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Rabbi Marc Schneier To Resign From Synagogue He Founded, Move To Israel, Source Says
Shmarya Rosenberg • FailedMessiah.com
Rabbi Marc Schneier will allegedly become a real estate broker in Israel because the board of his tony Hamptons Modern Orthodox synagogue has allegedly told him to resign, a source familiar with the situation told FailedMessiah.com.
Schneier, who founded the synagogue decades ago and who is now in his mid-fifties, is married to his fifth wife.
He was recently expelled from the Rabbinical Council of America (RCA) over allegations of sexual misconduct while married to his fourth wife. Schneier blamed much of his erratic conduct on untreated bipolar disorder, which he said earlier this year had now been correctly diagnosed and treated.
While FailedMessiah.com has seen some unverified information that appears to corroborate Schneier's looming resignation, it has not yet been able to officially verify it, and the Hamptons Synagogue website still lists Schneier as its rabbi and praises him in glowing terms.
Schneier, who also co-heads a religious and racial tolerance organization he co-founded with rap mogul Russel Simmons, had not returned a phone message left on his personal synagogue voicemail when this post was published. A subsequent call to the synagogue's phone was answered by an automated voicemail system which directed callers to an employee's voicemail.
Update 9-7-2015 – Schneier's spokesperson Hank Sheinkopf contacted FailedMessiah.com over the Labor Day weekend and denied FailedMessiah.com's update of this story which reported that Schneier had resigned during Shabbat services on September 5. "It never happened," Sheinkopf said.
When asked why Schneier had not responded to questions from FailedMessiah.com about his pending resignation posed directly to Schneier via email on July 12, Sheinkopf said he was unaware Schneier had been asked those questions or that FailedMessiah.com had published a story on July 12 that said Schneier would be leaving the synagogue and moving to Israel.