New Jersey-based Jewish gay conversion group ordered to shut down
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New Jersey-based Jewish gay conversion group ordered to shut down

Despite agreeing to stop its discredited counseling, JONAH has been operating under new name

An Israeli man wears a rainbow kippa during the annual Gay Pride march in Jerusalem on July 21, 2016. (Thomas COex/AFP/Getty Images via JTA)
An Israeli man wears a rainbow kippa during the annual Gay Pride march in Jerusalem on July 21, 2016. (Thomas COex/AFP/Getty Images via JTA)

A New Jersey judge ordered a Jersey City-based Jewish gay conversion therapy organization to permanently shut down.

Jews Offering New Alternatives to Homosexuality, or JONAH, settled with former clients in a 2015 lawsuit and agreed to stop its discredited gay conversion counseling. But it has since been operating under a new name — Jewish Institute for Global Awareness, or JIFGA — Hudson County Superior Court Assignment Judge Peter Barisio said in his ruling, according to NJ.com.

Arthur Goldberg and Elaine Berk, the organization’s co-founders, have been collecting fees to refer clients to other groups that offer gay conversion therapy. Barisio ordered them to refund any money they have made through JIFGA and cease all operations within 30 days.

According to court testimony, JONAH told clients to undress in front of each and beat effigies of their mothers to overcome sexual urges, NJ.com reported.

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