Growing up as a student of Yeshiva College in Sydney I always admired your care, devotion and influence of our school. I remember the days where you would grace us with your presence at our school assemblies, where we would acknowledge and show appreciation to the generous man that helped our school survive. I saw the genuine smile on your face as you walked through the school, how you cared for the students and the survival of the younger generation. The admiration and the memories have never faded.
However, when I saw in The AJN (10/03) that you are funding upgrades to the Yeshiva Centre it came with mixed feelings and confusion.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has recently investigated Yeshiva Bondi's response to claims of child sex abuse and their response. In a media statement released by the Royal Commission on November 29, 2016, the commission stated: "The evidence as to any steps Yeshiva Bondi has taken in implementing child protection measures is unclear." Furthermore, past actions of Yeshiva Bondi in regard to their conduct towards survivors of child sex abuse and their dealings with the alleged perpetrators has been highly questionable, as was heard in the public hearings in February of 2015, as well as what was written in the commission's report released in October 2016. Steps the Yeshiva Bondi has implemented to protect the children since the Royal Commission's report will be further examined later this month. As of today the Yeshiva Centre of Sydney has not adequately acknowledged their past mistakes by setting up a redress scheme to offer compensation to the survivors of child sex abuse that occurred under the institution's roof.
Mr Triguboff, I am a survivor of sexual abuse by a rabbinical student of the Sydney Yeshiva Centre, hence my mixed feelings and confusion from your funding.
I still admire your care for the children, for the continuation of the Jewish people, for the generous donation you are giving, but I ask you to please your influence.
A large and beautiful building provides a healthy environment to study in, but if there are no safety measures in place the building becomes dangerous. Acknowledging past mistakes helps us learn from the mistakes and allows us to implement proper safety measures so we don't repeat the error. Without proper acknowledgement to past mistakes, do you believe the Yeshiva Centre can provide safety to children in the beautiful building, even with policies in place? Without the proper safety, the building you are funding is dangerous! Mr Triguboff, I ask you to please consider the safety of your building, to influence the Yeshiva Centre to do right by the survivors of child sex abuse, and to consider the future of the children.
I wish you continued health and a long life.
A survivor of child sex abuse