Dear Mr Kignel,
I confirm receipt of your letter, which you have also circulated widely.
Briefly, in response, you assert that what I wrote on 28 March 2018 in a blogpost is a lie. You make no genuine attempt to refute the allegations. Repeatedly stating that something is a lie, does not make it one. I’d encourage you to outline what you believe are the lies, and I’ll happily publicly publish your version of events.
I should note that you were personally invited to meet with me during my recent visit to Sao Paulo. You received a WhatsApp message on 27 February 2018. Indeed, I met many of your colleagues when I was there. So, we did reach out to you, and you seem to have chosen to deliberately ignore this invitation.
Let me assure you that I fully stand behind what I have written. At the same time, I’m willing to engage with you and your colleagues in good faith to try to rectify the situation. While I do not have any additional trip planned for Sao Paulo, if you’d like me to consider such a trip to try to resolve this matter (as per your invitation), I’d be willing to discuss with you the possibility of another such visit.
At this stage, I’m not in a position to share additional details, as there are a number of factors preventing me from doing so. I will, however, do so in due course.
In the meantime, I wish you all the best, especially in appropriately addressing the issue of child sexual abuse in your local Jewish community. And of course I'm happy to assist where I can.
Chief Executive Officer