When Rabbi Sheldom Zimmerman was suspended by the Central Conference of American Rabbis in 2000 and simultaneously stepped down as president of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, even many insiders at the Reform movement’s flagship institutions had no idea of the severity or even the real nature of his offense.
The former senior rabbi of a historic Reform synagogue in Baltimore has been expelled by the movement’s rabbinical association
“On the one hand, it’s hugely historic, and also it’s time,” Rabbi Hara Person said of being the CCAR’s its female chief executive.
Eighty-five percent of the congregation voted to fire the rabbi. But many others have left the temple, with one saying it was a “downside” to #MeToo.
The decision bars Bach from being a rabbi pending his completion of a repentance process.
“It’s … shocking. After all the awareness that’s been raised in the #MeToo era, this is not something we should be hearing about at this stage.”
The former leader of a Reform synagogue in Maryland has been suspended from rabbinical service for violating a sexual ethics code.
Rabbi Dan Sikowitz resigned from his temple for reasons that were never made clear — though the synagogue insists that no laws were broken.
This woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, says she met Rabbi Eric Siroka at the Reform synagogue Or Chadash, in Flemington, New Jersey, in 2000. This is an excerpt of her story.
This week, 73 North American rabbis will be missing something when they go to Shabbat services: their hair.