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Queens, NY - Rabbi Facing Federal Inquiry In LES Building Sale

Published on: March 31, 2016 09:16 PM
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Queens, NY - A Rabbi who calls himself a leader of the Ger Hasidic sect in NYC has found himself in the cross-hairs of federal investigators, with U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara heading up the probe into the alleged illegal actions of Rabbi Shmuel Aschkenazi, The New York Post reports (http://nyp.st/1ROpLe5).

The Queens-based rabbi stands accused of attempting to sell a $13 million building, home to the House of Sages of Israel shul located at 25 Bialystoker Place on the Lower East Side, to real estate developer Todd Fine without the knowledge or permission of the congregation. A portion of the sale proceeds – some $3 million – is expected to go to Rabbi Aschkenazi personally. The Ger sect is expected to be the recipient of the remaining $10 million.

Following a civil lawsuit filed in Manhattan Supreme Court by the shul’s congregants, the sale was put on hold last Friday. Rabbi Aschkenazi was served by two FBI agents immediately after completing his testimony in the civil suit this past Monday.

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The rabbi’s lawyer has verified the U.S. Attorney’s involvement in the matter. 



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 Mar 31, 2016 at 09:32 PM elyeh Says:

This is a small shteibel in a home where my zaideh, A"H, lived, learned and daven'd and where I daven'd often until adulthood and moving from the area. It is a chillul h'ashem that there was manipulation to pack the board and take the money away from the shteibel for the benefit of this Queens "Rabbi" (by investing in his home/"shul") and for his moneyed friends.

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 Mar 31, 2016 at 10:13 PM #neverKillary Says:

FBI should be arresting Hillary.

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 Mar 31, 2016 at 10:43 PM LES resident Says:

This whole story is a local Fight.
As Rabbi Askanazi owed a nursing home, he made there a Small room for Minyan for the elderly of the Home, HE PAID for a Few locals to come help there with Minyan.
NOW he wants to sell and Move the congregation to his Neighborhood, they Fight him (because he was Stupid to run the Home on the Not for profits Name).

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 Mar 31, 2016 at 11:31 PM Anonymous Says:

Whom does the shule belong to ?

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 Apr 01, 2016 at 01:57 AM Mark Levin Says:

Something doesn't add up.

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 Apr 01, 2016 at 06:24 AM smadi Says:

shame shame shame, selling a shul from out of the congregants.

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 Apr 01, 2016 at 09:06 AM Geulah Says:

Self-proclaimed. I thought he had a stellar at the Agudath Israel of Kew Garden Hills?

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 Apr 01, 2016 at 09:30 AM kenyaninwhitehouse Says:

will anyone be locked up?

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 Apr 01, 2016 at 11:59 AM elyeh Says:

Reply to #3  
LES resident Says:

This whole story is a local Fight.
As Rabbi Askanazi owed a nursing home, he made there a Small room for Minyan for the elderly of the Home, HE PAID for a Few locals to come help there with Minyan.
NOW he wants to sell and Move the congregation to his Neighborhood, they Fight him (because he was Stupid to run the Home on the Not for profits Name).

The minyan has been there since the 1960's - when the nursing home was mostly frimmer yidden. My zaideh A"H was there and I lived several blocks away. Many of the men sat and learned in the bais hamedrash/shul for extended periods in the morning and afternoon.

Of course it changed since the 1960's but Reb Askanazi is a late-comer, who bought a going enterprise which was a non-profit home for the elderly and he is now trying to convert it to his profit.

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 Apr 01, 2016 at 12:28 PM davidlangner Says:

One of my co defendants was a gerer chasid in my white collar case. A beard and payos means nothing today. You need to learn from a pig. You have to be the same on the inside as the outside.

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 Apr 01, 2016 at 01:25 PM Geulah Says:

Reply to #10  
davidlangner Says:

One of my co defendants was a gerer chasid in my white collar case. A beard and payos means nothing today. You need to learn from a pig. You have to be the same on the inside as the outside.

I'm a Gerrer and I approve this statement. Kol HaKovod.

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 Apr 02, 2016 at 10:52 PM #neverKillary Says:

FBI should be arresting Hillary.

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