Thursday, April 06, 2006

Another Tendler resigns?

TJJ: The longtime principal of one of Los Angeles’ largest Jewish high schools is leaving to start a new school. Rabbi Sholom Tendler resigned last week as Hebrew principal of Yeshiva of Los Angeles (YULA) and as rabbi of Young Israel of North Beverly Hills. He said he plans to open a new yeshiva boys’ high school elsewhere in Los Angeles. Tendler’s resignation comes shortly after his nephew, Rabbi Aron Tendler, resigned under pressure as rabbi of Shaarey Zedek Congregation in Valley Village. Meanwhile, Tendler’s other nephew, Rabbi Mordechai Tendler was suspended this year by the board of his New York City-area synagogue as a result of longstanding allegations about alleged sexual misconduct. Sholom Tendler, 61, says his departure is a matter only of his desire to start a new high school. Sholom Tendler has been YULA’s rosh yeshiva, Hebrew for principal, for the last 26 years, including in 1987, when the school hired attorneys secretly to investigate allegations of inappropriate behavior against Aron Tendler. The internal probe yielded inconclusive results, but Aron Tendler was moved from the girls school to the separate boys school. “I was aware of that investigation,” Sholom Tendler told The Journal, adding that he recused himself from the situation because his relative was involved. Sholom Tendler also expressed sympathy for his nephews’ ordeals: “It’s very painful, and I’m supportive of them and their families in this terrible time of agony that they’re going through.” Aron Tendler has declined interview requests; Mordechai Tendler has been more vocal, denying any wrongdoing. YULA officials also emphasized that Sholom Tendler’s exit is voluntary. “He helped create YULA,” said Rabbi Meyer May, the executive director of YULA’s boys division. “He could have stayed at YULA for his entire career.”So why is Sholom Tendler leaving?He replied that there is a shortage of yeshiva high schools in Los Angeles........
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