IT WAS WRITTEN
Adherettes, the Port Melbourne signage company headed by Mair “Mark” Ernst, has gone into voluntary liquidation after operating for more than 40 years.
Ernst was at one stage listed on the website as a “prominent member” of Melbourne’s Jewish community.
Prominent is one way of putting it. He was a committee member at the ultra-orthodox Adass Israel School in Elsternwick during the mid-2000s, as the school dealt with claims of sexual abuse by principal Malka Leifer.
Ernst and wife Hadassa came under fire during the police investigation when it was revealed that Hadassa had arranged the plane tickets for Leifer’s midnight dash to Israel the night she was fired from the school.
The school paid for the airfares.
Victoria Police eventually charged Leifer with 74 counts of sexual assault and rape, but have been hampered from pursuing the case because Leifer fled before a warrant could be issued.