Wednesday, October 15, 2014


Ways in which we know Kesher Israel is not an Agudah shul
  1. Their president is a woman
  2. The board behaved responsibly (1 and 2 might be connected)
  3. The sex crime involved adult women
Ma od?
And, I bet poor Rabbi Doctor Barry Freundel wishes he had affiliated haredi as it appears as if his own board of directors ratted him out -- and without doing the ragalayim ldovar dance beforehand.
For sure, Avi strongly disapproves.

Meanwhile Sarah Bronson wins the Internet
Although it must have been heart-wrenching for them, [Kesher Israel's Board] cared about their congregants' safety, dignity, and right to privacy more than they care about the synagogue's reputation or the reputation of Orthodox Judaism - as it should be. To me, this isn't a story about a rabbi behaving badly. This is a story about an Orthodox synagogue’s Board of Directors acting courageously. I applaud them for doing the right thing under very difficult circumstances.”
[Meanwhile in other news, the Novominsker Rebbe, Yaakov Perlow, the head of Agudath Israel, is continuing to insist that he can do nothing about Kolko, the child molester, because "this is a Flatbush matter, while he is a Boro Park Rabbi"]
The shocking charges that Rabbi Barry Freundel in Washington, D.C. videotaped women congregants in their most vulnerable moments are uniquely horrifying.

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