Yeshiva not contacted by police

February 15, 2013 by J-Wire Staff
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The Sydney Yeshiva was the subject this week of a media report indicating police enquiries relating to sexual abuse incidents at the institution’s scjhool…but Rabbi Eli Feldman says the police have never made contact with them.

Rabbi Eli Feldman    Photo: Henry Benjamin

Rabbi Eli Feldman                             Photo: Henry Benjamin

In his prepares statement Rabbi Feldman says: “Sydney Yeshiva Centre, founded in 1956, has educated thousands of students over the years to be proud of their Jewish identity whilst becoming contributing and patriotic members of Australian society.

As part of a commitment to the highest standards of child well-being for the pupils in our care, our school Yeshiva College has comprehensive child protection policies in place.
There have been media reports about a police investigation into allegations of abuse decades ago by individuals who were associated with Yeshiva. Whilst the police have not contacted us about any investigation, if they do so we will fully cooperate.
Yeshiva unequivocally condemns any form of abuse, including child sexual abuse. We welcome any police investigation to uncover any improprieties, especially regarding alleged crimes against children. As a large organisation with hundreds of staff and many thousands of people associating with us for more than half a century, we acknowledge the unfortunate possibility that things may have occurred in the past and we encourage victims to go to the Police.
Australian rabbinical bodies, including the Sydney and Melbourne Beth Din (rabbinical courts), have ruled that incidents of child abuse should be reported to law enforcement authorities and Yeshiva stands firmly by those rulings. We are confident in the outstanding competence and professionalism of the Australian authorities to ensure the protection and welfare of citizens in our society.
Yeshiva stands ready to work together with the relevant law enforcement authorities and professional support services. We are available to offer assistance and support to any victim of abuse allegedly committed by any persons associated with the Yeshiva Centre. Requests for support can be emailed confidentially to support@yeshiva.org.au
Manny Waks

Manny Waks

Manny Waks, founder of the child sexual abuse advocacy organisation Tzedek responded: ” This is yet a further positive development – the Sydney Yeshiva Centre has made its position crystal clear; that it does not tolerate any forms of abuse, it encourages victims to go to the police, it commits to fully cooperating with the police, it offers victims and survivors an acknowledgement of what they may have experienced, and importantly, it offers them support and assistance in a practical and sensitive manner.This is a highly encouraging development and I commend the Yeshiva Centre leadership for their proactive, effective and welcome statement. They have demonstrated a leadership role in this area.

Tzedek looks forward to working with the Sydney Yeshiva Centre and other stakeholders in order to obtain justice for past wrongs and to ensure the safety of our children.”

Comments

One Response to “Yeshiva not contacted by police”
  1. Otto Waldmann says:

    This Manny Waks is simply incredible !!!!The way he patronises ANYTHING that has to do with this issue, in such a redundant manner makes for the most ridiculous circus act.
    If the Sydney Yeshiva demonstrated – and to Manyy Waks’ satisfaction – that there are NO reasons for concern regarding the ethics of the Sydney Yeshiva and that Sydney Yeshiva has been and is quite capable to handle all its responsibilities within its own structure, where, how, when and why would the Sydney Yeshiva avail itself of Manny Waks’ Tzedek “assistance”. If aint nothin’ wrong, what’s to fix !!!???

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