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Teaneck Yeshiva Principal Resigns Abruptly Amid Allegations of Past Sexual Abuse

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Teaneck NJ, the head of a leading a Modern Orthodox yeshiva in Bergen County  has resigned amid allegations he sexually abused a camper years ago.

Rabbi Shlomo Adelman sent an email to Torah Academy of Bergen County families on Wednesday morning, announcing he would step down. The email was reported by the Jewish Telegraphic Agency after it was posted online by an advocate for sexual abuse victims in the Jewish Orthodox community.

The email, which came from the school’s board and included a lengthy note from Adelman, did not directly address the allegations or the investigation that the school said it had conducted before returning Adelman to his role.

“Unfortunately, over the past six months, because of issues in my personal life, I have found myself unable to devote my full attention to my duties at TABC,” Adelman wrote in the letter. “The students and parents of TABC deserve a Head of School who is not distracted by outside issues and, at this time, I cannot make the full-time commitment that the job requires and that the Yeshiva deserves.”

In September, Adelman was placed on paid leave after a lawsuit was filed alleging he sexually abused a juvenile in 1990. The alleged abuse occurred while Adelman was a counselor at a camp in upstate New York, according to Jewish Telegraphic Agency.

In the email, Adelman told families he was unable to focus on his duties as head of school because of personal issues. He did not mention the allegations against him.

Adelman was appointed as head of school at the Torah Academy of Bergen County, known as TABC, in 2020. He previously led a Jewish school on Long Island and worked in day schools in Texas

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