The Central Conference of American Rabbis has expelled former Cleveland Rabbi Benjamin A. Kamin.
Kamin led The Temple-Tifereth Israel in Beachwood and Cleveland from 1989 until he was asked to resign in 2000 despite having 18 months remaining on his contract. He has also led congregations in Toronto, New York and San Diego.
According to a Cleveland Jewish News story in 2000, there was not one incident or issue that precipitated the board’s asking for Kamin’s resignation. At that time, Barnett N. Bookatz, the temple president and board member insisted the Rabbi’s ability to fundraise or court major donors was never a consideration.
“It was not something that Rabbi Kamin did that was illegal or immoral,” Bookatz said in the story. “We felt that Kamin was not the person to fill the position of senior rabbi for the coming years. Institutions change, leadership changes. What was good for yesterday is not good for tomorrow.”
Kamin recently was initially suspended under Section V for sexual boundaries, which, according to the CCAR, includes all forms of sexual harassment and intimidation, requests for sexual favors and any unwelcome verbal, physical or visual conduct of a sexual nature.
He resigned recently during his suspension, which is itself a violation of the CCAR ethics code, causing his automatic expulsion.
CCAR Chief Executive Rabbi Hara Person declined to comment on Kamin’s expulsion.
Kamin was ordained in 1978 from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.
Kamin could not be reached for comment.