I am publishing this letter today to notify the public of an individual named Tuvia Perlman and the immediate threat he poses to the safety of any and all children in his vicinity.
I first met Mr. Perlman when I was 18 while attending an organization called JONAH (a Jewish conversion therapy organization that was shut down in 2015 after losing a lawsuit). When I met Mr. Perlman, we were on a retreat together called Journey Into Manhood, this retreat was facilitated by an organization called People Can Change. After this retreat, Mr. Perlman, who lived in Baltimore used to call me often, to the point where even at that time I felt extremely uncomfortable by his calls and long voicemails.
Mr. Perlman as far as I knew at that time, had recently stopped being a teacher at a cheder (Hebrew word for elementary school). In a group setting that was facilitated on by JONAH on their premises in 2007, Mr. Perlman admitted to the entire group that he molested at least 2 of his 12/13-year-old stu…
Sholom Eichler was arrested on March 21st near Kfar Chabad for sexually
abusing me as a child. I had already filed a civil lawsuit against him
in New York and he ignored the lawsuit and fled to Israel with his
family. The result of that lawsuit is still pending, I was awarded a
default judgment against him and will hopefully know the amount of that
judgment by this coming Monday, March 25th. As
I’ve written previously on my Facebook page and have told many people
as well, the last place that Sholom Eichler molested me was when our
families were visiting Israel together on a family trip while we were
staying at the [then Hilton] David Citadel hotel. The details of that
incident, along with many of the other incidents remain clear as day in
my mind; I even remember the room number that he abused me in while we
were in Jerusalem. After
ignoring the civil lawsuit against him in New York Sholom Eichler and
his family fled to Israel because of the default judgment that I was
Discussing plans for our futures, finding the humor in our similar and traumatic pasts and enjoying uncommon empathy, Deborah Feldman and I had coffee on the Upper East Side on a bright Friday morning. My time with her was a refreshing pleasure and an honor. She is the author of the New York Times bestselling Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of my Hasidic Roots. Deborah helped me with something that I’ve been trying to navigate lately. Deborah reminded that I’m not an ex gay survivor, an ex Chabad, a gay man, a Jew, an activist, etc.; she told me that who I am is just Chaim Levin — who just also happens to have an interesting story to share and an opportunity to inspire change. She insisted that we all have our own lives and personalities that we must care for, cultivate and celebrate.
Deborah had entered mainstream media a few months ago with her fascinating memoir. I haven’t had a chance to finish reading her book yet; in fact, I just started the other day. But with every page, I…