synagogue, security on high alert to keep Luke Ford out


At 8:52 AM, Blogger jewishwhistleblower said...

Child molester Rabbi Mordechai Gafni /Winiarz /Winyarz who only a few years ago said "What's Jewish about Reform Judaism?" is doing a Lecture series called "The Da Vinci Code" at the largest Reform synagogue Stephen S. Wise Temple in Los Angeles, CA.

Reports are that security has been given photos of Luke Ford.

see information:

For information regarding this lecture series contact:

Linda Salzman, Executive Director
(310) 889-2390

Rabbi Isiah Zeldin

Here's more contact information:
Stephen S. Wise Temple (C1172)
Web site:
15500 Stephen S Wise Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90077-1520
(310) 476-8561 Fax: (310) 476-3587
Pacific Southwest Council Members: 3,013
President: Eve Steinberg
Rabbi: Eli Herscher*
Rabbi: Alan Rabishaw*
Rabbi: Leah Kroll*
Rabbi: Jonathan Kupetz*
Rabbi: Ronald Stern*
Rabbi Emeritus: Isaiah Zeldin**
Cantor: Nathan Lam*
Cantor: Linda Kates*
Executive Director/Admin: Linda Salzman*
Executive Director/Admin: Robert French*
Executive Director/Admin: Joanne Holzberg*
Educator: Metuka Benjamin
Principal: Rochelle Ginsburg
Principal: Rennie Wrubel
Early Childhood Educator: Dafna Presnell
Program Director: Michelle November*

Also you may want to let the Union for Reform Judaism your opinion on this:
Union for Reform Judaism
633 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10017-6778 Tel: 212.650.4000

Name Phone Fax E-mail
Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie
President 212.650.4150 212.650.4159
Rabbi Lennard R. Thal
Senior Vice-President 212.650.4157 212.650.4159
Rabbi Daniel Freelander
Vice-President 212.650.4085 212.650.4159
Edward P. Caine C.A.O. 212.650.4154 212.650.4169
Robert Heller
Chairman of the Board 212.650.4156 212.650.4169
Jean Bowdish 212.650.4150 212.650.4159
Judith Chudy 212.650.4267 212.650.4159
Paula Desrochers-Yakout 212.650.4156 212.650.4159
Pat Jones 212.650.4083 212.650.4169
Jane Herman 212.650.4044 212.650.4159

For more information about Rabbi Gafni:
1)Awareness Center page

2) Luke Ford profile

Friday, February 25, 2005
Why Is There A Photo Of Me At The Guard Station At Stephen I. Wise Temple?

Maybe it has to do with my profile of their rabbi Mordecai Gafni? You'd think they'd be more concerned about hiring a rabbi who admits to having had sex with kids under his "spiritual" care.

Psychiatrist Dr. Stephen Marmer, an important figure on the board of Stephen Wise temple for more than a decade, has lent his services over the past few months to rabbis Saul Berman and Joseph Telushkin's attacks on Vicki Polin and The Awareness Center.

Rabbi Berman and Telushkin, who did not return my calls last year when I phoned them about their public support for the religious ministry of rapist Marc Gafni, have attacked me in the strongest terms.

It is good to know that they have their priorities straight:

* Protect rabbis who are sexual predators.

* Attack those who report on sexual predators.


Rabbi Gafni/Win(i/y)arz Series Part 2: Rabbi who attacked legitimacy of reform movement now has "Wisdom chair" at largest Reform synagogue in CA

Hilarious, here Gafni claims that Reform Judaism is illegitimate
"What's Jewish about Reform Judaism?"

Now Gafni has a "Wisdom chaim" at the largest Reform synagogue in California.

Proving what a sap Rabbi Eli Herscher and others in the Reform movement supporting child molester Rabbi Mordechai Gafni truly are.

July 24, 1987

The name Mordechai Winyarz may not ring a bell in Palm Beach County yet.

But as the Orthodox rabbi settles into his new position as the first full-time rabbi for the Boca Raton Synagogue, he has hopes of being a ''clanging cymbal'' for God.

Winyarz, 26, just may do that. If he were a Christian, his style would be called evangelical.

Winyarz immediately is forthright about his lifestyle, should there be any questions on the topic: ''I'll be making about
$40,000 to $44,000, I drive a 1984 Topaz and I own eight suits.''

Winyarz has come from New York to the fledgling Boca Raton Synagogue, the only Orthodox synagogue in Boca Raton, and one of three in Palm Beach county.

Its construction is the bloodline for the Orthodox body. Orthodox Jews walk to the synagogue on the Sabbath and its construction has made it easier for the Jews to worship.

''People were moving here because they knew we were here,'' said Dr. Gary Lieber, a spokesman and founding member of the synagogue.

Just a few weeks into his position, Winyarz is making plans in an effort to get involved. He is constantly on the telephone, talking with religious and secular community leaders. On the drawing board is a plan for some type of ''demonstration'' in regards to the papal visit.

''Judaism has got to be a moral and social force,'' Winyarz said. ''Not just to make pronouncements, but to become involved.''

''We were looking for someone to shake the bushes, to make the synagogue a dynamic place,'' Lieber said of the search for a rabbi. ''We're looking to make the congregation the Jewish center in south county. With a mouthpiece like him, we want to let people know we're here. We've essentially done the groundwork.''

Winyarz ambitiously speaks of a few of his plans, one of which is to create a national Jewish retreat center on the synagogue's property.

''Why not?'' he said. ''The assumption is that everything operates out of New York. (Studies show) there are 75,000 Jews in Palm Beach County.''

Yet South County Jewish Federation studies also show that the affiliation rate of local Jews is 13 percent, half the national average.

''Boca in general is extremely materialistic and completely
self-involved,'' Winyarz said in interpreting the statistics.
''Younger people come to Florida to escape and be unaffiliated.''

Winyarz said he doesn't condemn the acquisition of material goods and adds that Hebrew scriptures show that God created the world and the world is to be enjoyed.

As a spiritual leader, Winyarz said he will attempt to guide his
congregation into emphasizing aspects of life that transcend material goods.

''So you've got the Porsche, the pool and the boat. What happens when you die? What do you have then? What did life mean? There must be a purpose to life. Living a meaningful existence is more pleasurable than owning a Porsche.''

Thus, the synagogue becomes what he calls the ''pleasure center.''

Winyarz did not say how much membership in the synagogue will cost, but said, ''Any Jew can come to High Holy Days even if they can't pay. And no Jew ever will be turned away for lack of funds -- ever, ever.''

Although the Boca Raton synagogue structure is complete, Winyarz said there is still more work to do on the inside and the work that is being planned will introduce some new twists on established ideas.

For instance, men and women are seated separately in Orthodox synagogues and typically women are out of the sight of the men, either behind a screen or in the back of the synagogue.

Plans for Boca Raton Synagogue (the word ''Orthodox'' is intentionally omitted) still separate men and women, but women are not out of sight. Structurally, the synagogue is in a semicircle, focusing on the center of worship: the Torah and the Eternal Light.

''There will be an opportunity within the synagogue context for women to express themselves in a public manner, which is completely within the (Hebrew) law,'' Winyarz said. ''Men or women will be able to get up and give a talk about a religious issue.

''We will have orthodoxy with a small 'o' and Halakhah (Jewish law) with a capital 'H.' ''

He calls it the new Orthodoxy. Orthodox Judaism usually evokes the
stereotypical image of long beards, curly sideburns and black coats -- and a separation from the rest of society.

The ''new'' Orthodox Jew is the upwardly mobile doctor, lawyer, stockbroker or other person integrally involved in society, yet set apart from others in similiar professions by a belief system that emphasizes religious law and spiritual values.

A prime example of that was Winyarz's ''outreach'' lectures on Wall Street. He once did a lecture on Wall Street called ''Jewish Sexual Ethics.'' He also conducted lunchtime scripture studies in a prestigious Manhattan law firm.

Orthodox Judaism is attractive to young Jews, Winyarz said, because ''young people are looking for something that's real. People intuitively sense that which is authentic and I think there's a desperate yearning for authenticity.''

Winyarz is an example of the attractiveness of Orthodoxy to young Jews. He had become so immersed in it that by 23 he was teaching Bible at Yeshiva University.

''There's nothing as exciting as traditional Judaism,'' Winyarz said. He wants to turn what he feels is a stereotype of Orthodox Judaism from ''backward, anti-feminist, anti-science'' to ''real exciting, progressive system of life.''

In New York, winyarz recruited young people by walking into public schools with a shofar (the administration did not know of his actions). Children who recognized the shofar -- a ram's horn used for ceremonies -- were targeted as recruits for his Jewish Public School Youth Project. He turned his efforts into a string of clubs with a budget of $500,000.

If Winyarz initiates the project in Florida, he won't be staging any press conferences.

''It would be difficult to do it in Florida schools,'' he said. ''If I do it, I won't announce it.''

Winyarz is critical of some other Jewish and non-Jewish religious groups (For instance, he asks, ''What's Jewish about Reform Judaism?'') although he adds that he believes he will have a good working relationship with other clergy.

''I believe we have the most correct system,'' he said of Orthodox Judaism. ''I believe there are moments of truth in others.''

Caption: (Staff photo/MARK RANDALL)Rabbi Mordechai Winyarz says Orthodox Judaism is attractive to young Jews because of its ''authenticity.'' PHOTO (1)

At 11:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

regarding the GET post on Mochassid the promoters name is Sheya Mendlowitz

At 11:42 AM, Blogger jewishwhistleblower said...

I have no confirmation at this time but I will ne looking further into this matter.

At 9:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How many more sex offenders are members or are connected to Stephen S. Wise Temple in LA?

Also does anyone know anything about the backgrounds of the rabbis who run it? Curious if any of them are sex offenders? Do birds of a feather ever flock together?

At 8:51 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What, they're going to hire a bunch of thugs to guard the doors to keep Luke out?

How spiritual!

At 9:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Luke should dress like one of the Porn stars he likes to write about. I'm sure they would welcome him with open arms. Too bad Luke isn't shorter. If dressed like Gafni's ex-wives, maybe he'll get a date?

At 9:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Actually, Luke should stuff four fat pillows in his shirt, shave his head, buy a fake beard, and go as J Hershy Worch, and get some tips on how to truly run and conduct a successful sex-and-kabbalah cult!

At 11:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does he lure his victims by saying, "Hey, kid, wanna buy some candy?"


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