We Don’t Need Substantially Similar Education – We are Already Ahead

“I am master of my spoken words and slave to those which remain unspoken.”
Author: Ankita Singhal

 

Dear Reader:
In our view the most appalling part of this  video is Rabbi Zweibel’s insistence that the problem is not Agudath Israel and its policies regarding education amongst its many failings, but the voices of dissent. Former members of the Orthodox community, he says, are simply dissatisfied with their education, disgruntled consumers.
Rabbi Zweibel, who is very eloquent, has not accepted criticism nor blame. He does not acknowledge those within the audience who can barely finish a sentence in English (despite living in English speaking countries). He stated in no uncertain terms that Agudath Israel is a wonderful organization having done extensive and wonderful things and the education is better than secular education.
There is no mention of the need to train children to learn science and math, they are educated better in Yeshiva. According to Rabbi Zweibel, the voices of dissent are simply adults who cannot accept blame for themselves so they have placed it elsewhere. 
Rabbi Zweibel, we commend your command of the English language, your dress, your pressed look and your polish. It is unfortunate that you are a dying breed, one you have helped kill, the Orthodox Jew who is well-educated, well-spoken, well-read, well-researched and has a glorious future. Where will your community be when few can speak English, learn enough to become doctors, lawyers, scientists, educators, artists, musicians?  

 

“Every one must understand that, whatever be the evil of slavery, it is not increased by its diffusion. Every one familiar with it knows that it is in proportion to its sparseness that it becomes less objectionable. Wherever there is an immediate connexion between the master and slave, whatever there is of harshness in the system is diminished.”
Author: Jefferson Davis

 

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Agudath Israel’s Message to America: “We aren’t substantially equivalent. We are way, way, way ahead.”

Yesterday we indicated that we would publish a speech given at the recent Agudah conference in which people like Naftuli Moster and politicians from Rockland were criticized for their advocacy of more secular education in Hasidic Yeshivas. Many of you may recall Preserve Rockland had the pleasure of hosting a visit by Naftuli Moster to Nanuet where he spoke about his education in a Yeshiva.

http://rocklandvoice.com/…/preserve-rockland-to-host-prese…/

According to the speaker, Rabbi Chaim Dovid Zwiebel, Executive VP of Agudath Israel, “the most serious challenge the yeshiva community has ever faced” is the growing chorus of voices calling on yeshivas to provide a sound secular English, Math and Science education as required by law.

Notwithstanding the fact that educational neglect in yeshivas, from which third- and fourth-generation Americans graduate functionally illiterate in English, affects our society at large, Zwiebel blithely dismisses some educational reformers from his own religious community as merely “disaffected” and “disenchanted” former yeshiva students. He uses the Yiddish term “nebach” to describe educational advocates, which translates to “an unfortunate person.” He seems to dismiss the standard of “substantially equivalent” – that is, nonpublic schools that receive public funding are required by law to provide a “substantially equivalent” secular education. He seems to lament – lament! – that these “unfortunate people” are claiming “the government is not doing its job” when it comes to enforcing substantial equivalency.

These “unfortunate people” are absolutely right – the government is not doing its job. Instead of lamenting over reformers, we as part of the greater modern and integrated society applaud their efforts to provide every single child with a sound basic education, inarguably a fundamental human right.

As it stands now, Zwiebel and the yeshiva community are having their cake and eating it too. They teach what they want, when they want – and with taxpayers’ money. “We know that, Baruch Hashem [thank God], in our yeshivas, we have a dual program of instruction, with many hours – most hours devoted to [religious studies] and a relatively small amount of time devoted to [secular studies],” Zwiebel says, adding that thanks to the Agudath Israel’s robust lobbying apparatus, “resources come flowing into the yeshiva system.” ‘Resources’ is a convenient euphemism for ‘taxpayer dollars’.

Threatening this comfortable, taxpayer-fleecing status quo is a bill floated by Rockland County Assembly-members Zebrowski and Jaffee that would “expand upon the requirement of substantial equivalency” in nonpublic schools, in turn ensuring a secular education in nonpublic schools that is “similar in rigor, allotted time and subject.”

The consequences of noncompliance would range from withholding any apportionment of public funding to permanently revoking a nonpublic school’s registration and prohibiting it from operating. Zwiebel notes that 39 yeshivas in New York City are currently the subject of a government investigation, and makes an astonishing admission: “If this bill were to become law, it’s not just 39 yeshivas. Unless I’m mistaken, it would be every single yeshiva that would be challenged for its compliance with the law.”

Book-ending his legislative discussion is an all-too-familiar allegation; according to Zwiebel “the sponsors of this bill are people who happen to represent the communities in East Ramapo,” and it is “anti-Semitism at the local level” that prompted “these particular legislators to introduce this bill.”

Which is it: “disaffected” alumni of yeshivas or legislators fueled by “anti-Semitism”?

Once again, we are presented with the argument that the problem is either the self-hating Jew or the Jew hater – for Agudath Israel, there is apparently no such thing as recognizing legitimate, rational critique from people who neither hate themselves nor their neighbors. There is no recognition that those who critique may actually be practicing ‘love thy neighbor as thyself’.

Zwiebel makes it clear he’ll have none of this “substantially equivalent” talk and makes a remark that suggests he views himself and his community as superior to the non-Orthodox Jewish community. “We aren’t ‘substantially equivalent,” he says, “we’re way, way, way ahead.”

Let that sink in for a minute.

Zwiebel asks, incredulously, how yeshivas can be forced to teach “the way the non-Jewish world educates their children,” whereupon he seemingly makes the case for a clear separation of church and state. He cites a recent government-imposed shutdown of a yeshiva in England, purportedly because the school “didn’t teach respect as is required by law for the various orientations and identities and relationships which have become so dominant in today’s world” … “We can’t teach these things!”, he says.

That’s perfectly fine if you wish to shelter your children from the progressive evolution and egalitarianism of a modern integetrated society living in a democratic republic. Indeed, a fundamental component of a free society is freedom of religion. If teaching “respect” abhors yeshiva values, by all means, don’t teach it. But don’t take taxpayers’ money – the money of hardworking Americans of all races and creeds, of all “orientations and identities and relationships.”

You see the flip side of freedom OF religion is freedom FROM religion.

Enslaving Housekeepers While Living Below the Poverty Line – Hypocrisy..

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FROM: RAMAPO – WHAT THEY DON’T WANT YOU TO KNOW

https://www.facebook.com/groups/150046741704357/1346090225433330/?notif_t=group_activity&notif_id=1480458173035210

Living Below The Poverty Line, But Hiring Housekeepers?

http://www.haaretz.com/world-news/americas/.premium-1.755152

The article linked below offers the point of view of some immigrant day laborers working in a predominantly Hasidic area of Brooklyn. According to the article, many of the female laborers are hired to do housekeeping work by Hasidic families.

The first question that comes to mind is: How is it possible that the community that is the top recipient of Section 8 vouchers affords the luxury of housekeepers?

http://www.nydailynews.com/…/hasidic-neighborhood-b-klyn-to…

There is little demographic comparison between the Hasidic communities in Brooklyn and Rockland County, and a common denominator uniting them is the self-created system of educational neglect which ill prepares young people for meaningful employment and forces them to live off of government-provided, taxpayer-funded services.

In Kaser, where about 50% of properties are tax-exempt, Section 8 residences make up between 15 – 26% of the total housing stock and over 70% of the population falls below the poverty line. In New Square, Section 8 residences comprise over 50% of the total housing stock and at least 58% of the population falls below the poverty line.

http://www.jewishpress.com/…/milking-the-system…/2013/03/14/

http://www.usatoday.com/…/religious-tax-exemptions/91480030/

The Hasidic enclaves of Rockland and Orange Counties are certainly in the same ‘poor-on-paper’ category as their brethren in Brooklyn. Indeed, although Kiryas Joel in Orange County is the ‘poorest-on-paper’ village in the State of New York, it is still somehow able to build brand new housing for its residents and somehow find the money to annex huge acreages of land.

We hope, however, that the ‘poor-on-paper’ Rockland and Orange County Hasidic communities are not using any disposable income to employ day laborers to clean their homes in a similar manner to that of their co-religionists in Brooklyn?

For the Haaretz Article:

A ‘modern slave market’: Day laborers tell of exploitation by Hasidim in Brooklyn

Every morning, dozens of hardscrabble women from Latin America and Eastern Europe congregate at a corner in Williamsburg, desperately seeking work as cleaners in the homes of Satmar Hasids. An expose of their plight.
read more: http://www.haaretz.com/world-news/americas/.premium-1.755152

A Little Bit of Practice, the Lessons of A “Fast-Tracking” Mohel and Non-Jewish Babies

Mohel accused of allowing trainees to practice on non-Jewish babies

http://m.jpost.com/Israel-News/Mohel-accused-of-allowing-trainees-to-practice-on-non-Jewish-babies-

The Chief Rabbinate requires that a circumciser student observe dozens of circumcisions before he himself can perform one under the supervision of an expert mohel.

The Chief Rabbinate is to consider revoking the license of an experienced circumciser, or mohel, following revelations that he allows trainees studying under him to practice circumcision on the babies of Ethiopian Israelis and non-Jews without any experience or knowledge at all.

In an investigative report by the nascent Israel Broadcasting Cooperation, Rabbi Eliyahu Asulin was secretly recorded on video saying that such babies were “cannon fodder” and urging an investigator, posing as a trainee mohel, to perform a circumcision on a non-Jewish child having had almost no training whatsoever.

The Chief Rabbinate requires that a circumciser student observe dozens of circumcisions before he himself can perform one under the supervision of an expert mohel.

Asulin accepted the investigator as a trainee for NIS 11,000 to complete an “accelerated course” in circumcision which would include beginning to perform circumcisions on non-Jewish babies immediately.

Asked by the investigator why anyone would accept him to perform a circumcision, Asulin says “I do Ethiopians, Eritreans…” saying that such people don’t know who is a qualified mohel or not.

“This is the best training in the world, this is cannon fodder, it’s the best, you need to jump [at this chance], afterwards we will do it with Jews,” says Asulin in a phone call to the investigator to set up a circumcision on an Eritrean baby boy.

The report showed the investigator meeting with Asulin close to the apartment building of a Filipino family who sought a circumcision for their infant son, and giving him a cursory lesson in circumcision on the hood of his car, before the two entered the family’s apartment.

There Asulin repeatedly urged the investigator to perform the circumcision. When he refused, Asulin was forced to do it himself.

According to the report, Asulin is not the only mohel to conduct such courses and to exploit the social fragility of minority communities in the country for training trainee mohels without informing the families in question that the trainee has no experience at all.

The black market business involves “coordinators” who find non-Jewish families looking to have their sons circumcised and connect them with mohels and their “fasttracked” trainees.

On Tuesday, the Chief Rabbinate said its circumcision department would shortly be holding a hearing to decide the fate of Asulin.

The Knesset Immigration and Absorption Committee will also hold a hearing into the issue next week.

Asulin said in response that the videos of him had been manipulated and edited out of context by “political elements” in Hadera where he is based.

To read the article in its original printing click here.

 

Slumlords Avoid Jail Time by Making Restitution… Joel and Amrom Israel

 

Brooklyn Slumlords Avoid Jail Time Under $350K Restitution Plea Deal

https://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20161129/bushwick/israel-landlord-tenants-landlords-harassment-tenant

DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN — Two Bushwick slumlords will avoid jail time under a plea deal hammered out Tuesday, under which they have to pay nearly $350,000 to tenants they harassed and intimidated with pitbulls and sledgehammers.

Joel and Amrom Israel confessed in Brooklyn Supreme Court to a felony scheme to defraud and three counts of unlawful eviction — a misdemeanor.

The brothers admitted they used the harsh and unlawful tactics in order to intimidate rent-stabilized tenants to leave their apartments, so they could renovate and charge market rate prices.

About $250,000 will go directly to 10 tenants as restitution, while the slumlords will have to fork over an additional $100,000 to the state’s Tenant Protection Unit which will set up a fund for tenants to claim further money for other expenses they had to pay for during the time they were being harassed.

Under the deal brokered by prosecutors Gavin Miles and Samantha Magnani, the brothers have six months to pay the tenants back or they could still serve up to four years in jail.

If they comply, they’ll get five years probation and 500 hours of community service.

The charges stem from a 2015 indictment accusing them of abuses at five of the brothers’ North Brooklyn buildings including 98 Linden St., 324 Central Ave. and 386 Woodbine St. in Bushwick, 300 Nassau Ave. in Greenpoint and 15 Humboldt St. in Williamsburg.

The landlords hired vandals to intimidate tenants with pitbulls, bats and sledgehammers and got others to come in to party and do drugs in the hallways, according to the plea deal.

And at 98 Linden, residents of two apartments lived for 17 months without bathrooms or kitchens when they were told they were getting repairs and instead they were demolished and left with gaping holes in their apartments.

“We were living with rats and cats in my kitchen. Street cats would come inside,” said Michelle Crespo, 35, who has lived her entire life in the apartment she shares with her two sons, her brother, her mother and step-father.

Her cousin across the hall also had her kitchen and bathroom ripped out by the landlords,  so for that time they all used an aunt’s facilities in an upstairs apartment. 

In total, it was 13 people using one bathroom for over a year.

“Every single person had somewhere to go in the morning, whether it was school or work,” she said. “We’d line up starting from 5 in the morning on.”

The brothers have finally repaired the kitchen and bathroom, she said.

Crespo will get $12,828 under Tuesday’s agreement, but when she learned the Israels had pleaded guilty, the money was the last thing on her mind.

“Just having this day come finally is such an amazing feeling,” she said. “It makes us feel that we are human. We are capable of getting justice.”

On their way out of the courtroom Tuesday the brothers declined to comment.

To read the article in its entirety click, here.

Community Outreach – “ERCSD Funeral” The Destruction of Education in New York…

FROM RAMAPO WHAT THEY DON’T WANT YOU TO KNOW:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/142179582651174/567958186739976/?notif_t=group_activity&notif_id=1480254294912353

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Community Outreach Center’s Hersh Horowitz Presides Over “ESCSD Funeral”

*Vote NO on the bond*

New York State Education Department Commissioner Mary-Ellen Elia toured East Ramapo today, campaigning for a $58 million capital improvements bond that worries longtime advocates for the public schools. Thanks to the New York State Senate’s failure to enact legislation appointing a veto-empowered monitor in the district, the scandal-ridden East Ramapo Board of Education can continue its wholesale dismembering of the district.

In reviewing where East Ramapo is now, and where it’s likely to be going, we must see the forest for the trees. While the bond would provide short-term assistance in the form of crucial building improvements, public school advocates worry that is just a stepping stone to a long-term plan of selling district buildings to yeshivas.

As it stands now, the outlook for East Ramapo is woefully dim. The class-action civil rights lawsuit filed against board members in 2012 has been voluntarily withdrawn with prejudice; the board members who were alleged to have facilitated unconstitutional policies and illegal sales of schools will not be held accountable for those alleged actions. The “monitor” on the ground now has no veto power – and his contract is due to expire before implementations of bond proposals, should the bond pass, even commence. The stage is set for the taxpayers to fund, via capital improvements, the eventual sale of more school buildings, a cruel irony that only this Board of Education could serve up.

Meanwhile, thousands of students in Hasidic yeshivas are systemically denied a sound basic education. The New York State Education Department, ultimately subordinate to Governor Cuomo, has turned a blind eye to the educational neglect that runs rampant in Ramapo. What’s worse is these schools are nonetheless receiving tens of millions of dollars in taxpayer funds – on the local, state and Federal level. As we covered last week, third- and fourth-generation Americans in the Hasidic community are functionally illiterate in English. This despite tens of millions of dollars in Title funding purported to be used for the sole purpose of teaching English!

All of this Title funding flows through and is disbursed by the Community Outreach Center, run by Rabbi Hersh Horowitz.

If any picture says a thousand words, it’s the one below. We see Commissioner Elia, “pitching” the no-strings-attached $58 million bond to a room full of local yeshiva leaders. And at the speaker’s podium, as if eulogizing the public schools and giving a victory speech for yeshivas, is none other than Rabbi Hersh Horowitz.

Our series of articles on the Community Outreach Center and Rabbi Horowitz may be viewed here:

https://www.facebook.com/146207698912716/photos/a.146396025560550.1073741828.146207698912716/570739553126193/?type=3

https://www.facebook.com/146207698912716/photos/a.146396025560550.1073741828.146207698912716/570421383158010/?type=3

https://www.facebook.com/146207698912716/photos/a.146396025560550.1073741828.146207698912716/569922453207903/?type=3

Failing the Victims of Abuse – Rabbi Inaction, Yeshiva Center Response…

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Child abuse royal commission: Rabbi inaction failed abuse victims within Yeshiva community

 

The royal commission has delivered its findings into child abuse at Jewish institutions in Melbourne and Sydney, saying that abuse victims were let down by rabbis and their “confused” adherence to the Jewish law Mesirah, leaving them vulnerable to paedophiles.

The commission found many of the lead rabbis at Yeshiva Melbourne and Yeshiva Bondi, as well as synagogues and schools in Sydney and Melbourne followed “a pattern of total inaction” that was wholly inadequate.

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse’s findings vindicate whistle blower Manny Waks, who first exposed abuse within the strictly orthodox and insular sect.

Three commissioners found a “marked absence of supportive leadership for survivors of abuse” and the incorrect application of Jewish law left those who spoke out criticised and isolated.

Mesirah is the religious concept stopping a Jewish person informing upon another to a secular authority. To do so would make them a “Moser”.

Mixed messages produced inaction

Those who spoke out where strongly criticised and confusion reigned about whether reporting abuse to police was forbidden, the report found.

“If anything, the mixed messages were likely to have produced inaction,” the report said.

Manny Waks sought the court's permission to he was one of David Cyprys' victims.

PHOTO Manny Waks first exposed abuse within the strictly orthodox sect.

Four victims of sexual abuse, along with leading rabbis within the Chabad movement, gave evidence about child abuse in Yeshiva Colleges and centres in Melbourne and Bondi last year.

Convicted paedophiles David Cyprys, Rabbi David Kramer and Daniel Hayman were all the subjects of allegations of abuse by parents and students between 1984 and 2000.

“It is perhaps unsurprising that a community described in the evidence as being insular, would be concerned by communication with those external to the community about child sexual abuse reportedly perpetrated by Jews,” the report said.

“We are satisfied that, for the period from 1984 to 2007, the Yeshiva College Melbourne did not have adequate policies, processes and practices for responding to complaints.”

Child abuse ‘uncommon’

Senior Sydney rabbi Yosef Feldman provoked controversy when he told the royal commission he would be “asking for more leniency” for reformed or inactive paedophiles

In its findings, the commission was critical of his ignorance about what constituted child abuse.

“Rabbi Feldman freely admitted to a lack of technical knowledge about child sexual abuse but expressed the belief that his ignorance was unimportant,” the report said.

He told the commission he believed child abuse to be “uncommon”.

“He did not hear of child sexual abuse or complaints of child sexual abuse ‘much’ and believed that ‘only’ 5 to 10 per cent of the community ‘are involved’ in child sexual abuse,” the report said.

Rabbi Feldman misunderstood what grooming was, describing it as “just talking to the child and trying to get close to him”, the commission found.

Rabbi Yosef Feldman at the royal commission

PHOTO The commission was critical of Rabbi Feldman’s ignorance of child abuse.

ABC NEWS

He also regarded the age of a victim to be important when assessing any allegation.

“The older you get, the less innocent you become and there could be a possibility,” he told the hearings.

“I could imagine that there could be false accusations with regards to teenagers, who are not so innocent.”

The commission found Rabbi Feldman believed that the conviction of a child abuser who was repentant would be unfair.

 

To read the article in its entirety click, here.

YESHIVA CENTER RESPONSE FROM THE PAGES OF MANNY WAKS:

http://www.mannywaks.com/rabbinic-council-of-australia-and-new-zealand-public-statement-in-response-to-the-royal-commission-report.html

Rabbinic Council of Australia and New Zealand public statement in response to the Royal Commission Report

30 November 2016

Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse: Report of Case Study No. 22. The response of Yeshiva Bondi and Yeshivah Melbourne to allegations of child sexual abuse made against people associated with those institutions

The Executive of the Rabbinical Council of Australia and New Zealand (RCANZ), The Rabbinical Council of New South Wales (RCNSW) and the Rabbinical Council of Victoria (RCV) are grateful for yesterday’s report by the Royal Commission into child sexual abuse at Yeshiva Bondi and Yeshivah Melbourne, and deeply distressed by its contents.

Child sexual abuse has caused unimaginable suffering to the victims in our community, and RCANZ, RCNSW and RCV and their members are totally committed to removing this scourge from our community and from our institutions. We offer our deepest sympathies to the victims and commit ourselves to learning from the failures of the past.

As the Royal Commission has made clear, child sexual abuse was allowed to continue because of actions and inaction by some rabbis and community leaders. Victims were not always believed or supported, adding to the trauma.

We restate a ruling that has been made many times before, that Jewish law requires all allegations of child sexual abuse to be reported immediately to the police and other relevant government authorities. We encourage all professionals working in the Jewish community whose work brings them into any contact with young people to receive specific and detailed training in child protection. We urge all synagogues and schools in our community to ensure proper governance procedures to oversee the work of their staff, to ensure that failings are identified and corrected.

We call on those who have been identified in the report as not fulfilling their legal obligations to protect children to stand down from their public positions. We believe that those who denigrated or undermined the victims have lost their moral right to serve as leaders in our communities. The Rabbinate must demonstrate that Judaism and the Jewish community will not tolerate child sexual abuse and those who perpetrate it, and must support those who have suffered.

We hope and pray that this report will help our community and others to keep children safe, and ensure that no child in the Jewish community, or throughout Australia, will ever again suffer the horrors of sexual abuse.

Note:

No member of the signatory bodies with a conflict of interest took  part in the drafting of this statement. For further information please contact Rabbi Dr Benjamin Elton, Secretary of RCANZ  via info@rcanz.com.au. 

 

FOR FURTHER READING:

http://www.mannywaks.com/melbourne-yeshivah-centre-public-statement-in-response-to-the-royal-commission-report.html

Melbourne Yeshivah Centre public statement in response to the Royal Commission Report

Yeshivah Centre
29 November 2016

28 Cheshvan 5777
29th November, 2016

Dear Community Members

Today, the ‘Report of Case Study No. 22’ was tabled in the Commonwealth Parliament. The Yeshivah Centre is currently reviewing the Report and expects to make a more detailed statement in the near future.

As you are aware, in February 2015, the Yeshivah Centre was the subject of a Royal Commission into ‘Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse’. This followed the incarceration of two perpetrators of child sexual abuse, both of whom held roles in different capacities at the Centre. The Commission focussed on the institutional response to these crimes.

The Yeshivah Centre deeply regrets its failure to protect those who were victims of child sexual abuse perpetrated by people in a position of trust in the Yeshivah Centre and its schools. We condemn any form of abuse and acknowledge the serious harm it causes, both at the time of the abuse and later in life, for victims and their families.

The Yeshivah Centre Board and staff have been working hard to properly respond to these issues and ensure that we embed policies and processes of the highest standards to create a safe environment for our children, and to support and show compassion for victims and their families. The Yeshivah Centre’s number one priority is the safety of the children in its care, and we will continue to take all possible steps to maintain and continually raise this standard. We also need to ensure that we continue to support and show compassion for victims and their families.

In September this year, the Commission invited us to present our current policies and procedures in relation to child protection and child-safe standards and the steps taken across the Centre following the Royal Commission hearing. We submitted information in relation to:

  • The newly established governance framework (with elections closing 7 December 2016);
  • Our accreditation from the Australian Childhood Foundation (Chabad Youth in 2014 and YeshivahBeth Rivkah Colleges in March 2016); and
  • The establishment of an independently operated Redress Scheme for past victims of Child Sexual Abuse.

In its executive summary and media release the Report notes that:

The evidence identified that Yeshivah Melbourne has taken significant steps in implementing structured child protection measures, including drafting formal policies and giving training to children, parents and staff.

We are aware that the process of growth and change that the Centre has embraced over the past few years will continue to present us with some challenges along the way. However, we firmly believe that this process of change and the new representative governance structures now being established will bring us forward towards a stronger, brighter and safer future.

The Boards of Directors of:

Yeshivah Centre Limited

Yeshivah-Beth Rivkah Schools Limited

Chabad Institutions Victoria Limited.

The Report of Case Study No. 22 has been made publicly available on the Royal Commission’s website at: http://www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au/media-centre/media-releases/2016-11/report-released-intoyeshiva-bondi-and-yeshivah-me

The Yeshivah Centre encourages anyone who has experienced sexual abuse at Yeshivah Centre (Melbourne) to contact the independently operated redress scheme via the confidential email yeshivahredress@gmail.com or the police (contact the Moorabbin SOCIT unit on 9556-6124).

 

Black Elk, US Probe – Platinum Partners

File photo of rescue crews surrounding Black Elk oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico

U.S. probes hit defunct energy co linked to Platinum Partners

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-hedgefunds-platinum-idUSKBN13O29Y?

At least four U.S. agencies are investigating former officials of a now-bankrupt oil and gas company once majority owned by troubled hedge fund manager Platinum Partners, according to a legal filing submitted last week.

In a motion filed with federal bankruptcy court on Nov. 23, a group of 10 directors, officers and employees of Black Elk Energy Offshore Operations LLC [BLCELB.UL] said an undisclosed number of them had incurred costs from investigations by the U.S. Attorney’s office in Brooklyn, New York, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the Internal Revenue Service, and the U.S. Postal Service.

The men, some of whom have close ties to Mark Nordlicht’s Platinum, filed the motion to request that Black Elk’s insurance policies cover costs related to those investigations and potential settlements, in addition to lawsuits and claims by the Black Elk litigation trustee and others.

The Black Elk investigations are happening in tandem with U.S. federal probes into Platinum.

Spokespersons for the Department of Justice, SEC, USPS and IRS declined to comment or did not respond to emails seeking confirmation that the investigations are linked. A spokesman for Platinum declined to comment.

In June, the hedge fund’s New York headquarters were raided by agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service as part of a Department of Justice (DOJ) probe.

Platinum later decided to liquidate its main hedge funds under the supervision of a professional monitor amid pressure from the DOJ’s investigation, a similar probe from the SEC, and the earlier arrest of a longtime associate on separate criminal corruption charges.

Since then, Platinum’s main offshore hedge fund has received U.S. bankruptcy protection as Cayman Islands-based liquidators work to recover money and sell off its assets on behalf of creditors.

 

To read the article in its entirety click here.

 

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