Rabbi at DC synagogue charged with voyeurism

WASHINGTON (AP) — D.C. police have charged a rabbi at a Georgetown synagogue with voyeurism.

Police say 62-year-old Barry Freundel was arrested Tuesday morning at his home. Freundel is the rabbi at Kesher Israel Congregation.

NBC4, which obtained a copy of the police report, reports that a camera and recorder hidden in a clock radio were found in the women’s shower in the mikvah, a ritual cleansing bath, at the synagogue.

According to the congregation’s website, Freundel has been the rabbi at Kesher Israel for 25 years. The site says Freundel is an adjunct instructor at the University of Maryland and Georgetown University. He also teaches at Towson University.

A message left at Freundel’s phone number was not immediately returned.

A notice on the synagogue’s website says Freundel has been suspended without pay.

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