‘£525,000 payout’ to Toledano
THE SPANISH and Portuguese Jews’ Congregation is remaining tightlipped in the face of allegations of a £525,000 early-retirement payout to one of its most senior rabbis, Dayan Pinchas Toledano.
The congregation’s chief executive, Howard Miller, refused to confirm or deny rumours, reported today in Geoffrey Alderman’s JC column, that the dayan had been given the payout to retire. The JC was told that this had been agreed at a confidential executive meeting of trustees by 18 votes to five.
Mr Miller acknowledged that there had been a meeting of trustees in which confidentiality agreements were signed.
He told the JC: “Any terms are confidential between Dayan Toledano and his employer.” Asked whether the figure of £525,000 was accurate, he replied: “Nobody said there was any money [paid out]. It may well be the case.”
Asked why trustees were made to sign confidentiality agreements, he replied: “Because of sensitive issues discussed which would not be appropriate to discuss outside of the trustee body, including everything in connection with employment. I doubt you got this information from someone who was there.”
Asked whether congregation members could receive this information if they asked for it, he said: “Trustees would have to waive the confidentiality of the final meeting. All employment matters are confidential.” Dayan Toledano, in Israel, was unavailable for comment.