Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse : repercussions

February 15, 2015 by J-Wire Staff
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Rabbi Abraham Glick has resigned from his teaching position at Melbourne’s Yeshivah College.

Rabbi Avraham Glick

Rabbi Avraham Glick

Rabbi Glick gave evidence at the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse .

However, he remains spiritual head of the Yeshivah Centre’s Vaad Ruchni.

Rabbi Glick had been principal of the Yeshivah College between 1986 and 2007. Both David Kramer and David Cyprys, convicted child molesters, committed offences while working at College when Rabbi Glick was principal.

A prominent member of Melbourne’s Jewish community told me that a planned visit to the Yeshivah Centre bu Israel’s Chief Rabbi Lau has been “postponed”.




3 Responses to “Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse : repercussions”
  1. Lizzie Moore says:

    Its all so terribly sad; its not as though these guys get professional training in admin. It puts me in mind of a certain Catholic monsignor in our region [a good and wise man and an impressive scholar] who back in the late 80s, decided to “go with the flow”. A certain element in our region was then given their heads and the outcome was a siege like set up in a country town – of priests, in effect, conducted a reign of terror. People being driven out of town, stand over tactics, menaces, threats to destroy businesses through boycotts, etc., all punishments for political non-compliance. So one unwise decision can have repercussions for decades and create a mess which is very hard to clean up. The above, also permanently sullied the reputation of the above cleric, sad to say.

    The impression one gets about certain catastrophic decisions also, is that at the time, “one will get away with it” and “the X situation shall never come to light”. What we Aussies call the “she’ll be right, mate!” attitude. It took the impressive powers invested in a Royal commission to truly ‘lift the lid’ in Australia. Sadly, Jewry got to be part of the tale…

  2. ben gershon says:

    the community should freeze all official connections with chabbad until all former leaders.rabbis and executive members have been purged from the pay rolls and boards


    it is going to be a long “ul chet shechutaty l’fanechah” round there for a while

    • Cynthia Godfrey says:

      How I agree with Ben Gershon, and any reasonable person will understand that it is not Chabad that is being attacked, but the persons who have been abusing young boys.
      Sadly it seems that this particular group closed ranks and ignored what was happening under their very noses. Any religious organisation that has condoned WITH THEIR SILENCE, and it certainly applied to the Roman Catholic church, has to inevitably face the justice system, whoever they are.
      Anyone who can betray the trust of a young person, then go to lengths to keep it quiet has my contempt. As a Jewish mother and thanks to the almighty it never happened to my children, I would have shouted it from the rooftops and made very certain that the full glare of publicity was shone on such a despicable situation. It is beyond words to even imagine the feelings of all those young people involved, these perpetrators should ‘bow their heads in shame’ and have a semblance of humility on the wrongs they have done or have allowed to be covered up.

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