Earlier this year, the URJ (Union for Reform Judaism) retained Debevoise & Plimpton, a leading law firm, to conduct an independent, comprehensive, and impartial investigation into sexual harassment, abuse, and misconduct. This included anything experienced or witnessed at URJ workplaces, summer camps, and programming, including all youth programming. The URJ has released the report and it names one of Temple Israel’s former rabbis. Temple Israel is committed to ensuring that we address this most serious matter.
Any additional reports of misconduct should be directed to one or both of the following: CCAR Ethics Committee – firstname.lastname@example.org (third party reporting is acceptable), Debevoise & Plimpton – URJinvestigation@debevoise.com
You can read the three full reports commissioned by the bodies of the Reform Movement by clicking on the name of each entity listed here: Union for Reform Judaism, Central Conference of American Rabbis, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.
Jon Adland had been charged with violating Code Sections V.B.2 (Sexual Boundaries-Sexual Misconduct, Type 2 (“unwelcome physical contact or conduct”) and VI (Minors) at a time when he was subject to limitations on rabbinic service and the TRaC process arising from a prior Code violation. He resigned during the pendency of the ethics process, which is a violation of the Ethics Code (Section VII.M.4), pursuant to which he was automatically expelled and is no longer a member of the CCAR.