Sex Abusing Rabbi Dovid Weinberger is back in the Five Towns

Rabbi Dovid Weinberger

Dovid Weinberger

Dovid Weinberger recently moved back into West Lawrence some two years after his abrupt departure from his position as rabbi of Congregation Shaaray Tefila in Lawrence, NY.

He quit in the wake of revelations that he was sexually exploiting women who sought his help for various kinds of counseling including marital counseling.

According to local sources some of the same rabbis who forced him to agree to quit the rabbinate, and publicly denounced him, are now divided about whether to advise their communities publicly.

In December 2013 he promised to stay totally out of the rabbinate when he signed the following statement:

To whom it may concern, I Rabbi Dovid Weinberger, formerly the Rabbi of Cong. Shaarei Tefilla of Lawrence, NY, do hereby acknowledge that I will retire from the Rabbinate effective immediately, and will never again serve in the capacity of Rov or Rabbi of any congregation or community, nor will I ever again be involved as a mechanech [teacher] in any venue of Chinuch [education]. Continue reading

Shaaray Tefila in Lawrence Selects New Rabbi to Replace Disgraced Dovid Weinberger

Rabbi Dovid Weinberger

Rabbi Dovid Weinberger

Last night (5/30/15) the members of Congregation Shaaray Tefila in Lawrence, NY approved the appointment of Uri Orlian as their rabbi. His appointment was approved by 84% of those voting at their Saturday night membership meeting. This ends a year and a half vacancy that started with a forced sabbatical of their previous rabbi, Dovid Weinberger. He was forced to resign following allegations of extensive sexual exploitation of women.

I have extensively documented the history of this case on Frum Follies  starting with the post, Whither Goes Rabbi Dovid Weinberger? and including an image of his signed agreement to leave all aspects of work as a rabbi or educator. Continue reading

Are Rebbes In Control of and Responsible for Controlling Their Followers

Note by Yerachmiel Lopin: Below is a re-post of something I wrote about Rabbi Dovid Weinberger on November 4, 2009. At the time he was defending his synagogue’s decision to host a rebbe whose Hasidim had thrown rocks at police in Jerusalem. It came to mind again after I criticized Chicago’s decision to host the Skvere Rebbe, Dovid Twersky in my post, What Chicago Can Learn From the Skvere Rebbe. Most Chicago readers accepted my claim that the village he leads is notorious for serious acts of arson-assault, rape, and fraud. Yet a number of Chicago leaders defended the hosting decision by claiming that either the Rebbe did not know about these acts or was not in control of his miscreants. I disagree. Consider my post below a rejoinder to that argument.

Controlling the Impulse to Throw Stones and Kugel: A Hassidic Saga
(first posted on Frum Follies on 11/4/2009)

This past Friday, Jewish Blog readers were urged to protest a visit to a modern orthodox synagogue by one of the most exteme Israeli Hassidic Rebbes. Congregation Shaaray Tefila in Lawrence, NY was going to host the Toldos Avrohom Yitzchok Rebbe, Rabbi Shmuel Yaakov Kohn that very Shabbat. This is off the beaten path for the Rebbe, but the beaten path is threadbare and the pantries are empty. Continue reading

Controlling the Impulse to throw Stones and Kugel: A Hassidic Saga

This past Friday, Jewish Blog readers were urged to protest a visit to a modern orthodox synagogue by one of the most exteme Israeli Hassidic Rebbes. Congregation Shaaray Tefila in Lawrence, NY was going to host the Toldos Avrohom Yitzchok Rebbe, Rabbi Shmuel Yaakov Kohn that very Shabbat. This is off the beaten path for the Rebbe, but the beaten path is threadbare and the pantries are empty. Continue reading