‘This was a gross manipulation of his spiritual authority,’ said Rabbi Angela Buchdahl of Manhattan’s Central Synagogue.
Eleven past presidents of a prominent Jewish studies organization published a letter this week expressing concerns about the recent resignation of the group’s immediate past president.
Noam Pianko, a historian who chairs the Jewish Studies department at the University of Washington, apologized for his ‘lapse in judgement.’
More than 525 rabbis have signed a letter criticizing a recent series of scholarly conversations involving Steven M. Cohen, the sociologist who was shunned by much of the academy and Jewish world after allegations emerged three years ago that he had sexually harassed and assaulted female colleagues for decades.
Emily Sigalow, an executive at UJA-Federation of New York, was shocked at the email she received on Jan. 25 inviting her to participate in an “off-the-record” conversation about the “current state” of American Jewish life. The invitation came from an esteemed professor at Brandeis, where Sigalow had received her PhD, and one of the four scholars slated to participate in the conversation was Steven M. Cohen.
Confusing guidance and a patchwork of rules and providers mean that rabbis are left to figure out where they fit in.