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(Scroll down for video) Jewish health groups condemned a Brooklyn rabbi, who said that Zumba causes Jewish women to become prostitutes and pole dancers.
It is a dance fitness program that has taken the world by storm, and Jews love it as well.
Combining samba, salsa and mambo, Zumba is so popular among Jewish women that it even got its own unique name, with Orthodox Jewish women calling it "Jumba" and Haredi women calling it “Frumba.”
There are classes geared for Jewish women in London, New York, and Israel.
In a video posted online this week, Rabbi Zecharia Wallerstein of Brooklyn, New York, warned that the dance craze can lead Jewish women to pole dancing and prostitution.
"Zumba becomes a pole, a pole becomes prostitution and then you will lose all your children. The world is just falling apart," Wallerstein said.
The Orthodox Jewish rabbi said that he was shocked when Zumba classes popped up in Brooklyn.
"Why are you dancing like an animal?” Wallerstein asked.
The rabbi also suggested that Zumba dancers are "like monkeys in the jungle."
At 39:00 in the video below the rabbi starts his rant against Zumba.