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Guilty Plea Statement

Today Rabbi Freundel pled guilty to 52 counts of voyeurism, which carries a maximum sentence of 52 years in prison. The actual length of the sentence is at the discretion of the judge in DC Superior Court. The sentencing hearing is scheduled for May 15, 2015 at 1:00 pm. 
 
As we seek to move forward and heal as a community, we await the judge's decision on sentencing. The scope and duration of these horrible crimes are still hard to completely comprehend. While the guilty plea is a difficult moment for our community and for individual victims of these crimes, Kesher is grateful for the diligent work of the Metropolitan Police Department and the team at the U.S. Attorney's Office in handling this matter. We are deeply appreciative of their dedication, sensitivity, outreach, and for all of the assistance they provided Kesher and the individual victims. We hope that resolution of the criminal proceedings will help our collective and individual healing continue.
 
Despite this great betrayal by Rabbi Freundel and our communal pain, we have seen a community that has come together and whose members have leaned on one another for support. As we move forward, we will continue to grow stronger and are committed to ensuring that our community remains a warm, welcoming, and safe place to gather, worship, and learn. 
 
For those seeking professional support, licensed trauma and general therapists are available to you at any time through JCADA and JSSA. More information can be found on our website, including a list of private therapists in the area. 
 
As always, please do not hesitate to reach out to us with any questions, concerns, or just to talk. You can email the Board at board@kesher.org.
Sun, December 16 2018 8 Tevet 5779