Rabbi accused of sexual abuse fired from Pikesville school

Posted at 11:46 AM, Jan 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-23 12:51:35-05

A rabbi has been fired from a Pikesville school after a Jewish Week report raised sexual abuse allegations him.

Rabbi Shmuel Krawatsky worked at Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community School and was terminated.

The school released a statement on its website:

I wish to inform you that as a result of the allegations detailed in yesterday’s Jewish Week article, Beth Tfiloh has terminated Rabbi Shmuel Krawatsky’s employment. Rabbi Krawatsky will not be on our premises, and will not have any contact with our students. This decision is in keeping with our school’s commitment to the safety and wellbeing of our students, which we consider to be paramount.

Initially, Zipora Schorr, Director of Education, released a statement in response to the article affirming the schools commitment to children and did not mention firing Rabbi Krawatsky. Days later he was terminated.

Schorr addressed this in her most recent statement:

 After carefully considering the information that had just come to light, we then determined that this was the appropriate and responsible action to take.

Prior to yesterday’s article, Beth Tfiloh was not privy to the scope of the allegations due to the fact that the case involved another organization, and the details were not shared with us by the investigating agencies. Given the specific details alleged in the article, the need for immediate and decisive action became clear.

If you have concerns that your child may have been a victim of abuse call Baltimore County Child Protective Services at 410-853-3000 or Baltimore County Police at 911.