Mikvah-Peeping Rabbi Sentenced To 6.5 Years

“I am horrified and disgusted by how I acted,” he told the court.


Washington — Rabbi Barry Freundel was sentenced to six and a half years in prison for videotaping dozens of nude women at a ritual bath.

Peeping rabbi receives 6.5 years in jail. Via JTA

Veteran Jewish Professional Among Amtrak’s Seriously Wounded


Joyce Dubensky, a veteran Jewish community professional and now CEO of the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding, was among those seriously injured in an Amtrak crash Tuesday night in Philadelphia.

Gutow Stepping Down As JCPA President


Rabbi Steve Gutow is stepping down after leading the Jewish Council for Public Affairs for 10 years.

Feingold Announces Candidacy For His Former Senate Seat


Former Wisconsin Sen. Russ Feingold announced he will run for his former Senate seat in 2016.

Anti-BDS Bill Passes Illinois House Committee, Senate


A bill that would bar state pension funds from including companies that participate in the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign against Israel  passed an Illinois State House of Representatives committee.

Rachel Jacobs Reported Killed In Amtrak Derailment

News of her death brings the Jewish death toll to two


Rachel Jacobs, a 39-year-old mother and the daughter of former Michigan State Senator Gilda Jacobs, was reportedly killed in the Amtrak train derailment on Tuesday.

Released photos of the victims, Justin Zemser (L) and Rachel Jacobs (R). JTA.

Peter Gay, Public Intellectual And Nazi Refugee, Dies At 91

Gay's autobiography 'My German Question' grappled with the issue of Jewish denial in the face of rising Nazi power.

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Peter Gay, a refugee from Nazi Germany who wrote groundbreaking social histories of such topics as the Enlightenment, the Jewish identity of Sigmund Freud, and the position of Jews in Weimar Germany, died May 12 at his home in Manhattan, according to The New York Times. He was 91.

Cover Image of Peter Gay's Biography on Freud. Via

New Details Show Mikvah-Peeping Rabbi Had Extramarital Sexual Encounters


In addition to secretly recording women undressing for the mikvah ritual bath, Rabbi Barry Freundel engaged in sexual encounters with several women, according to prosecutors.

New Cohort Of Clergy Tests Orthodox Readiness For Women Rabbis


When Yeshivat Maharat ordains six women next month, the New York institution will more than double the number of Orthodox clergywomen in the field.

Boston Rabbi Indicted For Embezzling Funds To Pay Blackmailer


A prominent Boston rabbi was indicted for embezzlement and larceny for stealing money from his temple to pay off a man who was blackmailing him for his affair with a teenage male.

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