February 11, 2015
In light of recent statements and views expressed by Rabbi Yosef Feldman, The Yeshiva Centre has accepted his resignation as a Director on the Board of Management of The Yeshiva Centre, which includes his administrative responsibilities.
The Yeshiva Centre thanks Rabbi Yosef Feldman for his years of selfless dedication to the Centre.
The Yeshiva Centre reiterates its staunch commitment to protect victims of abuse including full compliance with authorities and legal procedures.
As part of a commitment to the highest standards of care for children, Yeshiva has comprehensive child protection policies in place, which are constantly being reviewed and updated to ensure maximum safety and protection for all children in our care.
Philip Cohen is president of the Southern Sydney Synagogue of which Rabbi Yosef Feldman is currently the spiritual leader. He told J-Wire: “We are holding a special meeting tomorrow night to discuss the current situation.”
STATEMENT BY RABBI YOSEF FELDMAN:
“As of today I am resigning from my position as a Director on the Board of Management of The Yeshiva Centre, which includes my administrative responsibilities.
“I apologise to anyone in the Rabbinate, the Jewish community and the wider Australian community who may have been embarrassed or ashamed by my views, words, understandings, recordings or emails about child sexual abuse or any other matter.
“I have dedicated my life to doing whatever I can to protect and assist all people in need including those who have suffered from any form of abuse, especially children, and it pains me greatly that words that I have expressed have upset victims and their families.
“In the future I will be more careful with my words, so that they are only a source of pride to the Jewish and General community.”
“I commit to undertake formal training and education on how to identify, handle and report abuse allegations.”
A spokesman for the Sydney Yeshiva Centre told J-Wire: “Rabbi Yosef Feldman has no administrative duties within the organisation. As to the future the Yeshiva Centre is considering its options.”