N.Y. Jews Stunned After Community Leader Rapfogel Fired for 'Financial Improprieties’

Some say William Rapfogel's firing should prompt a larger examination of values within and outside of the Jewish community.

NEW YORK — If you had asked leaders of New York Jewish organizations to name their most effective, influential and respected colleague, William Rapfogel would likely have topped that short list. The news of his firing from the Metropolitan Coordinating Council on Jewish Poverty, a group on the front lines of serving the neediest Jews in New York, for financial improprieties, left those who know him stunned.