Not a Comfortable Read: Breaking the Silence on Sexual Abuse in Jewish Communities

By Orlee Hauser

H-Judaic, November 2010

A review of Tempest in the Temple: Jewish Communities and Child Sex Scandals, edited by Amy Neustein (Brandeis Series in American Jewish History, Culture, and Life. Waltham: Brandeis University Press, 2009. 308 pp.). In her review, Hauser states that with allegations of church-based sex abuse increasing worldwide, this collection of essays is especially significant, Jewish communities have often been tempted to buy into the misguided belief that sexual abuse is a problem that does not affect us, at least not directly. This important book not only dispels this belief, but also outlines, through firsthand accounts of clergy, educators, lawyers, and therapists, the complex nature of this phenomenon and provides useful tools for addressing the problem in its many different facets.

Topic: Congregations and Synagogues, Communal Responsibility, Justice, Publications, Abuse, Crime, Clergy, Synagogues and Congregations

Name of Publication: H-Net Reviews

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Genre: Book Review

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Hauser, Orlee. Not a Comfortable Read: Breaking the Silence on Sexual Abuse in Jewish Communities. H-Net Reviews. H-Judaic. November 2010:


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