Head Shliach vs Head Shliach

Letter from Chaim Tzvi Groner on 1 March

Please be advised that I terminated Rabbi Chaim Herzog’s appointment as a Chabad shliach on 14 Cheshvan 5774, 18th October, 2013.

Accordingly, Rabbi Chaim Herzog does not have my authority to continue to use the names “Chabad” or “Lubavitch” in any activities being conducted by him, including but not limited to Chabad of CBD (Melbourne).  Any continued use of these names in conjunction with any activities undertaken or initiated by him is without my authority.

I acknowledge that more should have been done to have publicised this determination earlier.

I apologise to those that may have been impacted by my failure to have more publically alerted the community of my determination to terminate Rabbi Chaim Herzog’s appointment as a Chabad shliach earlier.

Rabbi Chaim Tzvi Groner
Head Shliach, Melbourne Australia

Letter from Yossel Gutnick on 4 March

It is with deep regret that I read the letter from Rabbi C Z Groner, disseminated to all members of the Yeshivah Community via the Yeshiva community email. Its well known that the Chabad Houses  are an independent organization headed by Rabbi A Serebransky, Rabbi Yossel Gutnick, and Rabbi C Z Groner  all appointed by Chabad Headquarters in N Y and not under one individual, or the Yeshiva organization.
In the current climate with the tragic events that have recently befallen our community together with the negative publicity emanating from the Royal Commission, in the spirit of unity  and Chabad values and  principals we encourage all Anash and Shluchim to work together and work out  issues internally, and not fragment  Cahbad Houses and their Emissary’s .

As there are three head Shiluchim responsible for Chabad  Houses around  Australia (excluding NSW headed by Rabbi P Feldman ) this issue and all future issues should be discussed and agreed upon to by the three Head Shiluchim  and not by one individual independently taking severe action of this nature on his own accord.

The letter and action taken by Rabbi CZ Groner was without consent and should be retracted. I strongly urge the letter against Rabbi C Herzog should be withdrawn forthwith.

I would like to conclude with the Blessing of
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Rabbi Yossel Gunick
Head Shilach Australia

 

The two of them have become a joke
Why did Chaim Tzvi write this now?
What was he planning to do if Herzog defies him just as he has been doing for years?
Yossel was put under pressure by Levi Mochkin and Henry Herzog to come out against Chaim Tzvi.
Yossel has a conflict of interest as the three crooks are all in business together.
Now this has become an issue of who is in charge of shluchim
Where is Reb Arol Serebryanski in all this?

Chabad HQ vs Chabad Melbourne

The governance review panel has released their recommendations.
The parents and friends are not happy with them.
They are not happy with anything that comes from the Yeshivah.
Now Chabad HQ have got involved after all these years having nothing to do with Melbourne.
What are they scared of? That Chaim Tzvi Groner will lose control?
What can they really do about this?
Manny Waks wants the community to force the trustees to hand over to “capable and independent trustees”
He is the biggest fool of all – no-one can force the trustees to do anything. Not Krinsky and Shemtov, not Manny Waks, and not the community.
The only power is with Nechama Bendet and Sholom Mendel Kluwgant.

Smukler vs COM

There is a dispute between Rabbi Smukler and the Yeshivah Committee of Management, but we don’t know what it is about.
He was their star witness at the RC but now they are fighting.
Different people have put their versions out there to suit their own agendas.
AVB and his special adviser YN want everyone to think it’s all coming from the Royal Commission. The fools at the AJN will print anything those two tell them http://www.jewishnews.net.au/yeshivah-principals-future-in-doubt/41304 and even the editor says what he thinks about it http://www.jewishnews.net.au/rabbi-smukler-the-community-stands-with-you/41263
But Smukler went looking around at other jobs last year long before the RC, and now has a job offer in his home town of Toronto.
Some people say his contract is up for renewal and now he knows he is worth a lot more so is playing hardball with the COM.
Anyone who has dealt with the tough guys on the COM knows that they are experts at playing hardball too.
The people who had disputes with the school (family C and family D and their friends) want him to go.
Some people who sided with them against Smukler now have changed and want him to stay. Maybe this is because they hate the COM even more than Smukler?
The inside word is that the dispute isn’t because of the RC. Smukler wants full control to run the school himself. He doesn’t even want to account to a parent body. Is that any worse than the COM who don’t account to anyone?

Royal Commission Hearing

Readers have asked for a special topic to talk about the Royal Commission hearing next week. The purpose of the hearing is in the link.
Everyone’s favourite secret recorder and leaker of conversations has been very busy. Anyone with half a brain can see that http://www.theage.com.au/national/jewish-sex-abuse-victims-pressured-not-to-assist-police-secret-tapes-and-emails-reveal-20150127-12zcfa.html and http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/yeshivah-police-target-declares-it-ok-to-kill-jews-who-report-abuse-20150129-1312vo.html have nothing to do with the purpose of the hearing.

Weinberg vs Chabad

Phillip Weinberg has blamed the whole of Chabad for the child sex abuse crimes.

He has been campaigning for people not to send their kid to Chabad day care and school in protest.

He launched a petition for Don Wolf and Rabbi Glick to apologize and resign, but after a month he doesn’t even have 500 signatures and they are mostly from people who aren’t even part of the local community.

The latest thing is that he has attacked the Shabbos Project. First he said people who go to Shabbos Project events at a Chabad House should “ask the Rabbi why the same people who were in charge of Chabad when children were sexually abused, remain in charge of Chabad today”. Then, he went further and said “There are many ways to support The Shabbos Project without supporting Chabad and institutional cover ups of child sex abuse” which is saying people should stay away from Chabad.

His post on Facebook got 10 comments attacking this stupidity and calling this a boycott, but this morning all the comments were removed!

Weinberg is attacking the whole Chabad for coverups, but then he himself deletes any comments that are critical. What a hypocrite! Manny Waks has done the same thing with critical comments on Facebook. ENOUGH! NO MORE SILENCE! NO MORE CENSORSHIP!

If someone has a screen shot of the comments, please send them here so we can post them.

Besides all of that, Wolf already apologized more than 3 years ago, and he thinks that Wolf is in charge of the entire Chabad and that Yeshivah is responsible for what every Chabad House in Melbourne does. What an idiot!

Waks vs Glick

Waks has finally got his man – has destroyed Rabbi Glick
There is one alleged victim who has made incredible claims of rape on the bimah in the shul
Lots of people are speaking up for Glick because the claims are so crazy.
With Cyprys Kramer and Kestecher plenty of people in the community knew but the Rabbis and exec handled them very badly
This case has come totally out of the blue so it’s very different which is why everyone is up in arms about it
The police spoke to Glick last week and he was officially “arrested” but just for questioning not for a crime and was released straight away but still the word helps make it look like more of a scandal
Smukler did exactly what he said he would do when Waks called him out when it was only rumour. Glick is suspended and has not come in to Yeshivah.

There are a few strange things about this case
Usually police only investigate when there is more than one victim but here there is only one
There has been a lot of leaks to the media about this
Lots of details about the crime have come out
Looks like a very big smear campaign against Glick who has always been a Waks target

Whatever happens next, whatever is left of Glick’s reputation is shot forever, so a big win to Waks. Even if there are never any charges, this mud will stick.