The Torah Academy of Bergen County in Teaneck has returned its head of school, Rabbi Shlomo Adelman, to campus. He had been placed on leave last month, after a lawsuit had been filed against him in New York State, alleging that he molested a camper at Camp Mogen Avraham more than 30 years ago.
“His return follows the conclusion of a thorough and independent investigation conducted by investigators at the law firm of Porzio, Bromberg & Newman, and consultation with counsel and a panel comprised of a local, highly respected rabbinic scholar and known experts in the fields of mental health and child welfare,” Azi Mandel, the president of the school’s board of directors, wrote in an email to parents last week.
In its letter to the parents, the boys’ high school’s lay leader wrote that “The safety and wellbeing of our students is our primary concern. The yeshiva has a zero-tolerance policy and maintains strict guidelines and practices to prevent any instance of abuse.”
In determining its actions regarding Rabbi Adelman, it continued, “we have been guided by moral, ethical, legal, and religious principles and our concern for and obligations to our talmidim” — students — “and their families.”
“We thank you for the confidence and trust you have placed in our yeshiva leadership as we sought to handle this matter responsibly, with the sensitivity and seriousness required.”