Sex abuser rabbi Moti Elon to give up rabbinate’s certification

Disgraced rabbi Mordechai “Moti” Elon will give up his rabbinic certification after a panel of High Court justices recommended he do so.

A petition to the High Court to force the convicted child sex offender to do so had been filed by three organizations: Kol v’Oz, The Association of Rape Crisis Centers in Israel and Jewish Community Watch.

Rabbi Mordechai ‘Moti’ Elon seen in the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court prior to his sentence hearing, on December 18, 2013. (David Vaaknin/Flash 90)

Last April, the Rabbinate disciplinary committee, which had threatened to strip Elon of his title, decided that he could keep it after he committed to not serve as a rabbi in any community role for a period of 10 years from the date of his conviction.

Elon was convicted in 2013 of committing an indecent act against a minor on two occasions. He was sentenced to six months of community service, as well as a 15-month suspended jail term.