News Release: 32 Victims Allege Sexual Abuse atYeshiva University High School in New York


News Release
August 14, 2013

32 Victims Allege Sexual Abuse at

Yeshiva University High School in New York

Prominent sexual abuse attorneys Jeff Anderson & Associates

join the pursuit for justice

(New York, NY) – The nationally prominent child sex abuse law firm of Jeff Anderson & Associates, has teamed up with New York-based attorney Kevin T. Mulhearn to announce the addition of more survivors of abuse in a sexual abuse lawsuit filed in the Southern District of New York naming as defendants Yeshiva University, Marsha Stern Talmudical Academy-Yeshiva University High School for Boys, Rabbi Norman Lamm, Rabbi Robert Hirt and various members of the Board of Trustees for Yeshiva University.

The complaint states that the 32 Plaintiffs were sexually abused while students at Yeshiva University High School by perpetrators including the school’s former Principal George Finkelstein, who targeted vulnerable students, used his power as an administrator to silence the victims and lowered their grades thus affecting their scholastic futures.

“This has been one of the most trusted institutions and through recent revelations it helps us all to realize there are serious problems that are left to be addressed. It’s now the mission of these survivors shared by us advocates to make sure a measure of justice is done for the past so children are protected in the future,” stated Attorney Jeff Anderson.

From 1962-1995, numerous reports were made to report Finkelstein’s abuse but no one listened. Reports of sexual abuse were also made involving another sexual abuser Richard Andron, as well as Judaic faculty member Rabbi Macy Gordon. None of the perpetrators were ever reported to law enforcement despite then-Vice President Israel Miller’s knowledge of Gordon’s sexual abuse. Gordon was allowed to remain on campus and proceeded to sexually assault at least one more student.

During a December 2012 interview, Rabbi Lamm admitted he knew of some allegations of improper sexual activity involving several YUHS staff members but he chose to deal with the allegations privately instead of contacting law enforcement. Lamm resigned July 1, 2013 and issued a letter stating “I acted in a way I thought was correct which now seems ill conceived…I now recognize that I was wrong.”

Yeshiva University was founded in 1886 as a private university under Jewish auspices in New York City and The Marsha Stern Talmudical Academy – Yeshiva University High School for Boys is an Orthodox Jewish High School that functions as a preparatory school for Yeshiva College, YU’s undergraduate school for men.

A copy of the complaint is available at:
Contact: Attorney Jeff Anderson 888.567.5557 Mobile 612.817.8665
Contact: Attorney Mike Reck Mobile 714.742.6593