became a rabbi after he became a convicted sex offender. As part
of rehabilitation and while on probation, Alan Horowitz was court ordered
to attended classes at Ohr
It is not known at this time if Alan Horowitz received his rabbinic ordination
while in Monsey (1983-1985) or after he fled the United States in violation
of his parole, and made aliyah to Israel. If you have any information
relating to Rabbi Horowitz's rabbinic ordination please contact The Awareness
Center at: 443-857-5560.
During Alan Horowitz's reign of terror (against children) he wrote the
following article for NAMBLA (North American Man/Boy Love Association).
The article is being provided by The
in hopes that rabbis around the world will see the importance of finding
a way to revoke Alan J. Horowitz's rabbinic ordination.
The Awareness Center is also asking that all rabbinical organization publicly
denounce Rabbi Alan Horowitz's criminal behavior.
Please read and respond to the call for action posted after the NAMBLA
WARNING: This article was published in NAMBLA (North American Man/Boy
Love Association). It is quite disturbing, yet offers the public an opportunity
to look inside the mind of a convicted sex offender.
The Prison Experience: Some Psychosocial Comments
A. Shneur Horowitz (AKA: Dr. Rabbi Alan Horowitz)
graduating magna cum laude from Harvard College, A. Shneur Horowitz received
the M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from Duke University, and is an orthodox rabbi.
After twenty years of following these professional interests, Horowitz
is now a political prisoner in the United States.
you ever have a dream where everything seemed quite logical, and yet even
at the time a part of your mind knew that when you awoke, the sense would
be completely lost? Not only would you be unable to make a reasonable
recounting to anyone else, but even to yourself the dream-events would
appear disconnected and the logic bizarre. Talking about prison to those
who have not been there, and for whom incarceration is not part of their
culture, is very much like that. Both dreaming and imprisonment are alternate
realities in which the usual checks and controls have been removed and
replaced with other rules for which our normal experiences have left us
severe culture shock applies to all prisoners who have lived their lives
in the middle class or mainstream society. We child-lovers, however, suffer
a more profound and pervasive psychosocial disintegration because of circumstances
relatively specific to us. Personal accounts serve an important purpose,
helping those who are not here to appreciate our experiences. However,
I would like to use this space to comment on just what it is that makes
incarceration different, and worse, for child-lovers than for virtually
anyone else. The first section discusses the psychosocial impact of imprisonment
with reference to child-lovers. The second deals with special factors
which impede our adjustment to incarceration. The third section introduces
ideas relating to the possibilities for growth and positive outcome.
should be noted that much of the material in this article is not relevant
to all persons jailed for participating in intergenerational sex. Four
exclusionary criteria are evident:
short sentence - "Short" is subjective, but many individuals
with sentences of five years or less engage in what I call a "count-down"
technique. They handle their imprisonment by maintaining and emphasizing
a psychological continuity between a remembered Before and an anticipated
After. The incarceration can then be endured as an unpleasant interim/interruption/interregnum
within an ongoing life.
strong outside support - Those who have frequent visits, telephone calls,
and exchange of letters with family and continuing friends who encourage
and support them may be spared the crises described here. Their psychic
reality remains Outside, even over a long period of time, and their personal
identity is stabilized and reinforced.
prior economic/social poverty - For some, prison represents only slight
decrement, or even actual improvement in living conditions and/or social
opportunities. For such persons, the culture shock mentioned above is
minimal or absent.
low intelligence - Some of the processes discussed below entail ability
to introspect and conceptualize that may be poorly elaborated in persons
of very low intelligence.
we perceive and react to imprisonment derives from our previous self-image
and lifestyle. For almost all of us, being "outted" is a concomitant
of our arrest and prosecution. This in itself precipitates a personal
crisis of the greatest magnitude. We must face, perhaps for the first
time, our identity as pedophiles. It may seem strange to say that a person
who has lived many years as an active lover of children can suddenly realize
that he is a pedophile, and I don't mean that he has been exactly lying
to himself up to now. Nevertheless, there is a strong tendency to wall
off or encapsulate the child-lover part of our identity, except when we
actually are engaged with children. After all, it sadly cannot quite be
integrated into a typical home or professional life in this society. This
type of ignoring, or "selective inattention" is a common means
of handling perceptions, about ourselves or others, that don't fit into
overall conceptions of who and what we are. It is so much easier to think
of oneself as "teacher," "carpenter," or "executive,"
than to label oneself with the most hated characterization in the culture.
Parenthetically, I think this may contribute to why we are now being "caught"
in such prodigious numbers. Because we have assigned "child-lover"
a subsidiary place in our own self-image, compared with "husband,"
"coach," "doctor," and so on, we assume unconsciously
that others view us the same way. Actually, our loving manner and ability
to bond with children is as obvious to our enemies, when they choose to
attune themselves, as it is to the kids themselves.(1) Being a lover of
children is the defining characteristic of our identities, whatever we
previously may have thought. It is a beacon which shines from us, for
better or for worse, and by which the responses of others to us are illuminated.(2)
What has changed in recent years is the motivation of our enemies to tune
in to us, and the threshold for their turning suspicion into persecutory
the positive part of our internal crisis is confronting and integrating
our child-lover identity, then the negative side is facing the realization
that we have "lived a lie" for all or most of our adult lives.
We built a house of cards right there on Main Street, and then moved in
lock, stock, and barrel, papering the inside walls with hypocrisy and
the outside with deceptions. We did this so we could live in comfort and
ease, so we could "pass," so we could eat our cake and have
it too. We did not hold sit-ins or vigils or freedom rides. We did not
engage in letter-writing campaigns or in civil disobedience. We attended
PTA meetings where our brothers and sisters were vilified, and perhaps
even made "appropriate" comments to our neighbors about the
danger of "child molesters." We lied to our parents and spouses.
We were cowards.
what goes on internally is a major re-alignment, in today's terms re-formatting,
of our whole personality structure. This includes not only re-arrangement
of our hierarchy of self-definitions, but also acceptance of some stark
and not very favorable truths about our character. This tidal wave of
realizations is even more devastating than that during puberty, because
the identity crisis of adolescence brings with it the unveiling of seemingly
unlimited potentials and possibilities for the future, whereas the identity
crisis of outing implies the closing off of possibilities and a confrontation
with what we already are.
third aspect of imprisonment is its interpersonal/social impact. The concurrence
of incarceration and outing often triggers abrupt and total disappearance
of our support system. Well socialized, middle class individuals build
strong social linkages, and depend on them not only for self-validation,
but for the communication and clarification of emotions. Nowadays, even
males are adapted to "sharing feelings" rather than suppressing
or denying them. While there are exceptions, it is not at all unusual
for a child-lover to lose all of his significant relationships simultaneously
when he is outted and arrested. Of course, for us, our most significant
and invigorating relationships are those we have with children, be they
overtly intimate or not. These are annihilated, with traumatic and tragic
consequences both for us and for our young friends. We confront the knowledge
that not only have our tenderest bonds been torn cruelly asunder, but
that, using modern psycho-technology, even our partners' memories of us
will likely be revised, perverted, and turned into their opposites. This
loss not only of the present and future, but of the past as well, defies
description. Furthermore, we find that families of orientation and of
procreation, colleagues, confidants and lifelong friends either turn on
us, or turn from us. We have become non-persons, anathema. Distinct from
other middle class prisoners, who often are sustained by their successful
social networks, we, in our time of greatest need, find ourselves utterly
flowing river can appear quite serene, but if all its effluent channels
were blocked at once, the weight and force of water turned back from its
natural outlets would convert it quickly to a churning maelstrom. Thus
it is with our psychological energy when all our relationships are suddenly
cut off-- a cataclysmic emotional implosion, flooding back against the
damaged bulwarks of our much-weakened selves. The effect is overwhelming,
and depression is very severe at this time; the risk of suicide is proportionately
great.(3) Depression and identity dissolution combine to make us vulnerable
also to the manipulations of prosecutors, unscrupulous "defense"
lawyers,(4) and soon-to-be ex-spouses, among others. It is well known
that mid-adolescents, whose identities are in flux, are susceptible to
the lure of demagoguery and fanaticism. Likewise, after outing and prosecution,
many of us leap into the clutches of therapists and re-programmers, who
offer a shred of substitute identity, even be it that of "interminably
passed through the transition to incarceration, there continue to operate
factors which make our physical and emotional survival particularly difficult
in our new status and environment. The most widely known of these is that
we are social pariahs within the prison population. A child-lover is known
politely as a "molester," but more frequently and pointedly
as a "baby raper," or "tree jumper."(5) In an environment
where violence is never far from the surface, this appellation hangs like
Damocles' sword over the child-lover's head. Chronic anxiety interferes
with concentration and judgment, and probably contributes to physical
stress-related disorders over the long run. Because of the danger, most
"brothers" whose identity as child-lovers is not generally known,
go to great lengths to avoid being "re-outted" within the prison
population. While one hardly can blame them for wanting to protect themselves,
this results in there never being a mutually supportive network Inside
to substitute even partially for the lost relationships Outside. While
some states have special facilities, units, or "treatment" programs,
most of these are generally for "sex offenders." Ironically,
there child-lovers, more often than not the gentlest of souls, find themselves
sequestered with brutal rapists and sex-murderers, who may be even more
dangerous to them than run-of-the-mill prison inmates.
second factor, less immediately apparent, is that we are the only prisoners
not to utilize two of the three primary mediators of group formation within
the prison social system, viz. sexual orientation and type of conviction.
(The third is ethnicity, and we frequently will be in a small minority
there too, or be excluded on the basis of middle class traits of speech,
manners, etc.) Talking about sex, real or imagined, is an immediate common
ground for both heterosexuals and homosexuals everywhere. In prison, where
many individuals' social development is that of delinquent early adolescents,
it forms the stock-in-trade of most conversation. Both ambivalence and
fear contribute to child-lovers being unable or unwilling to seek each
other out on the basis of our common orientation. Aside from sexuality,
there often is affiliation among those with similar reasons for their
incarceration, e.g. drug dealers, murderers, or those involved in organized
crime. For us, of course, our "crime" and our sexual orientation
are one and the same.
with the absence of our own group, many of us choose to lie, i.e. to create
an ersatz sexual or criminal history. Not only does this run the risk
of violent or even fatal consequences if discovered, but it also feeds
into and exacerbates the "living a lie" problem discussed earlier.
The other choice readily available is to remain a permanent loner. Loners
are not all that uncommon in prison, and generally fall into two categories.
There are those with fairly short sentences who are putting up with incarceration
while remaining basically aloof and as untarnished by it as possible.
We seldom fall into that category, and do so less and less as sentences
for child-lovers become increasingly outrageous. Then there are those
individuals whose self-imposed isolation causes them to drift ever further
into idiosyncratic and impoverished mental states. Appearing far older
than their years, they resemble patients with chronic schizophrenia or
organic brain syndromes. This is not an attractive prospect.
our sense of isolation is the fact that we are the only prisoners denied
access to what might be called "non-interpersonal" reinforcers
of our identity. Inmates have the opportunity to view television, individually
or communally, and most facilities show movies weekly or more often. Heterosexual
bonded relationships are displayed frequently, and homosexual ones occasionally.
Murder, assault, fraud, drug use and sale, theft, espionage, exploitative
sex and rape all are common entertainment fare. Moreover, the perpetrators
of these crimes often are portrayed in a sympathetic if not approving
manner. There is ample opportunity to watch men or women scantily dressed
and in erotic situations. Also, on prison staffs, both male and female
adults are present "in the flesh" and have at least superficial
real relationships with prisoners, as well as supplying a framework for
their fantasies. Over and above this, one may obtain books and magazines
dealing with crime and/or with sexual behavior. In many places, one may
post even erotically stimulating nude pictures on the walls of one's cell
or cubicle. All of that applies to everyone except us. All forms of visual
or literary art dealing with adult-child intimacy either are unavailable
or are specifically and systematically censored. Even depictions of children
which are neither erotic nor intimate could be risky to display or even
to possess. Thus, the child-lover, now in a state where he should, and
must, develop a newly honest, mature, and profound self-concept, finds
himself totally lacking in "props," cues, test-objects, and
feedback to use as tools in this monumental task.
fourth, and perhaps ultimately the most important factor that militates
against both our adjustment in prison and our making positive use of our
prison time, is that we are unacknowledged political prisoners. Our enemies
assert that because physical expressions of love between an adult and
a child are defined as illegal, we are criminals. Further, they would
rebut that political prisoners are only those incarcerated for speech
and writing, not for behavior. Historically, both of these arguments are
incorrect. One hundred fifty years ago, an African-American who fled the
site of his involuntary servitude was defined by law as a criminal. We,
however, view his behavior, correctly I believe, as a political act. Eighteen
hundred years earlier, a Judean who circumcised his son was defined by
Roman law as having committed an act of bloody child abuse. We, however,
term his act religious and political (whether or not we agree with the
practice). I aver that a political prisoner is one who is incarcerated
for an act which he, in good conscience, believes to be right and good.
Moreover, his belief is not idiosyncratic, but is shared by a number of
other persons who consider themselves united in part by this belief. This
still is short of civil disobedience, as that would require conscious
political intent. Most political prisoners, here and elsewhere, are those
whose "crime" is no more than living their lives as persons
of conscience, according to their best judgment of what is right and good,
and without necessarily intending their behavior as a political statement
or even considering themselves as politically "involved."(6)
prisoners differ fundamentally from other prisoners in being, not only
well-socialized, but in fact extraordinarily ethical. At the very least,
this is because as members of a persecuted political minority, they have
been forced to consider matters of right and wrong more consciously than
the average citizen. Such persons tend intrinsically to be rule-followers
because, although they think certain rules should be different, they believe
in the concept of rules, i.e. that there are aspects of right and wrong,
good and bad, which override one's personal desires. Contrariwise, the
great majority of prisoners at the penitentiary level, are "antisocial,"
or "sociopathic." Studies indicate that as many as 80-90% of
inmates are intrinsic rule-breakers and lack either an ethic that transcends
their own needs and impulses, or the ability to modify their behavior
in conformity with such an ethic. The child-lover placed in such a milieu
faces a dilemma: to be honest and forthright and persistently exploited,
or to compromise his own values in order to make his way in prison.(7)
some societies, political prisoners have been segregated from criminals,
and this ofttimes meant that they received harsher treatment. However,
two advantages that almost always accrued are solidarity and support.
Even where they were termed criminals, and even where they were confined
along with criminals, they were acknowledged as political, both inside
and outside of the prison system. Although their handling might be severe,
they were accorded a certain respect as being prisoners of conscience.
Further, they had automatic alliance with their fellows in the penal system,
and received support from unimprisoned members of their group or movement,
even when such communication was officially interdicted. Thus, while not
minimizing their suffering, their basic identities, both personal and
political, were not weakened. In fact there could be a buttressing and
encouraging sense of furthering The Cause by one's very presence in prison.
Recent examples could be drawn from among incarcerated dissidents in South
Africa, the former Soviet Union, and at this very moment in China.
imprisoned child-lovers, we experience the worst of both worlds. North
American and some other governments go to great lengths to define the
love of children as a serious felony. In doing so, they have created and
financed the development of an entire pseudo-science, "victimology,"
which has co-opted and corrupted the mental health professions to a degree
unimaginable twenty-five years ago.(8) Once arrested, we, like political
prisoners everywhere, are subjected to a travesty of the criminal justice
system. Usual guarantees are explicitly or implicitly suspended, e.g.
the right to confront one's accuser, the inadmissibility of hearsay evidence,
and the presumption of innocence. As mentioned elsewhere, the "defense"
counsel often supports and surreptitiously cooperates with the State to
produce a "show-trial," the outcome of which is indisputably
incarcerated, the child-lover is told that he is "just like any other
inmate," and that "no one cares why you're here." As far
as not receiving special privileges, or any attention to the special needs
engendered by total lack of experience with a criminal sub-culture, that
is true indeed. However, one may soon find that in order to gain parole,
one must complete a "treatment" program, and be certified as
being "in recovery," as I have discussed elsewhere.(9) This
sounds quite a bit like the "political re-education" programs
of other oppressive societies. Then, one finds that access to writings,
even scholarly literature, on the subject of intergenerational love, is
forbidden; this in an environment saturated with stories of murder and
mayhem, and where racist publications advocating hatred and violence are
freely available. One may find that requests for inmate-to-inmate correspondence
are routinely denied-- only when both parties are child-lovers.
it seems that while labeled as felons, child-lovers are in fact treated
in very significant ways as political prisoners. That in itself is not
unique. It is characteristic of regimes dependent upon fanatical elements
to criminalize the essential behaviors or rituals of groups whose philosophy
and lifestyle are perceived as potentially subversive to the existing
order.(10) What is different here is that child-lovers themselves appear
to accept and internalize the cultural opprobrium, at least to the extent
of deep ambivalence, and frequently to the extent of denial and self-hatred.
No unbiased test can demonstrate intergenerational love to be anything
worse than politically incorrect, and yet the widespread emotional reaction
to it is as though it really were the violent crime it arbitrarily is
labeled. In an horrific extension of this phenomenon, child-lovers, who
are in the best position to know the reality of adult-child bonded relationships,
begin to view themselves through the eyes of the professional "victimologists."(11)
This ambivalence also explains the failure of unimprisoned child-lovers
to form an effective support network for their incarcerated brethren and
"sistren." The analogy comes to mind of a boy, perhaps a generation
or two past, whose brother gets caught masturbating. He wants to say,
"Leave him alone, there's nothing wrong with it-- even scientists
say so!" However, he says nothing, not only because he fears that
he will be found out himself, but also because there lurks still at the
back of his mind the nagging thought that maybe it really is dirty and
nasty and makes you go blind.(12) Surely, "un-outted" members
of other movements for social reform also have feared for their own security
and safety. However, they always found means to help imprisoned colleagues
locate each other; if necessary to smuggle food, literature and encouragement
to them; and to re-integrate them upon release, or arrange for them to
continue their work in exile.
abrupt collapse of one's personal psychological identity, all or most
of one's interpersonal relationships, and all of one's social and cultural
roles, precipitates a state of inner chaos that some will not survive.
It is akin to traumatic amputation of all four limbs; the bleeding and
shock will be fatal to many. Beyond the acute phase, however, living or
dying becomes a process in which we may participate. We are confronted,
for the first time in most cases, with having only ourselves for company.
What kind of companions do we make for ourselves? To what extent can we
take over the complementary functions which others, particularly children,
have performed for us? How well do we know ourselves? The substitution
will always be poor and incomplete. You can't tickle yourself. You can't
be your own sex partner. However, that is not really the point. The question
is whether or not we can provide ourselves with the bare minimum requisites
for making the decision to live and remain sane.
the most important task in working through our relationship with our self
is resolving the negative aspects of our self-image. First, we must understand
and eliminate traces of self-hatred caused by identification with the
culture's rejection of us. This already has been discussed. Second is
coming to terms with negative events in our own psychosexual history.
Many if not most people have sexual fantasies and experiences, especially
during adolescence and young adulthood, which they later regret. That
is normal. All adolescents are dealing with greatly heightened sexual
and aggressive drives, and doing so with the handicaps of neuropsychological
immaturity and social inexperience. It is no wonder that they often blunder,
injuring their own feelings, and sometimes bodies, and those of their
partners. Most people eventually forgive themselves their youthful mistakes,
or just forget about them. For child-lovers, however, the part of us that
is prone to accept society's labels can seize on these shameful memories
to "prove" that we really are despicable. Instead of self-acceptance,
we wind up with self-loathing. Now that all outward channels are closed,
can we focus the tremendous love and compassion we have poured into others
on ourselves? Can we regard our past and present selves with the lavish
forbearance and instant forgiveness we once bestowed upon the children
we cared for? Can we come to see the essential goodness of our nature,
and the essential falsehood of our enemies' calumnies? If so, then we
will accept ourselves as less than perfect. We will be able finally to
integrate and move beyond the memories of those times when, for whatever
reasons, we hurt the ones we loved.
one gets to this point, one has survived the catastrophic centripetal
reversal of energy flow, i.e. one has avoided psychic meltdown. The quadruple
amputee who has not died from shock can now begin to figure out how it
might be possible to control a computer, or a paintbrush. For us, part
of our energy should continue to go into self-exploration and development.
Many of us are so "other-oriented," such great givers, that
we have not sufficiently come to know ourselves. Working toward knowledge
of ourselves and our place in the universe, through religion, meditation,
or other means, is a lifelong task. Planning for the future after release
also can play a role in the process of renewal. However, we must guard
against excessive preoccupation with fantasy, and there is a tragically
large number of us who cannot count on release in this lifetime. Substantial
progress in personal development may be necessary before one can achieve
sufficient equanimity to emerge from the contracted or imploded state
with increased self-acceptance, there develops a desire to re-establish
communication with others. One basic fulfillment of this is through correspondence
and visitation. Some individuals may be able to re-contact family members
or friends. With the passage of time, and finding the prisoner "sadder
but wiser," one or more of these may choose to renew their support.
Other prisoners may find new associations through their religious or philosophical
alignments. However, there is no doubt that the most important contacts
for the incarcerated child-lover are with others of his orientation. Only
these can provide opportunities not only for relating with our evolving
self, but for corroboration and validation of our most essential identity.
This of course requires that there be numbers of child-lovers outside
of prison who also are working on development of their own positive identities
and resolution of their own ambivalences.
mode of communication is through creative expression. For some, it may
take considerable effort and re-training to direct the love energy we
previously have expressed in our thoughts, words and actions directly
with children, into "media." Words that we write, images that
we paint or carve, cannot become real children, but they can provide us
with an outlet for our caring and passion, as well as our yearning and
grief. Creative media include fiction and non-fiction such as this article
leads to a third means of establishing relationship between the revised
self and the outside world, viz. working for The Cause. Engagement in
such work requires further solidification of a positive personal identity
and also firm commitment to the role of political prisoner. Can we resist
all systematic attempts to brainwash us and break our spirits? Can we,
in the absence of internal network or external support, come to view ourselves
as members of a persecuted minority? Well, we can, but as the old song
says, "Don'cha know it ain' easy." Our success, and indeed our
survival, depends not only upon our own work, but also upon parallel maturational
work, both individually and organizationally, of child-lovers on the Outside.
to survival of outting and incarceration alive and sane are daunting.
Subsequently, obstacles to continued personal growth and re-emergence
as productive human beings are formidable. As in any popularly sanctioned
and governmentally executed genocide, there will be countless direct and
indirect casualties. History will not ask us why we died, but it will
ask us why we died cowering. It will not question why our enemies did
not help us, but it will demand to know why we did not help each other.
Recently, I showed a friend a photograph of myself and a twelve-year-old
boy with whom I was bonded years ago. We are standing side by side with
my arm around his shoulder, in what I would consider a typical adult-child
pose. My friend took one look at the picture and said, "You were
lovers." To my surprise, he pointed out that there was absolutely
no space between us. The boy had molded his body so that he was in continuous
contact with me from his ankle to where his shoulder fit into my armpit.
This is true in the same manner that being Jewish was the defining characteristic
of European Jews during the Nazi reign, whether or not they themselves
previously had thought about it that way.
One can see here clearly the confluence of various models of suicide,
including Durkheim's original anomie, the psychodynamic rage turned against
the self, and the cognitive psychologists' helplessness/hopelessness paradigm.
I have heard so many accounts, besides my own, of defense attorneys cooperating,
either actively or passively, with the prosecution, that I must conclude
there is some truth to them beyond "sour grapes." The hatred
of child-lovers in this culture is so deeply ingrained, and so irrational,
that it operates substantially at a subconscious level, and biases the
actions even of professionals who have trained themselves ordinarily to
separate their personal feelings from their work.
I'm not really sure of the origin of this term, but assume it is some
obscure reference to hiding in trees or bushes and then jumping out to
attack hapless children.
I know that I have defined at least some Nazis and other war criminals
as "political prisoners." Fortunately, I am not the first to
have done so. Although their politics may be abhorrent to me, I believe
that if they acted subjectively in good conscience and their values were
shared by their group, then the definition must stand.
The "sociopathic society" of prison includes both staff and
inmates and is beyond the scope of this article. I ask the reader to "take
my word for it" that any adjustment to prison life demands at least
some degree of lying, stealing, and other behaviors which on the Outside
we would reject as unethical.
The author is classified as a violent felon, and so housed and treated,
because the law defines sexual contact with a child less than eleven as
a violent crime. The irony is profound. The child in question once had
to go find his brother to help him remove a bothersome loose tooth because
the author couldn't bear to cause him even momentary pain.
[Horowitz, A.] Shneur. "And If The Twig Be Broken...," in Gayme,
Vol. 1 No. 2 (January 1994), pp. 20-28.
The question of why pedophilia is perceived as subversive in contemporary
"Western" societies is beyond the scope of this article. Let
it be said that this culture is both child-hating and erotophobic. Consequently
those who love children receive the proverbial double whammy.
Psychologically, this is the mechanism of identification with the aggressor
described in classic works by Anna Freud and Bruno Bettelheim.
The reasons for Americans being especially susceptible to this kind of
pernicious double-think are beyond the scope of this article. Briefly,
however, I believe they stem significantly from early and persistent conditioning
by the mass media to place conventional, externally imposed labels on
experiences, overruling individual instincts, perceptions, and judgments.
article appears in NAMBLA's Criminal Justice, whose editor estimates there
are 25,000 to 30,000 boy-lovers caught up in the American criminal justice
system. Criminal Justice? contains other writings by prisoners about their
prison experiences, another article by A. Shneur Horowitz about the growing
numbers of adolescent boys imprisoned for loving other boys (many housed
in a special unit of the New York State prison system), an article from
the NAMBLA Bulletin about the Crime Bill of 1994, and a short story by
"Defrock" Rabbi Alan J. Horowitz - Convicted Sex Offender
Awareness Center, Inc. is demanding that the Orthodox Union (OU), the
Rabbinic Council of America (RCA) and Agudath Israel of America make a
public statements denouncing the actions and behavior of Rabbi Alan J.
Horowitz. By not doing so is condoning this serial child molesters criminal
Awareness Center, Inc. is also demanding that rabbis around the world
find a way to remove Alan Horowitz's rabbinical ordination and that of
other known sexual predators (who are ordained rabbis).
Rabbi Alan Horwitz's 1983 conviction for child molestation he was placed
on probation. Arrangements were made for him to live on the
Ohr Somayach campus in Monsey, NY.
Somayach is a Yeshiva serving young male students. Horowitz was treated
by Dr. Joseph F. Chambers MD (Maryland) and Dr. Yitzhak Twersky (Monsey,
this time we are unaware where Rabbi Horowitz received his rabbinic ordination,
yet it is known that it was from an orthodox source. The only way to revoke
an ordination is for the rabbi who granted the title to revoke it. In
some circles they see ordination as a degree that can never be taken away.
According to Jewish tradition once an individual becomes a rabbi, halachicly
he/she can ordain another individual.
the past both the RCA (Rabbinical Council of America), Orthodox Union
and Agudath Israel of America have stated that there is nothing they could
do regarding Rabbi Horowitz since was he not a member of their organization.
Horowitz is a convicted sex offender. Be aware that it takes a village
to raise a sex offender and to enable them to continue molesting children
or raping adults. Rabbi Horowitz is everyone's responsibility, including
all rabbinical organizations, rabbis and Jewish communities.
is time for all of us to stop passing the buck. Do the right thing,
publicly denounce this man and remove his rabbinic ordination!
Council of America (RCA)
Rabbi Marc Dratch - Chairman of the RCA's Task Force on Rabbinic Improprieties
Phone: 203-858-9691 firstname.lastname@example.org
Rabbi Basil Herring, Executive Vice President
Phone: 212-807-7888 x 5 email@example.com
Rabbi Hershy (Tzvi) Weinreb firstname.lastname@example.org
Israel of America
Rabbi Shmuel Bloom, Executive Vice President
Rabbi Avi Shafran,
(212) 797-9000 email@example.com
Rabbi Alan J. Horowitz, MD, is a convicted sex offender who is also an
ordained Orthodox rabbi. As a psychiatrist, Horowitz specialized in working
with adolescents. His resume also includes volunteering time as
a Boy Scout leader and being a writer for NAMBLA (North American Man/Boy
Love Association) publications. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard
University; and received his Ph.D. and medical degree from Duke University.
Alan Horowitz was married with one child of his own and seven stepchildren.
In the past Horowitz was licensed to practice medicine in North Carolina
and Maryland. He never obtained a license to practice in the state of
Alan Horowitz was first convicted back in 1983 in Maryland of performing
an unnatural sexual act on the 12-year-old boy who was his patient and
his eight year-old little brother. At the time Horowitz was sentenced
to five-year probation.
The probation agreement included allowing Alan Horowitz to move to New
York so that he could live study Torah at
Monsey, NY. He was court ordered to live on campus. Ohr Somayach is a
Yeshiva serving young male students.
Dr. Horowitz was also court ordered to be in counseling under the care
of Dr. Joseph F. Chambers (Maryland) and Dr. Issac Twersky (Monsey, NY).
As like many others who thirst in learning Torah, Alan Horowitz ultimately
ending up studying abroad in Israel.
Alan Horowitz twice violated his probation from the sentencing in 1983.
There is no documentation of how he violated it the first time, yet the
second time was in November 1985, was when he made aliyah and moved to
Israel. He returned to the United States in November, 1990 when he learned
new charges were being investigated relating to him allegedly molesting
children in the West Bank (Israel).
Past newspaper accounts stated Rabbi Alan Horowitz picked Schenectady
in hopes of securing a rabbinical appointment. Apparently each time Horowitz
moved he changed his name, using the alias Shneor Altar in Israel, Alan
Horowitz in New York and Mike Sonkin in Iowa.
Not much time pasted for there to be new allegations made of child sexual
abuse. In 1991, allegations were made that Horowitz molested three
boys under the age of fourteen and a 14-year-old girl in Eastern Parkway
and Niskayuna, New York. It was around this time that authorities
in New York contacted Interpol and learned that the investigation in the
West Bank (Israel) was still being investigated.
Upon Horowitz learning that new charges in the US were being made against
him, he attempted to elude the authorities by moving. This time to Woodward,
Iowa. Once located he was extradited back to New York.
During the new police investigation, the New York officials found a trail
of sexual abuse of patients dating back to the late 1960s when Horowitz
worked for a community organization that helped impoverished, inner-city
On August 27, 1991, Rabbi Alan J. Horowitz, MD was charged in the Supreme
Court in the state of New York on 34 counts of sodomy in the 1st degree.
He was also charged with two counts of Sodomy in the 2nd degree, one count
of sexual abuse in the 3rd degree, and 4 counts of endangering the welfare
of a child. During these court procedures a North Carolina man showed
up during the court proceedings claiming he was sexually abused by Horowitz
as a child. It is also mentioned that Horowitz molested children in the
state of Arizona, yet no more information about those allegations is known.
On June 29, 1992 , Rabbi Alan Jay Horowitz, MD pled guilty to one count
of 1st degree sodomy.
In a county Probation Department report Horowitz admitted that he was
a pedophile, but a "normal pedophile," which Horowitz defined
as someone who has consensual sex with children.
During August, 1992, Alan Horowitz made the news one more time. This time
was regarding a complaint that the county jail diet did not provide for
his religious needs. He asked a state Supreme Court judge to direct the
sheriff to provide more kosher food.
There were many attempts to stop Rabbi Horowitz being released on conditional
parole on November 1, 2004 (Oneida Prison, NY), yet these attempts failed.
At the time of his release he was Designation: Sexually Violent Offender
and Predicate Sex Offender level three sex offender).
In 2006, Horowitz illegally left the United States violating his probation.
At first it was believed he was in Israel, yet instead flew to Japan and
on to Hong Kong, Thailand, Sri Lanka and India -- leaving a trail of newly
sexually victimized children along the way.
In India he used his title of "rabbi" in his attempt to give
himself credibility This is one of the reasons why The Awareness
Center implemented it's "CALL TO ACTION" to have his rabbinic
On May 22, 2007, Rabbi Alan Horowitz was caught in India. Horowitz was
in violation of his parole since June, 2006. He will be extradited back
to the US soon.