Malka Leifer Story – Protester Supporting Victims Pushed to the Ground by Leifer’s Brother

Australian Rabbi Adam Segal (left) confronted psychiatrist Dr Brian Trappler (right) in court

Shocking moment protester is pushed to the ground by the brother of accused paedophile principal Malka Leifer

An Australian rabbi was pushed to the ground outside court by the brother of accused paedophile principal Malka Leifer. 

Adam Segal was supporting Leifer’s alleged victims when he confronted psychiatrist Brian Trappler after the extradition hearing in Jerusalem. 

Appearing in court on Wednesday, Dr Trappler said Leifer, 54, is unfit to face trial in Australia on charges of child sex abuse and rape. 

However, Dr Trappler’s integrity was called into question after it was revealed he wrote on Facebook in 2017 that Leifer was innocent.

Outside court Mr Segal asked Dr Trappler if the girls were liars.

‘You called them on Facebook liars,’ Mr Segal said.

Mr Segal is then pushed by Leifer’s brother to which he responds, ‘don’t push me, you’ll be arrested my friend.’

Dr Trappler says he didn’t call the girls liars but Mr Segal replied, ‘No you did on Facebook…are you worried about the welfare of the girls?

As they continue walking towards the exit of the court, Mr Segal stands in front of the psychiatrist trying to stop him from exiting.

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Australian Sisters and Malka Leifer Case, What G-d Are They Praying to That Protects Abusers?

Australian Sisters in Haredi Sex Offenses Case: ‘What God Are They Praying to That Protects Abusers?’

‘This has taken such a toll on our lives, and these are people who are playing with our lives,’ three sisters tell Haaretz after 47th hearing to see if headmistress Malka Leifer can face extradition to Australia on 74 counts of sex abuse

Ellie Sapper, left, Dassi Erlich and Nicole Meyer outside Jerusalem District Court, March 6, 2019.

Ellie Sapper, left, Dassi Erlich and Nicole Meyer outside Jerusalem District Court, March 6, 2019
  • Israel’s deputy health minister suspected of aiding Australian headmistress accused of abuse avoid extradition

  • In Israel, Australian sisters recount alleged sex abuse by ultra-Orthodox principal

  • Israeli health czar ‘pressured psychiatrist’ to soften assessment of pedophile

    Dassi Erlich woke up at 3:30 A.M. at her home in Melbourne on February 15 to what she says were hundreds of text messages alerting her to the news that had broken nearly 14,000 kilometers (8,500 miles) away in Israel: That an Israeli deputy health minister was under investigation for allegedly trying to prevent the extradition of the Australian school principal suspected of sexually abusing her and other girls when they were students at her all-girls ultra-Orthodox school.

    It took six days for the media storm to die down, but when it did the rage set in for Erlich and two of her sisters, Nicole Meyer and Ellie Sapper. They are all fellow accusers of Malka Leifer, a dual Israeli-Australian citizen who faces 74 counts of child sex abuse in Australia.

    Leifer fled to Israel in 2008 after accusations against her surfaced, and is fighting extradition on the grounds that she is mentally unfit.

    >> Australian sisters accusing ultra-Orthodox principal of sexual assault bring extradition fight to Israel

    Deputy Health Minister Yaakov Litzman has been questioned by the police, who suspect he pressured Jerusalem’s district psychiatrist into writing a false assessment describing Leifer as mentally unfit, which, according to Israeli law, would mean she could not be extradited.

    “It wasn’t a shock to us. We had all these questions and we knew something was up, but it was more than a disappointment. We were angry and frustrated and [thinking]: How could this have been allowed to happen? This has taken such a toll on our lives, and these are people who are playing with our lives,” Erlich told Haaretz in an interview at Jerusalem District Court on Wednesday. The interview took place after the 47th hearing into Leifer’s extradition since legal proceedings began over a decade ago.

    Nicole Meyer, Erlich’s older sister, said they were not shocked “because we understand how that world works,” referring to the closed community of the Ultra-Orthodox to which Litzman also belongs. She herself remains ultra-Orthodox, but her sisters are not. “They are protecting their own,” Meyer said. “It’s very insular and they will do what they can to protect her.”

    It’s not about the crime,” Erlich added.

    Meyer agreed. And that, she said, “makes it even harder to bear when you think we want to create change in this world, and this kind of thing has happened and we kind of feel defeated in a sense.”

  • Israel's Deputy Health Minister Yaakov Litzman.Deputy Health Minister Yaakov Litzman on his way to the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, November 18, 2018.

Activists say the ultra-Orthodox community in Israel and abroad has generally been slow to respond to allegations of sexual abuse directed at adults within their community, especially allegations lodged against prominent adults including rabbis and teachers. They claim that not unlike the Catholic Church, they have even taken measures to protect the institution over victims from their own community.

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Leviev, Gutnick, Chabad Donors; The Good and the Bad of Chabad’s Non-Discerning Donor Pool…

Ronald Perelman, Lev Leviev and Tevfik Arif Among Wealthy Donors to the Chabad Movement

(Newswire.net — March 1, 2019) — Chabad-Lubavitch, also known simply as Chabad, is one of the most well-known and fastest growing Hasidic movements and the closest approximation to evangelism in Judaism. Their primary mission is to promote and revive the Jewish faith, while supporting Jewish communities around the globe. Their most visible presence are Chabad houses that can be found in cities of all sizes around the world.

What is Chabad?

Chabad local organizations provide for Jewish communities through outreach activities serving the needs of the community and advancing the renewal of the Jewish faith. Chabad centers often provide religious services, child care, education and organized activities for all ages.

While Chabad is an Orthodox Hasidic movement its practice blends traditional values with modern day techniques. Chabad advocate a policy of openness, accepting Jews from all levels of religious commitment and practice. They promote cooperation and non-judgment, while maintaining a positive outlook on life and helping those in need. Chabad supports the integration of the Jewish faith in all aspects of life, family and community.

Philanthropy and service are part of the Chabad movement’s commitment to the Jewish Community. They pride themselves on providing a home away from home for Jews anywhere in the world. The doors of Chabad Houses are open and accepting to every single Jew regardless of affiliation, background or religious commitment.

Today there are over 4,000 official Chabad emissary families operating 3,500 institutions in 81 countries with additional affiliated activities occurring in many more. The Chabad network also includes a group of rabbis and Jewish educators prominently featured on college campuses worldwide.

The Wealthy Donors of Chabad

Chabad relies heavily on donors to effectively carry out their activities. The organization has become an attractive pursuit to donors big and small. Most of the donations made to Chabad Houses and institutions across the world are made in small sums by private individuals, but there are an increasing number of notorious high-profile donors who give large donations to the movement.

Many of the world’s most successful businessmen and industry leaders have identified ties to the Chabad organization. Chabad has attracted top Israeli business leaders including Nochi Dankner, Israel’s richest woman Shari Arison through the Ted Arison Foundation, and venture capitalist Shlomo Kalish. Lev Leviev known as the “King of Diamonds” has been a major patron to the Chabad movement in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe.

Chabad is hugely popular In Russia and across Eastern Europe. One of the most sacred sites of the movement, the graves of spiritual leaders Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson and Shmuel Schneersohn, is in Lyubavichi, Russia. Chabad Rabbi Berel Lazar has been recognized by the Russian government as the Chief Rabbi of Russia.

Many former Soviet oligarchs, some who have been drawn back to Judaism through Chabad, have become supporters and donors including Mikhail Mirilashvili of Georgia, Ukrainian billionaire Gennadiy Bogolyubov, Alexander Granovsky from Ukraine and Alexander Mashkevich. Although he is not Jewish, Tevfik Arif, a Kazak-Turkish real estate investor and partner in Doyen Group, has become one of the largest single donors to the Chabad Center of Port Washington in Long Island, the community where he owns a residence. 

The religious movement has also found supporters among the most successful American business leaders. Ronald Perelman, American billionaire and philanthropist of Revlon fame, has become a close friend and follower of Rabbi Avrohom Shemtov, the director of the Philadelphia Lubavitcher Center. Perelman has made numerous donations to Chabad and has a building dedicated in his name at the University of Pennsylvania, the Ronald O. Perelman Center for Jewish Life-Lubavitch House. Other prominent American Chabad donors include: American investor and billionaire Michael Steinhardt, heir to Estee Lauder Companies Ronald Lauder and Shaya Boymelgreen.

Globally, Australian tycoon Joseph Gutnick, South African billionaire Nathan Kirsh, and Eduardo Elsztain, Argentina’s largest real-estate developer, are all well-known supporters of Chabad.

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Where Have all the Diamonds Gone, Gone to Joe Gutnick Everyone, Where have All the Diamonds Gone.. Long Time Ago

Joe Gutnick appearing at the Federal Court in Melbourne in 2017.

Where has the money gone from ‘Diamond’ Joe Gutnick’s loans?

RICHARD BAKER OF THE AGE, AUSTRALIA

Australia’s corporate watchdog is investigating what happened to $18 million in loans that saw money flow from publicly listed companies controlled by mining magnate Joseph Gutnick to a private company that he was also closely involved with.

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission has confirmed to The Age and Sydney Morning Herald that it is investigating loans involving the Gutnick-chaired Merlin Diamonds, whose shares have been suspended from trading since October, and a private company called AXIS Consultants.

The centrepoint for the loans drama is Mr Gutnick’s level-one office at 42 Moray Street in Melbourne’s Southbank precinct. It is home to both Merlin Diamonds and AXIS.

Since 2001, AXIS has been integral to Mr Gutnick’s financial dealings. Several of his listed mining companies have contracted AXIS to provide administrative, management and geological services.

Filings with the Australian Securities Exchange show listed companies such as Merlin Diamonds, Top End Minerals (now called Myanmar Metals) have over several years advanced unsecured loans of at least $18 million to AXIS.

Another Gutnick-controlled public company, United States-based Legend International, has loaned AXIS at least $5.6 million.

Unfortunately for the shareholders of the Australian companies, AXIS has proved unwilling or incapable of repaying the bulk of the loans. Most of them have been written off as impairments and are, most likely, unrecoverable.

The terms of these AXIS loans have been extremely kind. “No fixed terms for repayment of loans between the parties, no security has been provided and no interest charged,” is how Merlin Diamonds explained the arrangement in its 2015 annual report.

ASIC investigators are trying to determine if there is any justification for publicly listed companies closely associated with Mr Gutnick making such generous loans to AXIS, a private entity also linked to the businessman.

The next question is why AXIS has not repaid the loans?

The conduit

Mr Gutnick was a long-standing director of AXIS until he declared himself bankrupt in July 2016. But it’s still closely tied to him.

His eldest son, Mordechai Gutnick, and long-time business associate Peter Lee are present AXIS directors. Another loyal ally, David Tyrwhitt, who has worked with Mr Gutnick for more than 20 years, was an AXIS director until October 2017.

Mr Gutnick, his son, Mr Lee and Mr Tyrwhitt, the AXIS directors, have also all appeared as either directors or senior executives at publicly listed companies, including Merlin Diamonds, that have loaned AXIS money over the past six years.

So when the ASX began asking questions of Merlin Diamonds about its AXIS loans in October last year, it was reasonable to presume answers would be forthcoming given the crossover in directors and shared office.

Merlin diamonds is closely linked to Gutnick.
Merlin diamonds is closely linked to Gutnick.

But, remarkably, Merlin Diamonds told the ASX it “does not have access to the financial information of AXIS”.

Unlike the Merlin Diamonds board, or the stock exchange regulator, The Age and SMH have been able to access some of AXIS’s confidential financial information.

It shows that AXIS has operated as a conduit for the transfer of huge sums of money from public companies controlled by Mr Gutnick to other businesses strongly linked to his family.

One AXIS balance sheet from 2014 shows that the publicly owned Merlin Diamonds, Top End Minerals and Legend International between them had loaned more than $12 million to AXIS.

Two more private companies associated with Mr Gutnick had also loaned AXIS $2.3 million

Money in, money out

While the loaned money was flowing from the publicly listed companies into AXIS, even more money was going out of the private company.

As of 2014, several other Gutnick-linked companies borrowed more than $15 million from AXIS. The AXIS balance sheet records a net loss in 2014 of $1.79 million and a $2.5 million gap between its current assets and liabilities.

While it is clear there is plenty of financial detective work for ASIC to do, some investors, while grateful for the regulator’s interest, are perplexed as to why it has taken so long for anyone to act.

“This has been hidden in plain sight for years. The loans, the conflicts of interest and the lack of repayment are all there in the ASX filings,” said one former Gutnick associate who asked not to be named for fear of receiving a writ from a businessman who has in the past sued his own family members.

Then rich-lister Rabbi Joseph Gutnick in his Melbourne office in 2013.
Then rich-lister Rabbi Joseph Gutnick in his Melbourne office in 2013.CREDIT:JESSE MARLOW

Hard times for the chosen one

It is difficult to fathom that the man with two mortgages over his St Kilda East house was just five years ago wealthy enough to be included at the tail end of the BRW richest 200 list with an estimated fortune of $255 million.

Folklore has it that the starting point for Mr Gutnick’s amassing of riches was a prophecy made in the late 1980s by the New York-based spiritual leader of the ultra-orthodox Lubavitch Hasidic movement.

The late Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson foresaw great wealth for Mr Gutnick in the discovery of gold and diamonds in the Australian outback.

The Rebbe’s endorsement of Mr Gutnick’s Australian mining ventures carried enormous weight among ultra-orthodox investors who ploughed money into Gutnick-led ventures. Some won and some lost. Such is the mining game.

By the end of the 1990s, Mr Gutnick was at the peak of his powers. The saviour of his beloved Melbourne Demons, Mr Gutnick and his family travelled by private jet and Rolls-Royce and Bentley cars. They had bodyguards and friends in high places in Australia, the United States and Israel.

No more so than Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin “Bibi” Netanyahu. When Mr Gutnick helped bankroll Mr Netanyahu’s 1996 election campaign, he made an influential friend for life.

Gutnick with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in 2001.
Gutnick with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in 2001.CREDIT:JOE ARMAO

After experiencing great highs and depressing lows over the next 20 years, everything finally fell apart for Mr Gutnick in 2016 when a $103 million deal between his Legend International company and the Indian Farmers Fertiliser Cooperative came unstuck, resulting in expensive litigation and the businessman’s decision to declare bankruptcy.

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Dov Tenenboim, Chaim Goldstein, Daniel Sopher, the Dark Web, Ketamine and Australia – a Sophisticated Drug Network

Celebrate this one tonight’: Vaucluse man allegedly trumpets dark web drug import

 

“Celebrate this one tonight,” alleged eastern suburbs drug syndicate kingpin Dov Tenenboim texted his school friend Chaim Goldstein about successfully smuggling ketamine and cocaine into Australia from Europe via the dark web.

They did not celebrate.

Dov Tenenboim and Chaim Goldstein. 
Dov Tenenboim and Chaim Goldstein.

Rather, Mr Goldstein, 34, was arrested at his parents’ Bellevue Hill house last May, the same day he took delivery of a package of infant formula that was supposed to contain concealed MDMA and ketamine, according to a police fact sheet seen by the Herald.

The drugs were part of what police say was a months-long scheme that used the dark web to buy illicit drugs and import them from the Netherlands to Australia via the postal service of a number of European countries.

The baby formula was intercepted by Border Force officers at Sydney Airport and the drugs concealed in the tins were replaced by an inert substance before being delivered to Mr Goldstein’s Bondi Beach address – by a NSW Police officer disguised as a UPS driver.

Addressed to a Cheyenne Gold, the package contained four silver packages including 194 grams of MDMA, a “crystalline substance” proven to be ketamine, brown and white tablets marked iPhoneX proven to be MDMA and “a quantity of red and white shaped tablets marked QDance” also containing MDMA.

Dov Tenenboim was arrested in Diamond Bay Road in Vaucluse.
Dov Tenenboim was arrested in Diamond Bay Road in Vaucluse.CREDIT:NSW POLICE

Police claim the package was one of a number imported by Mr Tenenboim, from Vaucluse, a self-described “elite hacker” who allegedly masterminded a scheme to import a huge volume of drugs from the dark web worth millions of dollars to addresses across Sydney’s eastern suburbs.

Mr Tenenboim was arrested at the apartment in Diamond Bay Road he shared with his fiancee in June last year in a dramatic raid in which police allegedly seized $70,000 in cash, bitcoin to the value of $350,000 and a diamond ring.

He was initially facing 45 serious charges, but those have  been downgraded to just seven.

The 33-year-old Moriah College alumnus came to police attention when a syndicate member who was “high on drugs” for the duration of their interactions turned Crown witness, Waverley Local Court heard last year.

The witness has been given immunity from prosecution on all charges, except in relation to the drugs that were found in his Meriton apartment in Bondi Junction.

Mr Goldstein and another friend, Daniel Sopher, both stand accused of working with Mr Tenenboim on the five-month long dark web import scheme that Strike Force Bergmark investigated last year.

Mr Sopher, from Rose Bay, has been charged with supplying 1.5 kilograms of cocaine and knowingly participating in a criminal group. He will face court again later this month.

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Reuven Barukh, a Businessman who took the SBD Rabbis to Court, In the Interest of Justice

‘I had no choice but to take rabbis to court’

THE NSW Court of Appeals confirmed the original trial judgement of the Supreme Court’s Justice John Sackar’s ruling that the Sydney Beth Din’s (SBD) Rabbi Moshe Gutnick, Rabbi Yehoram Ulman, Rabbi Michael Chriqui and Rabbi Eli Schlanger were in contempt of court based on their conduct towards me.

The statement released by the SBD following the appeal does not provide an accurate reflection of the court ­proceedings.

This is not a case where what was contested or even asserted was that the religious beliefs and practices of a religious body were justiciable.

The SBD’s rabbis were seeking to force me, a director and shareholder of a private company, under the threat of religious sanctions, to submit several of my private companies to the jurisdiction of a Beth Din and to seek to enforce entering them into an arbitration agreement, which would then allow a SBD judgment of up to $5 million to be binding under civil law.

Rabbi Gutnick provided most of the evidence during the proceedings. Part of his evidence was ‘not accepted’ by the trial judge as it was contradictory.

He further provided evidence that Rambam said ‘a Jew is wicked to go before gentile judges’.

The SBD’s rabbis are self-selected and they have no lay board appointed by the community to whom they need to report, nor offer any level of transparency into the conduct of their affairs, despite previous calls from community leaders.

The SBD threatened that they would notify synagogues which I was a member of that sanctions will apply to me personally, should I not submit my companies to them by a deadline in early 2017.

The threatened that “further sanctions will apply” should I continue to refuse submission of my companies after the first sanctions were issued.

Absent of a communal body to whom the SBD report, I was left with no choice but to initiate proceedings in the Supreme Court of NSW.

There are many Orthodox Jews who choose to bring commercial disputes before the Supreme Court of NSW.

Some examples including Lubavitch Mazal v Yeshiva Properties No.1, Feldman & Ors v Blake Napier Ltd, Yeshiva Synagogue Inc v Karimbla Properties, and Feldman v Australian Jewish News.

None of the above proceedings appear to have been adjudicated at the SBD, and many of those litigants are not excommunicated, nor have they been threatened by the SBD.

The decision to threaten sanctions against me was a choice made by the rabbis and not a necessity, a fact which the rabbis admitted to during court ­proceedings.

During the proceedings it was also discovered that Rabbis Ulman and Schlanger had a private meeting with the plaintiff in Israel.

It was further discovered and admitted that over a period of several months, Rabbis Gutnick and Ulman held multiple phone conferences with the plaintiff, the plaintiff’s lawyers and offered advice on how to draft an arbitration agreement which would allow the SBD’s judgement to be enforceable in the civil courts.

The discovery further exposed communications evidencing how the plaintiff and the SBD considered strategies to enforce the maximum amount of pressure on me, including summoning unrelated parties such as my mother and sister.

After just one email correspondence from my representative, the SBD provided strict instructions stating “from this correspondence and onwards no further approaches be made to the Beth Din individually by either plaintiff or defendants and all correspondence be cc’d to all the parties”.

All correspondence from the SBD to my representative was through Rabbi Schlanger, with the plaintiff always copied in, not the dayanim (judges).

Meanwhile, in contravention of the SBD’s own directions, the rabbis, including the dayanim, continued to communicate with the plaintiff via phone, email and text message, including a private phone call between Rabbi Gutnick and the plaintiff, without notifying me or my representative.

On several occasions, the SBD refused to meet with my representative prior to the proceedings, claiming that it would be “improper” to do so, despite meeting with and conversing with the plaintiff and representatives of the plaintiff several times, over a period of several months.

Justice Sackar stated, “In my view, by reason of the conduct of the rabbis, the ordinary reasonable observer could easily and reasonably conclude that one of the reasons why the SBD did not rebuke or chastise Mr Kuzecki [the plaintiff] or insist on him observing halachic ­principles, was not because they had forgotten them or did not know them, but because they were somehow or other sympathetically disposed to his cause.”

Even after this conduct was revealed in court, nevertheless some in the community still absurdly believe that it was my duty to submit to their arbitration and risk a legally binding ruling of up to $5 million.

The SBD’s statement that the judgement would “curtail” a beth din’s ability to issue sanctions in matters of gett refusal is out of context, as the judgement certainly does not refer to those types of matters.

I acknowledged in court that a Beth Din had jurisdiction over purely religious matters, such as marriage, divorce and conversion. I don’t object, in principle, to a Beth Din threatening religious sanctions in such religious matters.

What the SBD did in my case, however, was to make such threats towards a director and shareholder of a private company in a purely commercial dispute.

These threats sought to prevent a private company from having a potential dispute adjudicated in the only forum where the dispute was justiciable, namely, the civil courts.

 

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Rabbinate Reform – Australia

Rabbinate reform urged

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IT has been revealed that Sydney’s Orthodox rabbis were told they were prohibited from attending the communal funeral service of former NSW Jewish Board of Deputies (JBOD) Jeremy Spinak, who died at the age of 36 last year, because it was being held at “a Reform Temple” .

Rabbinic Council of NSW (RCNSW) honorary secretary Rabbi Chaim Ingram said that following consultation with the Sydney Beth Din, rabbis could attend the graveside service but not the communal Emanuel Synagogue service that was attended by 1000 people.

JBOD president Lesli Berger said, “It is shameful and beggars belief that at a time of enormous sensitivity and piercing grief and trauma a declaration was issued prohibiting attendance at Jeremy’s funeral. “It must be noted that a significant and meaningful number of Orthodox rabbis showed the moral clarity and leadership our community expects of our religious leaders by attending his funeral.”

The revelation is the latest in a string of exceptional events that took place at the end of 2018 that appear to have plunged the rabbinate into chaos, with several rabbis quitting their roles in the Rabbinic Council of Australia and New Zealand (RCANZ), others announcing they won’t be standing for re-election and a national president who is breaking his own organisation’s code of conduct.

It has emerged that in late October senior Sydney rabbis encouraged people not to attend the memorial for the 11 Jews killed in the Pittsburgh Synagogue massacre because Reform and Orthodox rabbis would be sharing the podium.

The following week a number of rabbis were chastised by the SBD for attending a Kristallnacht commemorations at which Kaddish was recited while men and women were intermingled.

The turbulent times for the rabbinate continued into late December when, in a 2-1 decision, the NSW Court of Appeals upheld a previous ruling that found SBD’s Rabbis Moshe Gutnick, Yehoram Ulman, Michael Chriqui and Eli Schlanger guilty of contempt of court.

Following the decision, the Executive Council of Australian Jewry called for a “proper governance review” and reform of the SBD.

Meanwhile, two rabbis, Benjamin Elton from the Great Synagogue and Alon Meltzer from Or Chadash, quit the RCANZ after Rabbi Gutnick, the organisaton’s president, said he wouldn’t be stepping down despite arguably having broken RCANZ’s own code of conduct, which states that a rabbi will “at all times conduct himself in accordance with the halachah and the laws of the land”.

At the same time Rabbi Paul Lewin, who told The AJN that the RCNSW is unable to deal with a complaint against a senior rabbi because there are too many conflicts of interest in the organisation, said he would be stepping down as RCNSW president at the upcoming annual general meeting.

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