Melbourne Jewish School Under Fire Over Principal


[Rabbi Meir Shlomo Kluwgant, new principal at Adass Israel School]


The Adass Israel School in Melbourne has come under fire after appointing Rabbi Meir Shlomo Kluwgant as its new principal.


Rabbi Kluwgant, the former president of the Rabbinical Council of Australasia, was forced to step down from all his communal leadership positions after the 2015 Royal Commission into Instutional responses to Child Sexual Abuse.


While there has never been any claim or implication that Rabbi Kluwgant acted inappropriately with children himself, concerns were raised by victims and victims’ advocates over how he handled issues related to child sexual abuse.


Reacting to the appointment, Dassi Erlich, who was awarded more than $1 million in damages in a civil case by the Victorian Supreme Court for sexual abuse by former Adass principal Malka Leifer, said the school should learn from the past.


Leifer fled to Israel in 2008, aided by members of the Adass community, when allegations of abuse first surfaced. 


“I implore you, please do not make the mistake of hiring Rabbi Kluwgant,” Erlich said.


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Posted by Ruth Thomas (06/07/2017 10:01)      205 Views