Georgetown rabbi arrested for voyeurism
The 62 year-old rabbi at the Georgetown synagogue Kesher Israel, Barry Freundel, was arrested yesterday on charges of voyeurism. According to police, Freundel allegedly set up a camera in either the women’s showers or the bathroom at the synagogue.
According to the Post, Freundel was arrested following a search of his home a few blocks away from the synagogue. A 35 year-old woman reported Freundel to the police after she allegedly caught him setting up the camera in the synagogue. Freundel allegedly told her that he was fixing the ventilation system, according to WUSA.
Kesher Israel is a progressive, Orthodox synagogue which holds all-women study and prayer sessions, and girls can celebrate their bat-mitzvahs. Freundel has led Kesher Israel since 1989. The synagogue’s board suspended Freundel without pay within hours of his arrest.
“This is a painful moment for Kesher Israel Congregation and the entire Jewish community,” a statement on Kesher Israel’s website says. “At this challenging time, we draw strength from our faith, our tradition, and our fellow congregants.”
Freundel, who has taught at Georgetown University School of Law as well as UMD and Baltimore Hebrew University, is due to appear in court on Wednesday.
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