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Merkos To Push School Guidelines

Rabbi Nachum Kaplan, author of Chabad's guidelines for safety in schools, says students today are more protected from abuse. Full Story

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I have a question
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I have a question

Human anatomy education? I thought the Rebbe was against that type of Ed

Curious
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Curious

The terrible tales of abuse in Australia occurred 20-25 years ago- exactly which guidelines did Merkos have in place back then???

An important point to ponder
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An important point to ponder

It is important for us to remember that if we turn back the calendar some 20 odd years, schools everywhere would have dealt with abuse in the same way. It was a different era. The topic of abuse was not really dealt with anywhere. They didn’t know then what we know now. They are responsible for their actions, but when judging them we need to understand the context. It’s like marginalizing Abraham Lincoln for owning slaves, he lived in an era when it was a normal acceptable practice. If he lived now, he would be opposed to slave ownership. Judge… Read more »

Accountability
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Accountability

Many school principals covered up many cases such as this just to put it under the rug .. It didn’t go away! Why aren’t the principals In other schools being accounted for the abuse they covered up. They closed their eyes and looked the other way. Instead of dealing with it. People who cover up up abuse is more at fault than the abuser.
I hope the administers of collive do the right thing and post this important message.
That all people who covered up child abuse no matter who you are at some point all will be known.

1961 Gan Yisroel office director
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1961 Gan Yisroel office director

thank you for undertaking the task of upgrading the schools and mosdoth , your work is greatly appreciated

I think counslers to talk to children in school would be helpful to guide and support children with their difficulties
I would join a supporting team for this which includes educating and giving the counslers tools for this important task

Not to compare...
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Not to compare...

The story that the world has been watching with the RC in Aus is similar to the one BBC is selling us about what is happening to our brothers in Israel. One sided, bias. This is a game on anti religion and anti Yeshiva that you are buying into. R’ Kaplan, with all due respect did you stay up till 3am each night watching the live feed? Do you know exactly what happened in Aus? How could you merkos make a public statement that stated that had the schools adhered to this guidline, everything could have been avoided. The guideline,… Read more »

guidlines?
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guidlines?

I’ve been involved with 2 chabad schools for almost 20 years. This is the first I’ve heard of guidlines?? Seems a bit opportunistic don’t you think?

Note to the writers of the Guidelines
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Note to the writers of the Guidelines

It seems that on page 15, the end of the first paragraph on item 3 should be corrected to “it is not wise for him to try to make a determination of guilt or innocence by himself” or possibly “it is wise for him not to try to make a determination of guilt or innocence by himself”.

Sounds Like More Denial
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Sounds Like More Denial

The fact is that most mosdos and teachers were neither aware of these Guildlines, nor given due attention since written. This is evident in the fact that abuse has been going on in our mosdos (shuls, schools and camps) for decades. In fact, it seems every week more abuse cases and abusers are being revealed. I am sorry to disagree with Rabbi Kaplan’s last answer to the question “Are you saying our children are safer today?” Rabbi Kaplan answers “Absolutely. The kinds of problems we had 20 years ago could not happen today.” Has Rabbi Kaplan heard of the Watch?… Read more »

Care to know the truth?
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Care to know the truth?

I’d like to ask the said leaders if ANY of them have bothered to take the time approach those involved, now shamed through your sweeping remarks, to actually seek out the truth? Fact: lies were told on the witness stand during the RC (and no I’m not referring to the Rabbis). Fact: there were many elements to the story that were not exposed on the witness stand because certain questions were not asked. Has Rabbi Kaplan and associates made any effort to learn the truth from the people who were involved? Or, have they fallen into the trap of simply… Read more »

what's the truth
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what's the truth

Many are aware that mashpim and leaders have known about abuse going on in schools and elsewhere and have kept there peace or worse have ignored it or even worse ostracized those victims rachamana letzlan!!.So while I appreciate going forward forward in a positive way, as chassisdim shouldnt we also be merciful to something thats is totally wrong. The previous title that was taken out said it as it is “ABUSE COVER UP WAS HORRENDOUS” it doesent matter of it happened 30 years ago because obvuously they didnt validate those victims after so whi cares how long ago it was… Read more »

Donald trump
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Donald trump

Get off your high horse, schools need guidelines and that’s why there are professionals in this area who the schools should go to, why make useless public announcements?

Are you serious?
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Are you serious?

I’ve worked at Chabad Mosdos, in a leadership position, and never ONCE heard about Merkos GUIDELINES for Children’s Safety. You have to be CRAZY to believe that Melbourne schools are the only chabad schools where child abuse occurs and is ignored. Wake up and realize that csa abuse happens all over the world, and cover-up happens all over the world. This statement has nothing to do with Australia, and ESPECIALLY not after the fact! Abuse is happening in other communities as well! How can you say that Merkos’ guidelines could have saved Melbourne’s victims? these guidelines were never mentioned in… Read more »

Lax
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Lax

“We encourage all Chabad schools to sign it”

Why just encourage, shouldn’t it be mandatory? Just shows how we don’t take this matter seriously.

“we had to involve the parents.”
Why the parents? is this about school safety or about parenting?

“Schools are expected to… look out for signs of abuse in the home, not only in schools”

As a parent, I’d rather be expected to look out for signs of abuse in the classroom, not only in homes.

WHAT ABOUT ALCOHOL GIVEN OUT HIGH SCHOOLS....
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WHAT ABOUT ALCOHOL GIVEN OUT HIGH SCHOOLS....

what about the horrific introduction of alcohol in yeshivos?
The alcoholics in our community were first introduced in the walls of the Yeshiva. This has destroyed families and lives…. Its time yeshivas realize we live in a time when kids with addictions are suffering more than ever. You can farbreing without alcohol…TIME TO RETHINK- GET WITH THE TIMES- KIDS ARE SUFFERING WITH ADDICTIONS MORE THAN EVER…….

A wonderful initiative
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A wonderful initiative

but the claim that Melbourne could have prevented such incidents had they followed the Merkos Guidlines is ignoring the fact that these incidents of abuse happened more than thirteen years ago- before this guideline was put together.
At present, Yeshiva College of Melbourne has a comprehensive safety policy in place and is a safe and healthy school.

oh please!
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oh please!

To all the comments saying the abuse in melbourne happened over 20 years ago, so merkos’ guidelines wouldn’t have helped. The recent revelations of pretty shocking behavior by the leaders there were about many more years, much more recent, than just the abuse from 20 years ago. In the past few years way more went on by the leadership in australia that could have well been prevented had they been more up to date on the way to treat victims when they come forward. The sooner you all admit this, the sooner all involved can begin to heal. And its… Read more »

Watch
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Watch

In the wall of shame there are abusers from Last Year ! Some yeshivas teachers , and from NY!! Guidelines? It’s a joke!! I remember some 18 years ago it was an abuser ( not rabbi not teacher) in a yeshiva. In NJ And when it was discovered they dealt very well with the situation In NY they didn’t deal the same way when some rabbi was denounced as a molester. , Raboisai , these announcements” are just politic statements Lemaaise now we are in different times where we have cameras cell phones computers and BH is very hard for… Read more »

Victim
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Victim

20 yrs ago was a different era. The victims ( myself included!) would have suffered more if it would have been dealt with the way things are done nowadays! Leave the Rabbis alone! Think of all the good they have done for us and the community as a whole. I say jail the abusers but u just cannot go after the heads of communities… They Did not comit the crime and dealt with it how they knew best ! I will not be going after my abuser , I will not be going after the people of authority who could… Read more »

jail the abusers
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jail the abusers

Be careful what you wish for. An accused molester is violently obliterated by nazi prison gangs instantly. So whatever your feelings, say it how it is. It’s a death sentence.

Monsey Parents
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Monsey Parents

1. The Cheder in Monsey has been following these guidelines for years
2. These guidelines were indroduced several times at the annual summer conferences
3. They have been posted on the chinuch office website for years.

safety kid
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safety kid

I thought safety kid was run by a Cali organization – nothing to do with chabad or merkos. As far as I’m aware, local schools are only starting the training at first grade – not 3 yr old as thus article suggests

To #7
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To #7

You are asking that you were involved in 2 Chabad schools and never heard of the Guidelines – next time when there is a Kinus of Mechanchim / Mechanchos, please participate like everyone else and be part of the system. Thank you.

it's not just australia
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it's not just australia

Australia is being looked to like a hot bed of abuse, but that’s only because it’s being dealt with there. If there was the equivalent of a royal commission in Israel or the US, we all know how much worse it would be. At least the schools in Australia are aware and dealing.

to # 19
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to # 19

I understand you 100% .BH you were able to get married and have a nice family.
But you should know that the actions of the abusers to other people , have destroyed many lives for ever(many people left yiddishkait, many didn’t get married, many they are psychological affected,disturbed)we have many korbanos
The abusers continued doing more because the rabbis let them , and they only punished and threatened the victims and it is obvious that they should have fired them and not allowed them to be in contact with children

yasher koach to Rabbi Nochem Kaplan
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yasher koach to Rabbi Nochem Kaplan

he does not shy away from painful topics

he says it like it is

he is always willing to hear what people have to say and he listens with an open mind and true respect

just by reading the comments one can see what he is up against

thank you Rabbi Kaplan for doing a thankless task these past many years

To # 22
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To # 22

Safety Kid an organization in California. The Crown Heights initiative and funding came from the Chinuch Office.
It goes from prek to 3rd grade

Rabbi Kaplan is a hero
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Rabbi Kaplan is a hero

Thank you Rabbi Kaplan for personally protecting our children for the past 13 years.

A Great First Step
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A Great First Step

Thank you for standing up for whats right!

Benny Forer
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Benny Forer

I have read the Merkos guidelines, and while they are a good start, they are insufficient and badly written. As someone that has written policy and advised on policy, I find the policy and some of its notations to be insufficient…It only covers the bare minimum to prevent school liability. I strongly encourage Merkos to continue to review this policy, and determine other clauses and edits that can and should be made to improve it. Importantly, Merkos recognizes that Dinai Nefashos is more important than reputation, and if abuse is suspected, we should do everything to prevent even the potential… Read more »

To #30
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To #30

To Benny,

Can you publish a list of suggestions for the Merkos guideline and post it as a response article instead of a comment.

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