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January 22, 2013


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Harvey Eckstein

I believe your article is completely in error when you incorrectly identify Mr. Braha as a follower of Rabbi Pinto or any kabbalistic leader for that matter.

It appears as if both the Sixteenth Street Synagogue and the Syrian congregation that was evicted by a Judge's order earlier believed that they should be given a permanent free ride, ie. should never pay rent. Why this is in any way a supportable supposition, just because a religiously affiliated organization makes it, is beyond me. Particularly when the Syrian congregation through Steven Anconna had a legally binding contract with the building owner which it conpletely reneged on.

Shouldn't a Jewish congregation, more than anyone else, live up to its ethical and moral obiligations to be honest and fair tenants? What right do they have to a free ride? The senior members of the congregations, the one's that pursued all this litigation, bring shame on all religious organizations. Their conduct is both unethical and shameful

Lashon Tov


Because Porky Lerner is lying forging crook!
See http://cleanupyoungisrael.blogspot.com/2011/06/national-council-sold-young-israel-of.html how he sold a shul to a Buddhist temple, real avodah zarah!


It is my understanding that all yi synagouges (real estate) are owned by ncyi.
Thus is stark contract to other orgs, such as aguda, ou, etc where membership is just an affiliation and each congregation owns or rents its own propown property


The bad guys here are not the present owners of the property. The building housed the National Council of Young Israel and the local Young Isreal syn. The NCYI led by Rabbi Pesach Lerner decided to go into the real estate business as they had already "fxed" Judiasm in the uS This wa safter they also dabbled in the nursing home business and free loans. They decided to sell the building leaving the shul homeless. Interesting a syn org evicitign a shul Later a compromise was reached but why was the building sold in the first place by NCYI ?

Yochanan Lavie

I hope they can find a new home. It is appropriate that the landlord is a follower of Pinto, who probably doesn't care if a shul is evicted as long as the developer gives him donations. Mammon is not just an ancient deity.


$7.5 million is a lot of back rent. What's very confusing is what the shul's status was with the ladlord. Did they have a lease? Were they paying any rent?


The eviction paves the way for the the building’s owner, Jack Braha, to transform the six-story, 15,368-square-foot property into luxury rentals.

The true god prevailed. The "Holy Buck"

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