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Breaking News: Tzedek and Rabbi Brander – Cover Up or Unfair Accusation? Plus: Physical Altercation

August 5, 2013 – 6:53 pm9 Comments

From the editor:

breaking news2Might things not be so clear cut regarding allegations that eminent Rabbi, Kenneth Brander, who has been brought out on a speaking tour by the Council of Orthodox Synagogues of Australia (COSA), facilitated a cover up of child abuse?

Manny Waks’s advocacy group, Tzedek, issued a press release expressing dismay that Rabbi Brander had been invited, in light of the claims.

In response, COSA has issued its own press release, strongly condemning the accusations against Rabbi Brander as completely unfounded and grossly unfair.

We reprint the statement here:

“As one who is supportive of the mission and goals of Tzeddek, it was extremely disappointing that its founder, Mr. Manny Waks saw fit to criticise COSA for bringing Rabbi Brander to Australia. As an organisation dedicated to pursuing justice and rooting out abuse, one would expect it to  uphold the highest standards of truth and integrity. Rather than allowing himself to accept uncritically spurious allegations and smears that were recently levelled at Rabbi Brander, had Mr. Waks conducted an honest inquiry into both the facts of the alleged accusations as well as Rabbi Brander’s strong track record in the area of social activism and child and family abuse cases in general, he would have discovered that not only were the allegations totally without foundation, but that Rabbi Brander has a reputation for being a pioneer and role model for how rabbi’s should conduct themselves in such cases. By his actions, Mr. Waks has sought to impugn the credibility of someone he should be lauding as an example for all Rabbis thereby damaging the cause of those seeking to eliminate both child sex abuse and the culture of covering up this crime.”

Meanwhile, Tzedek has also released a statement regarding alleged physical intimidation of Manny Waks’s father, Zephania Waks.

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