Beth Din of America

Freundel Pleads Guilty To 52 Counts Of Voyeurism

Ex-rabbi admits to videotaping naked women from different angles.

02/18/2015 - 19:00

Rabbi Barry Freundel, the former spiritual leader at a prominent Washington synagogue, has pleaded guilty to 52 counts of peeping on naked women in the mikveh, several news outlets reported.

Rabbi Barry Freundel

Peeping Rabbi Won't Leave

Washington D.C. synagogue opens case against Rabbi Barry Freundel after he refuses to vacate synagogue-owned residence.

01/29/2015 - 19:00
Staff Writer

Rabbi Barry Freundel, accused of peeping at congregants attending the mikvah, is refusing to leave his synagogue-owned rabbinical residence, the Washington Post reports.

Rabbi Barry Freundel, former spiritual leader of Kesher Israel. Via

'Several Women' Invited To Join Board Of RCA Beth Din

11/11/2014 - 19:00
Staff Writer

Two weeks after the Rabbinical Council of America appointed a new conversion committee with five women, Dr. Michelle Friedman of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah announced her acceptance to the Beth Din of America’s board of directors.

Chovevei’s Michelle Friedman is now on Beth Din of America’s board of directors.

Beth Din Of America Invites 'Several Women' To Join The Board

National rabbinic court of the Orthodox community hopes to 'repopulate' the board with 'members that reflect the broad swath of the Jewish community.'

11/06/2014 - 19:00
Staff Writer

The Beth Din of America, the country’s preeminent Orthodox religious court, invited “several women” to join its board.

Dr. Michelle Friedman. Via

Orthodox Women Vow To ‘Take Back The Mikvah’

Cite ‘peeping rabbi’ scandal as cause for a greater female role in Orthodox life.

10/21/2014 - 20:00
Editor and Publisher

Do Orthodox rabbis abuse the power they have over women?

The case of Barry Freundel, the influential rabbi of Congregation Kesher Israel in Washington, D.C., who was arrested last week on charges of videotaping women undressing to use the synagogue’s mikvah, has catapulted the issue of rabbinic abuse of power into the headlines. It has generated widespread emotions of anger, distrust and disgust, and raised questions about men’s influence on female use of the mikvah for family purity and in the conversion process. It has also prompted calls for new communal policies to give women a greater voice in Orthodox life.

Gary Rosenblatt

YU's Joel Expresses ‘Shame,' Pride

Independent report cites ‘multiple instances’ of abuse, not just at high school; ‘significant improvement’ since 2001.
08/26/2013 - 20:00
Editor and Publisher

Yeshiva University President Richard Joel expressed “profound shame and sadness” over the findings of an independent report commissioned by the university to investigate allegations of abuse at its boys high school, and other affiliated schools. Issued on Monday, the report found that “multiple incidents of varying types of sexual and physical abuse took place at the boys school” and other YU schools during the last decades of the 20th century.

Richard Joel

Convert Snub By Israel Fuels Fresh Anger

Prominent Orthodox rabbis say Chief Rabbinate's latest challenge to American conversion ‘destroys the very fabric of Israel-disapora relations.’
02/05/2013 - 19:00
Israel Correspondent

Jerusalem — About 20 years ago, an infant girl (“Nina,” a pseudonym) from an Orthodox family underwent a conversion in New York that, by Orthodox American standards, was and still is beyond reproach.

Rabbi Seth Farber

HASC Staff Fighting Return Of Disgraced Exec

Supporters of camp for children with special needs call board action corrupt.
04/11/2011 - 20:00
Editor And Publisher

Seven and a half years after being forced to step down as the top executive of the Hebrew Academy for Special Needs (HASC) amid allegations of serious financial improprieties on his part, Bernard Moshe Kahn of Brooklyn is back — but not without a fight from some of the organization’s most dedicated staff and supporters.

A group of fundraisers for HASC, above, have put their efforts on hold because of the “deceit[ful]” reinstatement of Moshe Kahn.
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