Fink Expelled from the Rabbinate


Former Temple Oheb Shalom Rabbi Steven M. Fink has been expelled by the Central Conference of American Rabbis.

The expulsion, the CCAR website says, is due to Fink’s failure to comply with the terms of his suspension, an ethics code violation. “He is no longer a member of the CCAR,” the organization’s website says.

In lieu of expulsion, a suspended rabbi could work toward reinstatement with the CCAR, which would include “unequivocal acknowledgment of responsibility for harm done to victim(s), the congregation or institution and the honor of the rabbinate,” according to the CCAR ethics code.

Fink was suspended from the CCAR on Aug. 17 following an investigation prompted by an alleged sexual incident with a minor that occurred years ago. The investigation included consideration of multiple claims of inappropriate conduct; interviews with more than 20 witnesses; review of written submissions, including submissions by Fink and by Temple Oheb Shalom; an interview with Fink in the presence of his legal counsel; and review of relevant documents. On Oct. 21, Temple Oheb Shalom’s membership voted overwhelmingly to support its board’s decision to terminate Fink’s contract, having suspended him with pay in May following the accusation.

Fink maintains he is innocent of the allegations and has threatened litigation against the synagogue.

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