Jacob Max, rabbi in Baltimore area, dies


(JTA) — Jacob Max, a longtime Baltimore-area rabbi who in 2009 was convicted of sexual offense, has died. 

Max, who was active in the Baltimore Jewish community for more than six decades, died Tuesday at a Baltimore-area hospital at the age of 87. He was the rabbi emeritus of the Moses Montefiore Anshe Emunah Hebrew Congregation.

Max was found guilty in April 2009 of sex offense in the fourth degree and second degree assault for molesting a female employee of a funeral home. He did not appeal a suspended one-year prison sentence and one year of court-ordered unsupervised probation.  

The Baltimore Jewish Times called him "a friendly, effusive man given to displays of affection and words of encouragement," and said that his legacy "promises to be a mixed bag."

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