WBAL 11 - A rabbi at a prominent Washington, D.C., synagogue who teaches at Towson University was arrested and accused of secretly recording women in showers. Police arrested Barry Freundel at his home in Washington, D.C., Tuesday morning. He’s charged with voyeurism. A witness told WBAL-TV’s sister station in Washington, D.C., WRC-TV, that Freundel installed a hidden camera inside the women’s showers at Georgetown’s Kesher Israel Orthodox Synagogue. The showers are purifying baths that Freundel pushed to establish. They are primarily used by those converting to Judaism. According to police, the hidden camera looked similar to one that’s disguised as a clock radio. The police report said a witness told investigators that the rabbi said he was using it for ventilation in the shower. Freundel, 62, has been the spiritual leader at Kesher Israel for 25 years. He is also an associate professor who teaches in the Philosophy and Religious Studies Department at Towson University and at the school’s Hebrew Institute. Freundel is considered one of the region’s most respected rabbis. He is on the progressive side of orthodox Judaism and is in charge of the conversion committee of the Rabbinical Council of America. He’s also the vice president of the region’s Vaad program, which oversees kosher dietary rules at Jewish institutions.
Woopsie daisies! The ol’ “installed the tiny cameras and said they were for shower ventilation” excuse didn’t work this time? Who woulda thunk it? Seems like a pretty common use for tiny hidden cameras in women’s showers. Can’t believe that excuse didn’t fly. I’ve seen people lie about downloading porn in an office give better excuses about why their entire hard drive was wiped clean. Kinda have to give the rapey rabbi a little bit of credit here, that’s ballsy as fuck. Obviously nobody is endorsing his actions. It’s day 1 rabbi stuff: have those curly hair things, wear a cool hat, and don’t spy on women in the showers. 2 out of 3 ain’t bad, but you have bat 1000 in this situation. But again, very ballsy. You want a rabbi who will go balls to the wall for you, right? That’s the kind of dude you want praying for you. A guy willing to go all out. Exonerate you of all your sins like it ain’t no thang. And as it’s been said, the real weirdos out there are the guys without the one random thing they do that isn’t universally accepted. For some it’s gambling. For some it’s crack. And for some it’s Erin Andrews’ing. Someone should introduce him to Jporn. Jewtube. Jewjizz.