Michael Broyde, rabbi in pseudonym scandal, launching synagogue


(JTA) — Rabbi Michael Broyde, who was at the center of a scandal involving his use of pseudonyms to tout his reputation, is launching a synagogue in Atlanta.

The Jewish Channel, the news website that last year exposed Broyde’s use of an online persona to praise his own work, reported Tuesday that Broyde is one of three rabbis planning a new congregation in the Toco Hills neighborhood, where he helped found another Orthodox congregation in 1994.

Broyde in February resigned from the Rabbinical Council of America, a leading Orthodox organization, because of the revelations of his use of a pseudonym.

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