FAQ

  • Question: Who sold the shul?
  • Answer: The sale of the shul was allegedly engineered by one individual, who only joined the congregation less than two years ago. Banding together with three other members, he secretly led the negotiations to complete the sale.

 

  • Question: Weren’t members notified?
  • Answer: No. According to the affidavits filed in court, 17 members found out about the sale only after its completion. Aside from these four members that approved the sale, nearly the entire congregation is unanimous in its disapproval of the sale.

 

  • Question: Was this his original plan?
  • Answer: It seems quite certainly so. The corporation that the shul was sold to was created mere months after his joining. Furthermore, there is a clear recording where he states that it took him over 16 months of negotiating with the Attorney General to get this sale approved. (Listen below.)
  • Question: What is the shul getting for this sale?
  • Answer: According to the trustees, the shul will only get $100,000 for the sale of this property. An expert estimate has placed the value of this property at $4,000,000 to $4,500,000. While the sale documents show a sale price of $3.1 million, $3 million of that is to be returned to the developer after completion of the construction.

 

  • Question: Who is the developer that purchased the shul?
  • Answer: The developer is allegedly a close friend of the aforementioned member that engineered the sale.

 

  • Question: I hear that the shul is in a terrible condition and needs to be demolished. Is this true?
  • Answer: No. The shul has no code violations and is in a perfectly serviceable condition. While some minor repairs are needed, as is to be expected from a shul this age, it is still beautifully appointed and functional, as you can see here.

 

  • Question: What about the shul’s Rabbi?
  • Answer: As well as selling the shul property, the trustees have also invited a new Rabbi to lead the congregation, without any input from its members. After inviting the new Rabbi, the existing Rabbi, realizing the situation, resigned.

 

 

  • Question: Is it halachically allowed to raze a shul?
  • Answer: As with the sale itself, it appears that no rabbinic authority was consulted in regards to the permissibility of the project. While they claim to have rabbinic approval for the project, they have yet to come forward with any written or oral approval. Please click here to see an halachic analysis by Rabbi Yair Hoffman.

 

  • Question: Is it halachically allowed to take this to court?
  • Answer: Yes. This question was posed to a full Beis Din, and the psak (halachic decision) was unanimous for three reason. 1. The matter of razing a shul is of utmost importance. 2. The matter was taken to court to request a restraining order, as opposed to a final decision. 3. No Jewish person was taken to court. Rather, it is the office of the Attorney General that is being sued. Please click here to see the signed psak.
  • Question: Some are saying that this shul never had a relationship to chabad. That it was only Lubavich due to the origins of its members. Is it true?
  • Answer: No. The long-time Rav of our shul, Harav Ushpal Zatz’al, was an ardent Lubavicher Chassid and was Rosh Yeshiva in Yeshiva’s Tomchei Temimim. There are also numerous letters from the last two Lubavicher Rebbe’s addressed to our kehilla. See our history page for pictures and more.