Tuesday, May 08, 2007


I met Sharon when I spoke to a group of survivors of clergy sexual misconduct, through "Tamar's Voice". Sharon was there with her family. I was so very moved by her story, which she shared with the group. After the meeting we talked togther and exchanged emails and phone numbers. I encouraged her to start a website and tell her story so that others would benefit from her experience. I am proud to present her website here so that other survivors can read about what happened to Sharon.

Sharon's Rose

Please take the time to read her story and if it helps you, please let Sharon know. She is sharing her trauma so that others may feel a little less alone.


  • At 9:22 PM, Blogger Jewish Survivors said…

    This is on The Awareness Center's web page on rabbi Horowitz. He got his start molesting kids in Maryland back in the 1980's.


    "Alan Horowitz, 39, a Maryland psychiatrist licensed to practice in North Carolina, surrendered his N.C. license in July after pleading guilty in Maryland to ``an unlawful and unnatural, perverted sexual practice with a 12- year-old male."

    Horowitz is now 60.

    Calling for the "Defrocking" of Rabbi Alan J. Horowitz - Convicted Sex Offender

    The Awareness Center, Inc. is demanding that the Orthodox Union (OU), the Rabbinic Council of America (RCA) and Agudath Israel of America make a public statements denouncing the actions and behavior of Rabbi Alan J. Horowitz. By not doing so is condoning this serial child molesters criminal behavior.

    The Awareness Center, Inc. is also demanding that rabbis around the world find a way to remove Alan Horowitz's rabbinical ordination and that of other known sexual predators (who are ordained rabbis).

    At this time we are unaware how Rabbi Horowitz received his rabbinic ordination, yet it is known that it was from an orthodox source. The only way to revoke an ordination is for the rabbi who granted the title to revoke it. In some circles they see ordination as a degree that can never be taken away. According to Jewish tradition once an individual becomes a rabbi, halachicly he/she can ordain another individual.

    In the past both the RCA (Rabbinical Council of America), Orthodox Union and Agudath Israel of America have stated that there is nothing they could do regarding Rabbi Horowitz since was he not a member of their organization.

    Rabbi Horowitz is a convicted sex offender. Be aware that it takes a village to raise a sex offender and to enable them to continue molesting children or raping adults. Rabbi Horowitz is everyone's responsibility, including all rabbinical organizations, rabbis and Jewish communities.

    It is time for all of us to stop passing the buck. Do the right thing, publicly denounce this man and remove his rabbinic ordination!

    Contact Information:
    Rabbinical Council of America (RCA)
    Rabbi Marc Dratch - Chairman of the RCA's Task Force on Rabbinic Improprieties
    Phone: 203-858-9691

    Rabbi Basil Herring, Executive Vice President
    Phone: 212-807-7888 x 5

    Orthodox Union
    Rabbi Hershy (Tzvi) Weinreb
    Agudath Israel of America
    Rabbi Shmuel Bloom, Executive Vice President
    Rabbi Avi Shafran,
    (212) 797-9000

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    Avi Shafran /Mark Dratch /Basil Herring/Hershy Weinreb
    Background Information

    Rabbi Alan J. Horowitz, MD, is a convicted sex offender, an ordained Orthodox rabbi and an adolescent psychiatrist. He is married with one child and seven step-children.

    Allegations of child abuse have followed Horowitz for decades. In Maryland, he was convicted in 1983 of performing an unnatural sexual act on the 12-year-old boy who was his patient. Allegedly, Horwitz has assaulted a string of children from California to Israel to New York in the past twenty years. Alan J. Horowitz is a rabbi, magna cum laude, M.D., Ph.D., a graduate of Duke University, and a writer for NAMBLA (North American Man/Boy Love Association) publications.

    In 1990 and 1991, Horowitz was charged with sexually abusing two boys under the age of 11, a boy less than 14 years old and a girl under the age of 17. On July 27, 1992, Horowitz pled guilty to sodomizing a nine-year-old psychiatric patient as part of a plea agreement. The charge was but one of the 41 pending sex-related charges involving multiple children that had been pending against him. Horowitz was sentenced to ten to twenty years in prison.

    Rabbi Horowitz was released on conditional parole November 1, 2004 from Oneida Prison, NY. According to the New York Sex Offender Registry he was Designation: Sexually Violent Offender and Predicate Sex Offender level three sex offender). It is listed that his victims ranged in age from age 8 to 14.

    On May 22, 2007 Rabbi Alan Horowitz was caught in India leaving a trail of new child victims. Horwoitz was in violation of his parole since June, 2006. He will be extradited back to the US.


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