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    Merkos Statement on Child Abuse

    The educational arm of Chabad-Lubavitch issued a statement about investigations into child abuse at Australian institutions. Full Story

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    What are saying????
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    What are saying????

    Child Safety Code guidelines of the Merkos Educational Office??????? Who has seen this??????

    Who?
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    Who?

    Who is merkoz and why is there no name signed on the letter?

    I protest your choice of photos
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    I protest your choice of photos

    The jury is not even out yet and you portray picture of the school through the bars of the front gate, an obvious message..
    Yeshiva College of Melbourne learned from their unfortunate experiences and have already implemented a comprehensive safety policy a number of years ago.

    questions
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    questions

    1. Is there really a Merkos child protection guideline or has this just been made up?
    2. Will Merkos fire people in Australia who did wrong?

    Throwing under the bus for political readons
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    Throwing under the bus for political readons

    I think it would be fair to say that all Rabbis from Merkos would have reacted the same way by hiding abuse under the rug. However it is still appropriate to be taking a stance finally! Times have changed thanks to some brave survivors who put up the fight to combat abuse.

    tshuva and tefilla
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    tshuva and tefilla

    I applaud you for being so forthright when you acknowledge that a problem exists or existed three quarters of the problem is solved after all CHABAD is all about teshuva what a great way to be an example

    Put this statement to the test
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    Put this statement to the test

    they should do some soul searching here in the United States if they are really serious before it comes out like it did in Australia

    concerned mother
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    concerned mother

    I can’t begin to imagine how long it will take to fix this. There are so many positive things to focus on, why the need to deal with such garbage? If only the necessary people in charge had taken even a cursory look into Rabbi Dovvis book on Community Crisis Awareness this could have all been avoided. If there is one thing we can do its follow his guidance.
    Moshiach Now!!

    Appropriate
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    Appropriate

    Thank you for this statement. Indeed some of Australia’s perpetrators went on to abuse in New York as well. It is important that all school and communities feel connected and responsible for these errors and tragedies.

    It sounds a bit
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    It sounds a bit

    as if they’e trying to cover themselves. If they really feel strongly about this issue, they should launch an internal investigation about other molestation cover ups at Chabad moisdos-not gonna happen.

    positive
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    positive

    Whilst it may be just and right – we should be careful not to rejoice in another person’s downfall. Remember how and why we pour out wine whilst reading out the ten plagues on passover?

    great statement
    Guest
    great statement

    I am pleased to see that Chabad/Merkos is confronting this unfortunate problem in a responsible way

    Great text
    Guest
    Great text

    If only it was entirely true…

    Thank you
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    Thank you

    Thank you collive for not putting an article filled with loshon horah about this story on ur site!

    To #3
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    To #3

    The jury is out. Numerous members of chabad Australia were tried and convicted for csa. Numerous rabbis affiliated with the yeshiva knew about these horrific crimes and failed to stop them.

    From an Aussie
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    From an Aussie

    Good morning merkos l’inyonei CHINUCH. Why does it take this to shake everybody up and realize that there may just be a problem that is their job? That said: #1 The real problems that Yeshiva faces run far deeper than abuse from 20 years ago. It is easy to issue blanket statements that sound politically correct but mean very little from a practical standpoint. Yeshivah now has some serious work to do to get back on it’s feet. What is clear to those who followed the Royal commission hearings (which were very disturbing on so many levels) is that it… Read more »

    20yrs ago there was a  written csa policy???
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    20yrs ago there was a written csa policy???

    How forward thinking of merkos to have a written csa policy at a time when the culture was not to talk openly about csa. Kol hakavod to merkos for the forsight that enabled them to be so ahead of the times.

    i agree
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    i agree

    with # 11.

    agree with 16
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    agree with 16

    The real change here had to be in the leadership ie committee of management. Merkos also has to pull rank when time and again they have been asked to intervene. If the com would have dealt with this issue appropriately a massive chilul Hashes and chilil chabad would have been avoided

    To #17
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    To #17

    Where des it say it was 20yrs ago?

    PC for the big bucks
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    PC for the big bucks

    merkos is simply covering their “you know what”
    the statement is overkill.
    Fix the problem and move on.

    Oh, the irony
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    Oh, the irony

    The statement sounds like this is some abberation happening in far off australia. The good news is that this comission actually pushed australia way ahead of the game. There are places where known pedophiles working with children, still.

    Wake-Up Call For Lubavitch
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    Wake-Up Call For Lubavitch

    What has happened in Australia is a shame and inexcusable. The main question is what is going to “really” happen as a result of this? Every Lubavitch community, shaliach and, Lubvatich as an organization, is now legally accountable for any child abuse. The Merkos letter has this implication. Any abuse revealed or hidden will be brought to civil court where lawsuits will cost the mosdos, shlechiam and Lubavitch not only money but perhaps, years in prison if they do not abide.

    Yerida Letzorech Aliya
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    Yerida Letzorech Aliya

    Be positive people. The revelations of the past decade were so shocking that even the most apathetic person has learnt quite some lesson – a lesson about respecting each indivudial student, and a lesson about the traumatic effects of horrific abuse.
    I believe with complete faith that things will improve from now on. The victim has a voice! and the community has knowledge and experience!
    lechaim to better times !!

    What Code?
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    What Code?

    “The unfortunate incidents alleged to have occurred in Australia may have well been avoided if the institutions in question would have adhered to the Child Safety Code guidelines of the Merkos Educational Office.”

    I’ve worked at Chabad Org’s my whole life and never heard of this.

    And why no name signed?

    What’s the politics?

    To #6
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    To #6

    Settle down

    Good start, let's hope they do the real uncomfortable work
    Guest
    Good start, let's hope they do the real uncomfortable work

    Issuing policies is one thing, rolling up the sleeves and doing the difficult work of school by school having real education and enforcement in place is quite another. Let’s hope this is the beginning of real internal checks and balances, supervision and guidance, change so needed in so many mosdos

    Let's Keep It In Perspective
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    Let's Keep It In Perspective

    There is no excuse whatsoever for any unethical behavior on the part of any leadership people, especially in cases where others were so horrifically abused. Nevertheless, without naming names, what the focus of the Royal Commission was the PAST, events that took place decades ago, where the MAJOR crime of the leadership was INSENSITIVITY, and for that crime, otherwise, decent honorable rabbis, YES, I DARE SAY, good people… have been tremendously dragged through the mud.. etc,. YES, to validate the victims… and to make a better future… BUT, like I said… we need to keep this in perspective.. from the… Read more »

    to #20
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    to #20

    If you research the facts you will find that the “incidents” occurred over 20 years ago. Merkos states “the unfortunate incidents alleged to have taken place in Australia may well habe been avoided if the institutions in question had adhered to the child safety code guidelines of the merkos educational office.” Highly impressive to be so ahead of the times if there was indeed a merkos safety code a quarter of a century ago.

    Apologies?
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    Apologies?

    Have apologies been made to the victims and their families and to those who were shunned or ostracized for reporting problems or urging a different approach? Is Chabad providing compensation for the victims? Have apologies been made to the larger community in general?

    Code Put Out By Chinuch Officer
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    Code Put Out By Chinuch Officer

    To # 25.
    “I’ve worked at Chabad Org’s my whole life and never heard of this. ”
    All the schools which have had and have a connection with the Chinuch Office of Merkos are aware of this code which was put out under Rabbi Nochum Kaplan after consultation with Rabonim and Professionals. Yes, adherence to the code would have avoided the problems.
    Rabbi Chaim D. Kagan, Menahel, Monsey Beis Chaya Mushka

    Thank you#28!!
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    Thank you#28!!

    Finally somone stating it clear and focused

    to 31
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    to 31

    the incidence being dealt with were earlier then 20 years ago.

    so I’m not sure of the relevance of the so called code.

    also is there a list of the schools that received these codes? are the Moisdes in Australia even under the auspices of Merkos?.

    A commision is is due on some of the Big Institutions in Crown Heights
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    A commision is is due on some of the Big Institutions in Crown Heights

    If a similar investigation we’re to be conducted on some of the bigger schools in Crown Heights, one would most definitely find cover-ups and under carpets sweeps, as is clear from a lot of the testimonies given from the countless victims who have been abused in our system.
    Thanks Merkos, however lets see a statement from The Yeshivas in CH.

    לא תעמד על דם רעך
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    לא תעמד על דם רעך

    Don’t justify someone that did something wrong, support “JCW” and help them doing what there doing the least you can do is don’t get in their way, and forsure dont stop them from helping another jew

    AUSSIE WHO KNOWS
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    AUSSIE WHO KNOWS

    Fully agree with 28.

    FOOLISH PEOPLE!!!
    Guest
    FOOLISH PEOPLE!!!

    YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND!! THESE ARE RUTHLESS PEOPLE WHO ARE DRUNK ON THE POWER OF DESTRUCTION AND REVENGE!! NOTHING IS SACRED!! MELBOURNE WAS JUST FIRST ON THE LIST!! ALL OF CHABAD IS IN GREAT DANGER!!!

    Dear Rabbi Kagan (#31)
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    Dear Rabbi Kagan (#31)

    When were the Codes sent out? Surely the parents should know about the policies and not just the Admin?

    Can we know which schools follow these Codes? Parents have a right to know.

    Thank you

    Facts
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    Facts

    Apparently, a lot of you have missed the point. The main motive of the Federal Commission was to investigate how the institution responded to the victims NOW. Not 30 years ago. It is pretty self-understood that the culture then was vastly different to where we are holding today. Had the ‘management’ come forward and apologized as well as acknowledged what took place, like honest and decent people, the commission would not have taken place. Instead, they chose to ignore (and ignore some more) the victims, then intimidate and bully them until it reached a boiling point. Kudos to the ‘management’… Read more »

    Thanks for addressing Australian problem
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    Thanks for addressing Australian problem

    How about addressing the same problem in Crown Heights.

    To #39 - Facts?! or Fiction
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    To #39 - Facts?! or Fiction

    Your statement has nothing to do with facts and everything to do with interpretation. I followed the Commission – of course the purpose was all about the future, but factually most of the time was taken up discussing the actions or lack of…of events decades old. Not to justify anything at all, G-d forbid, but a lot of this superior indignation smacks of deluded self-righteousness, I ask myself this question: Would I have acted any different than those in “management”? Would you? They were as you say ..” It is pretty self-understood that the culture then was vastly different to… Read more »

    To #41
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    To #41

    The reason it turned into a Royal Commission is because the CURRENT management chose to ignore instead of acknowledge and apologize. I agree, we cannot question the decision makers at the time, but we can look at how, when approached, the decision-makers TODAY chose to ignore instead of acknowledge and simply apologize.
    Would you ignore victims coming forward to you? Now, a year ago or four years ago?

    to #41
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    to #41

    yes we can question the management then. About 20 years ago, I was a teacher in a Chabad moisad that had a situation. I new the name of the perpetrator but not of the victims.When I asked the had Rabbi to please notify the proper authorities ,he said no,that they were handling it internally. There was no excuse then and there’s no excuse now! Frankly the twists and turns of your defense are revolting.

    PSA in case you want to see the Merkos code...
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    PSA in case you want to see the Merkos code...

    Merkos has published their code some time ago on their chinuchoffice website.

    You have to go to the section for “generic school forms and policies” (which any school is free to use and adapt) and click on Child Safety Code…

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