Kings County civil court judge, Hon. Carolyn Walker-Diallo, put out a ‘Decision and Order’ regarding the ‘770 Case’. In the order, the judge refused to ‘vacate’ the ‘stay’ issues in favor of the Gabboim. This allows the Gabboim to remain in charge of 770 until the appeal is over, as has been the case for all the years, and as the Rebbe’s clear instructions.
This is another step in the decades-long legal battle over 770, which has been going on for over sixteen years, in different courts, with the rulings changing from side to side (each after a different side submits an appeal).
As we have reported, three months ago, Justice Harriet L. Thompson of the Kings County Surrogate’s Court ruled that the authority over 770 Eastern Parkway belongs to the petitioners ‘Agudas Chasidei Chabad’, and that they can remove the Gabboim, and the congregants do not have legal rights to the Shul.
After reviewing the ruling, the attorneys of the Gabboim decided to file an appeal to a higher court. The opposing side’s attorneys claimed there was no room for an appeal, and therefore requested that even if an appeal is filed, the management over 770 should immediately change hands, even during the appeal process.
The court didn’t accept their claims, and determined that so long the appeal prolongs, the management of 770 shall stay as is the status quo – under the Gabboim.
In an astonishing manner, the petitioners added an additional monetary claim, demanding that the congregants pay the owners rent for using the space to Daven! For this purpose, they got an assessor’s evaluation to receive a ‘Fair Market Rent Appraisal Report’ on the property, and they are demanding the Gabboim pay $950,000 annually for rent, as if ‘770 – Beis Rabbeinu’ is some regular property.
To address this monetary claim, there is a scheduled hearing for Tuesday, Chof Ches Av – August 18, 2020 at 2:00PM via Skype, where the judge will listen to the claims of each side.
Chassidim worldwide are asked to say Tehillim for the success of the ‘770 Case’, that the Rebbe’s instructions should be fulfilled, and that the Shul will continue to be run by the Gabbaim in accordance with the instructions of the Rebbe over the years, and of the Rabbanim of the Shchuna, as it has been since its establishment and IY”H will continue until the coming of Moshiach.
With much Tefillos, that well before any hearings, we will be Zoche to the complete of revelation of the Rebbe Melech Hamoshiach, with the coming of Moshiach now.
Read the complete ‘Decision and Order’ here.