Disgraced former Los Angeles City Councilman Mark Ridley-Thomas is seeking a new trial after he alleged this week that prosecutorial misconduct and misleading testimony by a senior FBI agent denied him due process. Ridley-Thomas was convicted of fraud and bribery related to pay-to-play contracts with former USC School of Social Work Dean Marilyn Flynn.
The tangled LA political web continues to widen as claims made in a child custody suit, filed by LAUSD teacher Andrea Gewirz in November 2022, may now once again shed more negative light on USC’s School of Social Work.
Allegations are now being made that the USC School of Social Work Board of Councilors member, Jewish World Co-founder, Janice Reznik and Jewish World Watch Executive Director Serena Oberstein and Shomrei Torah Synagogue Rabbi Richard Camras could allegedly be involved in a cover up involving a California Department of Social Services report containing an admission that employees of Shomrei Torah Took inappropriate photos of preschool children and then posted them on unsecured internet pages.
Shomrei Torah Synagogue is a conservation Synagogue in West Hills, California, an affluent Neighborhood in San Fernando Valley. Following the issuance of the CDSS report in 2018, in which Pasternak admitted to the wrongdoing at Shomrei Torah Synagogue, it appears that the Synagogue decided they were “moving forward on a new path for our Early Childhood Education Center ” and it appears Pasternak may have been terminated from her position at Shomrei Torah Synagogue.
Rabbi Camras is also the Brother in Law of Janice Kramier Reznik, Jewish World Watch Co-founder and USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School Of Social Work Board of Councilors.
Reznik is a powerful figure in the Los Angeles Jewish community. Questions are now being asked as to what extent, if at all, was Reznik aware of the inappropriate photographs of preschool children at Shomrei Torah Synagogue under her brother-in-law’s watchful eye.
During Reznik’s failed California Senatorial campaign she was endorsed by disgraced LA City Council President Nury Martinez who had to step down from her position last year after recordings of racist comments were published in the LA Times.
Reznik also was endorsed by L.A. County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl who is currently the subject of a highly publicized criminal investigation for public corruption by California Attorney General Robert Bonta.
The criminal investigation made national news when Senator Ted Cruz mentioned Kuehl and former LA Metro Phillip Washington’s involvement at the senate hearings to confirm Washington, President Biden’s pick to head the FAA. The Current Report was instrumental in exposing the corruption under Washington at L.A. Metro since September of 2020 and worked with federal investigators, DC watchdog organizations members of the senate and their staff to provide documentation supporting the criminal allegations against Washington (including Kuehl and Peace Over Violence CEO Patti Giggans) which ultimately led to Washington withdrawing his nomination under pressure.
Reznick sits on the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School Of Social Work Board of Councilors and was an active member of the Board of Councilors during the time period when Former L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley Thomas and dean of the School of Social Work at the University of Southern California for 21 years Marilyn Flynn, were engaged in alleged public corruption involving Ridley Thomas’ son Sebastian.
Last year Flynn pleaded guilty to bribery and just a couple of weeks ago Ridley-Thomas was convicted of fraud and bribery
Furthermore, it appears Oberstein may have known about the inappropriate photographs taken at Shomrei Torah Synagogue as early as January 2020, just a few months prior to taking the Executive Director Position at Jewish World Watch, the Organization founded by Reznik.
“This is not a new story, it happens every day in America, where the rich and powerful are able to cover up disgusting acts. In this case, it is especially bad because Synagogues and Churches are supposed to be safe places for children and families. Said A-Team Advocacy Public Corruption Expert and CEO Adam Loew, ” Sadly whether it is Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church in Boston or Inappropriate Photographs of Preschoolers at a Los Angeles Synagogue, the victims are always the same CHILDREN.”
In 2022 the California Department of Social Services Community Care Licensing sent out a notice that Shomrei Torah Synagogue Preschool had been CLOSED.
The whereabouts of the inappropriate photographs taken of the Preschoolers at Shomrei Torah Synagogue are still unknown.