What happened at the Adass Yisroel school in Melbourne, Australia?
Parents would like to know, but rabbis…
…are covering up, as the Australian Jewish News reports:
Now let's let The Age tell the story:
The head of campus for Jewish studies at Adass Israel Girls School, Malka Leifer, was forced to resign last week and left for Israel shortly after, school committee member Issac Benedikt told The Age.
"It came both at the same time, she was told she can't be at the school, she said in that case I'm resigning," Mr Benedikt said.
The allegations involve some students at the school aged 18 and 19, he said.
"We are investigating it at the moment. At the moment we don't have any conclusive evidence," Mr Benedikt said.
"We can't really say what happened and what didn't happen."…
The Age goes on to note police can't comment on the case, especially when "underage children" are involved.
But aren't these girls 18 or older?
A Melbourne correspondent tells me that the story seems to be something like this. The
Links to Neturei Karta
Rabbi Beck's brother is one of the Neturi Karta rabbis who went to Tehran for the Holocaust denial conference. Beck himself is a Vishnitzer hasid.
Although Adass Yisroel issued a strong general condemnation of Neturei Karta, Rabbi Beck refused to issue a condemnation in his own name.
Melbourne businessman and rabbi, Joseph Gutnick, whose connections to Chabad are considerable, is noted in an Adass publication as “the largest single donor to Adass in its 50-year history” and his name adorns the Adass Gutnick Hall and Talmud Torah complex.
Fired by its distinctive brand of Hungarian and Slovakian Chassidism and Ashkenaz Orthodoxy, Adass draws its strengths from the destroyed yeshivot of Hungary, Czechoslovakia and Galicia, from Jewish centres such as Ger, Belz and Vishnitz.
Its rabbis are trained at kollels in the US and the Edah Hareidis in Jerusalem.…
…If anything, the Adass way of life has become stricter as modernity has encroached all around.
Community secretary Shlomo Boruch Abelesz recalls a postwar generation of Adass men who “were not too keen to have the outward appearance of being Jewish” and says beards and payot are a relatively recent development that harks back to pre-Holocaust traditions. In the early years, the school was co-educational.
Now the community resembles Kiryas Joel or Mea Shearim.
The AJN also notes that Adass is "non-Zionist" and has close ties to Satmar.