Victims of Rabbi Barry Freundel -- a former Modern Orthodox rabbi in Washington, D.C., now in jail for secretly videotaping naked women in his synagogue's mikvah -- have received notices that he will be released in August, more than three years before the end of his sentence, the JTA (Jewish Telegraphic Agency) website reports today (April 26, 2018).
In a tweet yesterday, Bethany Mandel called the automated email from the Washington Corrections Department "a nice punch in the gut."
"He got 6.5 years three years ago, and we were promised repeatedly there was no possibility of early release," Mandel posted. "This is not how I expected to be using my mental energy today. Nor do I appreciate this being thrown at victims via an automated notification system."
Prior to his arrest in 2014, Freundel was the rabbi of Kesher Israel in the Georgetown section of Washington, D.C. He is believed to have violated the privacy of over 150 women, whom he secretly filmed while they were undressed and showered at the mikvah, or ritual bath, of his synagogue.