Senior representatives of Australia's Jewish community say child abuse allegations must be reported to the police and the principles of Jewish law do not apply.
23 MAR 2017 - 6:22 PM UPDATED YESTERDAY 6:22 PM
Jews who shun Jewish child sex abuse survivors are themselves committing a sin and are complicit in the abuse, the senior leaders of Australia's Jewish community say.
The leaders say there is no role for Jewish laws or halachic principles when it comes to child sexual abuse, which must be reported to secular authorities.
It is wrong to shun victims for coming forward or label them a moser or informer, they told the child abuse royal commission on Thursday.
"In my view to shun is to be complicit in the abuse that has been perpetrated on the victim and there is no place for that in our society whatsoever," Executive Council of Australian Jewry president Anton Block said.
The royal commission has found leaders of Yeshivah Melbourne and Yeshiva Bondi failed to act on reports of abuse and some members of the orthodox communities were discouraged from reporting abuse because of the way Jewish law concepts were applied.
It said some victims and their families experienced such severe ostracism that they felt unable to remain in the community, amid a belief that they committed a sin by talking to the authorities and informing on other Jews.
Sydney's The Great Synagogue chief minister Rabbi Benjamin Elton said there was no justification for shunning.
"In doing so they're committing a grievous sin in the context of the Jewish faith which would mandate us not to shun, but on the contrary to support those who have suffered and those who've taken the very brave step to go to the authorities to make sure that others don't suffer and that the perpetrators are brought to justice."
Survivor Manny Waks said there had been recent cases of victims being shunned but the situation was very different to when he and his family were ostracised after he went public with his abuse in 2011.
"Back then it felt like a top-led approach to the intimidation and the shunning," Mr Waks told AAP.
"Now it is at a lower level but it is still something that is impacting victims today."
NSW Chabad community leader Rabbi Pinchus Feldman said there was no ambiguity about Jewish law and shunning victims was wrong.
"The position of the Chabad movement is that not only is it allowed to co-operate with authorities but it is a religious imperative to do so, as this is essential for the development and safety of our society and our children."
Yeshivah Melbourne ran a redress scheme in 2016 but Rabbi Feldman said the Yeshiva Centre Bondi has no money or assets and liability for past abuse claims was taken on by the former Yeshiva College's new management in 2003.
The commission heard Rabbi Zvi Hersh Telsner continues to be paid a salary by Yeshivah Melbourne despite resigning as its head rabbi in 2015 over the way he dealt with abuse victims.
~This is the Jews telling other Jews they have to report molesters, the Aussies are too chicken sh** to tell the Jews. All Jews need to be "shunned".