Ha’aretz reports a Jerusalem lecture by disgraced rabbi Mordechai Tendler was cancelled after a groundswell of protest generated in part by a call to action from the Awareness Center:
Mordechai Tendler, a scion of a prominent rabbinic family, was expelled unanimously last year by the Rabbinical Council of America (RCA) after the organization decided that he had “engaged in conduct inappropriate for an Orthodox rabbi.” In March, he was also suspended by the board of Kehillat New Hempstead, the New York synagogue that he founded. Tendler, who is currently in Israel, was scheduled to speak tonight in the ultra-Orthodox neighborhood of Har Nof. A protest was scheduled to take place outside the event. ”This is definitely a victory,” said Leah Marinelli, a former congregant from New York, Wednesday. Marinelli was one of the first community members to speak out against the rabbi and convinced some of his alleged victims to come forward publicly to the RCA.
“We put out a call for action on Tuesday morning and the next day it was cancelled and so I am pretty convinced that there is a connection,” said Vicki Polin, founder of the U.S.-based Awareness Center, the Jewish Coalition Against Sexual Abuse and Assault.”We didn’t want him to recreate in Israel what he had done in Monsey [in New York].”