WASHINGTON (JTA) – When I read the article in the New York Times detailing the accusations against Rabbi Jonathan Rosenblatt of the Riverdale Jewish Center (RJC), I was deeply saddened.
This is the synagogue and community where I grew up. My parents moved to Riverdale in the 1950s and are among the RJC’s founding members. Rosenblatt – like the synagogue’s four rabbis before him – played an important part in the life of my family. However, my focus is not the RJC or any one rabbi.
My concerns are with the institutions in which we place our trust – institutions that seem to ignore the simple fact that rabbis and teachers are human and are subject to temptations and personal demons. We hold our leaders in high esteem, but our institutions fail to monitor them to ensure that their power is not being abused and that the esteem is merited. [Read more…]