Vicki Polin writes:
What more can we do to protect innocent people from becoming the next victim of Rabbi Ephraim Bryks?
How is it that after all these years of exposing the serious allegations made against Rabbi Ephraim Bryks, he is still able to draw a crowd?
Bryks is an "orthodox" rabbi who allegedly molested several boys and manipulated adult women he was counseling into have sexual relations with him. This is a case in which several suicides are connected. This is a case in which the Canadian Broadcast Network put together a documentary. http://theawarenesscenter.blogspot.com/2007/11/rabbi-ephraim-bryks-unorthodox-conduct.html
We have to ask, what makes this alleged cult leader so charismatic that people would flock to hear what he has to say?
The only way anything will ever change is with public outrage. Below is a link that listss recent lecutres conducted by alleged serial rapist/child molester – Rabbi Ephraim Bryks. Please contact every news media group you know and let them know about this case. Go to the web page that is promoting Bryks, and write to the owner and let him know your outrage at his posting of Bryks’s lectures. Let the owner know if anyone comes in contact with Rabbi Ephraim Bryks after listening to one of his lectures on line and is harmed, that he could be named in a civil suit since he was made aware that Bryks is a danger to women and children. http://www.kolyakov.org/Rabbi/Ephraim_Bryks/
WARNING: Rabbi Ephraim Bryks and Marriage Counseling
Ephrayim Bryks has become a rabbinic marriage counselor. The term marriage counselor or life coach can be used by anyone. He is not the only "rabbi" suspected of sexual abuse using one of these titles to access vulnerable individuals or couples both here and in Israel. Consulting actual professionals is expensive and unless the community publicly warns against going to these charlatans (often worse) many innocents will continue to be hurt.
Rabbi Yosef Blau
Rabbi Ephraim Boruch Bryks principal Yeshiva Berachel David Torah High School Queens, currently serves time as a member of the Vaad Harabonim of Queens (Rabbinical committee that makes important decisions within the community). As of today, there has been no public statement made concerning his decade long membership on the Vaad Harabonim of Queens. On May 27, 2003, he resigned his membership in the Rabbinical Council of America (RCA), after being involved for a quarter of a century.
Rabbi Ephraim Bryks is originally from Denver, Colorado. In this case, accusations about his inappropriate behavior with children started surfacing in the 1980’s. These accusations also included making sexual advancements to women in his congregation. When his alleged victims disclosed their experiences to a rabbinic leader in their community, they were basically told to keep silent. The rabbi advised them not to go to the police or child family services. He told them to deal with the allegations internally with the synagogue board. The children were not offered psychotherapy to help them cope with their alleged victimization. Unfortunately a teenager who didn’t have the coping skills to deal with his memories ended up committing suicide.
Over the years Rabbi Ephraim Bryks has left a trail of alleged victims from such far-away places as Winnipeg, Canada. He is currently located in New York City. There are no documented cases or public information regarding any victims in New York, yet he has been let go by schools (one characterized as firing), but the schools will not discuss the matter.
For years alleged victims have been going to rabbinic leaders in their communities looking for guidance. For years rabbinic leaders have found it more important to protect an alleged sexual predator over protecting our children.
49 year-old Rabbi Ephraim Boruch Bryks will continue to run Yeshiva Berachel David in Queens until the end of the 2003 school year. No public statement has been made concerning his decade- long membership on the Vaad Harabonim of Queens. Rabbi Bryks was a member of the Rabbinical Council of America (RCA) for over a quarter of a century before his May 27, 2003 resignation. Ads in The Jewish Press indicate that Rabbi Bryks is currently working as a mortgage broker for a company he runs out of his home called REB International LLC.)