Rabbinical conference on sexual abuse to open in Jerusalem

November 15, 2015 02:24

The Association of Communal Rabbis will convene a conference in Jerusalem on Sunday to deal with the ramifications of the allegations of severe sexual abuse against Rabbi Ezra Scheinberg from Safed within the religious community.

The conference at the Ganei Yerushalayim hotel will be attended by Chief Rabbis David Lau and Yitzhak Yosef, Safed Chief Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu, director of ACR Rabbi Amichai Eliyahu and Rabbi Menachem Borshtein, director of the PUAH Institute for fertility, among others.

Scheinberg, a renowned national-religious rosh yeshiva from Safed, was indicted in July on 12 charges of sexual offenses including rape, sodomy and indecent assault.

The rabbi, 48, who is married and has eight children, founded Yeshivat Orot HaAri in Safed in 1999. He was a respected and prominent figure in the national-religious community, and lauded as a particularly spiritual rabbi with preternatural abilities to see into the future and give advice.

It is believed that his victims first sought his guidance on issues of fertility and spirituality.

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