Ongoing sex abuse failings
AUSTRALIA HELD a final Royal Commission hearing last week on the institutional response to the child sex abuse scandal that took place over several years in the Melbourne and Sydney Yeshiva communities.
It emerged at the hearing that Rabbi Zvi Telsner, the disgraced former chief rabbi of the Yeshiva Centre in Melbourne, was still being paid a salary more than 18 months after he resigned over his dismissive conduct towards victims and their families.
Rabbi Chaim Zvi Groner, the director of adult Torah education at the Yeshiva Centre, was unable to shed light on why this was the case.
Rabbis Groner and Smukler, the principal of Yeshiva colleges in Melbourne; Rabbi Pinchus Feldman, head of the Yeshiva Centre; and Rabbi Dovid Slavin, head of the Yeshiva College, both from Bondi, were asked about the policies they had instituted in response to the original hearings — on issues such as child protection, dealing with complaints and mikveh protocols.
Rabbi Feldman admitted he had signed off on the Chabad Youth child protection policy without knowing what was in it. “I accept that I have dropped the ball,” he said.