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  • Submitted: Sun, April 12, 2009
  • Updated: Tue, December 14, 2010

  • Reported By:New York New York
Laura Shapiro Kramer
New York, New York U.S.A.

Laura Shapiro Kramer - Uncommon Voyage - Plagiarism New York New York

*Consumer Suggestion: Laura Shapiro Kramer B'nai Jeshrun

*Consumer Comment: Laura Shapiro Kramer and Yoga

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: Laura Shapiro Kramer - plagiarist 100%

*UPDATE Employee: Miserable and Sick?? - read the truth

*REBUTTAL Individual responds: Miserable and Sick

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Laura Shapiro Kramer is a plagiarist. The material in her book, uncommon voyage is paraphrased from other books on the same subject matter. Her story regarding her son is mostly false. She contributed little to the research and had mostly other people do it and is now taking credit for it as an "expert" in her field. Most of her problems are related to her life long drug abuse. Her most recent "work" about "The Albyon Project" is mostly stolen from a person she worked with on the project and she is being sued for it. If she approaches you about any literary or charity work steer clear. It will be used for her self promotion and financial gain exclusively. She is a specialist in plagiarism.

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#1 Consumer Suggestion

Laura Shapiro Kramer B'nai Jeshrun

AUTHOR: Lenny Shatz - (United States of America)

What a small world. Amazing what you come across on the internet. I used to be a member of Bnai Jeshrun when I lived in New York City and had the unfortunate experience of dealing with Laura Shapiro Kramer at our Shul.

She was an absolute nightmare for the congregation, demanding her way always, many times showing up at services on Friday nights and high holy days drunk and stoned with a strong smell of marijuana on her clothes.

Constantly bragging about her book, who everybody in the congregation knew that she paid people to write for her and much of it paraphrased from other important books on the subject of dealing with a disabled child.

Furthermore she tried to steal the professional work of a well known and highly respected filmmaker and member of our congregation and claim that she made a film. She tried to play the victim saying she was "suffering" over the loss of her friendship with Myriam Abramawicz the noted filmmaker. However all Laura was looking for as always was to be in the spotlight and plagiarize other's works.

She was constantly talking garbage behind the backs of the other congregation members, and leadership of the shul saying they were dumb and fat and had no vision.

Well Karma is certainly an equalizer, Laura lost her house, moved to a rental apartment from which she and her husband were later evicted, and her lawyer husband no longer makes any money. I recently heard she was living in a basement apartment in Brooklyn. Not that there is anything wrong with that but she was always so high on her horse.

Laura maybe now that you are old and totally wrinkled, you can look back at all the damage you have caused people in your life and maybe change, even at 70 years old there is still hope for you to be come a mensch!

-Lenny Shatz

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Laura Shapiro Kramer and Yoga

AUTHOR: Yoga Master - (United States of America)

It's really a coincidence that I came upon this report. I attended the same Yoga classes as Laura Shapiro Kramer at a very well known Yoga Institute in New York.  She was terrible to the instructors, insisted they do everything she said, and disrupted every class I went to.  She always smelled like she had just smoked a joint and was all over the younger guys in the classes.  She was probably at least 50 at the time and she was going after these guys who were like 25 years old.

She was bossy, unliked by everyone and only talked about herself and her plans.  Never a kind word or a compliment to ANYBODY.

I recently learned that she has been evicted from her apartment, and it doesn't surprise me because she was always asking people for money but then bragged about all of the money her husband made.

Funny how people end up getting back what they dish out.

Good luck sleeping in a cardboard box, Laura!

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#3 UPDATE EX-employee responds

Laura Shapiro Kramer - plagiarist 100%

AUTHOR: Connor Ellis - (U.S.A.)

Laura is one of the worst plagiarists I had ever met. She was a member of our synagogue and many times tried to steal other's ideas, take credit for people's contributions and wanted to be president of every group in the synagogue by forcing her way in.

She is loud, agressive and untrustworthy. She constantly uses her son's disability to self-promote herself but people know what she really is.

Most people in the synagogue kept clear of this woman as when she gets angry she threatens people with lawsuits since her husband (used to be) a lawyer but he was disbarred for some funny business and she still has it in her mind that she is able to get free legal help from him.

Any books she claims to have written are copied, plagiarized or written by people she had paid to do the work, she does none of it herself, as she is ususally high on drugs during the day.

She is a poor miserable soul and our best advice is to keep away from her.
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#4 UPDATE Employee

Miserable and Sick?? - read the truth

AUTHOR: John Smith - (U.S.A.)

In this rebuttal which Laura Shapiro Kramer answered herself, she claims to be a "well known author", the truth is she is HARDLY know by anyone and is totally SELF PROMOTING.

"Chair" of Resources for Special Needs is a position Laura Shapiro Kramer created for herself. Nobody elected her to anything.

Shapiro Kramer, the plagiarist, mentions in her rebuttal "Diane von Furstenberg, Donna Karan, Mira Nair and several prominent doctors". She thinks by mentioning famous people's names this is going to give her some kind of prestige. Laura Shapiro Kramer is UNKNOWN, UNREAD and SELF PROMOTING.

She also has had a life long drug habit which continues. She self promotes herself all over the internet trying by any means to give importance to herself. What she does best is steal other's work and try to put her own name on it. Laura Shapiro Kramer is fake, all of her work is plagiarised and that is a fact. There was a lawsuit filed against her for plagiarism, see this link:

When she was sued she responded by countersuing Miriam Abramowicz, who is a prominent and well known film maker, who sued her for trying to steal her work. Once again Laura Shapiro Kramer tried to capitalize on other's talents. She couldn't even own up to what she had done. Laura Shapiro Kramer is bad news for any organization, they should check her background and give her a drug test before allowing her to participate in any activities. Her "uncommon voyage" book was mostly put together by some people she hired to write that book for her. Many of the parts of that book are fabricated. Someone should do further investigation of this and bring Laura Shapiro Kramer to justice.
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#5 REBUTTAL Individual responds

Miserable and Sick

AUTHOR: Laura Shapiro Kramer - (U.S.A.)

Laura Shapiro Kramer is a respected and well-known author. How could she plagiarize a personal memoir which Uncommon Voyage is? Did she make up her son and his cerebral palsy?
She was Chair of Resources for Special Needs for ten years and continues to serve on the RCSN Board as Chair Emerita.

Laura is founder and Chair of the Advisory Board of the Iyengar Yoga Association of Greater New York. Her fellow Advisory Board members include Diane von Furstenberg, Donna Karan, Mira Nair and several prominent doctors.
Laura serves on the Advisory Board of New York City Outward Bound Center that operates 11 small Gates funded schools in New York City.
Laura is currently writing a new book and collaborating on a safety project.

Unfortunately, there was a dispute about the Albyon Project but it was amicably settled and Laura retained the right to make a film.
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