BETRAYING THEIR SACRED TRUST:

RABBIS, CANTORS, AND CHAPLAINS

WHO BREACH SEXUAL BOUNDARY VIOLATIONS.

A SURVEY OF SOURCES AND RESOURCESi  

 

Rabbi David J. Zucker, PhD,

Chaplain, Director of Spiritual Care, Shalom Park, Aurora, CO.

 © 2004 , David J. Zucker

This is a revised version of a paper delivered at the annual conference of the National Association of Jewish Chaplains [www.najc.org] January 13, 2004. 

Sections

  1. "Recent discussions regarding Roman Catholic Church clergy and Sexual Boundary Violations, primarily regarding sexual abuse of children, stands in stark contrast ..."

  2. "The subject of rabbinic, cantorial, or chaplaincy sexual boundary violations is unseemly and unsettling. An essay titled "When Melodies, Torah Scholars, and Abuse Collide," raises uncomfortable question."

  3. "Believing the victim, and taking seriously charges of sexual boundary violations, however, is but a rare occurrence."

  4. "In 2003, Rachel Lev published Shine the Light: Sexual Abuse and Healing in the Jewish Community."

  5. "In this electronic age, with instant access to the World Wide Web, there are sources available ..."

  6. Analysis

  7. End Notes

See also these links:

www.TheAwarenessCenter.org

www.mincava.umn.edu/documents/bibs/jewish.shtml

www.faithtrustinstitute.org

www.jewishwomen.org/directory/jnatl_res.htm


i For an earlier version of this paper, see David J. Zucker, “Rabbis, Counseling and Sexual Boundaries Violations:  An Analysis of Recent Literature.”  Delivered at the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion and Religious Research Association national meeting, Albuquerque, November 5, 1994.  A second paper titled “Lifting the Veil: Notes on Current Literature That Deals With Rabbis, Counseling and Sexual Boundaries Violations” was given at an academic conference at the Iliff School of Theology, Denver, February 1995. 

 

 

 

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