Ex-official of LI synagogue out on bail

Isaac Zucker, 49, of Woodmere, has pleaded guilty

Isaac Zucker, 49, of Woodmere, has pleaded guilty to charges he stole more than $600,000 from Congregation Aish Kodesh, a synagogue in Woodmere, while he was treasurer. He'll be sentenced in April. (June 29, 2011) (Credit: NCPD)

The now-former treasurer of a Woodmere synagogue who's accused of pilfering more than $600,000 from his congregation was released from jail on bail Tuesday night, authorities said.

Isaac Zucker, 47, had been locked up at the Nassau County jail in East Meadow since his June 29 arrest, when authorities charged him with grand larceny in connection with the theft from the Orthodox Congregation Aish Kodesh.

Zucker, of Westwood Road in Woodmere, left the jail at about 7:20 p.m. after someone paid $150,000 cash bail, the jail said.

He pleaded not guilty and is due back in court Thursday.

Neither of his Manhattan-based criminal defense attorneys, Bruce L. Wenger and Joseph A. Grob, returned calls seeking comment.

Authorities accuse Zucker -- a securities attorney with an office in Garden City -- of transferring congregation money into his personal and business accounts between February 2008 and last month.

Aish Kodesh's rabbi, Moshe Weinberger, realized something was amiss after congregation checks started bouncing. Lay leaders say they called police only after Zucker broke a promise he made to replenish the stolen funds after being confronted.

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