By Paul Berger - Huffington Post
Rabbi Eric Siroka was quietly expelled from the nation's leading association for Reform rabbis, the Central Conference of American Rabbis, this past spring. At the time, the CCAR said only that Siroka had been expelled for refusing to comply with an ethics investigation.
By then, Siroka, a married father with two children, had moved to Washington state, where he had taken up teaching positions in Jewish adult education and at a Jewish high school.
The CCAR did so little to publicize Siroka's expulsion that many in the Seattle community, including its rabbis, were not alerted to the expulsion nor to the underlying reason for it, which the CCAR now tells the Forward was "sexual misconduct."
Because of the lack of information, Seattle's Jewish leaders spent months in the dark, never questioning whether it was appropriate for Siroka to be teaching at a Jewish high school or to be involved in Jewish adult education.
Nor did they have reason to be concerned when, in May, Siroka set up "Everything Jewish & More!" a freelance rabbinic service for the Jewish community of Seattle.