TOWSON, Md. — Students of a disgraced rabbi are back in class, stunned and saddened to hear about allegations against their former teacher.
Barry Freundel was arrested last week and charged with voyeurism.
According to police, Freundel used a hidden camera to film women as they undressed, preparing for a ritual bath at Freundel’s synagogue in Georgetown.
“It’s just very surreal,” explains Jonathan Munshaw, one of Freundel’s students.
Freundel was a respected, longtime teacher at Towson University.
The school has now replaced him with a new teacher who asked students to share their feelings when they went back to the classroom for the first time Tuesday.
“With this kind of thing you don’t really know what to expect,” Munshaw explains. “To say the least it was actually a very emotional class.”
According to Munshaw, one student left early while another nearly cried.
The Washington Post reports Freundel took students on field trips to Georgetown and invited them to use the the ritual bath, but it is not yet clear if any of them were recorded.
Investigators searched the rabbi’s university office for evidence this week.
So far, there are six alleged victims but police are looking for more.