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Yeshivah Centre Archives - David Werdiger

Yeshivah Episode IV – A New Hope

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The drawn out process of governance reform at Yeshivah over the last few years has not concluded, rather has reached an important step. If it were a construction project, we could say that we’ve done our share of demolition and excavation, and the foundation is largely complete. Now it begins in earnest. With a new organisational structure, broad membership, and boards with elected representatives, we have the basis for a fresh start – a new…

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Democracy Comes to Yeshivah

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With the passing of a new Jewish year and the fresh spiritual energy this brings to the world, there is a palpable buzz around the Yeshivah as we approach something that has never happened here before: democratic elections. The intersection between democracy and Orthodox Judaism is a complex one that is still developing, and after a baptism of fire over the last few years, our community is likely breaking new ground in its transformation from closed to…

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Who Wants to be a Leader?

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As the restructure process at Yeshivah Centre inches forward, and we draw closer to elections, the big question is: who will nominate to hold board positions on the new legal entities that will operate the school, shule, and other business units of the Centre? Three new legal entities will require over twenty people to put their hands up. There are a few challenges in taking the leap from where we are now to where we need to be. 1. Despite…

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5775 – Annus Horribilis

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To say it’s been a difficult year for our community would be a gross understatement. The Royal Commission case study exposed us to the world, warts and all. The evidence from victims and their family members confronted us with their pain and suffering. The fallout has ripped our community apart, and opened up the deep rifts that lay festering beneath the surface for years. As we stand at the end of the Jewish year, we can look…

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Safeguarding the Chabad Ethos

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As the reform process at the Yeshivah Centre continues, the term “safeguarding the Chabad ethos” has been bandied about quite a lot. But what does it mean? Some people have  blamed the “Chabad ethos” for the misdeeds of the past, particularly in the context of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, but this is more often than not a misdirection which shows an anti-Chabad bias. Yet at the same time, I get…

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Can Yeshivah take the cultural steps forward?

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A wise friend of mine adapted the Harvard-developed negotiation model (seven elements, getting to yes) to articulate a hierarchy of three ways a dispute can be resolved: power, rights and interests. Power is a very effective way to resolve a dispute. For example, a child says “I want to do X”, and their parent says “no”. The dispute is very quickly resolved through the use of power. It works well because of the power imbalance…

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Shavuot 2015-5775

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David Werdiger is speaking at two Tikkun Leil Shavuot programs on Saturday night: He is on a Zooz panel discussion about how Jewish schools can/should inspire students to maintain a connection, allocation of funding to different types of Jewish education, and how these can influence Jewish continuity. See the Zooz Facebook groups for details. He is also speaking at David Werdiger at Yeshivah Centre (12.45am) about “the influence of Torah in the workplace”: how being…

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Case Study: Oligarch Enterprises

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This is written in the style of a Harvard case study. It is an allegory; imagine a real company in this situation and facing similar challenges. The questions at the end are a guide to what the issues are and the process to deal with them. Suggested answers are most welcome. “They did what?!” exclaimed William, Chairman of Oligarch Enterprises, at one of the regular informal gatherings of the “mini-board”. The recovery of the supermarket division was progressing…

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News about the community: a user’s guide

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A couple of articles were published recently (in The Age and the Herald Sun) about the latest very public scandal associated with the Yeshivah Centre. Below is a guide to the interpretation of often-used phrases in these and similar articles: Phrase Interpretation/Comment one of Melbourne’s most prestigious schools a private school that has been accused of something bad questioned the way […] had handled complaints compiled a list of things previously published and stated publicly about the…

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