The New York Post reports today that Rabbi Avraham Rabinowich, leader of the conservative Bellmore Jewish Center and vice president of the Long Island Board of Rabbis, allegedly made appointments with prostitutes on the Sabbath shortly after services.
Rabinowich's estranged wife, Amora, managed to secretly film one of Rabinowich's scandalous hotel rendezvous's with a call girl after having heard of her holy hubby's penchant for prostitutes (he allegedly arranged the trysts after Sabbath services using his cell phone)-- and entered the photographic evidence into the record of a bitter custody trial.
"Since when are prostitutes kosher?" Amora told the Post, adding "And what kind of rabbi is he? He didn't even take these prostitutes to the mikvah [Jewish ritual cleansing bath] first."
The tapes, from a few years ago, weren't allowed in court and the couple was given joint custody of their three children. It seems Amora, a respected psychologist, released the tapes to the Post for fun, or perhaps in anticipation that the footage would further tarnish Rabinowich's reputation as she plans to make a motion in court to move the kids out to the West Coast.
The news is the latest in a series of New York area stories of Rabbis behaving badly. Rabbi Gavriel Bidany was convicted in May of fondling an Israeli Army officer on a JFK-bound plane. Brooklyn Rabbi Saul Kassin was convicted in June of using a charity he controlled to illegally funnel money to Israel. And also in June, David Twersky, a rabbi in Rockland County New York, was accused of ordering followers to burn down the house of a synagogue member who defected to another congregation.
Go to the New York Post for more sordid details.
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