Conservative Movement Cuts Ties With Longtime Youth Movement Leader by the Forward

Conservative Movement Cuts Ties With Longtime Youth Movement Leader

The central organization of Conservative Judaism ended a contract with Jules Gutin, the longtime former leader of its youth movement, following an investigation of a sexual abuse claim against him, reported.

“Our investigation led us to sever the relationship with [Gutin] permanently,” Rabbi Steven Wernick, CEO of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, told “We found the allegations to be substantive.”

Gutin was the director of the Conservative movement’s youth organization, United Synagogue Youth, for two decades. He had been involved with the group for far longer. As recently as this fall, he was under contract with USY to conduct tours for the group. obtained an email that Gutin sent in November to the accuser whose complaint spurred USCJ’s investigation, asking the accuser not to name him publicly.

Gutin denied the allegations to the USCJ, Wernick told

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USCJ Cuts Ties With Ex-Leader Of Youth Group

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