CHICAGO, April 8, 2016 – Maya Eibschitz-Tsimhoni, the Michigan mom embroiled in a bitter custody battle, will finally be able to see her three children after nearly a year with no contact.
Eibschitz-Tsimhoni has been granted a weekend visit with her three children. “Mother shall pick up the three children from JCC (Jewish Community Center) on Maple Road in West Bloomfield on Friday April 8,” according to an order by Judge Joan Young on April 1. “Mother shall return the kids to school on Monday April 11.”
Ms. Eibschitz-Tsimhoni has not been allowed to have any contact with her children since June 2015.
The previous judge on the case, Judge Lisa Gorcyca, sentenced all three children to juvenile hall, threatening to keep each there until they were 18 because they refused to have lunch or communicate with their father, who they claimed was abusive. At the time, the youngest child was 9 years old.
Judge Gorcyca’s actions on that day are now the subject of a Michigan Judicial Tenure Commission (MJTC) complaint that argues Judge Gorcyca “failed to act in a patient, dignified and courteous manner; displayed improper demeanor; used a raised and/or angry voice; laughed at the children and was sarcastic; and made significant misrepresentations of law and fact/”
The complaint also states that Gorcyca threatened the children with false information: “the children would be housed in jail cells at Children’s Village; the children would not have any privacy in using the bathroom at Children’s Village; and a review of their incarceration would not take place until after they turned 18 years old,”
Judge Gorcyca suggested the children were akin to Charles Manson’s cult and made circling motions to her forehead. which the MJTC concluded were meant to mimic Manson’s notorious calling sign.
Gorcyca recused herself from the case shortly after the MJTC complaint, citing the appearance of impropriety if she stayed on, and Judge Joan Young was appointed shortly thereafter.
After local media picked up the story in June 2015, Gorcyca’s ruling became the subject of international outrage, and she soon backpedaled, sending the three children to camp.
Their mother was allowed one visit at camp and this was the last time she saw them; their father, Omer Tsimhoni, declined to visit them and chose to fly to Israel instead. “The father is the only one that has the power to change it. If he feels the kids learned their lesson, he could have them released. But the day after the hearing, he left for Israel for work and is not expected back for two weeks,” according to a story on the local Detroit Fox affiliate.
The father, Omer Tsimhoni, did not respond to an email for comment.
But Judge Gorcyca continued on the case and sent the kids to reunification therapy run by an individual, Dorcy Pruter, with little more than a high school education, as CDN revealed.
Pruter has declined numerous attempts for comment, including for this story.
Gorcyca then temporarily changed custody and ordered the children to live exclusively with their father and forbade the mother to have any contact with them.
That has stood until this most recent order.
Ironically, while Judge Gorcyca claimed she was taking the actions because she believed the mother was engaged in parental alienation, CDN also exposed that two other mothers, Jannel Eagan and Susan Wellington, had their parental alienation concerns dismissed out of hand by Judge Gorcyca.
Gorcyca has also jailed another Michigan mom, Debra Flowers, six times, including a current incarceration, during the course of her divorce-related litigation; one of those incarcerations came during a period Flowers was receiving treatment for breast cancer