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Safed rabbi convicted of sexual assault to be released early from prison

Rabbi Ezra Sheinberg, suspected of sexual abuse against several women, is seen at the courtroom of the Kiryat Shmona Magistrates Court on July 8, 2015. (Basel Awidat/Flash90)
Rabbi Ezra Sheinberg, suspected of sexual abuse against several women, is seen at the courtroom of the Kiryat Shmona Magistrates Court on July 8, 2015. (Basel Awidat/Flash90)

Ezra Sheinberg, a well-known rabbi from Safed, has been granted early release from prison where he was serving a seven-and-a-half-year term on multiple counts of sexual assault.

Sheinberg was convicted in 2017 in Nazareth District Court as part of a plea deal over a series of crimes committed against women who came to him for advice and counseling. The specific charges were not publicized by the court, and the criminal proceedings were under a gag order preventing publication of any details of the incidents due to the “egregious nature” of the crimes and to protect the privacy of the victims.

He was arrested on July 1, 2015, while attempting to flee the country as allegations against him emerged, and has been in prison since that time.

The Prison Parole Board orders him released early, with a week delay granted in order to allow an appeal. Victims’ groups are slamming the decision to shorten his sentence.

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