Rabbis Expelled, Suspended, or Censured with Publication

The CCAR is fully committed to the sanctity, safety, and security of our communities and the people our rabbis serve. As rabbis, we expect one another to abide by the highest moral values of our Jewish tradition and as members of CCAR, we hold each other accountable. In keeping with the high traditions of the rabbinate, the members of the Central Conference of American Rabbis established its Code of Ethics. As our communities and the society change, the CCAR members have amended the Code of Ethics to adapt to these changes.

The CCAR has provided information about rabbis who were expelled, suspended, and censured (with publication) from the CCAR for ethical misconduct—including resigning in the face of charges of ethical misconduct—to its members and to the Reform Jewish community. In recent years it has become clear that in our mobile and changing society, the larger community also has an interest in having this information. Accordingly, the CCAR members amended the Code of Ethics to list rabbis expelled, suspended, and censured (with publication) on the CCAR website; to recite that an expelled rabbi is no longer a member of the CCAR; and to identify a suspended rabbi or a rabbi censured with publication, who may not perform any rabbinic services until the suspension or censure is lifted.

While the CCAR does not have the power to “defrock” or remove someone’s rabbinic title or status, we believe that an expelled person is unfit to serve as a rabbi under the Ethics Code of the CCAR.

Expelled Rabbis:

  • Jacques Cukierkorn had been suspended for violation of Code Section I.C. (Financial). He resigned during the pendency of his suspension, which is itself a violation of the Ethics Code (Section VI.E.2.), pursuant to which he was automatically expelled and is no longer a member of the CCAR.
  • Bruce Diamond had been suspended for violation of Code Section V. (Sexual Boundaries). He resigned during the pendency of his suspension, which is itself a violation of the Ethics Code (Section VI.E.2.), pursuant to which he was automatically expelled and is no longer a member of the CCAR.
  • Jonathan Gerard had been suspended under Section VI.E.2.c.1.d. for Failure to Cooperate with an investigation into allegations of violations of Section V. (Sexual Boundaries). He resigned during the pendency of his suspension, which is a violation of the Ethics Code (Sections VI.E.2., VI.E.2.f.), pursuant to which he was automatically expelled and is no longer a member of the CCAR.
  • Ronald Kaplan had been suspended for violations of the Code, Section I.C. (Financial), Section II. (Rabbinic Relationships), and Section V. (Sexual Boundaries). He resigned during the pendency of his suspension, which is a violation of the Ethics Code (Section VI.E.2.), pursuant to which he was automatically expelled and is no longer a member of the CCAR.
  • Jerrold M. Levy had been charged with violation of Code Section V. (Sexual Boundaries). Following a vote of the Ethics Committee for expulsion, but prior to final adjudication, he refused to comply with the CCAR Ethics Code, resigning during the pendency of the process, which is a violation of the Ethics Code (Sections VI.E.2., VI.E.2.f.), pursuant to which he was automatically expelled and is no longer a member of the CCAR.
  • Martin Levy had been suspended for violations of Code Section V. (Sexual Boundaries). He resigned during the pendency of his suspension, which is a violation of the Ethics Code (Section VI.E.2.), pursuant to which he was automatically expelled and is no longer a member of the CCAR.
  • David Lipman had been charged with violation of Code Section V. (Sexual Boundaries). Following a vote of the Ethics Committee for expulsion, but prior to final adjudication, he refused to comply with the CCAR Ethics Code, resigning during the pendency of the process, which is a violation of the Ethics Code (Sections VI.E.2., VI.E.2.f.), pursuant to which he was automatically expelled and is no longer a member of the CCAR.
  • Jonathan (Yosef) Magidovitch had been charged with violation of the Code, Section I C. (Financial) and Section II. C. (Relationships Between Rabbis in Different Congregations). He refused to comply with the CCAR Ethics Code, resigning during the pendency of the process, which is a violation of the Ethics Code (Sections VI.E.2., VI.E.2.f.), pursuant to which he was automatically expelled and is no longer a member of the CCAR.
  • Dennis Math had been suspended for violations of Code Section V. (Sexual Boundaries). He resigned during the pendency of his suspension, which is a violation of the Ethics Code (Section VI.E.2.), pursuant to which he was automatically expelled and is no longer a member of the CCAR.
  • Fred Neulander had been charged with violation of Code Section V. (Sexual Misconduct), Section I.A. (Family), and I.B. (Social). He refused to comply with the CCAR Ethics Code, resigning during the pendency of the process, which is a violation of the Ethics Code (Sections VI.E.2., VI.E.2.f.), pursuant to which he was automatically expelled and is no longer a member of the CCAR.
  • Mark Peilen had been charged with violation of Code Section V (Sexual Boundaries). He refused to comply with the CCAR Ethics Code, resigning during the pendency of the process, which is a violation of the Ethics Code (Sections VI.E.2., VI.E.2.f.), pursuant to which he was automatically expelled and is no longer a member of the CCAR.
  • Eric Siroka had been charged with violations of Code Section V. (Sexual Boundaries). He refused to comply with the CCAR Ethics Code, resigning during the pendency of the process, which is a violation of the Ethics Code (Sections VI.E.2., VI.E.2.f.), pursuant to which he was automatically expelled and is no longer a member of the CCAR.

Suspended Rabbis:

  • Larry Bach has been suspended under violations of Section I A. (Family), I.B. (Social), and Section V. (Sexual Boundaries) and is currently prohibited from providing any rabbinic services to individuals or communities.
  • Terry Bookman has been suspended under Section I.A. (Family), Section I.B. (Social), and Section V. (Sexual Boundaries) and is currently prohibited from providing any rabbinic services to individuals and communities.
  • Steven M. Fink has been suspended under Section I.B. (Social), Section II.A. (Congregational Staff) and Section V. (Sexual Boundaries) and is currently prohibited from providing any rabbinic services to individuals and communities.
  • Ethan Franzel has been suspended under Section I.C. (Financial) and Section V. (Sexual Boundaries) and is currently prohibited from providing any rabbinic services to individuals or communities.
  • Richard Shapiro has been suspended under Section I.A. (Family), Section I.B. (Social) and Section V. (Sexual Boundaries) and is currently prohibited from providing any rabbinic services to individuals or communities.
  • Daniel Sikowitz has been suspended under Section I.A. (Family), Section I.B. (Social), and Section V. (Sexual Boundaries) and is currently prohibited from providing any rabbinic services to individuals or communities.

Censured with Publication:

  • Jon Adland has been censured with publication under Section I.A. (Family), Section I.B. (Social) and Section V. (Sexual Boundaries) and he may only perform rabbinic work that is explicitly approved by the Ethics Committee.

The CCAR takes ethical misconduct of any kind extremely seriously and we are pained to see any misconduct by a rabbi in the Jewish community. If you have questions about the ethics code or reporting of an ethics complaint, please email Ethics@ccarnet.org.