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- Rabbi Sheldon Zimmerman Inaugurated as The 7th President of HUC-JIR (10/31/1996)
- Respected Reform leader resigns amid sexual misconduct charges (12/06/2000)
- Hebrew Union College president resigns (12/07/2000)
- Suspended Rabbi Quits Seminary Presidency (12/07/2000)
- Facing sex accusations, Reform rabbi quits (12/08/2000)
- HUC Head Resigns; Sexual Misconduct Cited: Rabbi Sheldon Zimmerman guilty of `sexual boundary violation' following yearlong probe by Reform movement; campus in shock. (12/08/2000)
- Shortage in Clergy Leaves Pulpits Unfilled (02/14/2000)
- New cases refocus attention on misconduct in Jewish clergy (12/15/2000)
- Joseph and the Question of Sexual Misconduct (12/15/2000)
- Jewish groups begin to shine light on rabbinic misconduct (12/15/2000)
- Months after HUC resignation, Zimmerman hired by Birthright (04/05/2001)
- Birthright Taps Deposed Chief Of Seminary For a Top Post - Tarred in Sex Scandal, Zimmerman Called 'Fantastic Educator' (04/06/2001)
- Birthright hires ex-HUC president despite sex scandal (04/13/2001)
- Matter of concern (04/13/2001)
- The Year In Review For U.S. Jewry, the year included soul-searching, solidarity and scandal. (09/14/2001)
- Suspended Rabbi Quits Seminary Presidency (12/07/2001)
- Sex abuse by clerics is crisis of many faiths- While sexual misconduct has rocked many religions, leaders of some have acted far more quickly than others (03/25/2002)
- Gesher City Board of Advisors (Winter/2002)
- Rabbi Sheldon Zimmerman Appointed Head of Renaissance and Renewal Pillar of United Jewish Communities (02/18/2003)
- Amid abuse reports, Conservatives issue new guidelines on harassment (01/24/2004)
- Knoxville Jewish Alliance Washington Conference (03/22/2004)
- Why is the Jewish community still promoting Rabbi Sheldon Zimmerman (11/05/2005)
- Beth Israel installs Cahana Nov. 10 - Friedman concert celebrates event (11/01/2006)
- REINING IN ABUSE In jurisdictional jungle, where does the buck stop in misconduct cases? (01/10/2006)
Rabbi Sheldon Zimmerman Inaugurated as The 7th President of HUC-JIR
Hebrew Union College, Jewish Institute of Religion - October 31, 1996
Respected Reform leader resigns amid sexual misconduct charges
By Julie WienerJTA - December 6, 2000
Facing sex accusations, Reform rabbi quits
By Julie Wiener
Jewish Telegraphic Agency - December 8, 2000
- A Reform rabbi in Cherry Hill, N.J., faces a possible death sentence for allegedly hiring people to murder his wife in 1994.
- A Conservative cantor in the Chicago area was arrested over Thanksgiving weekend for alleged involvement in a prostitution ring.
- The Orthodox Union has just received a report investigating its handling of allegations that a New Jersey rabbi working for the movement's national youth group sexually harassed and molested teens. The report's findings and recommendations will not be made public until late this month.
- A Reform rabbi in Cherry Hill, N.J. (Rabbi Fred Neulander), faces a possible death sentence for allegedly hiring people to murder his wife in 1994.
- A Conservative cantor in the Chicago (Cantor Joel Gordon) area was arrested over Thanksgiving weekend for alleged involvement in a prostitution ring.
- The Orthodox Union has just received a report investigating its handling of allegations that a New Jersey rabbi (Baruch Lanner) working for the movement's national youth group sexually harassed and molested teens. The report's findings and recommendations will not be made public until late this month.
It also comes at a time when rabbis and Jewish professionals are in sharp demand.
Zimmerman led the HUC from 1996 until last December, when he resigned after being suspended for a minimum of two years from the Reform movement's Central Conference of American Rabbis on the recommendation of its ethics committee.
The CCAR never disclosed full details of the case leading to Zimmerman's suspension, under which he is not permitted to serve as a congregational rabbi.
However, officials said it had to do with "personal relationships" before Zimmerman became president of the HUC that violated guidelines concerning "sexual ethics and sexual boundaries."
His resignation shocked many in the Reform world, where Zimmerman was a popular and respected leader known for his abilities as a spokesman, educator and administrator.
According to several sources -- including Birthright Israel officials -- it is believed that Zimmerman had an extramarital affair with a congregant more than 15 years ago, while he was rabbi of Central Synagogue in New York.
However, CCAR officials who reviewed the case, which was spurred by a complaint from an individual, have refused to confirm or deny the reports.
Zimmerman refused to be interviewed for this story. He issued a statement Thursday thanking Bronfman and Birthright for their support.
Rabbi Paul Menitoff, the CCAR's executive vice president and a member of the ethics committee that recommended Zimmerman's suspension, declined to discuss the case, saying only that Zimmerman is "very talented, and he'll contribute significantly to the development" of Birthright.
- Barry Shrage, Combined Jewish Philanthropies
- Eugene Ribakoff, American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee
- Rabbi Sheldon Zimmerman, birthright israel
- Stephen Solender, United Jewish Communities
- Elizabeth Minkin, The Grandchildren of Harvey and Lyn P. Meyerhoff Philanthropic Fund
- Richard Joel, Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life
- Bonnie Lipton, Hadassah
- *Lynn Schusterman, The Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation
Jewish Survivors of Sexual Violence Speaks Out! - November 5, 2005
By Richard Greenberg