Above: Rabbi Jonathan Ginsburg
Last updated at 9:28 pm CDT
Jonathan Ginsburg, a Conservative rabbi who allegedly sexually abused a female congregant he was counseling, has changed his name and is trolling the Internet for business.
The alleged abuse took place while Ginsburg and his wife were the rabbis at Temple of Aaron (Conservative) in St. Paul, Minnesota. (Ginsburg divorced her more than a decade ago.)
He resigned in June 2004, relocated to Chicago area and led a small Conservative Synagogue, Ezra Habonim/Niles Township Jewish Congregation in Skokie, IL.
But that job also ended and Ginsburg is also excluded in perpituity from the Conservative Movement's Rabbinical Assembly, which notes:
"…Rabbi Jonathan Ginsburg is no longer a member of the Rabbinical Assembly, nor is he eligible for readmission. The RA has no association with nor does it endorse or recognize any bet din or other program run by, or participated in by Rabbi Jonathan Ginsburg.…"
Now Ginsburg has apparently changed his name and gone into business for himself as a nondenominational rabbi as his listing on Rabbi.com shows:
Rabbi Name: Rabbi Jon Hillel
Religious Genre: Conservative, Reform
Rabbi Long Description: Need a Rabbi?
For Jewish individuals and families in need of a Rabbi, Rabbi Jon Hillel. A veteran Rabbi, with 30 years of experience and training in Conservative, Reform Orthodox and Reconstructionist Judaism, is available for;
Baby Namings, Bris
Emergency pulpit subbing
Counseling and Other Special Jewish Events.
Rabbi, Jon Hillel, has been a congregational Rabbi for 31 years in Brooklyn, Minnesota and Chicago.
He has studied and worked in Conservative, Orthodox, Reform and Reconstructionist settings. He is a native of Chicago, he received his B.A. in religion from the University of Chicago where he was the valedictory orator and received his Masters and Rabbinic Ordination from the Jewish Theological Seminary where he received the Krasne Award for outstanding student.
He was a National Merit scholar and 1974 National High School Debate Champion. adjunct faculty of St. Catherine College and Metropolitan University. He served on the National Rabbinic Cabinet, United Jewish Appeal, as Associate Chair of the State of Israel Bonds Rabbinic Cabinet Executive Committee and on many Boards of Jewish Institutions. He has served as coordinator of the Minnesota Rabbinical Association, and on the Nominations and Professional Development Committee of the International Rabbinical Assembly, and as President of the Niles Township Clergy Association, and was nominee for Jewish Community Hero 2011 by the Jewish Federations of North America.
The Rabbi.com featured listing for Ginsburg as a PDF file:
[Hat Tip: Ben Max.]