An Israeli conductor is exposed as a boy molester

An Israeli conductor is exposed as a boy molester


norman lebrecht

January 16, 2018

Then journalist Asaf Harel in Haaretz has exposed one of the most respected teachers and conductors in Israel as a persistent predator on teenaged boys.

Harel, himself a former student of the conductor, says Menahem Nebenhaus was a revered figure at the elite Telma Yellin School and across Israeli musical life. He has collected testimonies from a number of former students. Some incidents were reported to the school and to the police, but no judicial action was taken.

Nebenhaus conducted the Telma Yellin school orchestra and took it on tours in Europe. He also conducted the IDF orchestra, the Ra’anana Sinfonietta and others.

He has not responded to the report.

You can read and watch the report here (in Hebrew).


  • Olassus says:

    אמן = extent of my Hebrew

  • Robert Holmén says:

    If they don’t get him for the gropings, someone should look into a penalty for that rendition of “Fascinating Rhythm”.

  • Unusual Ullage says:

    The solution to all this, of course, would be to follow liberal progressive California and eliminate gender at birth:

    The government will then decide at puberty which gender the child is to adopt by administering the appropriate hormone treatment.

    • Jeffrey E. Salzberg says:

      Yet, clearly, “gender” is not being eliminated; it’s merely not being noted on birth certificates.

      …Which brings up the question of why some people are so desperate to make their political point that they’re willing to misrepresent facts.

  • Hanns Wurst says:

    “merely” ….LOL. You must be neuter.