Friday, December 31, 2004

Even though he was stripped of professional counseling license for having sex with a female client, Rabbi found new pulpit (at least until recently)


At 3:43 AM, Blogger jewishwhistleblower said...

New page (no longer Rabbi):

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Rabbi Mark A. Golub

Our new Rabbi, Mark A. Golub, graduated cum laude from Tufts University in 1961 with a major in French Literature and minors in Psychology and Sociology. He was ordained a Rabbi by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati in 1967, where he earned Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Hebrew Letters. He served as a Jewish Chaplain in South Vietnam, where he received the Bronze Star, the Vietnam Service Medal and the U.S. Commendation Medal for meritorious service in a hostile war zone.

Rabbi Golub has served congregations in New York, Montreal, Ohio, Florida and Virginia. He received a Master's degree in Education and an Education Specialist degree from the College of William and Mary. He has been widely published in various Judaic and lay print media and has appeared on many television and radio programs dealing with sensitive issues in the Jewish and general communities. His special interests include interfaith relations, where he has led and founded many inter-religious organizations and fellowships, and Jewish education and youth, in which he has served as director and advisor to numerous Religious Schools and youth groups over the years.

At Temple Emmanuel, Rabbi Golub continues his career-long devotion to member needs, religious education and congregational development. He invites all those interested in Temple Emmanuel and its egalitarian approach to Conservative Judaism to stop by and meet him and learn about the fine congregation he leads.

Peninsula Rabbi Loses Counseling LIcense Over Sexual Charges
The Virginian Pilot - Feb 18, 1998

NEWPORT NEWS -- Mark A. Golub, a local rabbi who has worked as a mental health counselor, was stripped of his professional counseling license for having sex with a female client, according to a state disciplinary order.

But Golub denied the findings in the order issued by the state board that regulates mental health counselors, even though he signed it. ``I am categorically innocent of everything,'' he said in an interview with the Newport News Daily Press. Golub's lawyer is seeking to appeal the order, which involves counseling that was unrelated to Golub's position as a rabbi.

The disciplinary order - unanimously approved Friday by the Virginia Board of Licensed Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists and Substance Abuse Professionals - said Golub had inappropriate relationships with three clients.

The order said Golub had sex with one client, offered money and jobs to two and made inappropriate comments about all three. He saw the women between February 1996 and July 1997 as a counselor with the Hampton-Newport News Community Services Board.

February 19, 1998
Richmond Times-Dispatch

Rabbi Mark A. Golub, disciplined last week for sexual misconduct in his work as a mental health counselor, has resigned as spiritual leader of Temple Sinai.

Golub resigned Tuesday night, and the synagogue's board of directors unanimously voted to accept the resignation, said Evelyn Adams-Ledford, president of the congregation.

An investigation by the Virginia Department of Health Professions concluded that Golub had sex with a woman he was counseling and broke other regulations while counseling three clients at the Hampton-Newport News Community Services Board in 1996 and 1997.

Golub signed a regulatory board order admitting to the misconduct but then denied the allegations in a published interview. Golub's counseling work was unrelated to his position at the synagogue, where he served for 11 years.

by Kathy McCabe, Globe Staff Correspondent
The Boston Globe
March 27, 2003

On Chestnut Street, just where a hill starts to climb, a spacious white house blends easily into the quiet neighborhood of single- family homes.

But the stucco structure at 120 Chestnut St. is not a home, but a house of worship. This is Temple Emmanuel, Wakefield's only synagogue, which has nourished Jewish faith and learning for half a century. This weekend, the small Conservative congregation will mark a milestone: the 50th anniversary of the dedication of its sanctuary.

A sanctuary, or worship space, is the sacred heart of any house of worship. At Temple Emmanuel, the sanctuary is where the circle of life and faith begins and ends. It is where babies are named, couples marry, and adolescents read from the Torah at a bar mitzvah or bat mitzvah, the ceremony marking their passage from childhood to adulthood.

At services on Friday nights and Saturday mornings, or on holidays like Passover, which starts next month, the sanctuary is where Jews young and old seek God's grace. This weekend, congregants will gather in song and prayer to rededicate the sanctuary, during a weekend of special Shabbat, or Jewish sabbath, services. The celebration falls after the sanctuary's official dedication date of Sept. 17, 1952, but falls in the temple's golden anniversary year.

On Friday, Rabbi Mark A. Golub, the temple's spiritual leader since 2001, will deliver a special sermon during an 8 p.m. Shabbat service. On Saturday, services will be held at 9:30 a.m., and a special Havdalah Service, marking the end of the sabbath, will be held at 7 p.m. on Saturday. A reception will follow. The public is welcome.

"All the religious occasions in our life as Jews take place in the sanctuary," Golub said as he sat in the temple's small library, just off the sanctuary. "It is where our life cycle is [celebrated] and our holidays celebrated. But it is also a place where people can close their eyes and meditate."

Temple Emmanuel's sanctuary was dedicated in the spring of 1952, five years after the congregation formed. Until then, synagogue meetings were held first at the Wakefield YMCA and in a small chapel on Lake Quannapowitt. But with its membership growing, mostly due to the migration of Jews from cities like Chelsea, Malden and Revere, founders decided the temple needed a permanent home, according to a temple history.

In 1951, Temple Emmanuel purchased the former Yuell family estate on Chestnut Street. Over the next year, the manor-like home was converted into a Jewish temple, with classrooms, meeting and social rooms, and a sanctuary. "It was a beautiful home in a great location," said Liz Freeman, the temple historian. "In those days, people didn't drive a lot. But they could walk there from other neighborhoods or from the train. It just had a nice feel to it."

The congregation's effort to make a home for itself in Wakefield drew strong community support. The town's 11 Christian churches, most of them Catholic and Protestant denominations, contributed to the building fund. When the first service was celebrated, First Parish Congregational Church, the Greenwood Union Church and the Wakefield Daily Item, the town's daily newspaper, sent flowers for the pulpit.

Today, as Temple Emmanuel marks a sacred anniversary, Wakefield's Christian community continues to embrace its Jewish neighbor. "We're pleased for them that they're celebrating this," said the Rev. Katharine C. Evans, convenor of the Wakefield Interfaith Clergy Association, which includes most of the town's religious leaders. "The faith community in Wakefield is very strong. It is good for us to have the Jewish perspective. We all try to work together."

The Christian community last fall showed its loyalty to Temple Emmanuel. Avowed racist Matthew Hale, whose World Church of the Creator is anti-Jewish, spoke at the Wakefield library. In response, Wakefield churches organized a counter talk called "Love Lives Here," to promote tolerance and respect for all faiths in town. Yom Kippur, the most sacred holiday, followed a day later. The town's police department offered Temple Emmanuel extra security for the high holy services, Golub recalled.

"We felt the support of Wakefield at that very difficult time," Golub said. "It was almost as if the community was trying to protect us and we very much appreciated that. . . It's important, as the only Jewish temple in town, that we not isolate ourselves. I can go into any church in the community and feel welcome." A community seder, open to the public, has been scheduled for April 17, the second day of Passover, he said.

Today, Temple Emmanuel is home to 90 families. Although most live in Wakefield, Lynnfield, Stoneham, and Reading, members also come from North Reading, Peabody, Saugus, Billerica, and Woburn to attend services. The temple has about 30 children enrolled in religious education and Hebrew School. A Couple's Club recently formed to encourage members to socialize outside of the temple. New programs include a Tot Shabbat, designed to encourage young families to come to synagogue. Money is being raised to add an elevator, to make the three-story building accessible for the elderly and disabled.

The golden anniversary of the sanctuary has been planned to celebrate Temple Emmanuel as a family of faith. "A synagogue has three traditional functions: A house of prayer, a house of study, and a house of assembly," Golub said. "Of those three, the most important is prayer. Because we are a House of Worship, it's important that we reconsecrate the sanctuary."

Congregation members young and old will celebrate. Rosamond Leavitt, 85, is a founding member. Along with her husband, Dr. Joseph Leavitt who is now deceased, the couple helped the congregation find a permanent home. Over the years, both were active in the temple, with Rosamond serving as its first woman president. "I always felt privileged to be part of it," said Leavitt, who now lives in Boston. "It was so important to my husband and I, when we were moving to a community where we were in the distinct minority, that we had a place where our children could know their Jewish heritage."

Ellen Scott, 40, a mother of two young children, similarly has found a home at Temple Emmanuel. Scott and her husband, Gregory, are a mixed family. Gregory was raised Catholic. Today, the couple's children, Shayna 10, and Jordan, 8, are growing up Jewish. "What I love about it [the temple] is that it is so welcoming," said Scott, who joined seven years ago. "Whether you are a mixed marriage or not, whether you can read Hebrew or not, people are made to feel like they belong."

Kathy McCabe's e-mail address is


Caption: 1. Rabbi Mark Golub makes a point with students at Temple Emmanuel in Wakefield. They are, from left, Shayna Scott, 10; Scott Onigman, 9; Rebecca Spivack, 10; and Shira Faigel, 9. / GLOBE PHOTO / SARAH BREZINSKY 2. Rabbi Mark Golub addresses a class at Temple Emmanuel. The synagogue is celebrating its sanctuary's 50th anniversary. / GLOBE PHOTO / SARAH BREZINSKY

At 4:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jw- keep up the good and vital work.

Why not also check out the connection between Stanely Rosenfeld (orthodox) clergy convicted of sexual assault on a minor boy in Rhode Island (see the awareness center list of clergy and the RI court system website to get the complete details on line of his conviction, ten year suspended sentence, his probation violation leading to a year or so in prision for contact with minor boys post his conviction and"Rabbi Worch" (see luke's website)who used to be the clergy of an orthodox shule in Rhode Island before hiding out in Australia. Rosenfedl davens now at Worch's shule!!!!

At 9:13 PM, Blogger jewishwhistleblower said...

If you have any informtion on Stanely Rosenfeld you should forward it to the Awareness Center.

I thought he was Conservative not Orthodox.

I would also caution that there is Stanely Rosenfeld in Skokie who is not the person in question.

At 8:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will you be making a post soon on J.H. Worch having fled the country?

At 7:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am surprised that JW hasn't been sued for slander and/or libel as yet. Surely if he/she were legit, the site would already be shut down. Clearly the publisher doesn't have the gumption to go public nor does he/she have the credentials necessary for proper journalism. Journalists have been fined and/or jailed for far less offensive comments. This site is a disgrace to the Jewish community at large. Unfortunately for JW, he/she is relying smallmindedness to rule our people. With such an attitude in the community at large, is it any wonder that the future of American Jewry is in jeopardy?


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