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Woodbury, NY - Jewish Center Wants Caterer Accused Of Violating Kashrut Evicted

Published on: May 2, 2012 05:08 PM
By: Patch.com / More at WCBC NY
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Woodbury, NY - A state court ruled that the Woodbury Jewish Center has the right to evict Morrell for not paying occupancy fees, WCBS 880′s Sophia Hall reported.

“He was charging customers millions for events, but since January 2010 had not paid his occupancy costs,” Woodbury Jewish Center attorney Scott Mollen told Hall. “This is money that this congregation needs to operate its religious schools, its social programs.”

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Attorney Ron Rosenberg, who represents Morrell Caterers, said his client does not owe the center any money, adding that his client has a contract until 2029 and is not going anywhere.

Morrell Caterers is at the center of a dispute that rocked the Jewish community in February when Morrell general manager Tom Cataldo and chef Micheal Savitsky sued owner Scott Morrell. Rabbis from surrounding synagogues urged their congregations not to rush to judgment as news broke that Morrell was accused of violating Jewish kosher laws that govern the preparation of food, which Morrell denied ever happened.

Among the accusations was that employees prepared kosher and non-kosher foods in the same vicinity.


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 May 02, 2012 at 06:16 PM LEEAVE Says:

GET RID OF HIM, if he compromises kashrus and on top of that dosent pay his bills, show'em the door

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 May 02, 2012 at 06:58 PM ShmuelG Says:

Woodbury Jewish Center is conservative-reform. So, naturally, the kashrus problem didn't bother them so much. But rent money is a serious issue.

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 May 02, 2012 at 08:32 PM shlomogabai Says:

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LEEAVE Says:

GET RID OF HIM, if he compromises kashrus and on top of that dosent pay his bills, show'em the door

IF THE ACCUSATIONS ARE CORRECT! All to many times have we jumped to conclusion only to be proven wrong. reminds me of the old 50 bill which got someone arrested for counterfeit, only to find and prove it genuine! was in the news recently.

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 May 02, 2012 at 08:46 PM anononymous Says:

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LEEAVE Says:

GET RID OF HIM, if he compromises kashrus and on top of that dosent pay his bills, show'em the door

The facts are still unknown and there is a strong possibility that the accusations are part of a revenge/shakedown for an outside business dispute. Do not rush to judge

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 May 02, 2012 at 11:50 PM DanielBarbaz Says:

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ShmuelG Says:

Woodbury Jewish Center is conservative-reform. So, naturally, the kashrus problem didn't bother them so much. But rent money is a serious issue.

Why are you so sanctimonious? Whatever happened to "Havei dan kol ben ha-adam l'kav zechut?

Always remember that the cure for Sinat Chinam is Ahavat Chinam !!!!!

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 May 03, 2012 at 09:39 AM qazxc Says:

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DanielBarbaz Says:

Why are you so sanctimonious? Whatever happened to "Havei dan kol ben ha-adam l'kav zechut?

Always remember that the cure for Sinat Chinam is Ahavat Chinam !!!!!

True, but sinas chinam can sometimes provide an instantaneous yet short term feelings of pious self righteousness.

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 May 03, 2012 at 03:26 PM ShmuelG Says:

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DanielBarbaz Says:

Why are you so sanctimonious? Whatever happened to "Havei dan kol ben ha-adam l'kav zechut?

Always remember that the cure for Sinat Chinam is Ahavat Chinam !!!!!

Daniel, this has nothing to do with being "sanctimonious." It is general knowledge that the conservative reform don't care about kashrus. You don't owe them to be dan l'chav zchus on this issue.

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 May 03, 2012 at 06:35 PM Anonymous Says:

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ShmuelG Says:

Daniel, this has nothing to do with being "sanctimonious." It is general knowledge that the conservative reform don't care about kashrus. You don't owe them to be dan l'chav zchus on this issue.

Reform doesn't care about kashrus, but Conservative does. It may not be as strict as Orthodox, but it does exist. Would I eat based on Conservative hashgacha? Probably not, but the bottom line is you should get your facts straight before making sanctimonious generalizations about fellow Jews.

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 May 03, 2012 at 08:03 PM Anonymous Says:

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ShmuelG Says:

Daniel, this has nothing to do with being "sanctimonious." It is general knowledge that the conservative reform don't care about kashrus. You don't owe them to be dan l'chav zchus on this issue.

Your so-called general knowledge that Comservative Rabbis don't care about kashrut is pure loshon horoh.

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 May 03, 2012 at 10:14 PM DanielBarbaz Says:

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ShmuelG Says:

Daniel, this has nothing to do with being "sanctimonious." It is general knowledge that the conservative reform don't care about kashrus. You don't owe them to be dan l'chav zchus on this issue.

Why???

I don't see how painting everyone with a wide brush is productive. Even if you know everyone involved, there is still "the other side of the story." (read that excellent book). I don't see in Pirkei Avos where it says "havei dan kol ben h'adam l'kav zechus....except for............"

I wish you well.

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 May 04, 2012 at 07:18 AM qazxc Says:

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DanielBarbaz Says:

Why???

I don't see how painting everyone with a wide brush is productive. Even if you know everyone involved, there is still "the other side of the story." (read that excellent book). I don't see in Pirkei Avos where it says "havei dan kol ben h'adam l'kav zechus....except for............"

I wish you well.

Seeing everything in black and white is very comforting to some people who find nuanced understanding of the world around them frightening.

That's why children's stories usually have charachters that are pure good and innocence or pure evil (Wizard of Oz vs Wicked Witchs of the East and the West).

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 May 06, 2012 at 05:16 AM Anonymous Says:

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LEEAVE Says:

GET RID OF HIM, if he compromises kashrus and on top of that dosent pay his bills, show'em the door

he did neither of the things you claim, and you English is terrible.

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 May 06, 2012 at 05:17 AM Anonymous Says:

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ShmuelG Says:

Daniel, this has nothing to do with being "sanctimonious." It is general knowledge that the conservative reform don't care about kashrus. You don't owe them to be dan l'chav zchus on this issue.

it is NOT general knowledge, it is your opinion, and your opinion is wrong.

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