Thursday, August 18, 2011
Rabbi is accused of abusing two boys
Rabbi Uzi Rivlin of Teaneck, New Jersey was running a scholarship program that brought impoverished, Israeli boys and girls to the United States for a summer respite from strife at home. But Bergen County prosecutors say that the 63-year-old married father betrayed the children's trust, sexually abusing at least two, 13-year-old Israeli boys at his Teaneck home, when they came here to spend recent summers. Two boys have filed separate reports with Israeli authorities, claiming that Rivlin had touched them in a sexual manner when they stayed at his home in Teaneck. One boy was here in the summer of 2009 and the other stayed in the house during the summer of 2010. The FBI was notified and turned the information over to the Teaneck Police Department. Rivlin has been arrested and charged with two counts of aggravated criminal sexual contact and endangering the welfare of a child. The boys were brought here as part of a program called the Scholarship Fund for the Advancement of Children in Israel, which Rivlin partly sponsored. Rivlin was being held at the Bergen County Jail on $175,000 bail. Investigators are working to determine if Uzi Rivlin victimized any other young people - under the guise of helping them.