The Rabbinical Counsel of New South Wales – following the blog of Manny Waks

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The farcical Rabbinical Council of NSW

8/8/2018

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On 13 December 2016, I lodged a formal complaint with the Rabbinical Council of New South Wales (Sydney, Australia) regarding one of its members, Rabbi Pinchus Feldman, the long-time Head Chabad Emissary in NSW. As the matter has still not been resolved (around a year and eight months later), and after countless attempts on my part to try to have the matter resolved, below I share the correspondence between the RCNSW and myself. It seems the Mashiach (Messiah) will arrive before the RCNSW belatedly does the right thing. Important to remember that the RCNSW is the peak Orthodox Rabbinic body in NSW….

Manny Waks email to Rabbi Eli Cohen, President of the Rabbinical Council of New South Wales (Sydney, Australia) – 13 December 2016:

Rabbi Cohen,

I wish to lodge a formal complaint in respect of Rabbi Pinchas Feldman, and ask that he be removed as a member of the Rabbinical Council of New South Wales (RCNSW).

In making this complaint, I refer to the recent formal statement by the Rabbinic Council of Australia and New Zealand (RCANZ), Rabbinical Council of Victoria (RCV) and RCNSW in response to the findings of the public hearing into Yeshivah Melbourne and Yeshiva Bondi by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

As you are aware, the RCANZ, RCV and RCNSW publicly stated:

“[T]hat those who did not fulfil their legal responsibility to protect children should step down from public positions, and that those who denigrated victims have lost their moral right to serve.”

I refer to the following findings by the Royal Commission in respect of Rabbi Pinchas Feldman, including but not limited to:

  1. As dean of Yeshiva Bondi – Rabbi Pinchas Feldman failed to ensure that the Yeshiva Bondi had a formal written policy in respect of complaints of child sexual abuse, despite mandatory reporting being introduced in 1988 and there being an express requirement that Rabbi Feldman have such policies.
  2. As dean of Yeshiva Bondi – Rabbi Pinchas Feldman failed to ensure that the Yeshiva Bondi recorded complaints of child sexual abuse, despite mandatory reporting being introduced in 1988 and there being an express requirement that Rabbi Feldman ensure such complaints were properly recorded.
  3. As dean of Yeshiva Bondi – Rabbi Pinchas Feldman failed to undertake any formal training in respect of child sexual abuse, despite the requirement that he do so.
  4. Rabbi Pinchas Feldman did not take any steps to inform anyone that AVL [alleged perpetrator of child sexual abuse and relative of Rabbi Pinchas Feldman] was contemplating leaving Australia.
  5. Rabbi Yosef Feldman [son of Rabbi Pinchas Feldman] was appointed to his roles at Yeshiva Bondi, including those as director and dean of the Yeshivah Gedolah Rabbinical College by Rabbi Pinchas Feldman. Rabbi Yosef Feldman advised the Royal Commission, and the Royal Commission accepted, that Rabbi Yosef Feldman relied heavily on Rabbi Pinchas Feldman for guidance and advice in respect of governance and legal requirements. Accordingly, failures of Rabbi Yosef Feldman, are attributable to Rabbi Pinchas Feldman, as he failed in his duty to provide proper oversight and guidance to Rabbi Yosef Feldman, who acted under his direction, and expressly relied on Rabbi Pinchas Feldman to “bring all matter of importance to his attention”.
  6. Rabbi Pinchas Feldman was a party to several emails which are a matter of public record, that denigrated victims who had reported Hayman to Police. These emails included assertions that:
  • the reporting of Hayman was an act of mesirah;
  • Hayman had no recollection of the incident and we are relying on a 12-year-old’s memory;
  • that the truth could not be found as Hayman had ‘cut a deal’;
  • that Hayman was innocent and the allegations were similar to the ‘orchestrated testimony’ against Rabbi Glick; and
  • that a man in his fifties should not be punished for allegations made about his youth.

Rabbi Pinchas Feldman made no statements to counter the views expressed in the emails. In doing so, Rabbi Feldman was a party to conduct that denigrated victims.

Based on the above, it seems that Rabbi Pinchas Feldman did not fulfil his moral, religious and legal responsibility to protect children, and was a party to conduct that denigrated victims. Accordingly, consistent with the statement of the RCANZ, RCV and RCNSW, it seems clear that Rabbi Pinchas Feldman has lost his moral right to serve the community and should step down from all his public positions, including as a member of the RCNSW. Alternatively, the RCNSW should act swiftly and decisively to stand Rabbi Feldman down.

Finally, I would like to raise a conflict of interest concern. I understand that as Head Chabad Shliach (Emissary) in NSW, Rabbi Pinchas Feldman is effectively your superior, and has a range of powers over you, including the ability to stand you down from your position. If this is indeed accurate, or if you have any other similar relationship with Rabbi Feldman, your involvement in dealing with his matter puts you in a serious conflict of interest. Therefore, your request of another victim to lodge formal complaints regarding Rabbi Feldman directly with you are, in my opinion, and based on any robust governance principles, highly inappropriate.

I look forward to your response in due course.

Sincerely,
Manny Waks

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Emmanuel – An Israeli Haven for Pedophiles

A haven for paedophiles: The ultra-Orthodox settlement where Malka Leifer hides

Emmanuel: Atop the shadow-cast hills at the northern end of the West Bank, in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish settlement of Emmanuel, abusers of children have found a safe haven.

Malka Leifer, the former Melbourne school principal and accused child molester, came to live here in 2016 after an Israeli judge found she was mentally unfit to face extradition to Australia.

And here, even though she is wanted by Victoria Police on 74 counts of alleged sexual assault and rape involving girls, one resident claims Leifer was able to continue abusing children, including his own teenage daughter, without consequence.

A school in the ultra-Orthodox Israeli settlement of Emmanuel.
A school in the ultra-Orthodox Israeli settlement of Emmanuel.Photo: Gabrielle Weiniger

She was not the only alleged abuser who took refuge among the ultra-religious in Emmanuel. Another sex offender, Yehiel Shinin, came to live here after being released from jail, too frightened to return to his old neighbourhood.

“He claimed he came here [he wanted] to forget his past and start a new life,” an Emmanuel source said on condition of anonymity.

“But it is never like that.

“When you come to this kind of town and see that there is no law and you can do whatever you want, he started molesting kids here again because it was easy for him.

“It’s easy to do such things in Emmanuel.”

The wild, wild West Bank

This strictly religious, poverty-stricken settlement is one of eight ultra-Orthodox settlements that lie outside the “Green Line” – Israel’s pre-1967 border with the Palestinian territories.

These settlements are turning the perception of radical Zionist settlers on its head. Most residents are anti-establishment and anti-Zionist, believing only in the authority of the Rabbinate and rejecting the institutions of the state.

“It’s the combination of being in a settlement and being religious. It’s the wild wild West Bank, where law is a recommendation,” says Oze Rozenberg, an investigative journalist familiar with the town since its inception in the 1980s.

“Everything we think we know – it’s barely scratching the surface.”

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Manny Waks – New Wall of Shame – Sexual Abuse and the Royal Commission

 

http://www.mannywaks.com/blog/wall-of-shame#comments

The Re-appointment of Zvi Hirsch Telsner and the Insensitivity to Sexual Abuse Victims and Families Apparent

PLEASE VIEW THE BLOG OF MANNY WAKS: http://www.mannywaks.com/

RABBI GREER – Raping Students, Allegedly…

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Connecticut Rabbi Charged With Raping Yeshiva Student

 

A prominent Connecticut rabbi was charged in the alleged sexual assault of a minor two months after he was ordered to pay a civil judgment of $20 million relating to the same allegations.

Rabbi Daniel Greer, 77,  the founding rabbi of the Yeshiva of New Haven, turned himself in to police Wednesday morning and was charged with second-degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor.

Eliyahu Mirlis of New Jersey, now an adult, claims the rabbi raped and sexually molested him hundreds of times when he was a minor and a student at the religious boarding school in the early to mid-2000s. Mirlis has urged media outlets that normally would not identify an abuse victim to use his name.

In May, a federal jury ordered Greer and the Yeshiva of New Haven to pay Mirlis $15 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages.

Greer has denied the allegations and his attorney said he would appeal the civil judgment.

“Rabbi Greer has a long history of positive contributions to the New Haven community,” Willie Dow said. “These charges are unfounded.”

In addition to founding the Yeshiva of New Haven, Greer has served on the New Haven Board of Police Commissioners and as a chairman of the city’s Redevelopment Agency, helping to revitalize New Haven’s Edgewood neighborhood.

Read more: http://forward.com/fast-forward/378096/connecticut-rabbi-charged-with-raping-yeshiva-student/

 

 

Meir Shlomo Kluwgant (Rabbi) – His Lies and Hypocrisy

2nd Nissan 5774 2 April 2014
MEDIA RELEASE
The RCV welcomes the recent apology and retraction issued by Mr Manny Waks for posting false and inaccurate statements about an individual in our community on the Tzedek website and in the social media. Mr Waks has admitted that he believes that this individual was completely innocent of these allegations at all times. The RCV notes with concern that the publication of the defamatory matters over which he has apologised, has true capacity to cause untold harm to individuals, their family members, and to the whole of the community. The RCV would urge Mr Waks and the Board of Tzedek to give serious consideration to his position, as well as the practises that led to the publication of those damaging and defamatory comments. The RCV reiterates its long-held position that victims and individuals with credible information about child sexual abuse should take these matters to the police and other relevant authorities. END Queries to be directed to the Executive Director of the RCV at executive@rcv.org.au Postal Address: C/o 619 St Kilda Rd Melbourne VIC 3004 T: 0425 808 789 E: executive@rcv.org.au W: www.rcv.org.au  Rabbinical Council of Victoria Inc. Reg. No. A0042905Y

The following is taken from the blogpost of Manny Waks. Unfortunately, we were unable to include some of the official documents included in that post. Regardless, we recommend that you read the blog in its original format: http://www.mannywaks.com/blog/the-lies-and-hypocrisy-of-rabbi-meir-shlomo-kluwgant

Bnei Brak Parents too Afraid to Report that their Children are Being Molested

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http://www.jewishcommunitywatch.org/bnei-brak-molests-children-parents-afraid-react/

A Bnei Brak Teacher Molests Children but Parents are Too Afraid to React

Last night Israeli Channel 2 broadcasted another horrifying story from Bnei Brak, where a number of parents believe that one of the teachers has been sexually abusing their children for a several years. When approached, the principal confirmed that the suspect “strokes children – it’s true, no doubt about it.”

Nevertheless, the parents are frightened to take the matter further. Unfortunately, due to the culture of silence in their community, not one of these parents has so far been willing to approach the police to make a formal complaint.

One parent was recorded anonymously. He told how, “My wife said to me, ‘Don’t do it. You’ll pay a heavy price. Why are you getting involved in this story?’”

“Three years now L is raping children and everybody’s silent! Is this Torah education?!” the parent added.

Racheli Roshgold of Lo Tishtok, an NGO which combats sexual violence in the Haredi community, said, “I have personally witnessed the absolute fear that reigns within this Chassidic sect. More people were in touch with me, but they adamantly refuse to be revealed, they’re not willing to go to the police, despite my attempts to persuade them. And they also explain with great pain why they are unable to speak to the police.”

The voice of another parent with a child in the school was also broadcast anonymously: “There’s nothing we can do, we’re frightened, we have nowhere else to send the children, if not this school. And they threatened us that if we go to the police or co-operate with the investigations, then they’ll kick us out of the system.”

You can watch the full report in Hebrew here.

http://makostorepdl-a.akamaihd.net/SHORT/CH22_NEWS/2017/05/20more_talnud_tora_vtr2_n20170528_v1/20more_talnud_tora_vtr2_n20170528_v1_500.mp4