Rabbi Freundel Voyeurism Class Action
Case name: Jane Doe 2, et al. v. The Georgetown Synagogue – Kesher Israel Congregation, et al.
Case type: Criminal/Sexual Violence Litigation
Filed in: [Superior Court of the District of Columbia]
Docket: [Case no. 2014-CA-008073-B]
In October 2018, the Superior Court of the District of Columbia granted final approval of a $14.25 million class action settlement arising from Rabbi Bernard Freundel’s secret videotaping of females without their consent at the National Capital Mikvah facility in Washington, DC.
Freundel pleaded guilty in 2015 to 52 counts of misdemeanor voyeurism and was sentenced to six and a half years in prison.
In addition to Freundel, the Class Action Complaint named as Defendants those religious institutions that enlisted his services: the Georgetown Synagogue – Kesher Israel Congregation, the National Capital Mikvah, Inc., the Rabbinical Council of America, and the Beth Din of America.
According to the Complaint, Freundel, a prominent Modern Orthodox rabbi, surreptitiously videotaped some 150 congregants, conversion students, and other users of a Jewish ritual bath, called a mikvah, for nearly a decade.
The settlement covered a class of females who were videotaped by Freundel or who otherwise used the National Capital Mikvah between July 1, 2005 and October 14, 2014.
Sanford Heisler Sharp served as lead counsel for the Plaintiffs, with Chaikan, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel.
- Voyeur rabbi’s victims to get $25,000 each, The Georgetowner, September 12, 2018
- Judge approves $14.25M settlement for victims of convicted rabbi, CBS Baltimore, September 7, 2018 (video)
- Victims of voyeur-rabbi with Baltimore ties reach $14.25 million settlement, The Baltimore Sun, August 30, 2018
- Voyeur rabbi victims reach $14.25 million settlement, Agence France-Presse, August 30, 2018
- Voyeur rabbi case may end in $14M settlement with Jewish groups, patch.com, August 30, 2018
- Victims of videotaping-mikvah rabbi to receive $14.25 million settlement, Jewish Telegraph Agency, August 28, 2018
- Victims of D.C. ‘peeping rabbi’ win more than $14 million in settlement deal, Haaretz, August 28, 2018
Attorneys Involved in the Case
- August 28, 2018 – Sanford Heisler Sharp Announces $14.25 Million Class Action Settlement In Case of Voyeuristic Rabbi Freundel
- August 16, 2016 – Sanford Heisler Sharp and Chaikin Sherman Expand Class Action Against Rabbi Voyeur and Religious Institutions by Adding Beth Din of America As A New Defendant
- June 15, 2016 – Class Case Arising From Rabbi’s Voyeuristic Acts Takes Giant Leap Forward