On November 5, 2014, Adina Cohen, a madrichah (dormitory counselor) in your seminaries sent out the following email attacking the victims of Meisels and behaving as if he did nothing wrong. The email was sent out to about 70 alumni of Chedvas Bais Yaakov and several staff of the seminaries including administrators, Mrs. Hindy Ullman and Mrs. Rina Lorch, and
Mrs. Johanna Corcos (Chedvas madrichah)
Mrs. Ashira Krakowski (teacher in Pninim and Keser Chaya)
Mrs. Shayna Kruger (former madricha in Chedvas)
Rabbi Z. Rudman (teacher in Chedvas).
Adina Cohen wrote:
Hello to all students of Rabbi Meisesls. A few of us got together and were disgusted at what people are saying about the incredible Meisels family. How come a few psycho girls could raise their voices and cause such an uproar? And why are they’re voices so influential. A few people try talk back to them and put them in place in a nice tone of voice, but than they get trampled on by a team of psychos.
I would like to take the same power of speech and utilize it to show the Meisels how many people really do care about them and would love show their support to them. I know there are a lot of people who wish they can show their support but just don’t know how.
So I’m not very creative but i had some sort of idea. And i would be more than happy to hear any additions to the idea. But the general idea is to get across to the Meisels how many of their students really care. I was thinking maybe everyone could right them a personal letter, thanking them for all they have done for each one of us and whatever else you would like to add, than we will condense it into a book and we can make it look really nice and fancy.
The more letters we have the more impact it will have. I don’t know how to get this across everyone one if the supportive alumni, so if each one of you could send this to your friends who’d appreciate this idea and would like to participate that would be amazing. I know you guys don’t owe me anything, but I think I speak for everyone who’s went to anyone of the Meisels seminaries, that they each feel/owe them an element of hakaras hatov, so here is your chance to demonstrate it.
If you could each send me back your personal letter to my email directly they would be great. I don’t want this floating around the retarded blogs. I want to keep this with in a confined select group of people, so please just email me back directly and not on a group setting
Thank you so much.
Rabbi Kahane, Mrs Ullman and Mrs. Lorch,
Do you feel that victims of abuse and witnesses to enabling should be characterized as “psychos?”
Are you worried that this will lead other students to trust Mr. Meisels and this will leave them vulnerable to rape or seduction?
Do you consider this letter an example of the midos you try to inculcate in your students?
I can understand sympathy for a woman shattered by the public humiliation of her husband but the proposed chizuk is also premised on the assumption that Mr. Meisels is being unfairly criticized. Do you agree with the premise of the proposed letter?
Most important, do you believe you can clean up the culture of the seminaries without repudiating Meisels as fit to be called and treated as a rabbi?