Rabbi Norman Lamm.
(photo credit: JTA)
NEW YORK — A $380 million lawsuit was filed against Yeshiva University
by former students who allege the school covered up allegations of
sexual misconduct by staff members.
The lawsuit, which was filed
Monday in White Plains, NY, alleges a “massive cover-up of the sexual
abuse of [high school] students … facilitated, for several decades, by
various prominent YU and [high school] administrators, trustees,
directors, and other faculty members,” the Forward reported.
published details of the claims against two former Yeshiva University
staff members late last year. Rabbis George Finkelstein and Macy Gordon
were accused of inappropriate contact with several students at the
Yeshiva University High School for Boys in Manhattan.
left the high school in 1995 and took a post at a Jewish school in
Florida before moving to Israel. Gordon also lives in Israel and until
recently was a teacher at the Orthodox Union’s Israel Center. Both men
deny the charges.
The lawsuit, filed by 19 former students, names Rabbi Norman Lamm, the university’s former president and chancellor who stepped down last week, and Rabbi Robert Hirt, a former vice president of YU’s rabbinical seminary. Only two of the alleged victims — Mordechai Twersky, who lives in Israel, and Barry Singer of New York — are named. The rest are listed anonymously.
The complainants’ attorney, Kevin Mulhearn, claims that university administrators are guilty of fraud for portraying Gordon and Finkelstein as men of good character despite the many warnings they had sexually abused young boys.