Shul Stands Behind 'Rabbi To The Stars' Caught Kissing Lover While Wife Stewed
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.