‘£525,000 pay­out’ to Toledano

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY RACHEL FLETCHER

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.

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