Rape Charges Against Gilbert Rabbi Dropped by New York Prosecutor

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Vindicated Rabbi Bryan Bramly
Let the name-clearing begin.

Charges have been dropped against a Gilbert rabbi accused of raping a 7-year-old girl a decade ago.

Bryan Bramly, rabbi at Temple Beth Shalom Synagogue in Chandler, was accused of raping the girl in 2000. However, the rape allegations didn't come until March of this year.


"Rabbi Bramly and his lawyers commend District Attorney Vance and his assistants for their willingness to re-examine all of the evidence that pointed to the Rabbi's innocence," Bramley's attorney, Alan Lewis, says. "Mr. Vance's open-mindedness and reappraisal of the evidence is in the highest tradition of the Manhattan D.A.'s Office."

Another of Bramly's attorneys, Michael Shapiro, adds that "the D.A.'s highly unusual step of moving to dismiss an indicted case speaks highly of the office's professionalism and quest for justice."

We heard through the grapevine that Bramly's contract with Temple Beth Shalom was not going to be renewed because of the rape charges -- something the Temple would neither confirm nor deny.

"Rabbi Bramly is still the rabbi here," the receptionist at the Temple tells New Times.

Bramly's case got a lot of media attention at the time of his arrest. Hopefully other local news outlets will jump on board when it comes to clearing his name.

Bramly and his attorneys are holding a press conference in New York City right now. We left a message asking to speak with the rabbi when he's done.
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Szy
Szy

Ten Żyd jest pedofilem

Szy
Szy

ten Rabin jest pedofilem

TBS-EV
TBS-EV

I must address my error, regarding who called the Rabbi's wife within the first 3 hours of the Rabbi's arrest. ANOTHER GUEST was correct--the President of TBS-EV did not call the Rabbi's wife--it was the TBS-EV lawyer. Sorry for the error, and thanks, AG, for the correction.

Another Guest
Another Guest

Actually what was said in front of almost 200 people at the April information meeting hosted by the Rabbi and one of his attorney's was that within 24 hours of the rabbi's arrest, the Temple's lawyer called the rabbi's wife and asked her to "speak to your husband and find out if he would like to resign gracefully or be fired."

At the meeting, the rabbi and his lawyer also said that the Temple's lawyer sent this same demand in writing to the rabbi's New York legal council the following week. So are you now claiming that the Executive Board (let alone the President and Board of Directors) did not provide direction to its legal council and that the Temple's lawyer merely acted on her own?

I'd think very carefully about your sign in name before replying because if the Temple's lawyer acted without authorization and instruction by the Board, Executive or President, the lawyer has broken the law and the trust of her client and should be disbarred.

WMF
WMF

This whole case stunk from the word go. First, I bounced the repressed memory theory off two therapists. Both rolled their eyes in disgust, say that it was very flimsy evidence. Second, as we learned from other cases of sexual impropriety among the clergy, there is always numerous victims. There we no other claims against Rabbi Bramley. This was very shoddy investigative work by law enforcement. Finally, the entire board of Temple Beth Shalom should be ashamed of themselves. Rabbi Bramley should be back on the job, immediately.

Guest
Guest

Good for you for bouncing the repressed memory theory off two therapists. You must have a straight line to the higher power who is guiding you. Because you would know if the victim actually did have a repressed memory. And you would know personally if there were any other claims made against Mr. Bramley even if those claims have not been brought forward. And of course have intimate knowledge of all the levels of investigative work done.

Oh... but wait. You DON'T know.

And now we have a long list of people, mostly connected to Temple Beth Sholom pointing blame at the Board, without knowing all the information the Board may be privy to about Mr. Bramley.

Angry at the victim without knowing the details of the case. And you wonder why victims don't come forward? Perhaps you may consider, if you are capable, of stretching your mind to engage the reasons why the victim didn't come forward at the time, and kept the memory with only her for those years.

So much righteousness. And a victim put aside once again because of political pressure/fear and the perceived power of a legal team that went to any lengths to win.

The case was dismissed.

Mr. Bramley was not exonerated.He was not proven or presumed innocent.

Stand up for justice
Stand up for justice

Why don't you read the NY DA's website? If you did, you'd know that it wasn't a flimsy decision but that all charges were dismissed based upon the further investigation of the NY DA, the NYPD and the "inconsistencies of the plaintiff and her inability to recall details...."

As for the case, it proceeded very simply. The NY DA's office was informed of an allegation and acted upon it without any investigation outside of the "word" (loosely used) of the girl who "remembered" (also loosely used) what she said happened to her after 10 years. When the DA's office couldn't find anyone to corroborate her story or anyone else that came forward with a similar allegation (we all know, from countless studies, that the sickos who actually perpetrate this sick and twisted act never do it once-its a sickness that can't be controlled), the DA admitted that they had no case and that the girl's story had "inconsistencies" and that "she could no longer recall details" that were relevant to the case.

Get over it. Its not a conspiracy. Its justice!

And by the way, if you even had a basic knowledge of the US legal system you would know that the onus is to prove guilt, not innocence. No court in any free and democratic country attempts to prove innocence because the law sees all persons as innocent unless proven otherwise. The dismissal of the charges ARE the Rabbi's proof of his innocence. STOP PRETENDING TO BE A LEGAL EXPERT (OR A CLAIRVOYANT) when clearly you are not!

TBS-EV
TBS-EV

Hey New Times---There is a big story brewing at Temple Beth Sholom that needs to be exposed. You are obviously the only credible news organization in this town that will have the cajones to really do an indepth analysis on all that has transpired with Rabbi Bramly. The first aspect is a Pulitzer-Prize winning analysis on the Falsely Accused. Next, you can show the hypocrisy of a Temple that promotes itself as a family and pled with leaving congregants to stay "with the family." Meanwhile they kicked our favorite son to the curb as soon as he was arrested. Even though they believed he was innocent, the board was afraid of negative publicity. Is that worth disowning a family member?

Happy Day
Happy Day

The Temple was not expanding membership until this was settled. They would have had an INCREDIBLE marketing tool to use now--1. The Resurrected Rabbi Lecture Series.2. Come Celebrate this High Holiday Season at TBS and welcome back Rabbi Bramly!3. A dinner to honor Rabbi Bramly and his family4. Barry Young Radio ShowETC, ETC, ETC! If only the board had acted in a commendable way, they could be publicizing the Temple as THE PLACE TO GO! Instead, all they have is a nice sanctuary and a soulless environment.

Alehound
Alehound

How about a "Meet the rabbi day for children" ? Special counseling sessions in private of course. This comment approved by Joel Breshin.

TBS-EV
TBS-EV

How bout a "Beat Your Burka-Covered Wife" Day for you and your family. Oh wait--that's EVERYDAY!

Happy Day
Happy Day

Hey Alemoud--Your arab leaders are the idiots who continue to fight Israel and the Jews, even though we continue to kick your asses. Now go send your kids off to be homicide bombers. Meanwhile, let the BUILDING OF ISRAEL CONTINUE!

Guest
Guest

If the board had acted in a way that showed compassion and support, they would be RAKING in the money and increasing membership in droves. The Board agreed that this man was innocent, yet they didn't stand by him because of possible bad press and negative impact on recruiting! The money was already in the bank, ready to cover the expenses. The money wasn't the issue, surprisingly. They could have offered him less money, and limited work-related tasks, while clearing his name. That was never an option. So, please know what you are talking about before expressing what you think are facts.

Don't ba a Hypocrite
Don't ba a Hypocrite

What synagogue is going to increase membership without a Rabbi? Get real. You're telling me that you would have NO reservations whatsoever in joining a shul with a Rabbi under a cloud of suspicion if you have no prior knowledge of him or the shul?

If money were no issue, why don't we have any paid front office staff? What about a paid bookkeeper? Or an paid administrator? We don't have any of that, because money IS an issue. Check the name I post under. You should pay attention.

Guest
Guest

I joined this shul when there was no Rabbi. I joined this shul because it reminded me of the shul to which I belonged for the previous 25 years in a different state. But once I moved here and attended services, I was hooked . . . because of Rabbi. He MADE TVS-EV a family.

Happy Day
Happy Day

I'm not saying money isn't an issue with the Temple. The only way they've made it thru the past two years is with volunteers. HOWEVER, the Board stated they had $80K in their account in May, 2010. That gave them enough money to get thru the fiscal year, INCLUDING paying the Rabbi's salary. THEY decided to keep paying his full salary, to the dismay of many who supported the Rabbi, but felt he would need to focus on clearing his name in the court of law. There was a compromise to be had.

Finally, if I didn't know the Rabbi, I would not feel comfortable joining a temple with such a cloud over it. I would not join a Temple who made such a poor decision in hiring the "Rapist Rabbi." But, if I saw that the Temple had fully supported a man who they believed to be innocent, I could not only get other people to join the Temple today, but I could call on many friends who would be thrilled to donate big money to a Temple that actually did what they believed in, even though they wanted to avoid the pressure that comes with standing up for a falsely accused individual.

Happy Day
Happy Day

The Temple was not expanding membership until this was settled. They would have had an INCREDIBLE marketing tool to use now-- 1. The Resurrected Rabbi Lecture Series. 2. Come Celebrate this High Holiday Season at TBS and welcome back Rabbi Bramly! 3. A dinner to honor Rabbi Bramly and his family 4. Barry Young Radio Show ETC, ETC, ETC! If only the board had acted in a commendable way, they could be publicizing the Temple as THE PLACE TO GO! Instead, all they have is a nice sanctuary and a soulless environment

Guest
Guest

Well put! And did anyone happen to notice the very limited attendance at high holiday services? Let's get him in there for Yom Kippur so our congregation can start the new year on the right foot - whole again!

Don't Be a Hypocrite
Don't Be a Hypocrite

Quit villanizing the board at TBS. They were doing what was best for the congregation.

A small congregation cannot afford to pay a rabbi on administrative leave for what could have been a 2 year legal process. The synagogue would have fallen apart financially. Would you all have convinced your synagogues to chip in and help pay our bills?

Could he have worked instead of being on leave? Not while children are on the campus, as they are all day long. The State wouldn't allow it because TBS has a pre-school.

Nobody I know thought he was guilty. He was asked to resign simply for the financial well being of the congregation.

Anon
Anon

Interesting, a good point is brought up. If the synagogue cannot afford to pay the legal bills, then how is the average person going to afford to defend themselves?

That's what those who file false allegations know, and get away with in their pursuit of financial gain from those who have the money. The media has educated the public on HOW to file false allegations = easy $$$'s for all who profit from this sick game played on innocent people, with their "rush to judgment" mentality of get the story at all costs. Now more people have been destroyed.

The Board deserves to to criticized and THEY certainly don't like being singled out, as we read the comments in this blog. Now they have a taste of what Rabbi Bramly feels like, and will forever be tied to what they did to an innocent man -- you all have blood on your hands! Now you have something to pray about.

Guest
Guest

You clearly have no idea what you're talking about. They "changed their tune" right before the congregational meeting following their very public (and wrongfully so) request for his resignation. We were provided with a Rabbi AT NO COST TO US. Paying his salary was mandatory, not to mention the Jewish thing to do.

It's always best to get your facts straight before you make public comments.

TBS-EV
TBS-EV

Two days after PUBLICLY announcing the request for the Rabbi's resignation, the TBS-EVpro-bono lawyer publicly announced that she was no longer representing TBS, and referred TBS to a Labor Lawyer. TBS screwed up and realized they could be sued! THAT IS WHY THEY CHANGED THEIR TUNE SO QUICKLY AFTER THE LAST MEETING!

Guest
Guest

The Board asked for his resignation almost immediately. Instead of standing by a friend in his hour of need, they choose to kick him and his family while they were down. Their subsequent actions have been along the same line.If the temple can't stand up for what is right then maybe they don't deserve to exist. Judaism is about doing what is right it is not about worrying about money.

Don't Be a Hypocrite
Don't Be a Hypocrite

you are obviously not in the know whatsoever, so you should stop spreading lashon hara.

The Rabbi was arrested in March. His resignation was not called for until the beginning of August. Is four full months "almost immediately?"

The congregation and the board did stand by him. The congregation (including me) ponied up for his legal defense fund, kept his salary going, and hosted his family in their time of need.

What did you do?

Happy Day
Happy Day

Hey DBA Hypocrite--

You continue to make assumptions that aren't correct. It would behoove you to ASK if our source is only from one side, as opposed to Assuming that the information is strictly one-sided.

Please know and understand that the many of us who disagree with the Boards actions have been communicating with the executive board members, in a sincere effot to understand the rationale behind the decisions that have been made, and actions that have been taken. I can personally say that I've spoken to both the previous and current president dozens of times in the past 5 months about the Rabbi's situation, always promoting my viewpoint, and so I could understand where they were coming from. I was told to "Disagree, but Accept." I did just that for as long as possible. But, then I realized that I could no longer accept the actions and decisions of the board, even though I am/was CLOSE friends with a couple of people who were making these decisions and taking these actions.

As a matter of fact, I spoke with an Executive Board Member after Rabbi's great announcement came out yesterday. Even though I'm no longer a member, I still care about the Temple, and my fellow congregants, and miss them very much.

Your last post said that the Resolution to ask for a resignation is not allowed by any one member of the board. First of all, the entire executive board agreed, UNANIMOUSLY, to ask for the Rabbi's resignation, before Dianne White initially contacted the Rabbi's wife the day of his arrest to secure a resignation. The Board of Directors has an absolute right to do that. On the other hand, if the Board wishes to FIRE the Rabbi, they must get a vote from the congregation in order to move ahead with the removal of the Rabbi.

Finally, a phone call from the President of the Organization, asking for an employees Resignation might not technically be called a "Formal Request," it sure isn't an invitation to come back if and when the accusations against the Rabbi turn out to be false. Semantics aside, if the request for a resignation from the President of the Temple was not formal, it certainly was demanding, direct, and made clear what the board wanted. When the fact that the Rabbi's resignation was requested in the meeting held on April 27 or 28th, the immediate reaction from those in the meeting was a sense of disbelief. "Why did you ask for the Rabbi's resignation?" was the first question asked after that statement was made. The Board apparently didn't expect anyone to ask that question, and they sure didn't answer it in a clear fashion that day. The NEW president at the time fully admitted he wasn't prepared to talk about the Rabbi's situation that day, but had no choice as the members of the congregation at that meeting pushed the issue and made the new President address it----10 seconds after accepting the position of President!

Don't be a hypocrite
Don't be a hypocrite

Unfortunately, your facts are only from one source. He may have been asked if he was going to resign, or asked if he would like to resign, but one member of the board, regardless of position, is not allowed to ask for the resignation of anyone.

A resolution would have to be voted on by the board as a personnel matter. Without a vote, a request for a resignation does not exist.

I am not a board member, and aparently neither are you, so what we know occurred in confidential session (because of a personnel matter) is limited, but I do know the bylaws and the law. There was no formal request for a resignation by the board.

Guest
Guest

The previous board requested the Rabbi's resignation through his wife when he was arrested - within HOURS of his arrest, I might add!

Happy Day
Happy Day

I wrote letters to everyone I knew, telling them about the travesty of justice, and asking for any help that could be provided.

I wrote to the board on numerous occassions, and spent hours on the phone with the new Board President, asking the Board to reconsider the tact they were pursuing.

I reacted in horror at a TBS meeting, as a few people got up and said "Just because the Rabbi isn't guilty doesn't mean he is innocent!"

I cried with the Rabbi and his family, helped take care of family, spent as much money as we could afford to help with travel arrangements, legal fees, love, support, and advice.

Finally, I left the Temple, when I saw the heart and soul of the so-called "house of worship" had been vacated, opting for a safe route that totally threw the Rabbi and his family under a bus.

This has caused a huge hole in the hearts of me and my family, after investing so much of ourselves into TBS-EV.

So, what did I and my family do? What was RIGHT, even though we were ostracized for it by certain people from TBS

Happy Day
Happy Day

Dianne White, President of TBS-EV at the time, called the Rabbi's wife 3 hours after the Rabbi was arrested. She said "When can we expect your husband's resignation." The shock hadn't even worn off before the executive board acted in a way that showed they automatically assumed he was guilty.

Another guest
Another guest

I was at the Rabbi's information meeting in April, the one at the hotel because TBS wouldn't let it take place at the synagogue. I remember him saying that the Board asked for his resignation within 24 hours of his arrest and that he received a letter from TBS's lawyer shortly after, formally requesting his resignation. Doesn't sound like 4 months to me... better check your facts and reflect on the name you post under.

Justice/Injustice
Justice/Injustice

The Rabbi now joins Brian Willner, West Valley special ed teacher falsely accused and case recently dismissed. Devious parents have learned to go after the institutions for big money, unfortunately that harms those who truly were sexually abused. This sick game must be stopped. It is time to punish those who file false reports the same harsh penalty they want for the accused, then these cases will evaporate, along with all the money. Lawyers get rich, politicians get the "vote" and the taxpayers and society lose. Hope the Rabbi sues the hell out of all involved in the horrific false allegation!

Carol P
Carol P

The entire Executive Board of TBS-EV should all resign since their voice and actions were not in the best interest of their Temple congregants. TBS-EV will never be the same and cannot move forward without a complete open appology to Rabbi Bramly. As a member of another conservative Temple in the Valley I only hope we never have to go through what Temple Beth Shalom has.

Alehound
Alehound

I have yet to see a rabbi who wasn't a molesterer. It's in their religion, you know. We're watching you ;)

Amy
Amy

Are you serious? Because anyone in their right mind wouldn't take you seriously with comments like this.

Guest
Guest

You're disgusting. It's people like yourself who have no faith in humanity, much less any faith in a higher power.

Concerned Citizen
Concerned Citizen

Your comment is abusive.

Alehound
Alehound

So are jews. Now shut up and go steal some more land, so fugitives from justice can go to jewland and kill children.

Guest
Guest

Alehound--You are a great example of what's wrong with the Arab world. Not only are you uneducated and brainwashed, but your a vicious racist as well.Congratulations on representing the Arab world in such a realistic manner.

Meg Levinson
Meg Levinson

TBS-EV, Board, I have a question for you, are you ready to stand by our Rabbi now?

Guest
Guest

You are not even a member of the temple are you?

Linda
Linda

Anyone who knows Rabbi Bramly knows these charges were false from the start. Now where does one go to regain ones reputation.

Justice/Injustice
Justice/Injustice

Where does one go to regain ones reputation? No where. The internet is for ALL posterity. It's time to update laws to have checks and balances to avoid "rush to judgment" -- all including the Board should face punishment.

Brandon W
Brandon W

The Executive Board at TBS-EV should be ashamed of themselves for not standing in solidarity and support of Rabbi Bramly. We all should be getting ready for a Celebration , with song and dance but instead Rabbi Bramly has no Temple to return too. Rabbi Bramly and his family should never have been put through such an ordeal . I hope now the Jewish Community can heal and move forward with such a example of a GREAT MAN.

Anon
Anon

To repent, the Executive Board should start a fund to help others in the community who have been falsely accused, to help with their legal defense. Once they become part of the struggle and of the long journey of undoing a travesty of justice, then maybe other innocent people will be spared the tragedy of horrific false allegations. Put the person in charge who called the Rabbi's wife to ask him to resign.

Concerned Citizen
Concerned Citizen

The damage is done. It's more then I'm sorry. Another tragedy in the ongoing "child abuse / sex abuse industry". Once the money is taken out of this profitable industry, these cases will evaporate.

guest
guest

Always good to have one's name cleared...Justice is served. This is a good day.

Mitch M.
Mitch M.

Excellent to hear! It is extremely unfortunate that NY indicted, made a putlic arrest, and nearly wrecked the man's personal and professional life - only to find that they didn't even have a presentable case!

As a member of another Jewish congregation in the East Valley with friends at Temple Beth Sholom, I hope that TBS, the Bramly family and TBS' members can recover from this traumatic event.

Arthur L.
Arthur L.

I hope that all the news outlet that jumped on this story will be as vigorous about spreading the news that the charges were thrown out s they were about reporting the bogus accusations. Now Rabbi Bramly will be spending a lifetime trying to regain his well earned stellar reputation.Arthur L.

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