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Moti Elon gives up city rabbi certification over sex crimes

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A rabbi convicted of sexual assault on Thursday accepted a Supreme Court suggestion he waive his certification of eligibility to serve as a city rabbi, offered in response to a petition demanding the court strip him of his “rabbi” title.

In taking the offer to return his certification, Mordechai “Moti” Elon will be prevented from serving in any significant rabbinical positions, including becoming a rabbi of a city or local council.

The petition was filed after the Chief Rabbinate decided to allow Elon to keep his title, citing his willingness to commit to not serve as a rabbi in any community role for a period of 10 years from the date of his conviction.

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“As a result of today’s [High Court] hearing in response to our petition (with others), at the recommendation of the panel of judges, Elon agreed to return his [rabbinate certificate], the document that essentially allows him to continue his role as rabbi,” Manny Waks, who runs the Voices Against Child Sex Abuse (VoiCSA) organization, said in a statement. Illustrative: Supreme Court justices arrive for a court hearing at the Supreme Court in Jerusalem on February 24, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)


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