To millions of New Yorkers, Jonathan Zizmor is the don of dermatology. But to some victims of sex abuse, Zizmor is the donor who established a scholarship in their alleged molester’s name.
Zizmor, who is renowned across New York City’s five boroughs for his campy subway advertisements promoting cosmetic procedures, gave $250,000 to Yeshiva University High School for Boys in 2002 to endow the Rabbi Macy Gordon Scholarship.
Gordon is one of two rabbis accused of molesting students at the YU-run high school, according to a lawsuit filed July 8 in U.S. District Court. Nineteen former students accuse YU administrators and staff of covering up physical and sexual abuse at the school.
Three of the former students say that Gordon, a Talmud teacher, abused them. One of those men, who says Gordon sodomized him with a toothbrush, “experiences extreme emotional distress whenever he sees [Zizmor’s] name on the subway,” according to the suit.