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N.J. rabbi committed ‘horrific acts’ of child sex abuse while Jewish organizations did nothing, lawsuits say

In the summer of 1974, a girl went on a youth group trip to Israel led by Rabbi Baruch Lanner, a popular New Jersey rabbi who headed the state’s chapter of the National Conference of Synagogue Youth.

On each night in Israel, the young rabbi asked a teenager to join him in a secluded area, according to a newly-filed lawsuit. Each time one of the girls, identified in the lawsuit as Jane Doe #3, was selected, she said Lanner kissed her and touched her breasts.

By the end of the trip, the girl refused to be alone with Lanner or speak to him.

“Lanner responded by punching her in the stomach, knocking the wind out of her,” the lawsuit said.

When the girl told Lanner’s boss, a prominent rabbi, about his behavior, he dismissed her allegations, saying, Lanner “does so much good; it’s important what he’s doing,” according to the lawsuit.

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