Daily Israel Report

Suspected Molester Avrohom Mondrowitz Attacked in Jerusalem

Notorious fake psychologist and rabbi Avrohom Mondrowitz was attacked in Jerusalem last week and 'outed' as a fugitive child molester.
By Chana Ya'ar
First Publish: 7/31/2013, 11:48 AM

Avrohom Mondrowitz
Avrohom Mondrowitz
YouTube screenshot / The Algemeiner exclusive cellphone video

Notorious fake psychologist and rabbi Avrohom Mondrowitz was attacked in Jerusalem last week by a young vigilante who 'outed' and named him as a fugitive child molester from Brooklyn.

“I couldn’t just do nothing,” said 22-year-old “Isaac,” who is originally from the New York area and who is neither a victim nor an activist.  In cell phone video footage released exclusively to The Algemeiner, Isaac called Mondrowitz a “rapist” and a “child molester,” advising horrified passersby in the neighborhood to “read the newspapers” about him. 

“It’s really upsetting to see this man living freely and openly in this community of Nachlaot, a tight-knit neighborhood, with children everywhere, and apparently he goes to a synagogue, where people need to know who he is and what he’s done,” Isaac said.

In 1985 Mondrowitz was indicted in absentia on four counts of sodomy and eight counts of first degree sexual abuse against four boys ages 11 to 16. That year the U.S. sought his extradition from Israel, but there was no treaty between the two countries that covered such a crime. In 1993, Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes dropped the effort.

In 2007, that treaty was revised and Mondrowitz became eligible for extradition and deportation. When police searched his home in Israel, they found four child pornography films. He was arrested and jailed – but by 2010, he was freed by the Israeli Supreme Court on a grandfather clause that exempted him from the revised treaty.

The Ministry of Justice spokesperson was unavailable for comment, and Israel Police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld told Arutz Sheva that the case does not fall within the jurisdiction of the police at the present time.

As a result, “I have nothing to say about it,” Rosenfeld said. There have been reports that Mondrowitz was heavily involved in a recent pedophile ring operating in Nachlalot that damaged up to 100 children, but Rosenfeld could not comment on the case. 

Meanwhile, a 2006 document uncovered and published by the New York Jewish Week, shows that he is still posing as a professional psychologist – it was a “mental health evaluation” of a 15-year-old boy signed by Mondrowitz with credentials listed as PhD, LNHA (licensed nursing home administrator). 

All of his diplomas, an NYPD police officer confirmed to The Algemeiner, are “fakes.”

The long-time pedophile suspect is still subject to prosecution in the United States. “If [he] came back to the U.S., we would arrest him,” Jerry Schmetterer, director of public information for the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office, told the New York newspaper.

“It’s just outrageous that someone wanted for these crimes in the U.S., accused of raping and sodomizing hundreds of kids has the opportunity to offend again, to commit these heinous acts here in Israel,” Isaac said. “I’m a non-confrontational kind of person, but I couldn’t just do nothing, I couldn’t just continue walking. Someone has to do something. I had to speak up.

“My hope is that by calling him out, by identifying him in this neighborhood, by releasing this video, that people here won’t believe that he’s repented, that he’s been cleared of these accusations. No, his neighbors deserve to know the truth about this evil man, this pedophile, living in their midst,” he went on.

Mondrowitz has been hiding out in Israel since 1984 after fleeing the United States just hours before warrants for his arrest on charges of child molestation were issued. A resident of the Jerusalem neighborhood of Nachlaot, Mondrowitz had lived in Borough Park, Brooklyn before fleeing first to Chicago, then Canada and finally to Israel.

According to the New York Post, NYPD police officers discovered in his Brooklyn home child pornography and lists of hundreds of names of local boys – many referred to him for counseling by Jewish families and children’s services agencies.

But Mondrowitz is not the only one. Sadly there are other, similar predators who also have escaped American justice, protected by the religious communities in which they lived, and who fled to live in safety here in Israel, including a Hassidic rabbi and his wife who ran a day care center that catered to upscale families in the Midwood section of Brooklyn in the late 1980s.  Their whereabouts are unknown.