Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Secretary general of the WJC claims to know of criminal activity in other charitable Jewish organizations yet refuses moral obligation to name them

23 Comments:

At 10:02 AM, Blogger jewishwhistleblower said...

I'm calling for Stephen Herbits immediate resignation. He has publicly libelled every person working in a charitable Jewish organization. Either prove your allegations or step out of communal life.

The WJC owes us an apology AND an audit now.

1)
http://jewishwhistleblower.blogspot.com/2005/02/financial-scandal-at-world-jewish.html#comments
http://www.newyorkmetro.com/nymetro/news/politics/international/features/11158/

...
Herbits, a tall, lean 62-year-old with gray hair and a gray beard, nearly levitates out of his chair, instantly going ballistic.

“As you talk to the leaders of the other Jewish organizations, check their accomplishments against their governance,” he says in a voice that’s rising to fill the room. “They’ve got perfect governance and no fucking accomplishments.

“If an investigation of Jewish organizational life takes place, I promise you that the last person standing will be Israel Singer,” he says, referring to the Brooklyn rabbi who is at the center of the controversy.
...
“There are no illegalities in Israel Singer’s behavior, and that is not true of some of the leaders of these other organizations,” he says, standing now.

“I know it and they know it and they better be careful, because if they cause enough problems in the press, then this organization won’t be the only one that has a preliminary inquiry from the attorney general’s office. Then you’ll see some real fireworks.”

Though the accusations he makes about other Jewish organizations are serious and sweeping—false IRS filings, misuse of funds, “outlandish” benefits packages, and lying to the government—Herbits refuses to name names. “You’re not going to get me to do that,” he snaps. “I’m not going to play that game.”

But given the chance, he doesn’t back down. Instead he ratchets up the rhetoric a notch. “I’m not going to sit by and let this organization take the rap for their behavior,” he says. “If we get into that kind of pissing match, this organization ain’t going down by itself.”
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http://www.thejewishweek.com/news/newscontent.php3?artid=10554

02/23/2005
Tables Turned On WJC’s Herbits
Stewart Ain and Joshua Mitnick

The new and embattled secretary general of the World Jewish Congress has gone too far.

That’s the view of Jewish leaders interviewed this week after Stephen Herbits was quoted telling New York magazine that leaders of “other Jewish organizations” are corrupt.

In defending WJC against charges of weak administration, sloppy record-keeping and questionable actions that have prompted a preliminary inquiry by the New York State Attorney General’s office, Herbits said, “There are no illegalities in [WJC chairman] Israel Singer’s behavior, and that is not true of some of the leaders of these other organizations. I know it and they know it and they better be careful, because if they cause enough problems in the press, then this organization won’t be the only one that has a preliminary inquiry from the attorney general’s office. Then you’ll see some real fireworks.”

Asked by The Jewish Week to name the other Jewish groups he was referring to, Herbits said, “No comment. … I’m not going to discuss it any further.”

But Abraham Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League, said the “organized Jewish community deserves a public apology from either Mr. Herbits or Edgar Bronfman,” president of the WJC.

“It’s a very sad day in Jewish communal life that an individual or institution feels so up against the wall that they find it necessary to tarnish somebody else with accusations which are irresponsible and outrageous,” Foxman said. “To say in the same breath that my client did nothing illegal or criminal and then to accuse the organized Jewish community of engaging in illegal or criminal activity is outrageous.”

David Harris, executive director of the American Jewish Committee, said he did not believe Herbits “does a service to himself and his efforts to give a new face to the WJC. … Is this really the way the Jewish community should be operating — by turning on one another?”

Harris added that Herbits’ comments were a “pretty broad, ugly and unfounded attack,” and said he could not remember “such a mean-spirited public remark from a spokesman for a Jewish organization in a very long time.”

 
At 11:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is a curious accusation from JWB that Herbits is guilty of libeling other organizations. Isn't that what you and the Jewish Week have been doing to the WJC for the past few months? You have made plenty of accuasations without any evidence (unless you are hiding some). I would call that libelous.

 
At 11:57 AM, Blogger jewishwhistleblower said...

I can answer for myself. You will have to address the Jewish Week seperately.

>It is a curious accusation from
>JWB that Herbits is guilty of
>libeling other organizations.

I did't say that, I said either name the organizations or step down. If it's true he has a moral and ethical obligation to report the criminal behavior and help clean up these organizations.

>Isn't that what you and the
>Jewish Week have been doing to
>the WJC for the past few months?

No. I have made no original allegations here. I've made no claim that anyone was a criminal. I've reported existing news stories on this situation and I've called for an audit to clear the situation up.

>You have made plenty of
>accuasations without any
>evidence (unless you are hiding
>some).

See above. I've made no allegations.

>I would call that libelous.

And you would be, as usual, wrong.

 
At 12:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm calling for the immediate resignation of Jewish Whistleblower. By her own admission, anyone who has publicly libelled many Jewish organizations she should be held to the same standards as she demands of others. Enough of the mask JWB. Why aren't you woman enough to show your face and the truth.

 
At 12:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This story was posted well before the NYJW piece came out. Is JWB gary Rosenblatt? Is she sleeping with gary rosenblatt? More transparency for you. Oh, I forgot, JWB's only for transparency when it's in organizations he/she criticizes. A VERY convenient position.

 
At 1:13 PM, Blogger jewishwhistleblower said...

>I'm calling for the immediate
>resignation of Jewish
>Whistleblower.

What would I resign from?

>By her own admission, anyone who
>has publicly libelled many
>Jewish organizations she should
>be held to the same standards as
>she demands of others.

"Either prove your allegations or step out of communal life."

You're mis-characterizing my statement.

Do you approve of Herbits statement?

>Enough of the mask JWB. Why
>aren't you woman enough to show
>your face and the truth.

... says the man named Anonymous.

>This story was posted well
>before the NYJW piece came out.

Actually, it wasn't. Check out when the link to the above story became active. How could I link it, before the NYJW piece came out? Answer: I couldn't.

>Is JWB gary Rosenblatt?

Absolutely, that's why I've been so critical of him for killing or ignoring a number of stories about child molesters in the Jewish community. Idiot.

>Is she sleeping with gary
>rosenblatt?

No.

>More transparency for you. Oh, I
>forgot, JWB's only for
>transparency when it's in
>organizations he/she criticizes.

Read the tagline.
"Accountability and transparency within our institutions and leadership."

I am neither

>A VERY convenient position.

Thank you Mr.Anonymous.

Next idiot.

 
At 1:32 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know who JWB is and I am prepared to announce it. If we're holding up the world to standards of accountability...

 
At 1:37 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is Gary Rosenblatt here and I will tell the truth. I have been sleeping with JWB since she was a little child and that's why she is so angry with child molesters. I give her an early lead on my stories so that she can have a way to deal with her pain through catharsis.

 
At 1:44 PM, Blogger jewishwhistleblower said...

I said "next idiot".

 
At 5:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whistleblower, I guess this an answer to your challenge to Herbits to back up his allegations. I'm not sure how you missed this one...

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/543611.html
http://www.globes.co.il/serveen/globes/docview.asp?did=887126&fid=942

Doesn't look very good for the JNF. You'd think they would have learned from their mistakes and cleaned up their act.

 
At 6:28 AM, Blogger jewishwhistleblower said...

>Whistleblower, I guess this an
>answer to your challenge to
>Herbits to back up his
>allegations.

Not at all. Herbits' comments were much more wide-ranging and this JNF scandal was already known.

>I'm not sure how you missed this
>one...

Don't worry will catch up.

 
At 6:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does any of this pertain to HASC? I haven't heard anything for a while.

 
At 6:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

," misuse of funds, “outlandish” benefits packages, "

I think the JNF situation is covered by this. More money on salaries than on JNF programs. Incredible. IMHO, this is a bigger scandal than 1.2 million that may or may not have been moved in secret but is all accounted for.

 
At 7:26 AM, Blogger jewishwhistleblower said...

“There are no illegalities in Israel Singer’s behavior, and that is not true of some of the leaders of these other organizations,” he says, standing now.

To the best of my knowledge Herbits has not named one organization publicly.

HASC and JNF scandals were already public before his interview.

Challenge not met.

 
At 7:28 AM, Blogger jewishwhistleblower said...

>More money on salaries than on
>JNF programs.

This has been known for years. I believe over a decade ago it was determined 70-80 cents of every dollar raised in the US JNF went to administration costs.

 
At 7:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And this is something the JWB is comfortable with? Sometimes I can't understand how you pick the parties you go after. This story seems much bigger on the facts than the WJC one. Any ideas on why one gets so much more bad press than the other?

 
At 8:10 AM, Blogger jewishwhistleblower said...

>And this is something the JWB is
>comfortable with?

I have said nothing of this sort. It is clearly disgusting what has happened at the JNF.

>Sometimes I can't understand how
>you pick the parties you go
>after.

I will be posting on the new JNF scandal shortly. I have research to do first.

Feel free to post any stories I've missed or you feel I should do in the comments.

>This story seems much bigger on
>the facts than the WJC one.

Not clear to me how to guage which is the bigger story.

>Any ideas on why one gets so
>much more bad press than the
>other?

More WJC insiders (current and former) are talking to the press. That's the simple reason.

 
At 4:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

>This has been known for years. I >believe over a decade ago it was >determined 70-80 cents of every >dollar raised in the US JNF went to >administration costs.

JWB, this is new information from the past few months. Did you read the Haaretz article? These are some "outlandish benefit packages". You don't hold back on criticism of other organizations, even if there is no new information. What's your hesitation here? It just seems to be a little strange. You have no problem maligning R' Dovid Cohen, when you yourself admit you have no proof of his guilt. Why avoid this subject? It seems right up your alley. And it makes the WJC's problems seem tame in comparison.

 
At 4:20 PM, Blogger jewishwhistleblower said...

>Why avoid this subject? It seems
>right up your alley. And it
>makes the WJC's problems seem
>tame in comparison.

I've gone back 15 years so far researching this story. I'm sorry if I'm not fast enough for you but despite your claims I have both standards and requirements before I post.

I'm almost there. I will be posting a very strong post shortly.

 
At 9:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://www.forward.com/articles/2742

For how long is JWB going to ignore the glaring financial problems at JTS?

 
At 9:10 AM, Blogger jewishwhistleblower said...

>For how long is JWB going to
>ignore the glaring financial
>problems at JTS?

I agree the JTS needs a proper audit and people should not give them money til there is actual accountability and transparency.

I'll look into this matter. If you can provide any evidence/allegations of wrong-doing vs. incompetence, that would help get a post from me quicker.

 
At 7:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://www.guidestar.org/Documents/2004/133/116/2004-133116652-1-9.pdf

Hmm... Malcolm Hoenlein was compensated $819,939 in the last 990 filing of the President's Conference for 2003.

No scandal there? What service does the American Jewish Community get for that kind of money.

Maybe Herbits wants you to find out these things on your own.

 
At 8:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The truly interesting thing about Hoenlein here is that receives his compensation from the 501c3 arm of the Conference (The President's Conference Charitable Fund)which is the tax deductable fund that is prohibited form political and lobbying activity (the activities that they actually engage in). The Conference itself is a 501c4 which does not post an IRS form 990. That means Hoenlein is essentialy not accountable to the Conference membership for his salary unless, of course, he makes another $800k from the Conference 501c4 corporation.

 

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