December 19, 2012

Synagogue Abuse Crisis Widens

Berger & Jeffay, Jewish Daily Forward

Rabbi George Finkelstein has resigned his position at the Great Jerusalem Synagogue after the Forward reported that he had sexually abused students at Yeshiva University High School for Boys in Manhattan during the 1970s and ‘80s.

“He sent us an email saying he’s resigning because he does not want to expose the Great Synagogue to embarrassment,” Zalli Jaffe, the synagogue’s vice president, said in an interview. Finkelstein had served as the institution’s executive director since 2001; last month, he began serving as its ritual director.

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TAGGED: Yeshiva University High School For Boys, Jews, Sexual Abuse, Great Jerusalem Synagogue

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