Borough Park, NY - Viznitz Sues City for 'Unfair Crackdown' of Weddings at Their Yeshiva
Borough Park, NY - A yeshiva says in a new federal lawsuit that a recent city crackdown on weddings at the Jewish school is just not kosher.
Yeshiva Imrei Chaim Viznitz in Borough Park has been able to hold weddings at its assembly hall since the 1990s.
But two years ago, the Buildings Department decided that it needed to approve the more than 150 weddings held there annually on a case-by-case basis, according to the suit in Manhattan Federal Court.
And now, the city says the yeshiva should not be hosting commercial events at all in a residential area.
“We get inspectors there at least once a week interrupting religious services,” said the yeshiva’s lawyer, Stuart Klein. “We just can’t deal with this anymore. It’s starting to affect our business.”
The yeshiva, which has more than 600 students at its 53rd St. building, says that the city has allowed other religious institutions to maintain halls without all the inspections.
“We are being subjected to a different standard than everyone else,” Klein said.
City lawyers have yet to see the lawsuit, said a law department spokeswoman. The yeshiva lost a similar case in state court.
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