Yeshivah announces interim leadership

Yeshivah Centre.

YESHIVAH has announced the members of the new interim committee of management (COM), Governance Review Panel (GRP) and educational advisors.

The new COM will consists of respected businesspeople and communal figures including

  • Leah Balter: Jewish Care Victoria co-vice president
  • Yechiel Belfer: ANZ Wealth’s in-house senior lawyer
  • Yossi Franck: Accountant and board member of various private companies
  • Joel Gerschman: Expert in conflict resolution and worked as  Head Lecturer of Negotiation and Dispute Resolution within the Monash University Law Faculty
  • Craig Goldberg: Former Deloitte partner
  • Shmuley Goldberg: director of corporate development at the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre
  • Raphael Goodman: Telstra senior engineer
  • Meir Moss: Kesser Torah College president

“We have all witnessed a range of issues confronting the Yeshivah Centre over the last few years, many of which were brought into sharp focus by the recent Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. As a result, there has been a wide-spread communal call for improved governance, transparency and new leadership,” the interim COM said in a statement to the community.

The interim COM will work with Yeshivah Beth Rivkah Colleges principal to support the running of the school, work with various Yeshivah Centre organisations to support programs, facilitate the implementation of recommendations by the Governance Review Panel, facilitate urgent capital projects, establish sub-committees and, importantly, respond to issues raised during the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

“We have already begun open dialogue with victims of child sex abuse and are committed to providing them and their families an open door and support.”

The GRP members, who have been announced, have been only given one instruction: “To ensure that any new structure will maintain the Chabad ethos and adherence to our Rebbeim’s teachings”. The members of the GRP are:

  • Leah Balter: Jewish Care Victoria co-vice president
  • Ray Finkelstein QC: Former Federal Court judge
  • Dr Hugo Gold: Consultant and clinical associate professor at the Royal Children’s Hospital
  • Yossi Loewenstein: Founding director of the Melbourne Beth Din
  • Marcus Solomon QC: Yeshivah graduate and board member at the Carmel school in Perth since 1993

And the educational advisors will be:

  • Genia Janover: Was Bialik College principal for more than 20 years,
  • Rabbi Faivish Pink: Has lectured and inspected schools in Australia, Belgium, Gibraltar, Holland, Israel South Africa and USA. Is a Chief Examiner for RSA Economics and acts as a judge on the North Regional Panel for Teacher of the Year Awards.

The Yeshivah Centre reminded the community that it wants to “unequivocally encourage that anyone who has any information regarding any allegations of child sexual abuse whether as a victim/survivor, their family member or friend, staff, volunteers or anyone else” that they should contact the police via the Moorabbin Sexual Offences and Child Abuse Investigation Team on (03) 9556-6124 or, for support, contact Tzedek on 1300 893 335.

To hear more from the Trustees, who appointed the new committees, the interim COM and understand what the next step is for the school, see Thursday’s AJN.