Former Rabbi - Congregation Har Shalom, Potomac, MD
Former Rabbi - Congregation Agudas Achim, San Antonio, TX
Rabbi David Kaye was featured on "Dateline NBC" for seeking a sexual encounter with an underage boy in a chat room. NBC News conducted a sting in August, (2005) working with a group called "Perverted Justice." Members of the group, posing as underage boys and girls, entered Internet chat rooms and waited for adults to engage them in conversations.
Kaye was one of many who allegedly spoke to the presumed children about sex, and suggested meeting them. Kaye allegedly sent one individual naked pictures of himself, said he was gay and arranged a meeting at a Northern Virginia home where the "boy" said he lived, which NBC had equipped with hidden cameras.
Rabbi David A. Kaye has been a Jewish educator for 30 years. He has been a pulpit rabbi for 17 years serving Congregation Har Shalom, Potomac, MD and Congregation Agudas Achim, San Antonio, TX.
Rabbi Kaye is currently a member of the Rabbinical Assembly, He has staffed numerous USY conventions and retreats. As a leader in the Washington Federation, he was instrumental in the creation of several innovative youth and Jewish educational initiatives.
Rabbi Kaye faced being sentenced up to 60 years in prision. On December 1, 2006, U.S. District Judge James C. Cacheris in Alexandria, VA settled on 78 months. Stating Kaye would then face 10 years of supervised release. The judge said that during that time, Kaye will be forbidden to accept any job involving children, and he ordered him to never be around children younger than 18 without an adult present. Upon release he will be mandated to be on the national sex offenders registry.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Ed Power had called for a tough sentence and said Kaye's conduct was "a crime of violence in which he essentially tried to rape a 13-year-old boy."
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Table of Contents:
- Rabbi David A. Kaye, Vice President for Program (10/29/2005)Hidden camera investigation catches men trying to meet kids for sex (10/31/2005)
- Panim Statement (11/02/2005)
- Panim staffer departs (11/02/2005)
- Rabbi of Jewish group resigns after NBC links him to Web sex sting (11/02/2005)
- Panim staffer departs (11/02/2005)
- Adults prowling the Web to meet children found Dateline cameras instead (11/03/2005)
- News at a Glance (11/03/2005)
- Pervert Justice Caught on Tape (11/04/2005)
- Rabbi, teacher lose jobs over TV sex sting (11/04/2005)
- Local Rabbi Caught in 'Dateline' Internet Sting (11/04/2005)
- Rabbi Caught In 'Dateline' Online Predator Sting (11/04/2005)
- Catching potential Internet sex predators (11/04/2005)
- Rabbi, Teacher, Doctor Lose Jobs Over TV Sex Sting (11/05/2005)
- Maryland Rabbi, Teacher Lose Jobs Over TV Sex Sting (11/05/2005)
- U.S. rabbi resigns over online sex scandal (11/06/2005)
- What we don't want to hide about hidden cameras (11/08/2005)
- Rabbi caught in Internet sex sting (11/09/2005)
- No charges expected against rabbi' - Dateline' reaction one of sadness (11/09/2005)
- Why the 'Dateline' predators were not charged (11/09/2005)
- The online chat (11/09/2005)
- Rabbi Quits After Reported Sex Sting (11/10/2005)
- Disabuse Community of Intolerance (11/11/2005)
- Once a rabbi, always a rabbi - Kaye quits rabbinic assn.; retains title (11/17/2005)
- Gays help expose online predators - Internet group asks gays to be more vocal in stopping teen abuse (11/25/2005)
- Dateline Transcript - To Catch a Predator; Hidden camera investigation lures sexual predators from the Internet to home in Washington, DC (11/04/2005)
- Dateline reporter Chris Hansen answers viewer mail regarding documentary that exposed Rabbi David Kaye
- Rita Cosby Live and Direct (11/03/2005)
- Today Show: "Dateline NBC"'s undercover investigation of computer predators looking to hook up with children "#184b81" (11/04/2005)
- The Sting - Perverted Justice (Warning this is sexually explicit) (11/02/2005)
- CALL TO ACTION: Demand Action on the Case of Rabbi David Kaye (11/11/2005)
- Rabbi Indicted In Online Child Predator Case - Man Allegedly Caught In 'Dateline' Predator Sting (05/19/2006)
- Rabbi Charged After TV Sex Sting (05/20/2006)
- Former Rockville Rabbi Charged In Child Sex Sting (05/20/2006)
- Rabbi Accused In Internet Sex Sting Appears In Court (05/21/2006)
- Prosecution Rests In Rabbi Internet Sex Sting Case - Suspect Charged After 'Dateline NBC' Sting (08/21/2006)
- Rabbi Heads To Court In 'Sex Sting' Case - Rabbi Faces 60 Years In Prison (08/22/2006)
- Md. rabbi on trial in case stemming from televised sex sting (08/22/2006)
- Rabbi caught in sex sting denies interest in teenage boys (08/23/2006)
- At trial, rabbi snared in sex sting says he believed liaison was with an adult (08/24/2006)
- Rabbi denies paedophilia (08/24/2006)
- Rabbi Caught in TV Sex Sting Convicted (09/07/2006)
- Rabbi Caught on TV Is Convicted of Seeking Sex With Boy (09/07/2006)
- Predator rabbi convicted (09/07/2006)
- Sex Predators TV Show Raises Rights Issues (11/13/2006)
- Sentencing Set For Rabbi Caught In Sting (12/01/2006)
- Md. Rabbi Gets 6 1/2 Years in Prison (12/01/2006)
- Rabbi Sentenced In Internet Sex Sting (12/02/2006)
- Convicted of soliciting a minor, rabbi is banned from D.C.-area synagogue (10/04/2012)
- Bethesda synagogue grapples with presence of rabbi convicted of sex crime (10/26/2012)
Rabbi David A. Kaye, Vice President for Program
|Rabbi David Kaye|
Panim staffer departs
Rabbi of Jewish group resigns after NBC links him to Web sex sting
Panim staffer departs
Hidden camera investigation catches men trying to meet kids for sex
Instead, they are confronted by Hansen. Most of the men claim their intentions were innocent. Some of the most alarming cases involve seemingly prominent members of the community: a Rabbi, a special education teacher and a doctor. The hidden camera investigation exposes 19 men in three days, giving viewers a frightening glimpse at how widespread the problem is. With consumer groups warning parents that adults looking for sex frequently approach U.S. children who are online, the report will also include advice for parents about how to protect their children from this pervasive danger.
Adults prowling the Web to meet children found Dateline cameras instead
News at a Glance
Pervert Justice Caught on Tape
Rabbi, teacher lose jobs over TV sex sting
Local Rabbi Caught in 'Dateline' Internet Sting
Rabbi Caught In 'Dateline' Online Predator Sting
Maryland Rabbi, Teacher Lose Jobs Over TV Sex Sting
Catching potential Internet sex predators
Rabbi, Teacher, Doctor Lose Jobs Over TV Sex Sting
U.S. rabbi resigns over online sex scandal
Rabbi caught in Internet sex sting
What we don't want to hide about hidden cameras
No charges expected against rabbi
|Rabbi David Kaye - Convicted Sex Offender|
Why the 'Dateline' predators were not charged
The online chat
Rabbi Quits After Reported Sex Sting
Once a rabbi, always a rabbi
Gays help expose online predators - Internet group asks gays to be more vocal in stopping teen abuse
Dateline Transcript - To Catch a Predator; Hidden camera investigation lures sexual predators from the Internet to home in Washington, DC
October 4, 2012 - JTA
WASHINGTON (JTA) – Rabbi David Kaye, who was convicted in 2006 for trying to sexually solicit a minor, was told he could no longer worship in a synagogue in suburban Washington.
The board of Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation in Bethesda, Md., notified congregants of the decision just before the High Holidays, the Washington Jewish Week reported Wednesday.
In a Sept. 12 note to its membership, the board wrote in part that it spent a “backbreaking amount of time” researching and discussing the legal and ethical dilemmas presented, including the “safety of our children, responsibility, teshuvah (repentance) and the compelling needs of the community at large,” according to the Washington Jewish Week.
Kaye, a former vice president of programming at Panim: The Institute for Jewish Leaders and Values, based in Rockville, Md., was caught in a sting on “To Catch a Predator,” a reality series featuring investigations by the televison newsmagazine "Dateline NBC."
Rabbi Fred Scherlinder Dobb, the spiritual leader at Adat Shalom, spoke at length about the board’s deliberations and decision, which he said was not unanimous, during a Rosh Hashanah sermon, according to the newspaper.
“The process was painful, but it was something to be proud of. We were guided by balancing safety with the respect for individuals,” he told the Washington Jewish Week.
Some congregants supporting the decision said that since Adat Shalom's religious school meets on Shabbat, they were uncomfortable with Kaye’s presence during services, the newspaper reported.
In 2006, Alexandria U.S. District Court Judge James Cacheris convicted Kaye on one count of coercion and enticement, and one count of travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct. Kaye eventually was sentenced to 78 months in prison and 10 years of supervised release.
Last January, he was released from a transitional house in Baltimore. Now 61, Kaye said he is divorced, living in suburban Washington and still wants to pray in a congregation.
"I've done teshuvah," he told the newspaper. "And I feel that God has forgiven me."
Kaye had been attending Shabbat services at Adat Shalom since February. He believes that because "Dateline NBC" rebroadcasts “To Catch a Predator” periodically that someone in the congregation may have recognized him, which triggered the congregational debate over his presence.
The early months of 2012 at Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Synagogue were busy with the things typical for a liberal congregation: a phone bank for gay marriage, a silent retreat, a weekend study session on unorthodox ideas such as observing Sabbath through dance and movement.
Through the spring and early summer, Kaye was a part of the congregation. He came for Sabbath and oneg, the post-service lunch. He stood with other mourners to say the communal prayer for the dead, for his parents. He went to the silent retreat.
But over the months, discomfort with Kaye’s presence in some quarters of the 500-family congregation grew. Finally, he was asked to leave.
The matter came to a head last month in the days before Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, the holiest days of the Jewish calendar, a time when Jews pray desperately for forgiveness, for themselves and others.
But even now, the issue continues to release a torrent of emotional arguments about judgment, inclusion and the purpose of a synagogue. Is it meant to be a sanctuary from the day-to-day world? Or a spiritual ER for even the most broken of souls? Is true forgiveness and redemption even possible in cases of pedophilia, which can be difficult to treat and, many experts believe, impossible to cure?
“Long-term friends aren’t speaking to one another,” said a member, whose children worked with Kaye at a youth program called Panim and who spoke on the condition of anonymity, like a dozen others, for fear of appearing to perpetuate discord. “People aren’t sleeping in the same way, they’re dreaming about it. People have made arguments that have fundamentally changed how people view one another.”
The horrific crime
Kaye had been a longtime rabbi at Potomac’s Har Shalom congregation and was a leader of Panim, a large organization that trained young Jews in social activism, when he was caught in a televised sting by Dateline NBC’s “To Catch a Predator.”
He was captured on tape waiting to meet for sex someone he thought would be a 13-year-old boy. His 2005 arrest hit like a bomb in Washington’s Jewish community.
Kaye was found guilty in 2006 in federal court of using the Web to persuade a juvenile to have sex and traveling from his Montgomery home to a sting house in Herndon to do it. He was sentenced to 6 1/2 years in prison and 10 years of supervised release.
To those who initially welcomed Kaye to Adat Shalom, the rabbi had served his time. To reject him would challenge whether people believe in repentance, a core Jewish value, and whether they believe a synagogue is a place where all people can work on personal redemption.
Reconstructionism, in particular, has long led Judaism in pushing the boundaries of inclusion, including equality in synagogue life for women, gays and lesbians, non-Jews and the disabled. Adat Shalom’s Web site describes Jewish life as a journey “from which no one should be excluded.”