Oholei Torah Boys School of Crown Heights has been up to big changes in the leadership of the institute. A few month ago it was announced that Rabbi Michoel Druin, a veteran educator who has led various schools around the world, would be the new dean of the school.
In an unexpected about-face, demonstrating the leadership struggle it is facing, Oholei Torah rescinded its hiring of its new dean before his first school day.
For a number of weeks Oholei Torah remained in a lurch, with their dean of 40 years – Rabbi Hershel Lustig retiring and the announcement that their 8th grade Principal Rabbi Sholom Goldstein will be moving to administration.
The hiring, done by Oholei Torah’s board of directors, was meant for Druin to bring “decades of experience successfully and professionally running large schools,” while adhering to “the goals and aspirations of Oholei Torah.”
But at one point, an internal disagreement between the board and the school’s Executive Director Rabbi Joseph Rosenfeld, had led both parties to go to Din Torah over the hiring.
The result: Rabbi Druin was ousted before he even began.
To save face, Oholei Torah has asked back Rabbi Hershel Lustig, the outgoing dean who stood at the helm of Oholei Torah for 40 years.