Hamptons congregation stands behind Rabbi Marc Schneier, accused of cheating on 4th wife
BY Henrick Karoliszyn and Larry Mcshane • NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
A randy rabbi accused of cheating on wife No. 4 was back before his Hamptons congregation Saturday, heading a Sabbath service before bolting from the synagogue.
While Rabbi Marc Schneier had no comment on his brewing scandal, worshipers at The Hampton Synagogue defended their hot-to-trot leader.
"Rabbis are human beings," said Marshal Weintraub, a 71-year-old retiree and member of the Westhampton Beach synagogue.
"They're susceptible to temptation like everybody else - maybe more so," he continued. "Rabbis cheating on their wives? That's nothing new in the Jewish religion."
During the service, there was a mention of the exclusive Daily News report about the oft-wed Schneier's canoodling with a female congregation member during a trip to Israel.
"Whatever you do today, don't read the paper," one member of the congregation quoted another rabbi as saying.
The rabbi's wife, Tori Rubinstein-Schneier, claims in court papers that the woman caught in an overseas clench with her husband is now pregnant with his child.
Speech pathologist Gitty Leiner, the accused other woman, is a member of the synagogue founded by Schneier in 1990.
Their coast-to-coast affair included trysts in the Hamptons and San Francisco, court papers alleged.
Rubinstein-Schneier went to court last week seeking a legal separation from the rabbi to the stars, whose pals include Russell Simmons.