Monday, May 30, 2005

Arrest Warrant Issued: Confessed AZ child molester Rabbi David E. Lipman ran the internet kiruv website, son of former CCAR President


At 8:38 AM, Blogger jewishwhistleblower said...


Arrest warrant issued for rabbi in child molestation case
Associated Press
May. 27, 2005 03:55 PM

PRESCOTT - A felony warrant has been issued for the arrest of a rabbi accused of child molestation and sexual abuse, authorities said.

Yavapai County prosecutors said David Lipman, 55, faces 11 counts of child molestation and five counts of sexual abuse that stem from an investigation involving two girls, ages 16 and 14.

Prescott Justice Court Judge Arthur Markham signed a warrant Thursday for Lipman's arrest.

City police received a call on May 13 from a Child Protective Services employee who reported possible sexual abuse of two girls.

That prompted a criminal investigation against Lipman, who admitted to inappropriate touching, according to Prescott Police Det. Robert Peoples.

Lipman was placed on administrative leave Monday from Temple B'rith Shalom, where he has been rabbi since April 2002 of a congregation with about 300 members.


About Rabbi Lipman......

Following a six-month nation-wide search, Temple B'rith Shalom selected its new rabbi -David E. Lipman -from a field of nine applicants. Rabbi Lipman, 53, is the second full-time rabbi to serve Prescott's only Jewish house of worship. He succeeds Rabbi William Berkowitz, who led the congregation for seven years. Rabbi Lipman and his wife, Robyn Tevah, have purchased a home in Prescott. They have five children

The new rabbi's last pulpit was a Cranston, R.I. congregation with more than 400 members, compared to 150 member families in Prescott. Because of its larger membership in the Rhode Island congregation, professional employees performed many of the rabbi's duties there, such as music by a cantor, religious school by a professional educator, and administration by an office manager. The fact that B'rith Shalom has fewer members is one of the things that attracted the rabbi to Prescott. This enables him to be a hands-on clergyman and to be personally involved in all members' lives and every facet of the Temple.

Rabbi Lipman was born in Seattle, Washington. His father, the late Rabbi Eugene Lipman, was a highly regarded Reform Jewish scholar. The incoming rabbi attended Oberlin College and was ordained following graduation from Hebrew Union College in New York City and Israel. During his many years of study, he also completed the requirements necessary to be a cantor: he possesses a concert quality voice and has increased the amount of music in the weekly services. He also organized and leads a children's choir. Rabbi Lipman possesses a keen sense of humor, intense energy and a love of study and teaching. He is fluent in French, German, Hebrew, and Aramaic. He is learning to speak Yiddish. During his studies in Israel he became involved in archaeology and worked on a number of significant excavations. This led to his ability to understand the Ugaritic language, an extinct alphabet language.

The rabbi is world-renowned for his biblical and Talmudic knowledge. His web site, Gates to Jewish Heritage,, contains more than 15,000 pages of Jewish thought, meticulously organized, which is read by more than 13,000 people daily. Rabbi Lipman says that he is very impressed with Prescott's unique environmental quality, which he believes heightens the depth of religious experience. He adds that he hopes to build on Rabbi Berkowitz's legacy of social conscience and the visibility of Jewish volunteerism that helps make Prescott a better place to live.

Rabbi David Lipman runs the website Gates to Jewish Heritage.

At the end of World War II, Rabbi Lipman's father, Rabbi Eugene Lipman, was involved in liberating the Jewish population of Theresienstadt. Rabbi Leo Baeck had left about two weeks earlier. As the final Jews were getting into the Army trucks, one of them called, "Wait!" He hurried into one of the buildings, opened a secret door, and went down into a hidden basement, which they had used as a synagogue. He brought up with him a scroll. It was their Megillah. It was given to Rabbi Eugene Lipman on condition that it be used every year and not become merely a museum piece. He agreed. When he retired, he gave the Megillah to Rabbi David Lipman. Last year, Rabbi Lipman loaned the Megillah to the Living Holocaust Museum as a piece of its permanent collection, on condition that they return the Megillah to him in time to use it on Purim. We continue to us the Theresienstadt Megillah every year keeping the promise to the Jews of Theresienstadt.

TEMPLE B'RITH SHALOM, 2077 Brohner Way, Prescott, AZ 86301-8800, Phone: 928 708 0018, Rabbi David Lipman, Services: Weekly, Friday 7:30 PM, Saturday 10:00 AM.

May 17, 2002/Sivan 6, 5762, Vol. 54, No.35

Prescott temple hires new rabbi
Assistant Editor

Temple B'rith Shalom in Prescott has hired a new rabbi to serve its 157 member families.

Rabbi David E. Lipman, who currently leads a Reform congregation in Cranston, R.I., fills the future gap left by Rabbi William Berkowitz, who will leave the synagogue in June.

Berkowitz has served the congregation for seven years.

Before his arrival, the nearly 25-year-old Reform congregation was led by student rabbis, had about 60 families and didn't have its own building, said president Suzanne Allender.

"(Berkowitz) has been very much involved in and responsible for more than doubling the size of the synagogue, tracking people so that we were able to build a building and enabling us to have much richer programming," Allender said.

B'rith Shalom is the first synagogue in Northern Arizona to have built its own building, which is now four years old, she added.

Berkowitz is also given credit "for improving and strengthening the ties between the Jewish community in Prescott and the wider community," she said. "He's done a terrific job with interacting with the other clergy here in Prescott and having a Jewish voice being heard in the general community.

"In all those ways, he's been a tremendous help to the Jewish community here. We're very sorry to see him leave but we understand that sometimes other things have to take precedence, in this case his family."

As Berkowitz enters this "period of transition," he is "excited about where this may lead," he says.

His short-term plans include remaining in Prescott and attending Temple B'rith Shalom, and he says he will always remember "how nice and friendly and warm and accepting this congregation has been."

The congregation will hold a dinner dance in honor of Berkowitz on June 16 (see Details box).

The congregation currently has weekly Shabbat services, adult education programs, religious school and a sisterhood. About 20-30 member families live part-time in the Phoenix area, Allender said.

Besides serving as rabbi at Temple Sinai in Rhode Island, Lipman is a board member of Jewish Services for the Elderly and the Jewish Federation of Rhode Island, a teacher in a community Jewish high school, a lecturer at Providence Jewish Renaissance and the creator of the Jewish Web site He was ordained in 1978 at the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York. He will move to Prescott with wife Robyn Tevah.

At 8:39 AM, Blogger jewishwhistleblower said...

Interactive Torah Study Leads to Virtual Revelation
by David Ghitelman
Forward (NY)
Nov. 20, 1998.

Interactive Torah Study Leads to Virtual Revelation

Since late summer, I've been studying Torah on the Internet. A few months ago I stumbled across the Jewish Communication Network's online "Interactive Torah Study with a Pinch of Talmud," and I've been hooked ever since. Every Saturday night David Lipman, the rabbi at Sinai Temple, a Reform congregation in Mount Vernon, N.Y., posts excerpts from the coming Sabbath's Torah portion along with brief selections from the Talmud and an even briefer series of questions.

On Sunday morning, when my two children are in Hebrew school, I read the Torah portion in the King James, the new Jewish Publication Society and Everett Fox translations and then go online to see where the discussion is headed. Some contributors are consistent in their readings. A. searches out the feminist angle of any text, B. gives it a mystical gloss, C. makes bad puns, and D. insists he doesn't understand a thing.

There are many advantages to studying online. The discussion can last a long time, as ours invariably does, going pretty much from Havdalah to the lighting of the Sabbath candles. Also, I can sit in on as much or as little as I want to. And I don't have to leave the comfort of my living room computer. I miss the warmth and intimacy that comes from a roomful of congregants, but I am glad to have found a way to partake in the pleasures of studying Torah. To see for yourself, go to and click on the interactive Torah study group.

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