David Morris, writing in his anti-abuse blog, Tzedek-Tzedek, reflected on the findings of the expanded Beis Din for the Elimelech Meisels seminaries scandal. He writes:
The Expanded Beit Din’s assertion that “what needed to be rectified has been rectified” is too flimsy to adequately address the very strong allegations, reinforced now by The Jewish Week, that key members of staff were complicit in the alleged crimes of Meisels and yet remain in their teaching positions.
Without introducing transparency on this issue, public confidence in these seminaries is unlikely to be restored.
Furthermore, the seminaries themselves, more than half a year after the initial public exposure, have still not come clean.
Victims, and the public at large, still awaits a formal statement from the Batei Din/Seminaries.
Such a statement needs to include:
* acknowledging the nature and scope of the crimes and failings of the past,
* offering & expressing unreserved regret,
* reaching out to and showing compassion for the victims,
* adoption of appropriate disciplinary measures against those involved,
* offering full restitution to all those impacted.
Without such a step, a coming clean, “vidui”, the forward-looking protocols and staff training, while positive in themselves, still appear to be merely band-aids covering up potentially septic lesions.