Ousted Pikesville rabbi says he's victim of 'sexual McCarthyism'

Ousted Pikesville rabbi says he's victim of 'sexual McCarthyism'

PIKESVILLE, Md. (WBFF) - A longtime, former Baltimore rabbi spoke out for the first time regarding his termination from a local synagogue.

It follows a series of allegations, one of which involved sexual boundaries being crossed.

The event, according to Rabbi Steven Fink, happened more than a decade ago.

Fink denies he did anything wrong, and he and his wife sat down with FOX45 in their first public interview.

Temple Oheb Shalom, on Park Heights Avenue, voted overwhelmingly on Sunday to cut its ties with the rabbi.

A spokesperson wrote: "The vote today is the first step toward the healing that our congregation needs and deserves, and we can now begin to put this painful matter behind us."

Fink, however, said he is a "victim of sexual McCarthyisism." His wife added she's the "the collateral damage of the 'Me Too' movement."

"There was an allegation against me that I touched a woman's leg 11 years ago. She was a student at the time asking for a college recommendation," he explained.

While a synagogue spokeswoman says the matter was reported to local authorities, it's the investigation conducted by the Central Conference of American Rabbis' ethics committee and the synagogue's potential expulsion from the Union for Reform Judaism that members of the synagogue's congregation had to consider.

Fink said he and his family "will engage in civil litigation we have a very good attorney and an excellent case."

A synagogue spokeswoman was unaware of the status of any criminal investigation. The rabbi tells me he's not been charged with any crime relating to the allegations.


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