Rabbi Elon
Rabbi Elon, national religious Jewish leader accused of sexual abuse. Photo by Tomer Appelbaum
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A Tel Aviv synagogue yesterday withdrew its invitation to Rabbi Mordechai Elon to teach a class, a day after police recommended indicting Elon on charges of sexual abuse.

A prominent rabbi in the religious Zionist movement, Elon is suspected of sexually molesting two minors and forcibly committing an indecent act.

On Sunday, about six months after Takana - a forum of prominent religious figures aimed at preventing sexual abuse in the religious community - made public the complaints against Elon, police said they'd collected sufficient evidence to recommend pressing charges against him.

Elon was scheduled to teach a class at the Heichal Meir synagogue on Thursday. He planned to discuss the teachings of Rabbi Avraham Yitzhak Hacohen Kook, regarded as religious Zionism's founding father.

Yesterday Elon hosted a large gathering marking the beginning of Elul in Migdal, the community he moved to in 2006 as part of the restrictions imposed on him by Takana.

Sources close to the rabbi said yesterday that revoking the class in Tel Aviv notwithstanding, Elon intends to continue teaching and will not stop giving his regular classes in Migdal.