Yeshivah College, Australia
|East St Kilda, Victoria|
|Type||Independent, Single-sex, Day school|
|Key people||The Lubavitcher Rebbe; Rabbi Y. D. Groner. OBD|
|Colour(s)||Navy Blue & Gold|
|Slogan||Educating for life|
Yeshivas Oholei Yosef Yitzchok Lubavitch (Hebrew: ישיבה אהלי יוסף יצחק ליובאוויטש), known more commonly as Yeshivah College, is an independent, single-sex, Orthodox Jewish day school for boys, located in St Kilda East, a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
History and Origins
The previous Lubavitcher Rebbe sent 5 Chabad families to establish a community in Australia. They originally moved to Shepparton as there was already a Chabad family there.
In the 1950s they moved to Melbourne and started the school in 1958. Rabbi Yitzchak Dovid Groner was sent from New York to help in the school and not long after his arrival he became the principal and director of the school.
Yeshivah College now thrives on the same campus as Yeshivah Shul, the community's synagogue.
The school has received criticism for its handling of reported child abuse in the 1990s, it has also been lauded for its efforts to reach out to victims and for the strength of its child protection policies at the present.
The school is part of a worldwide network of schools named after Rabbi Yosef Yitzchok Schneersohn, the sixth Lubavitcher Rebbe. The school is as a branch of the Yeshiva Centre umbrella, and Rabbi Mordechai Berger was the principal of the high school, having replaced Rabbi Avrohom Glick at the start of the 2008 school year, however, Rabbi Glick stepped in as Interim Menahel when Rabbi Berger left at the end of the 2009 school year. Rabbi Glick ended his term as Interim Menahel at the end of term two, being succeeded by Rabbi Yehoshua Smukler from Sydney, Australia.
From students in Year 10 and upwards, Yeshivah College has two educational tracks. One is a dual curriculum including both religious studies and general education studies. The other is a religious studies only curriculum known as Mesivta (Hebrew for "academy").
Every year a group of shluchim (emissaries) are sent to assist the teachers and mashpias of the school in setting an example for today's students. They do so by instituting mivtzos programs which encourage the practice of Chassidic life . In most years, the shluchim are sent from Ohlei Torah Rabbinical College.
Over the years the number of Shluchim to the school has varied. The last number of years have had approximately five shluchim per year.
In the community
Yeshivah scores top VCE results for a non-selective boys only school.
The Yeshivah school is part of a larger network of facilities of the Yeshivah Centre, which include a youth movement, Jewish studies classes, day camps, and many other initiatives for Melbourne's wider Jewish community.
The Melbourne Lubavitch community is part of a larger Haredi community based in Melbourne.
Sexual abuse scandal
The school has been under investigation by the Australian Royal Commission for alleged sexual abuse during the tenure of Rabbi Avrohom Glick. Glick resigned from all posts at Yeshivah College, where he was principal 1980s and 1990s, the era during which the alleged abuse took place. He also tendered his resignation from the spiritual committee of the Yeshivah Center. Victims were angry that he had remained this post, which he had maintained was "his calling" during the Royal Commission's hearings.
- Manny Waks – founder of the sexual abuse victims' advocate group, Tzedek. Featured in the documentary film that covers allegations of child sex abuse at Yeshivah College.
- Ian Ajzenszmidt – retired IT professional, listed in Who's Who in the World
- Rabbi Mordechai Gutnick
- Rabbi Bentzion Milecki
- Rabbi Chaim Tzvi Groner
- Joseph Gutnick – mining magnate
- Harvey Silver – one of the original producers of The Footy Show
- John Safran – award winning comedian
- David Solomon – noted international Jewish historian and author
- List of schools in Victoria
- List of high schools in Victoria
- Victorian Certificate of Education
- Hasidic Judaism
- "Yeshivah College". School Choice Victoria. Retrieved 7 September 2007.
- "Melbourne Jewish Centre offers sexual abuse victims financial redress". ABC News. 2015-12-07. Retrieved 2018-06-21.
- Sydney Chabad rabbi dismissed as emissary over child sex abuse scandal Haaretz, 23 February 2015
- "We Make Mentschen!". Benzion Milecki:Australia. 2004. Retrieved 6 September 2007.