We welcome the news that on 14 September 2018, a settlement was reached with Manny Waks in relation to his abuse that occurred at the Yeshivah Centre. We hope that it provides some tangible recognition of the seriousness of the abuse and the hurt suffered. We also share the sentiments stated by Manny on Friday, that this milestone will assist him in moving forward and form part of the healing process.
As an institution, we condemn any form of abuse and acknowledge the serious harm it causes. We remain committed to provide a safe environment for all children in our care and continue to work tirelessly toward ensuring the regretful mistakes of the past are never repeated.
The Yeshivah Centre encourages anyone who has experienced or is aware of sexual abuse having occurred at the Yeshivah Centre to contact the police (Moorabbin SOCIT unit: 03 9556-6124).
It seems that, despite settling with me, Yeshivah and the Chabad establishment are still unable to take full responsibility and identify what they have done. The penny has not yet dropped.
Our settlement was only partially “in relation to his abuse that occurred at the Yeshivah Centre”. Like many other victims/survivors who have taken legal action against Yeshivah, my claim involved not only compensation for the abuse I suffered decades ago at Yeshivah but also for the cover-ups, intimidation, bullying and harassment which they meted out to my family and I in recent years after I sought justice for the abuse that occurred decades earlier. Indeed, this disgraceful response by Yeshivah was the reason they were called to two public hearings of the Royal Commission.
While Yeshivah may “condemn any form of abuse” unfortunately they still do not condemn the mistreatment of those who have been abused on their watch. For so long as that remains the case, any commitment “to provide a safe environment for all children (in our care) and…to work tirelessly toward ensuring the regretful mistakes of the past are never repeated” is misleading and dangerous. The mistakes of the past are being repeated every time (Rabbi) Groner participates in Board decisions and every time (Rabbi) Telsner advises Yeshivah congregants and receives his wage.
Yeshivah remains a morally corrupt and an unsafe institution for children.
While I've reached a settlement with them, I will continue to highlight their hypocrisy and immoral behaviour. I can assure you that they have not bought my silence.