Silent No More

Baltimore Jewish Times Executive Editor Phil Jacobs and filmmaker Scott Rosenfelt expose sexual abuse in Baltimore’s Orthodox Jewish community

Word of molestation in the Orthodox Jewish community has been slow to emerge, often because its members have had a tendency to keep such scandal under wraps. But, increasingly, publications such as New York City’s Jewish Week have begun to explore the topic, while victims have started going to the police. In Baltimore, the dubious privilege of shining a light on the subject has fallen to Phil Jacobs, editor of the Baltimore Jewish Times. Full Story »

Posted by Mary Hartney - via Baltimore City Paper (News + Features)
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Posted by: Posted by Mary Hartney - Mar 8, 2011 - 1:58 PM PST
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Gin Ferrara
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by Gin Ferrara - Mar. 10, 2011

An in-depth profile of a man treading a difficult line, challenging leaders of his own faith, and sticking to journalistic ethics. This is a very relevant story for Baltimore, and raises many questions, not just about the Orthodox Jewish community, but about the role of local journalism. It would be good to hear from some members of the community who were opposed to Jacob's stories and actions, too.

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Fabrice Florin
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by Fabrice Florin - Mar. 9, 2011

Gripping story on how two journalists exposed sexual abuse in Baltimore's Orthodox Jewish Community. This report appears factual and generally fair, though it is primarily based on interviews with Jacobs and Rosenfelt, without other independent sources to put their statements in perspective. A fascinating and well-told report about an under-reported issue.

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Mary Hartney
4.3
by Mary Hartney - Mar. 10, 2011

To Rosenfelt, that tension between Jacobs’ role as a journalist and his role as an observant Jew—not to mention his own history with sexual abuse—made him a great ... More »

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Delfina Ezcurra
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by Delfina Ezcurra - Mar. 9, 2011
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