Nothing like recovering from another week of lost blogs and missings links like another Gay scandal for Yeshiva University, sure to be blown out of proportion by the anti YU camps on the right and left, but it is a story on its own merits. So what’s the story this time? It seems that a former student at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, 29 year old Jeevan Padiyar, is suing the school for wrongful expulsion. Mr. Padyar asserts faculty homophobia as evidenced in a memo he uncovered which the school’s defense lawyers call troubling.
The document, written to Professor Marshall Horwitz, warns him to keep his distance from Mr Padiyar, and states that the school Dean “continues to remain concerned about your support of an openly gay student.”
I assume that would refer to the outgoing dean (Purpura) and not the newly appointed (Siegel). So what makes this story such a big deal? See this press release from a new group of yeshiva students – meaning students of YU schools – suing Yeshiva U. for harrasment. The group has broad support from notables such as Rabbi Shlomo Nisanov, president of Vaad Harabbanim of Queens, former NYC Public Advocate, Mark Green, Assemblywoman Bettie Mayersohn and others. According to the release they say the story goes a little like this:
Padiyar (PAD-eee-yar), 29, a Howard Hughes fellow, Phi Beta Kappa and Tau Beta Pi, was recently dismissed from Albert Einstein/Yeshiva. Padiyar’s difficulties there began in 2003 when he was assigned an anti-gay roommate. To resolve the issue, Padiyar was forced to come out as gay to his advisor and Yeshiva officials. Initially, the school’s housing office refused to grant a roommate change, until Padiyar considered serious complaints against the college. Soon, Padiyar became the victim of what he claims was systematic harassment on the part of several previously-friendly academic advisors. He was suspended in May 2004, but continued to draw a salary and live in student housing for a year and a half until he retained counsel and forced Albert Einstein to grant him a hearing.
Says Rabbi Nisanov:
Rabbi Shlomo Nisanov, President of VAAD Rabbanim of Queens, speaking in regard to the group of students pursuing cases against AECOM: Discrimination against anyone—Jew or non-Jew—should not be tolerated. Einstein’s behavior is at odds with the memory of everyone who perished during the Holocaust.
The group has a detailed website, which also solicits other “victims of yeshiva” to step up: www.yeshivavictims.org
Other Curious Points To Ponder:
Update: NYPost and Wash Times report.