When Los Angeles discovered the Doheny Kosher Meats was smuggling in meat while the mashgiach was on davening breaks the Rabbinical Council of California (RRC) announced the end of their certification and forced the owner to sell the business as a condition of reinstating its kosher status. When Moshe Finkel was caught selling trayf chickens in Monsey, the rabbis investigated and issued instructions about kashering dishes, pots, and pans.
If the Beit Din of Rav Mendel Shafran wants to restore the kosher status of the seminary they should let the public know that the Meisels family has completely divested its financial interest and they should investigate all failures within the seminary staff who allowed the abuse to happen by looking the other way.
If the Beit Din of Rav Shafran handled kashrus the way they are handling the Elimelech Meisels seminaries they would lose their chezkas kashrus. Why isn’t the safety of Jewish girls worth the same diligence they apply to kashrus?
Torah Umesorah is cited by the seminaries in support of their kashrus. Rabbi Aaron Feldman of Agudath Israel of America is supporting the Beit Din of Rav Shafran. Both of these organization have negius (conflicts of interest) because of their close ties to the Tress/Meisels families. It appears that once again, as in the disgraceful Yehuda Kolko affair, the interests of institutions are taking precedence over the elementary rules of decency regarding sexual abuse.
If the Shafran Beit Din in Israel is on the level it will announce a deadline for the complete separation of the Meisels family from any connection with the seminaries and it will investigate the abuse charges itself instead of staying silent about them. Such an investigation will encompass all enabling by other employees. As long as Meisels has an ownership stake other staff will never feel safe exposing the dirty secrets of abuse.
As a first step, the Shafran Beit Din should issue injunctions to Meisels and others in his circle to stop a campaign of intimidation and harassment aimed at the brave young women who testified to the Chicago Beis Din of Rav Gedalia Dov Schwartz.
In the meantime, readers should realize that there are no indications that the Chicago Special Beis Din has retracted its conclusions about sexual misconduct by Mr. Meisels or retracted its psak that parents should not send their children to those seminaries.