AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Wendorff declined to comment on whether Tucker was given an opportunity to resign, but he said if it would have been discussed by the board, that discussion would have taken place at a meeting Thursday night. The meeting was canceled, he said. Tucker had led the congregation at Temple Ramat Zion since 1992. He died Nov. 10 in Yosemite National Park, where he drove his car off a 150-foot-high embankment, park officials have said. Officials this week determined his death to be a suicide. There were unconfirmed reports that Tucker had recently learned that the temple board was planning to replace him, according to Tuesday’s edition of the Jewish Journal. Funeral services for Tucker were held Tuesday at Mount Sinai Memorial Park in Simi Valley. NORTHRIDGE – Some 350 people gathered in a banquet hall at Temple Ramat Zion on Thursday to hear a brief statement concerning the suicide of Rabbi Steven Tucker, who drove his car over a steep embankment last week. Bill Wendorff, president of the executive committee of the temple, told the group that Tucker had approached the temple’s personnel department to say that he had “engaged in behavior not criminal in nature but determined to be inappropriate for a rabbi.” Wendorff would not elaborate. “It is my hope that everyone in this room and in the community can finally achieve closure in this tragedy,” he read from a statement. Tucker was born in San Bernardino and raised in Costa Mesa, according to the journal. Tucker’s interest in Judaism blossomed during his undergraduate studies at the University of California at Berkeley. After his graduation in 1980, he decided to become the first rabbi in his family, it said. After his 1987 ordination at the Conservative movement’s Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, Tucker accepted a posting at an East Windsor, N.J., synagogue. He came to Temple Ramat Zion in August 1992, replacing Rabbi Solomon Rothstein, the journal said. Susan Abram, (818) 713-3664 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
Powered By Impressive Business WordPress Theme