The Washington, D.C. synagogue that dismissed Orthodox Rabbi Barry Freundel after he was charged with voyeurism is now trying to evict him from his synagogue-owned residence, the JTA (Jewish Telegraphic Agency) website reports today (January 30, 2015).
Kesher Israel has launched a case with the Beit Din of America to oust Freundel, who was arrested in October on charges that he secretly filmed several naked women -- among them his students and converts -- who used a Jewish ritual bath adjacent to the Orthodox synagogue.
"We were informed in late December that Rabbi Freundel did not have plans to leave the house," Elanit Jakabovics, the president of Kesher Israel, said yesterday in an email to congregants. "So, we began informal conversations to resolve this issue with Rabbi Freundel and his attorney, but to no avail."
Freundel is granting his wife, Sharon, a religious divorce -- called a "get" -- which is required for an Orthodox Jewish woman to remarry.