A Petition Calls for Melbourne’s Senior Yeshivah Leaders to Resign

Rabbi Abraham Glick

Rabbi Abraham Glick

The Age (Victoria, Australia) reports today (9/22/14) on an a petition drive organized by Jews for Justice for Yeshivah’s Victims calling for the resignation of Rabbi Avrohom Glick and Yeshivah Centre chairman Don Wolf. According to the article:

Rabbi Glick was the principal of Yeshivah College from 1986 to 2007.

In a witness statement Rabbi Glick said he had only recently become aware of accusations that Cyprys had molested children. But in 2012 he changed his evidence under oath

in the Melbourne Magistrates Court and admitted he had heard rumours in the early 2000s.

David Cyprys

David Cyprys

But the magistrate said it was “unfathomable” he was unaware at the time.

Mr Wolf served on the board of the Yeshivah Centre at the time children were sexually abused.

A spokesman for Jews for Justice for Yeshivah’s Victims said the petition had already been circulated in the Jewish community and had the blessing of some senior Australian rabbis who had contributed to its wording.

“I believe that it strongly reflects the overwhelming attitude of the Jewish community regardless of where they sit in terms of religious observance,” he said.

“There is a build-up of frustration within the community that all of us are being made to look bad on account of some people who refuse to do the right thing.

“The argument that board members and the principal were somehow not responsible for the safety of children at the school beggars belief.”

The Yeshivah Centre did not respond to queries from The Age.

Manny Waks, who was one of the victims, welcomed the petition. He said anyone who held a leadership position at the Yeshivah Centre at the time of the abuse and cover-ups should stand down immediately. “Certainly Rabbi Glick and Don Wolf should set an example by taking the lead,” Mr Waks said.

See also Frum Follies posts on Avrohom Glick, David Cyprys, David Kramer, Manny Waks, and  Zephaniah Waks
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One thought on “A Petition Calls for Melbourne’s Senior Yeshivah Leaders to Resign

  1. It’s time for these men to do the right thing

    However they never have, so expecting Glick and Wolf to see beyond their egos is probably a bit too much to ask

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