(May 5, 2016)
I have spoken with a former student of the Greer House of Horrors and what he told me was frightening. Former student Eliyahu Mirlis filed a lawsuit against Rabbi Greer, for acts of sexual molestation, acts of depravity that went on for a number of years. I spoke with a former student of the Greer House of Horrors. This student told me that the Greers believed in solitary confinement for students who misbehaved. Students were placed in the solitary confinement room, ie., the SHU, for days on end, with the other students coming in at various times to deliver food and water. The SHU was the room that was located on the second floor of the synagogue building that was used for “shalos seudos” or “the third meal” on Shabbat. I have been in this room many times. This room has very large windows, with no locks on the windows. It would not be very hard for a suicidal student to jump out of one of the windows.
The “assistant principal” mentioned in the Eliyahu Mirlis lawsuit, was Rabbi Avi Hack, who would lock a student in this room. Before Avi Hack locked a student in the room he would leave a giant knife, used for cutting challah bread, on a table in the room. One student who was locked up in the Greer SHU took the knife and purposefully cut himself on the hand so that the Greers would release him from the room and take him to the hospital. Another student told me that Rabbi Avi Hack locked him up in this room with another student whom he believed to be psychotic. Before Avi Hack locked the doors he made sure to leave the giant challah knife on the table.
I was also told that Rabbi Greer and Rabbi Avi Hack each had personal pets, in the form of favored students. One such pet student rarely attended class, and never got in trouble for skipping school. This pet was taken out by Rabbi Greer on Sundays for “field trips.” What went on during these “field trips” is anyone’s guess. I suspect this student was being repeatedly molested by Rabbi Greer in the ways Eliyahu Mirlis describes in his lawsuit. Mr. Mirlis is a brave man for coming forward with his case. This must be very embarrassing for Mirlis and his family. I hope that this other victim comes forward.
Another former student told me that Rabbi Avi Hack was fond of “nibbling” on student’s ears. He would come up from behind the student, massage the student’s neck and shoulders and then proceed to “nibble” on the student’s ear. One such student recoiled his head so fast when this was happening he nearly ripped his ear off.
Another former student told me that Rabbi Greer was fond of massaging student’s neck and shoulders. This occurred frequently with the boys. Another former student told me that Rabbi Avi Hack asked him whether “his door swung both ways.”