Saturday, December 9, 2017

Has Jewish gay conversion therapy returned to New Jersey?

 Arthur Abba Goldberg circa 2014
Arthur Abba Goldberg circa 2014
Jews Offering New Alternatives to Homosexuality (JONAH) was put out of business through the efforts of Southern Poverty Law Center. It seems to have reconstituted itself in violation of a permanent injunction. In the way of brief review, JONAH was founded by Arthur and Jane Goldberg with Theodore and Elaine Berk. Both couples had gay sons. Both couples still have gay sons. Southern Poverty Law Center was instrumental in putting JONAH out of business.

On June 25, 2015 a New Jersey jury unanimously held that JONAH was guilty of consumer fraud. The judgment against JONAH makes them liable for $3.5 million in legal fees. A settlement was reached for a small undisclosed portion of that amount. However, should these folks engage in reparative therapy again, they become liable for the full amount (I have not seen the injunction or the agreement).

On May 6, 2017 JONAH filed its no-asset close-out with the Internal Revenue Service.

Meanwhile, On December 29, 2015 — six months after the JONAH jury verdict — The Berks and the Goldbergs formed a new non-profit: Jewish Institute for Global Awareness at JONAH's address in Jersey City using JONAH's phone number1. In March, 2016 JIFGA received its nonprofit ruling from the IRS as a 501(c)3.

So what makes me think that JIFGA is in the gay conversion therapy business?

The following images are from the 2016 tax return (990 EZ). Click to enlarge:

1. They reported $29,618 of program service revenue:

As the name implies, program service revenue represents money received for fees and services. This organization seems to be little more than a website. What services did they charge for?

2. A relatively large sum ($42,549) paid for professional services:

JONAH paid its “therapists” as professional fees. Who received this money and for what purpose?

3. A failure to complete part III of the return which is required of all 501(c)3 organizations:

They simply cannot claim that a description of program services and related expenses is non-applicable. They are clearly and intentionally hiding what they do. Again, if they resume gay conversion activities they likely owe SPLC a big chunk of money in legal fees.

4. A cryptic entry in the amount of $7,540:

That explanation makes no sense whatsoever and they did not identify the nonprofit receiving the funds. When things do not make sense that often indicates something nefarious.

5. The Light in the Closet Website

Here Goldberg is pushing his gay conversion book.

My guess is that they are offering gay-to-straight alchemy within the orthodox Jewish community. Others would be unaware of what they are doing.

Is this case-closed? No. There could be alternate explanations for all of this. However, I will refer the matter to SPLC. They can contact New Jersey Superior Court Judge Bariso to make the necessary inquiries.

Nevertheless, there is a track record of dishonesty. Mr. Goldberg is a swindler and convicted felon. Goldberg's license as a certified counselor was revoked in 2011 because he lied on his application by failing to disclose his felony conviction.

Moving along: On its website JIFGA does not have very nice things to say about gay people which includes at least two of the sons of the organization's founders:
Immorality and forbidden sexual relations;
​(Affirmatively stated: protecting the family unit and maintaining sexual purity)
Starting in the 1960s, a brash new vision- masked as either civil rights, diversity, or tolerance- has inundated western society with a barrage of propaganda and half-truths that are carefully designed to convince us (contrary to the weight of clinical evidence) that homosexuality, transgenderism, incest, bestiality, pedophilia, and many other sexual “freedoms” are simply alternative lifestyles that must be adopted as genetically predetermined and therefore entitled to the same degree and kind of protection as racial and religious diversity. However, such false messages run directly contrary to God’s eternal truths and, indeed, our own common sense. By tolerating a permissive sexual agenda, we ignore our peril and warning of the prophet Isaiah who said (5:20), “Woe to those who speak of evil as good and good as evil; who make darkness into light and light in to darkness; they make bitter into sweet and sweet into bitter!”
These sanctimonious schmucks need to read more of the Talmud. There are many passages devoted to those who do not tell the truth including:
It is forbidden to deceive your fellow creatures, even a heathen, for there is in this a sin, inasmuch as we are obliged to speak words of truth, for this is one of the foundations of the soul.

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1 The phone number is actually listed to Alfus Financial Services which is interesting, depending upon what that company does. Goldberg is banned for life from associating with any broker, dealer or investment adviser.


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