Monday, May 12, 2014

Boston Area Rabbi Resigns Over Marital Infidelity; Barry Starr Served a Sharon Synagogue for 28 Yrs.

Rabbi Barry Starr -- a leader in the Conservative movement who has served a suburban Boston synagogue for 28 years -- resigned after acknowledging his marital infidelity, the JTA (Jewish Telegraphic Agency) website reports today (May 12, 2014).

Starr informed congregants at Temple Israel -- a Conservative synagogue in the heavily-Jewish populated south shore town of Sharon -- of his resignation in an emailed letter sent last week. In addition to engaging in marital infidelity, he acknowledged "other serious personal conduct which requires me to resign."

"I write this letter of a very heavy heart and a sense of shame and remorse that makes this the most difficult thing I have done in my life," the letter announcing his resignation said.

In a separate email, the executive director of Temple Israel wrote to congregants that some checks made payable to Rabbi Starr's discretionary fund over the past month have been "compromised." The Norfolk County District Attorney's Office, local, and state police are investigating the inappropriate use of these checks, according to Temple Israel president Arnie Freedman.

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