PALM SPRINGS, Calif. - For the first time, Temple Isaiah, a synagogue in Palm Springs, responds to allegations of harassment by synagogue leaders.
Back in August, a former board member and employee of the synagogue contacted KESQ & CBS Local 2 saying he faced retaliation and was fired for bringing forward complaints of sexual harassment and bullying. Two women also wrote statements alleging Lazar harassed them with unwanted advances including kissing and touching.
In a statement sent, a spokesperson told KESQ & CBS Local 2 in part that Rabbi David Lazar and Temple Isaiah's leadership are committed to ensuring that the synagogue is a safe and welcoming environment for everyone. Temple Isaiah and Rabbi Lazar adamantly denied any allegations of sexual misconduct.
Full statement below:
Rabbi Lazar and Temple Isaiah's leadership are committed to ensuring that Temple Isaiah is a safe and welcoming environment for everyone.
Temple Isaiah and Rabbi Lazar adamantly deny any allegations of sexual misconduct. Temple Isaiah does not and would not condone any such conduct and is confident this matter will be properly adjudicated in the appropriate legal forum.
Temple Isaiah has been a spiritual sanctuary for the Palm Springs Community for over seven decades. Our mission is unchanged: to serve the Palm Springs community and to foster a culture of openness, inclusiveness, and acceptance. The safety and well-being of the Temple's staff and congregants have been and remain our first priority.
We are thankful for the community's continued outpouring of support for Temple Isaiah and Rabbi Lazar.
The plaintiff in the lawsuit alleges that there are more victims and temple leaders ignored taking action for years.
Stay with KESQ & CBS Local 2 for updates.
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