January, 2004 –– A former congregant filed civil suit against Rabbi Jonathan Ginsburg after he sexually exploited her while he was providing spiritual counseling during the time he served as the rabbi at Temple of Aron, St. Paul, MN. The civil suit stated he sexual exploitation, intentionally inflicting emotional distress, sexual battery and 12 other charges. At the time he confessed when he sent an apology letter to the congregation.
Ginsberg is described by people who know him as being an extremely charming and caring individual. According to various individuals interviewed, Rabbi Ginsberg's past modus operandi is to use these qualities to lure vulnerable women, especially those who are hoping to convert to Judaism, or going through a personal crisis.
After loosing his position in Minnesota, he was hired by Ezra Habonim/Niles Township Jewish Congregation in Skokie, IL on September 1, 2004. Last year after newer allegations of professional misconduct arose, Jonathan Ginsburg lost his new position at the Skokie synagogue. Around the same time a notice was published by the Rabbinical Assembly (RA) stating that any conversions performed by Rabbi Jonathan Ginsburg's bet din will NOT be recognized by their organization.
Since the information regarding Rabbi Jonathan Ginsburg alleged predatorial behaviors is posted on the internet, it appears that he has decided to alter his name in hopes of drumming up business. On Ginsburg new web page, he calls himself “Rabbi Jon Hillel”
Though a rabbi is not mandated to be a member of a rabbinical association, it is highly suggested that anyone looking for a spiritual advisor only hire those who are connected to one. Though no one can be totally vetted and be deemed safe, at least if something goes wrong congregants along with the general public are provided a layer of protection and it should help if some sort of legal recourse is needed.