Miriam Isserow questions the shah sthil (be quiet) mentality of Elimelech Meisels‘ seminaries. Commenting on “A Father’s Complaint about the Priorities of Seminaries” where it originally appeared in the blog, A Mother in Israel, she writes:
I know nothing about these seminaries but it is typical–if there is even a suspicion–for schools to send a letter to parents. The fact that they haven’t is at the very least unfortunate and reflects a desire to cover things up.
I completely agree with Miriam. Right now, Meisels is in middle of selling his seminaries while also trying to minimize the reports about his misconduct.
I fear nothing will get better after the sale. After all, the Israeli Beit Din headed by Rav Mendel Shafran sings the praises of the seminaries and avoids mentioning any of Meisels’ misdeeds.
From what I hear, even those remaining staff who are upset about the abuse are still working overtime to discourage any further dissemination of the story, all under the cloak of the loshon harah prohibition. They are not even committed to reaching out to other victims of Meisels, apologizing, and facilitating their recovery.
They are certainly not committed to supporting those of his victims who can and wish to pursue criminal charges. Because most of his offenses occurred in Israel he can be charged with abuse of authority in his role as a rabbi and educator.