New contract for Rabbi Telsner from Yeshivah

August 29, 2017 by J-Wire
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Child sexual abuse advocate Manny Waks has cut off communications with Melbourne’s Yeshiva Centre following its announcement of a new contract with Rabbi Zvi Telsner.


A statement on his website entitled Yeshivah victims outraged at new contract offer to Telsner states: Telsner’s re-appointment sends a clear message to the community that no matter how badly or how violently you attack child sexual abuse victims, Yeshivah will take little, if any, action. And it also sends a message to victims – that Yeshivah still do not ‘get it’ and you will find no support from within that community.

Despite all of the injustice that Yeshivah’s victims have experienced, it is again apparent that the Yeshivah community is determined to prolong our suffering by denying us the justice that comes with holding to account those who have hurt us.

Sadly, this has been the attitude of successive leaders of Yeshivah. Very little seems to have changed culturally and many are asking if Yeshivah can really ever change.​

Rabbi Zvi Telsner at the Royal Commission

We call on Yeshivah to belatedly do the right thing and immediately disassociate itself from Telsner.”

Waks website published: “Since Yeshivah’s personal apology to Victims’ Advocate Manny Waks and their Redress Scheme announcement, Waks has occasionally engaged with the Yeshivah leadership. Due to Telsner’s re-appointment, Waks has decided to sever ties with the Yeshivah leadership.​

The public statement by the Yeshivah by the he Board of CIVL (Chabad Institutions of Victoria Ltd):

“As you know, settling the matter of Rabbi of the main Yeshivah Shule, has been top priority of the CIVL Board.

We have considered feedback received from many groups of stakeholders including CIVL [Chabad Institutions of Victoria] members, broader Yeshivah community members, the other Moisdois [religious institutions], Halachic [Jewish Law] authorities, legal authorities, political entities, donors and supporters in the wider Jewish community etc.

Motivated by a genuine desire to move forward, we have been in comprehensive discussions with Rabbi Telsner and Rabbi Telsner has shown great support in enabling Rabbinical renewal within the main Yeshivah Shule and broader institutions.

Rabbi Telsner and the Board have reached a mutually beneficial agreement. Rabbi Telsner does not and will not be holding any formal position within the Shule. The Board recognises Rabbi Telsner’s value to the community and as such, the CIVL Board has chosen to retain Rabbi Telsner to perform non-congregational/non-pulpit duties.

Members of our community may choose to engage Rabbi Telsner in an individual and private capacity going forward.

The CIVL Board will now embark on the process of engaging a new Rabbi.”


3 Responses to “New contract for Rabbi Telsner from Yeshivah”
  1. Avigael Cassel says:

    Disgusting on all levels. Yeshivah needs to be shut down if they are going to continue to support and pay people who cover up child sexual abuse.

    • Chaim pinchas cohen says:

      Rabbi Telsner moved to Melbourne and 2007, according to all accounts csa in Yeshivah happened in the late 80s and 90s how could he have covered it up if he wasn’t even there?

      • Avigael Cassel says:

        Telsners role in this cover up is well documented, to say he is free of liability is incorrect. We look forward to the restrospective legislation being implemented by the respective parliaments to deal with people like this.

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