Board Members Of 110 Year Old Perth Amboy Shul Refuse To Appear Before Bais Din, Case Heads Back To Court

The case of the 110 year old Perth Amboy Shul which has involved several Lakewood Askonim and Perth Amboy officials, will be heading back  to court on Dec 13, after the Shul’s Board members refused to appear in front of a Bais Din, Shul Board member Herschel Chomsky tells TLS. The parties were summoned to appear in front of a Bais Din approximately a month ago, but they refused to appear.

Attorney Larry Loigman tells TLS the December 13 hearing will focus on two motions. Number one, a motion to compel the parties to submit to the jurisdiction of a Beis Din (specifically, the Beis Din of Elizabeth — Rabbi Elazar Teitz), and the defendants’ motion to discharge the notice of lis pendens (a legal filing that prevents clear title from being transferred).

“Rabbi Teitz had summoned the defendants to a Din Torah, but they have refused to appear”, Attorney Larry Loigman tells TLS. “Our position is that, as officers of an Orthodox Shul, they have implicitly consented to have disputes resolved before Beis Din and not in secular court.”

Rabbi Chomsky – a resident of Perth Amboy for a quarter of a century and whose father once served as a Rav there – as well as the Attorney and other Askonim involved, are hoping to bring life back to the once thriving Frum community, by possibly bringing a Yeshivah to replace the once popular Shul.

Loigman says they have received assistance and ideas from many prominent individuals, including Rabbi J. David Bleich and Ira Heller. 

“We are also exploring possible offers for the shul from a local yeshiva, and we are hopeful that it can still be saved from the threat of sale to a church”, Loigman says. TLS.

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  1. Shame on the presidum! A Shul by virtue of its identification as a orthodox Shul accepts on itself the authority of the governing body of judisim,the Bais Din

  2. I think the biggest chutzpah is that they refuse to submit to daas toiyreh. If you call yourself Jewish, you must submit to daas toiyreh. Period. The nerve of these people.

  3. fri 131 pm
    I would be curious to know if perhaps the bylaws state explicitly that these matters can be decided by the courts.
    I also would be curious to know WHY in this particular case some parties opt for court over BD.
    Good Luck to both parties.

  4. In Linden NJ bringing a yeshiva did not help it to get revived since all the guys live here and commute same will happen there. We need to hear their side as well maybe there is a different beis din they would be willing to go to.

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