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Rabbi Telsner Stands Down; Apologises to Victims

September 2, 2015 – 10:14 am3 Comments

yeshiva2Rabbi Zvi Telsner:

י”ז אלול תשע”ה

1st September, 2015

Dear Yeshivah Community Members, Friends and Supporters,

As a senior Rabbi at the Yeshivah Centre I acknowledge and endorse its values, policies and message

of continued support and compassion for victims of Child Sexual Abuse, their families and all of the

community. Elul is a time to reflect on ones values and behaviours as we prepare to herald in the New

Year.

I recognise that my conduct towards victims and their families did not demonstrate these values or

behaviour to the extent necessary of a Rabbi in my position. Accordingly, I have decided to stand

down from my position as Rabbi at the Yeshivah Centre, effective immediately.

We all must be aware of how our words and actions impact on others and therefore would like to take

this opportunity to apologise for my conduct and urge everyone to show compassion and support

towards victims and their families throughout the moised and broader community.

I wish the community all the best for a Ksiva Vechasima Tova, and a year full of blessings.

Yours Sincerely,

Rabbi Z. Telsner

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Press Release from Yeshivah Centre Interim Committee of Management:

י”ז אלול תשע”ה

1st September, 2015

Dear Yeshivah Community Members, Friends and Supporters,

At the Yeshivah Centre we are currently working hard to ensure that we have the appropriate policies

and processes in place to guarantee a safe environment for our children. As well as appropriate

policies, our values and behaviours need to reflect support to those who have been affected by this

both now and in the future.

Today, Rabbi Telsner has notified the Committee of Management of his decision to stand down from

his position as Rabbi at the Yeshivah Centre, effective immediately. This follows a recent event in

which such values or behaviour to the extent required of a Rabbi in his position were not demonstrated.

We support his decision and immediate resolve.

In Rabbi Telsner’s letter to the community he apologises for his past conduct and urges everyone to

show compassion and support towards victims and their families throughout the moised and broader

community. We echo Rabbi Telsner’s apology and his message of consideration and compassion and

we resolve to make every effort to continue to move forward and improve in this regard.

Wishing you a K’sivah V’chasimah Toivah, and a Sweet new year.

The Yeshivah Centre Interim Committee of Management

Leah Balter

Yechiel Belfer

Yossi Franck

Joel Gerschman

Craig Goldberg

Shmuley Goldberg

Rafi Goodman

Meir Moss

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