In the past two weeks, The Times of Israel has learned, a group of rabbis, primarily from Halpern’s neighborhood, stepped up efforts to have him fired from Kedassia after hearing new claims from a woman in her 20s who allegedly approached a judge from the London Beth Din, or religious court, which is affiliated with the Orthodox United Synagogue and rivals Kedassia.
Late last week, according to sources close to the events, a group of local rabbis approached a senior figure from Kedassia to demand that Halpern be terminated. But this was followed by a visit from Halpern himself, together with his father, Rabbi Elchonon Halpern — who, known as Reb Chuna, is also one of London Jewry’s best-known Haredi rabbis. Tthe proposal was not adopted.
Halpern’s colleagues allegedly gave him an ultimatum: Step down or be condemned publicly
On Sunday, The Times of Israel has discovered, a group of rabbis consisting of several dayanim, or religious judges, and several Golders Green leaders met at the home of Dayan Chanoch Ehrentreu, a former head of the London Beth Din, together with the younger Halpern and two accusers.
The meeting did not result in Halpern’s dismissal, but the rabbis allegedly gave him an ultimatum: that he step down or the rabbis would publish a letter condemning him publicly.