Rabbi at Michigan Synagogue Lacks Training, Quits

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. (AP) -- A rabbi at a prominent suburban Detroit synagogue has resigned after officials say she admitted to having no rabbinical training or credentials.

The Detroit News reports Friday that Temple Beth El in Bloomfield Hills accepted Keren Alpert's resignation. Board President Raymond Rosenfeld said in a letter that Alpert acknowledged lacking relevant training and failing to disclose that.

The Associated Press left a message Saturday morning for Alpert at her home.

Rosenfeld says Alpert became a rabbinic associate in 2008 at the longtime, large temple. She agreed to enroll in a distance learning-program afterward and an ordination celebration was held for her last year.

Rosenfeld says he learned she never enrolled in the program when he arranged for a second ordination. He called her departure a "tremendous loss."

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