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Five London Rabbis Dub Golders Green Rabbi Unfit to Serve for Inappropriate Behavior

By: JTA

Five London rabbis have declared Rabbi Chaim Halpern from Golders Green “not fit” to act as rabbi because of accusations that he had behaved “inappropriately” with women.

The five rabbis demanded in a statement published on Thursday that Halpern cease to act as rabbi at his home synagogue in northwest London because of the accusations, which surfaced last month.

“We are confident of our conclusion that the Rav concerned is not fit and proper to act in any rabbinic capacity. This unequivocal decision was taken after painstaking and extensive investigations, including interviews with alleged victims,” the statement read.

The authors – Chanoch Ehtrentreu, Menachem Gelley, Yonason Abraham, Shimon Winegarten and Yissochor Knopfler – did not name Chaim Halpern in their letter.

On Dec. 6, the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations announced that it would convene a special rabbinic court to hear claims against Halpern, The Jewish Chronicle reported.

Rabbi Chaim Halpern resigned as a union rabbinic judge and from other communal roles two weeks ago, after complaints about his counseling sessions for women, but he continues to lead the synagogue he runs in his Golders Green home.

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2 Responses to “Five London Rabbis Dub Golders Green Rabbi Unfit to Serve for Inappropriate Behavior”

  1. Rc Fowler says:

    Why haven't you listed how his behavior was inappropriate? and what about the proof?

  2. Grace Acosta says:

    I don't know the other rabbis personally, but Dayan Abraham is an exacting man who does not take things lightly. He would not put his name to a document unless there was some serious, very WRONG behavior going on.

    I could name people I know in London who can corroborate all of this, but for the sake of avoiding Loshon Hara, just know that this is not a "made up situation".

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