Beth Din for Chaim Halpern due to convene

Rabbi Chaim Halpern

Rabbi Chaim Halpern

A man from Hackney was arrested last Thursday over allegations of harassing one of the rabbis who has opposed Golders Green rabbi, Chaim Halpern.

Barnet police said that the 28-year-old has been bailed to return to a north London police station in March.

Rabbi Halpern, leader of the Divrei Chaim Synagogue, has been at the centre of a controversy that has raged across London’s Charedi community over the past three months.

The row follows allegations that he sexually abused women in marriage counselling sessions.

Although Rabbi Halpern has repeatedly protested his innocence, a number of north-west London rabbis have said he is unfit to serve in a rabbinical office.

Meanwhile, a special Beth Din, convened by the Union of Orthodox Hebrew Congregations to look into the Halpern case, is expected to convene in London on Tuesday.

At least one of its three presiding judges from abroad, Rabbi Naftoli Nussbaum from Israel, is not due to attend himself but will instead send a deputy to hear evidence.

The Union has so far declined to clarify what remit the Beth Din has, its modus operandi or the length of the hearing.

Last updated: 7:45pm, January 24 2013