Yeshiva U. President Apologizes Over Response to Past Sex-Abuse Allegations

An investigation published this week in The Jewish Daily Forward found that two staff members at the university’s high-school campus who allegedly abused students during the late 1970s and early 1980s had been allowed to leave without the incidents’ being reported to the authorities. Both rabbis have denied the allegations, but on Thursday, Yeshiva’s president, Richard M. Joel, said the actions described were “heinous and inexcusable acts.” He added that the university had since introduced policies to “assure a safe environment.”

The thought that such behavior could have occurred at our boys’ high school, or anywhere at this institution, at any time in its past, is more than sufficient reason to express on behalf of the University, my deepest, most profound apology.

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