Sydney rabbi resigns as council head over leaked e-mails

By JTA
August 1, 2011 16:36

 
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SYDNEY – A Sydney rabbi stepped aside from his high-profile post while he fights a report suggesting he supported covering up alleged cases of child molestation.

Rabbi Yosef Feldman removed himself as president of the Rabbinical Council of New South Wales Monday after the Australian Jewish News published a damning report, based on leaked e-mails, alleging that he contended that rabbis should determine whether or not pedophiles be reported to authorities.

The report and editorial in last week’s edition comes in the wake of Australian police opening an investigation in June into revelations of child abuse two decades ago at Yeshivah College in Melbourne that were not reported to police at the time.

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