The rabbi, who works as a Chabad emissary in Salt Lake City, where he grew up, said the #MeToo movement inspired him to come forward.
The suits name two of the three prominent Jewish academies that Stanley Rosenfeld taught at in New York City.
Gafni has been followed by accusations of sexual abuse for years.
The suit comes amid a flurry of lawsuits newly allowed by New York’s Child Victims Act.
Rabbi Zalman Heber resigned as Rabbi of Chabad of Pierce County; it is not known if he will remain its director.
In light of the JTS Title IX case, Jewish educational organizations must implement a curriculum of sexual ethics.
“The hard part was the cover up, and the apathy,” said a lawyer for the plaintiffs.
Alan Dershowitz was recently accused of having sex with a minor that was sex-trafficked by Jeffrey Epstein
He will appear in federal court in Manhattan in connection with allegations that he was involved in sex trafficking dozens of minors in New York.
“[M]ore than one child was a victim of sexual abuse by the alleged maltreator” at Washington Hebrew Congregation.