Monday, May 11, 2015

Senior rabbi Zvi Telsner on committee that helped accused sex predator Malka Leifer flee Australia, court told

Herald Sun     A SENIOR rabbi accused of covering up sex crimes at Yeshivah College formed part of a committee that helped accused sex predator Malka Leifer flee Australia, a court has heard. 

Mrs Leifer fled Australia just days after the Adass Israel School committee of management was told of allegations she abused at least three sisters and a string of other girls.

Yeshivah Centre chief rabbi Zvi Telsner was on Monday named as a member of a panel that decided to terminate the former Adass Israel School principal’s employment and help her flee Australia in 2008.

It comes as Mrs Leifer was on Monday night expected to fight an application for her extradition from Israel to face criminal charges here.[...]

Current principal Israel Herszberg told the Supreme Court that Rabbi Telsner formed part of a panel that decided how to handle the allegations.

The panel ultimately decided to suspend Mrs Leifer and send her back to Israel using school funds, he said. [...]

The revelation Rabbi Telsner was involved in a second alleged cover-up is expected to increase mounting pressure for him to resign.

Insiders said it was evidence of a wider culture of cover-ups, bullying and denial that exists in the ultra-orthodox community.

One alleged victim said as recently as last month he was “told off” for reporting a matter to authorities.

There has been increasing pressure for Rabbi Telsner to step down following evidence he gave to the royal commission in February that included a claim that paedophiles and gay people could be “cured”.

He was also accused of encouraging the shunning of child sex abuse victims, a claim he has denied.[...]


  1. Dear Chabad in crown heights,

    Isn't it time you removed telsner from Chabad.Org? He has become nothing more than an embarrassment and has no place in any organisation. While you're logged in, you should remove Biderman too!

    Yours thankfully in advance!

  2. This is disgraceful. Everyday we are hearing about people who we should be able to respect abusing others, especially children. Now it's a woman!

    What is more disgustingl is that we are hearing that Rabbi Zvi Telsner once again defending abusers and telling victims that they should not speak out!

    Isn't Telsner Chabad?. Are they going to defend him, like they did their other crooks in Australia? What do his family think of him? Aren't they ashamed?

  3. You have to remember that we are dealing with two competing systems of morality.
    In the regular world pedophiles and rapists are evil no matter what their background.
    In Rabbi Telsner's world, Jewish adults are good, anyone who threatens them is evil. So the vicims are evil, the non-Jewish police are evil, the courts are evil...

  4. It's bad enough that perpetrators don't consider their behaviour as wrong.

    Are you saying Telsner thinks he is above all> He does not follow the law of the Country or Torah! There is no stopping this man. What punishment should he be given? Like Freundl, perhaps they should rot in the adjoining cells!

  5. Could some explain to me why molesters are protected by frum people? Aren't they sinners that need to be ostracized, like מחללי שבת? What am I missing?

  6. who says 'mechallelei shabat' are ostracized? They pay good money for their 'aliyot'.

    (Note: i understand her family is very well connected.
    why shouldn't this rav help her out.'? Why should crown heights do something about someone very well connected?

    Second question: she may (or may not. I don't know) be a very good principal. They may have decided (improperly) to help her out as a very good principal. Professional courtesy.)

  7. She may be a good Principal, but what are her principles?


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