Last week I posted a mass email by Adina Cohen, a former madricha (dormitory counselor) in the Meisels seminary, Binas
Chedvas Bais Yaakov. She messaged some 70 alumni, almost all from the Chedvas Bais Yaakov seminary where Meir Kahane is the principal. In this email Adina appealed for support for Rabbi (sic) Elimelech Meisels as if he merited respect, as if he was innocent of serious allegations of sexual abuse, as if he still deserved to be called a rabbi. This concerns me because denying anything happened is telling students they will not be believed if they report abuse.
What I did not know when I posted is that Adina Cohen is also a foul-mouthed, obnoxious mean girl who is abusive to anyone who disagrees with her about Meisels.
She angrily called TruthSeeker to attack her leaking her mass email to me. Actually, I got that email from a different source. Truthseeker said as much to Adina. But she did not believe her and sent a torrent of abusive messages to her phone including this gem. “You b*tch, your going to pay for this.”
I am amazed that any seminary would employ such a dorm counselor. It does not square with the Israeli Beit Din position that “There is no cause to refrain from sending girls to study and dorm in these seminaries. It can be confidently assumed that the distinguished staff does its work trustworthily and it will continue to educate Jewish daughters for Torah and purposefulness.”
Are we to believe that a former staff member who texts “You b*tch, your going to pay for this” did her work “trustworthily … and will… educate… for torah and purposefulness?”
Similar sentiments of denial about Meisels misconduct and sympathy for the man they keep calling Rabbi Meisels is still rampant among the staff of the seminary. It is clear that the Israeli Beis Din’s blanket endorsement of staff was based on a very restrictive understanding of proof and a presumption of acceptability (chezkas kashrus). But their flowery language deceived the public into believing that the staff are great. In reality a number of those staff are just not provably guilty because other staff and starry -eyed, mean alumni and students are intimidating witnesses into silence.
If you don’t believe me about this student check out ” Adina Cohen Attacks Victims of Meisels Seminaries” and look at some of the comments she posts to attack others. Here are a few more of her gems:
- Anonymous writer #1 this has nothing to do about beauty, you shallow girl, but I guarantee you I’m 10 times prettier than you.
- PPS, Anonymous number two; do you even know who my dad is?!??!? he is a US Air Force Rabbi, he freaken worked in the Pentagon, and went out to do services for soldiers in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Qatar defending your miserable life.
In the near future I expect to post other specimens of these sentiments by other alumni being fueled by back channel messages from staff.