At the Royal Commission hearings into child sex abuse coverups at Chabad institution in Australia, Don Wolf, a former chairman of the Committee of Management (COM) of the board of Chabad's Yeshivah Centre in Melbourne and Nechama Bendet, the Yeshivah Centre's former general manager, both testified the COM never discussed a formal plan for compensating victims of child sex abuse at its schools and each leader's testimony (posted below) makes it appear as if compensation was never discussed by Chabad's Committee of Management. But that impression was false – arguably intentionally so.
Above: Nechama Bendet, left; Don Wolf, right
First, here are the minutes of a Chabad Yeshivah Centre Committee of Management meeting dated August 19, 2014, six months before the Royal Commission hearings into Chabad abuse coverups. They were first published here on FailedMessiah.com on May 25, 2015. The COM discusses compensation for two victims and decides not to give compensation to a third victim because his case is not covered by Chabad's insurance. Please click to enlarge:
Now here's an open letter from a victim's family member to members of Chabad's Committee of Management dated November 24, 2014, 2-1/2 months before the Royal Commission hearings into Chabad abuse coverups. The letter-writer says s/he asked Rabbi Yehoshua Smukler, the head of Chabad's Yeshivah Centre's girl's school and its boy's school, about compensation of victims. Smukler allegedly responded by saying the police force's "Sano Taskforce" told Chabad not to pay out any compensation to victims and said that many victims didn't want compensation. But according to police, both those claims are false, the letter-writer says.
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The relevant excerpt of former Chabad Committee of Management Chairman Don Wolf's testimony at the Royal Commission denying the COM ever spoke about formal compensation of victims. Again, please click to enlarge:
Now here's an excerpt of former Chabad Yeshivah Centre General Manager Nechama Bendet's Royal Commission testimony in which she also denies Chabad's Committee of Management ever discussed formally compensating victims:
Does all this show Wolf and Bendet committed perjury? I think it probably does, and the only remaining question is, will Australian prosecutors file charges against them?
We should know the answer to the question in the not too distant future.
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