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Where is Yona Weinberg?

Please Help Child Safety Advocates Warn Parents About His Whereabouts

By Rabbi Yakov Horowitz

ALERT: Yona Weinberg, a convicted, registered, New York State Level 3 Sex Offender currently living freely in Israel and no one seems to know where he is. Weinberg served 13 months in an American jail for seven counts of Sexual Abuse in the Second Degree and two counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child.

The New York State Division of Criminal Justice website describes a Level 3 registered sex offender, their highest level, as one who has a “high risk of repeat offense and a threat to public safety exists.”

When Weinberg moved to Israel several years ago, he initially settled in Har Nof, raising concerns among residents, as reported in Israeli’s Ivrit YNet. Weinberg eventually moved to Ashdod for a period, but has since left, and no one seems to know where he is currently residing.

In the United States, registered sex offenders are carefully monitored and are not permitted to live near schools. However, there is no public sex offender registry in Israel, which leaves Israeli children at great risk since their parents don’t have the information they need to protect them from these sex offenders.

Worded differently, you, my friends, are the only hope Israeli parents have to be warned when convicted sex offenders move to their neighborhood.

Just look at this recent story in the Times of Israel, where Malka Leifer, is accused of allegedly molesting a child in Emmanuel – despite the fact that she is in a high-profile battle to avoid extradition to Australia where she is wanted on 74 counts of child abuse!

Please help us keep Israeli children safe by informing us at ryh@thebrightbeginnings.com if Weinberg is living in your neighborhood, and please forward this to your social media contacts, and ask them to partner with you in this holy effort. I am the only one who reads these emails and your information will be kept in strict confidence.

This is not a call for anyone to harass or harm Weinberg – only to notify us so we can provide this life-saving information to parents.

Together, we can the world a safer place for our children and grandchildren.

Yakov Horowitz

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Rabbi Yakov Horowitz

Rabbi Yakov Horowitz, Founding Dean of Monsey’s Yeshiva Darchei Noam and Director of The Center for Jewish Family Life, conducts child abuse prevention and parenting workshops internationally, and sponsors the Bnos’ One on One Big Sister Program with branches in seven states and Canada. He’s the author of two books, published the landmark children’s personal safety picture book Let’s Stay Safe!, which has been adapted into Yiddish and Hebrew, and the Bright Beginnings Chumash and Gemara Workbooks which helps children acquire Judaic Studies skills in a fun-filled manner. Rabbi Horowitz received the prestigious 2008 Covenant Award in recognition of his contribution to Jewish education.