Jonathan Rosenblatt, the embattled rabbi of the Riverdale Jewish Center spoke to a congregational meeting yesterday evening (6/24/15) indicating he would not resign. He is taking this position even though most of his board wants him to resign over the scandal of his predilection for spending time nude with younger males.
Rosenblatt’s contract runs for a few more years and the board is willing to buy him out. They now will have to invoke the morals clause to fire him for cause or they will just have to fire him and then face the legal and financial consequences. Rosenblatt could bring a case to the Beth Din of America (BDA). It is not clear how they would rule. To date there is no proof of criminally prosecutable acts, though his sustained mutual nudity he regularly orchestrated in gyms smacks of impropriety to many including this blogger.
Update (6/25/15)- The New York Times issued a description of the member’s-only meeting and responses by his attorney/mouthpiece, Ben Brafman. See: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/25/nyregion/rabbi-who-had-naked-chats-in-sauna-intends-to-keep-his-job-at-riverdale-jewish-center.html?_r=0
Rosenblatt continued on his morally obtuse line when he managed to both say:
This is a crisis created by my own lapses of judgment…….I have brought pain to people, shame to my family and I have caused a desecration of the divine name.
But according to someone attending, his position was:
That the calls for him to no longer be the rabbi are disproportionate to what he did. And he said he looks forward to serving his community.