In legal documents Plaintiff Mirlis asked Daniel Greer questions about his employment of prominent New York Attorney, and Yale Graduate, Mordecai many years ago, long before Mirlis even stepped foot in the city of New Haven.
According to Mordecai’s linked in profile, he went to Yale University and Yale Law School from 1976 to 1987. In 1981 he worked for famous New York pollster Louis Harris. Louis Harris was a top aide to Mayor John Lindsay. The goat had a big position in the Lindsay administration, before the goat lost an election and was run out of New York. Lindsay and the goat both grew up on Riverside Drive in Manhattan. Harris grew up in New Haven. Was it Harris who told the goat to settle into New Haven after the goat got kicked out of Israel in the 1970s?
There is a big gap in Mordecai’s linked in profile from the years of 1987 to 1989. His profile is blank for those years. What was Mordecai doing from 1987 to 1989? Here is what his linked in page used to say before he erased those years from his profile:
– (6 years) New Haven, Connecticut I helped found and run this non-profit organization that provided low income housing for those in need. My work included drafting applications for state housing tax credits, helping secure Community Development Block Grant Funding from City and Federal Government, advocating before city and state legislatures for programs and legislation to benefit the organization and its constituents, and insuring full compliance with all government laws and regulations.”
But there is nothing on his Linked In page that indicates what he did from 1987 to 1989. During these years, and up until 2002, there were numerous real estate transactions between Mordecai, the goat, Harold Hack and rape victim Avi Hack.
Mordecai transferred property to the goat back in 1986. In 2002 he transferred real estate to Avi Hack. In 1994 the goat’s non profit gave him a mortgage in the amount of $50K on property located at 777 Elm Street, which would indicate that him lent the goat fifty large. In 1996 he transferred real estate to the goat and Harold Hack.
I believe Mordecai was working as the principal of the goat school from 1987 to 1989. I believe Avi Hack took over this position after Mordecai left. Yet Mordecai does not indicate that he worked for the goat school on his resume. Why does Mordecai fail to mention that he worked for the goat at the goat school from 1987 to 1989? Mordecai mentions that he worked for Edgewood Elm Housing Inc. from 1989 to 1995, yet fails to mention that this non-profit is controlled by the goat.
It does not seem likely that Mordecai had any interaction with the goat prior to the time he was hired by the Goat in the 1980s. Mordecai grew up in Westchester. When he was a teenager the goat was either in Israel or in New Haven running the compound. I doubt they crossed paths.
Real estate transaction records indicate that at one time Mordecai was very close with Avi Hack, Harold Hack and the goat. But he eventually left New Haven and never returned. The last real estate transaction with Mordecai was in 2002. This was the year that Mirlis enrolled in the goat school. Maybe Mirlis did run into Mordecai in 2002.
You would think Mordecai would come for a visit to New Haven over the last 20 years and hang out with the goat and the Hacks. Mordecai is currently working as general counsel at Agudath Israel of America, and has worked for Agudath for the last 20 years. You would think that the goat would be falling all over himself inviting Mordecai to speak at one of the goat’s annual fundraising dinners.
I spoke with New Haven old timers and they told me that Mordecai hasn’t been seen or hear from since he left Dodge almost twenty years ago. Many people who spent time in the compound left and never returned, including the goat’s own children.
Mordecai has spoken on behalf of Agudath Israel on child molestation. Agudath Israel has told its followers that victims should first consult with a rabbi before going to the police. Mordecai has been criticized for many years for its position on child molestation. It would be interesting to know whether Mordecai has formed any opinion on the goat case. If Mordecai is reading this blog I promise to reimburse him with a box of ramen noodles for rights to an exclusive interview.
UPDATE: Since this blog was first posted I tracked down Mordecai and was able to speak with him. Mordecai worked for the Goat back in the 1980s. I spoke with him on 9/27/18. Attorney Mordecai told me that working for the Goat was “the worst experience of his entire life.” Mordecai said that the the compound was “abusive.” He said that had he known that the Goat was raping children he would have called the police and had the Goat locked up years ago. Mordecai said that he put a mortgage on a Goat property for $50K because the Goat owed him $50K in back salary. The Goat claimed that he was having cash flow issues and could not make regular payments to Mordecai. Mordecai agreed to defer his salary. Eventually Mordecai was advised to put a lien on the Goat’s real estate. Mordecai was also advised by a New Haven Rabbi who ran a local shul for 30 years, Bikur Cholem, to leave New Haven. Mordecai told this Rabbi about the abuse he suffered under the thumb of the Goat. The Rabbi told him to leave New Haven as soon as possible. Many people who lived in the compound left for the same reason. The Goat started two Kollels in the compound. Each Kollel was disbanded by the Goat. The Kollel rabbis were forced to leave after the Goat refused to pay them. Countless Jewish families have lived in the compound, only later to be driven out by the Goat. I still owe Mordecai a box of ramen noodles.