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Rabbinical Committee

Rabbi Mark Dratch served as a congregational rabbi in Stamford, CT for 22 years. He

is currently chairman of the Task Force on Rabbinic Improprieties of the Rabbinical

Council of America (the RCA is the world's largest orthodox rabbinic organization,

constituting more than 1,000 modern and centrist orthodox rabbis); and is a former RCA

vice-president. He is a member of the Clergy Task Force on Abuse, Jewish Women

International; a member of the Jewish Advisory Committee of the FaithTrust Institute;

and a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Religion and Abuse. He teaches at

Yeshiva University in New York City. He is the founder of JSafe: The Jewish Institute

Supporting an Abuse-Free Environment. The JSafe web site contains many articles

authored by Rabbi Dratch addressing the Jewish view on children's rights, abuse, and

related issues.

     Rabbi Chaim A. Wakslak, Ph.D., holds rabbinic ordination from Yeshiva Torah

Vodaath, Brooklyn, and has been the spiritual leader of the Young Israel of Long Beach

synagogue (Long Island, N.Y.) since 1985. Rabbi Wakslak holds a Ph.D. in clinical

psychology from Hofstra University, and is currently Clinical Director at HASC Center

in Brooklyn. In addition, he is a consultant to the N.Y.S. Department of Education, and

the N.Y.S. Department of Disability Determinations. He has previously served as

Clinical Director and Administrator of the Brunswick Physical Medicine and

Rehabilitation Hospital in Amityville, N.Y .; and served as a psychologist at Bais

EzralOhel. Rabbi Wakslak received a Medallion Award for rabbinic service at the 1998

Centennial Dinner of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America. The first

meeting of JBAC (then known as the N.Y.S. Yeshiva Parents Association) was held at

the Young Israel of Long Beach, and covered by the New York Jewish Week (Friedlin,

"Yeshiva Parents Want Their Say", Feb. 26,2006).

Rabbi Allen Schwartz, M.A., is spiritual leader of Congregation Ohab Zedek, located in

the Upper West Side neighborhood of Manhattan, since 1988. He is an alumnus of

Yeshiva College and received his Master of Arts degree in Bible, Rabbinics and Halacha

(Jewish law) from Yeshiva University's Bernard Revel Graduate School, where he

continues to work on his doctoral thesis on Rashi's methodology. Rabbi Schwartz was

granted rabbinic ordination from the University's affiliated Rabbi Isaac Elchanan

Theological Seminary. He currently holds the Raymond J. Greenwald Chair in Jewish

Studies at Yeshiva University, where he has taught since 1983. Rabbi Schwartz serves

on the executive board of the Rabbinical Council of America and has also served as

President of the Council of Orthodox Jewish Organizations of Manhattan's West Side.

Rabbi Schwartz also teaches the seventh and eighth grades at Manhattan Day School. He

has lectured extensively for the Board of Jewish Education of New York at many

schools. Rabbi Schwartz has published curricula on Biblical themes for Jewish day

schools nationally. Ir, March 2007, Rabbi Schwartz's synagogue hosted a forum

addressing the child abuse problem that was co-sponsored by the Union of Orthodox

Jewish Congregations of America, and the Rabbinical Council of America. Rabbi and

Alisa Schwartz have six children and three grandchildren.

Executive Committee

Moshe Fessel, Esq. is the owner and moderator of Five Towns Shuls (FTS) and Five

Towns Jewish Community (FTJC) Yahoo groups, which boast 15,000 subscribers. Mr.

Fessel created the sponsorship program for FTSIFTJC, raising thousands of dollars for

Rofeh Cholim Cancer Society. He is a graduate of Columbia Law School, and has

worked as an attorney at Sullivan & Cromwell, LLP from 2001 through 2008.

Rifka Finkelstein

Eli Greenwald

Judith Guedalia Ph.D

Doron Katzin

Maury Kelman, Esq. received rabbinic ordination from Yeshiva University's Rabbi

Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary. He is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in

Toronto, and has pursued graduate studies in Jewish philosophy and English literature.

He is the former Assistant Rabbi at The Jewish Center, West 86th Street, in Manhattan;

and the former Rabbi and founder of Kehillat Morah in Jerusalem. He is the Chairman of

Kedma, a Jewish student organization in Israel and the United States; and he oversees an

adult education program at Congregation Ohab Zedek, Manhattan. He has worked as an

attorney at a prominent Manhattan law firm. He currently works for an investment firm.


Dr. Nachum Klafter, M.D., is Director of Psychotherapy Training at the University of

Cincinnati Psychiatry Residency Training Program. Dr. Klafter received his M.D. from

the State University of New York at Buffalo. He completed his specialty training in

psychiatry at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, where he also served

as Chief Resident. Dr. Klafter maintains a private practice in psychoanalytic

psychotherapy and psychoanalysis. He is the Vice President of the Cincinnati Hebrew

Day School Board. He is an active member of the Nefesh International network of

Orthodox Jewish Mental Health Professionals. Dr. Klafter's interest in child advocacy

comes from his experiences as a psychotherapist and psychoanalyst, through which he

has learned in intimate detail the tragic long-term impact of child sexual abuse on its

victims. He resides in Cincinnati, Ohio with his wife and four daughters.


Brachie Neugarten MSW



Chaim Shapiro, M.Ed., holds a Master's degree in Education from Loyola University,

Chicago, and finished all but his dissertation in the Institutional Leadership and Policy

Studies Ph.D. program at the University of California, Riverside Graduate School of

Education. He has 14 years of progressive experience in Jewish education and

administration. He resides with his wife and daughter in Woodmere, Long Island, N.Y.


Jeffrey Singer Ph.D

Mark Weiss