Thursday, March 02, 2006

Forward Article on Mordecai Tendler

Synagogue Suspends Rabbi Tendler

By Rukhl Schaechter
Forward (NY) - March 3, 2006

Rabbi Mordecai Tendler, who was expelled from the Rabbinical Council of America last year after an internal investigation into allegations of sexual harassment, has been suspended by his congregation in Monsey, N.Y. According to a letter sent to congregants by the leadership of Kehillat New Hempstead, the synagogue's board of directors spent the past several months attempting to tackle issues that had been plaguing the synagogue since Tendler's removal from the RCA. Tendler has denied the sexual harassment allegations repeatedly. The letter from the synagogue leadership explains that the board initially had requested that Tendler take a leave of absence but he refused, forcing the synagogue to take more dramatic action. "The rabbi has failed to acknowledge or resolve the breadth of these issues," the letter stated. It added, "The board has voted to suspend the rabbi from his rabbinical duties, compensation and responsibilities." In response, Tendler has summoned the synagogue board members and trustees to a rabbinical court conducted by the Union of Orthodox Rabbis of the United States and Canada, a small ultra-Orthodox organization.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I never thought of the allegations of Tendler to be "sexual harassment". The Forward definately used the wrong term.

Sexual harssment is when you talk about someone's body parts, or touch them in a way to harass.

Tendler is accused of manipulating women into having sexual relations with him for his own personal gain. I personally see this as a form of sexual assault/abuse.

I think everyone should educate the forward so that they can correct their error, use the term to describe the alleged crime.

Things get watered down way to quickly when you call an assault -- harassment.

March 02, 2006 10:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Harassment is a very open description. Harrasing someone till they have sex with you.Harassment is a form of manipulation too.Threatening is harassment. You threaten someone till they give in.

August 07, 2007 4:17 AM  

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