A letter from Sarah Vorst
This is the 70 year old woman who was beaten to within inches of her life. She was accused of assisting the supposed pedophile ring in Nachlaot, Jerusalem.Please see Letters from the Rabbis for further information on this.
At least in my case, dinei nefashos were never followed. I had no idea that there was any "investigation" of me until a week before the attack when I learned that I might be in danger. On the night of the attack, my apartment was ransacked in a futile search for pornographic videos and trap doors to the alleged tunnels. Not only is there (and has never been) any evidence to support any of the outrageous accusations, but there was more than ample evidence to refute those accusations. Much of that evidence was on an external storage drive which was stolen. Now I'm left not only with my name besmirched all over the media, but also with tremendous expenses to recover or repair the extensive damage to my body and my property.
>> As for our "controversial" conversion program, there will always be a few disgruntled students who will not be committed to following basic halachah. We state clearly on our web site that we only prepare students to live as responsible Jews. Actual conversion, which we do not guarantee, is up to the beis din. We will not present a student to the beis din until she demonstrates both stability and a commitment to Torah and mitzvos by steady progression toward the goal of compliance with halachah.
>> As for the accusations of extortion, we have never turned away someone for financial reasons. When there were enough students, we rented an apartment which served as a dorm. Since we were not subsidized and only occasionally received donations for the program, we expected the students to pay their fair share according to their ability. I have never taken a salary and often paid teachers or other expenses from my own funds. This could hardly be called extortion.
>> As for any associates suspected of misconduct, we severed any connection with anyone under such suspicion as soon as there seemed to be any evidence of validity to the suspicions. According to the laws of shmiras halashon, we did not go around publicizing this severance of the association.
>> Thank you for "listening," and should you choose to pass on any of this information, please do not include my email address.
>> Sarah Vorst