By: Ira Sherman
Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. has been retained by another client who claims she was victimized by DC Rabbi Bernard Freundel. Freundel, a prominent religious leader and Rabbi at the Georgetown Synagogue Kesher Israel, was arrested in October and charged with several counts of voyeurism. It is alleged that Rabbi Freundel was secretly recording women as they used the synagogue's mikvah, a ritual bath used by followers of the Orthodox Jewish faith. In December, our firm filed a
class action lawsuit on behalf of a Florida woman (who converted to Orthodox Judaism under Rabbi Freundel) and others who suffered similar experiences involving Freundel.
Our newest client in the case is a woman who routinely used the mikvah as part of her religious practice of purifying herself. Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. will be amending the complaint to name this woman as a representative of a class of other women who used the mikvah for this purpose.
Additional developments in the Freundel case include the current defendants in the litigation - National Capital Mikvah, Rabbinical Council of America, and Kesher Israel - requesting that the case be removed from the Superior Court of the District of Columbia (local court) to the United States District Court of Columbia (federal court). They have also requested that the case be "stayed" or put on hold until the Court rules on this and other motions. Additionally, Attorney David Sanford, Esquire of Sanford Heisler Kimpel, LLP has joined Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. as co-counsel for the class-action plaintiffs.
We will continue to keep our readers updated about the developments of this case. You can also learn more about the case involving Rabbi Freundel on our Invasion of Privacy page.