London rabbinical judge resigns due to sexual misconduct charges


(JTA) — A British rabbi reportedly resigned his posts because of sexual misconduct allegations.

Rabbi Chaim Halpern, who resigned Monday, was a rabbinical judge at Kedassia, the kosher supervision arm of the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations, according to the Times of Israel.

Reports that Halpern had “inappropriate” contact with at least one woman first surfaced in October. Since then, more women have come forward with allegations against Halpern, who also held posts at the Beis Yaacov Primary School and the Hatzolah emergency medical service.

While proclaiming his innocence, Halpern said his position had become untenable because he seemed to have lost the support of his colleagues. Halpern opted to resign after fellow judges threatened to condemn him in a public manner.

Halpern remains the head of his synagogue, Beis Hamedrash Divrei Chaim, in the Golders Green section of London.

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